Get active and find inspiration in Snowdonia

A keen climber, kayaker or birdwatcher can find a lifetime of inspiration and fun in Snowdonia. Whatever your chosen interest, here are just a few ideas on where to get started. So get out and enjoy this wonderful place.

    Climbing and bouldering

    A person rock climbing

    Take on one of Wales’s most unusual climbs at Lockwood’s Chimney, found at Clogwyn y Wenallt above Llyn Gwynant. The climb is for experts only and includes an upward scramble through a tunnel in the mountain.

    The slabs and faces on Tryfan and Cwm Idwal are of international significance for walking and climbing, attracting some 400,000 visitors each year. The Glyderau is also home to Helyg, the UK’s first mountaineering hut that opened in 1934.

    If bouldering is your sport then the RAC boulders at Dyffryn Mymbyr are a great place to try out your skills.

    Outdoor pursuits training is available from local outdoor centres such as the National Mountaineering Centre at Plas y Brenin, Capel Curig.

    Kayaking

    Kayaker on Llyn Dinas near Beddgelert

    At a tough Grade 5, the Aberglaslyn Gorge is one for the experts and draws experienced paddlers when the levels are right.

    Novices can try their hand on the flat water of Llyn Gwynant and progress to the gentle river waters between the lake and Llyn Dinas. From there to Beddgelert, the river is graded 2 and 3.

    Gauges at the outflows of Llyn Gwynant and Llyn Dinas indicate if the water levels are right to paddle. For more information on kayaking on the Glaslyn, please download our leaflet.

    Mountain biking

    Male Mountain Biker, airborne off a jump, in a forest

    Beddgelert forest has numerous trails to suit all levels and, a little further away, is Coed y Brenin which has trails for every level of rider right up to a punishing 24-mile trail rated severe and aptly named 'The Beast'.

    For road riders there are lung-busting climbs that lead to fabulous views.
    The road climb from Beddgelert to Pen-y-Pass is something any cyclist be proud of.

    Bird watching

    Linnet

    The opportunities to spot rare birds all around Snowdonia are endless. The Carneddau and Glyderau attract several pairs of rare birds including records of Dottrel - their southernmost site the UK.

    At Pont Gwynant the RSPB has set up a viewing station to see the rare pair of Ospreys that've been returning to nest here since 2004.

    At Dolmelynllyn Estate look out for the pied flycatchers and charming birds such as the linnet and meadow pipit.  The raven and ring ouzel breed at Cregennan lakes and, occasionally, the peregrine falcon.

    Art and photography

    Llyn Ogwen with Glyder Fawr and Y Garn in the Snowdonia

    Snowdonia is rich in inspirational landscapes and seascapes. Seek out awe-inspiring views around every corner.
    Follow in the footsteps of famous painters such as JMW Turner, Thomas Gainsborough, Richard Wilson and the 'gentlemen explorers' of the 18th and 19th century.