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Spectacular Snowdonia

06th - 10th Nov, 2017 - FULLY BOOKED

£1,199.00 PP

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This area of towering mountains, rugged valleys and beautiful natural lakes is so hauntingly beautiful and yet so often neglected by many photographers in favour of the Lakes or Scotland. What gems they are missing! Snowdonia is the second largest National Park in the country, after the Lake District. Formed in 1951, the Park area covers some 823 miles with an amazing diversity of scenery (but delicately excludes the post industrial slate waste heaps around Blaenau Ffestiniog!) and it is all easily accessible.

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  • Tour Code SNO08
  • Included
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the tour
    • Tuition from Doug Chinnery and Valda Bailey
  • Excluded
    • Transport to the venue
    • Insurance
  • Duration 4 Night Tours
  • Exertion Easy
Spectacular Snowdonia

This area of towering mountains, rugged valleys and beautiful natural lakes is so hauntingly beautiful and yet so often neglected by many photographers in favour of the Lakes or Scotland. What gems they are missing! Snowdonia is the second largest National Park in the country, after the Lake District. Formed in 1951, the Park area covers some 823 miles with an amazing diversity of scenery (but delicately excludes the post industrial slate waste heaps around Blaenau Ffestiniog!) and it is all easily accessible.

There is a sense of challenge here: narrow winding paths make their way up hanging valleys or rocky mountainsides, clear streams tumble and cascade down the hillsides past them. To the untrained eye the landscape looks rough and inhospitable but we will explore Snowdonia’s hidden treasures, and treasures they truly are. It is still possible to spend a day or more in parts of the National Park and not see another living soul.

We will be based in the pretty village of Betws y Coed, a superb, central location ideal for exploring the breadth of photographic locations Snowdonia has to offer us. The village sits alongside the River Llugwy at the point where it meets the Lledr and Conwy. The ancient bridge of Pont y Pair straddles the River Llugwy and just upstream is the setting for the famous Swallow Falls, surrounded by acres of beautiful deciduous and evergreen woodland.

Close to our hotel we have the magical Fairy Glen and Conway Falls - wonderful locations to occupy our cameras. Further afield, we will seek out locations such as the photographer’s paradise of the remote hanging valley of Cwm Orthin and Rhosydd with the poignant ruins of the slate workers’ barrack houses, the classic view of Snowdon from Llyn y Mymbyr, the mysterious glacial lake of Llyn Idwal (across which, according to Welsh legend no bird ever flies).

There should be time to venture to the coast too - perhaps onto Anglesey or across to the glorious Alyn Peninsula and the dunes beneath Harlech Castle before a meander up to the hidden gem of Creggennan beneath wonderful Cadair Idris at the very southernmost edge of Snowdonia.

As with all mountainous areas the weather can be a true friend or a cruel enemy. On this trip walking boots are strongly recommended, as is waterproof clothing. Walking will not be strenuous but to reach some of the gems that Snowdonia has to offer a little legwork will reap ample rewards. All the locations will be chosen based on the weather and conditions to make the very best of the conditions the mountains grace us with each day.

Doug and Valda will be happy to work with you individually at your pace and skill level, using both classic landscape techniques and, if you wish, alternative techniques such as Intentional Camera Movement and Multiple Exposure techniques to help you express your creative vision of the landscape in painterly ways. We hope you can join us on this Welsh odyssey.

Gwydyr Hotel

Staying at Gwydyr hotel for 4 nights. Please note breakfast is not included.

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