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Planning your walk


Walking the Trail and using this website and app.

Use this Site to follow and discover the 83-mile Snowdonia Slate Trail. The downloadable app makes use of GPS technology to give relevant information depending on your current location on the Trail. It contains maps, instructions, information about points of interest and some oral memories.

The Trail follows public rights of way or permissive paths.  It crosses rough and remote areas and passes next to disused quarry workings or along minor roads. The Snowdonia Slate Trail developers accept no liability for its use or for any error or omission with regards to content of the website and app. 

Please inform us should you find any inaccurate information on the website or app, and we will correct it as soon as we can.

Planning to walk the Trail  

This Trail was created in 2017 and facilities will develop as its use increases. When planning your walk round the Trail, special attention will be necessary in planning transport, accommodation and refreshment. 

Those walking the route continuously will be able to use the regular public transport back from Bethesda to Bangor, However, if you decide to walk the Trail in one-off day walks, you will need to carefully plan your sections to fit in with your transport arrangements.    Public transport in some sections is poor, and two cars may be necessary. For information about transport, press the information button.

Look at these videos by Anthony Pipes at your leisure for a taste of the Trail.

Day 1 Bangor to Llanberis

Day 2 Llanberis to Beddgelert Forest

Day 3 Beddgelert Forest to Llan Ffestiniog

Day 4 Llan Ffestiniog to Betws y Coed

Day 5 Betws y Coed to Bethesda


Snowdonia Slate Trail commemorative medals and passport

Walkers who want a momento of their walk can obtain an impressive bronzed medal by filling in their passport. Either send us your passport, which we will return, or a photocopy of the passport. All profit from this scheme goes towards maintaining and improving the Trail.  Details are available on



Accommodation and refreshments

Some locations have limited accommodation, such as Llan Ffestiniog and Penmachno and advanced booking will be essential. Information on accommodation and facilities along the route is available on 

There are no shops between Llanberis and Beddgelert so you will need to ensure that you buy and carry your food and drink before you set off on these sections.

You will need to check the availability of meals at the end of your day. Again, Llan Ffestiniog and Penmachno have very limited eating opportunities. At least, Llan Ffestiniog has a small shop, as does Penmachno.

Please remember that mobile phone coverage is patchy in Snowdonia, so book accommodation in advance.


Walking the Trail by public transport



It is possible to do the Trail in seven days using public transport based in Caernarfon or Bangor. There is a free public car park a short way from the Trail head in Beach Road. The parking at the Trail itself is private.


Most information is available on the Traveline Cymru app. 


Day 1. Bangor – Bethesda – Llanberis

Return. Llanberis to Bangor by bus


Day 2. Llanberis – Waunfawr – Nantlle

Outward. Bangor to Llanberis by bus

Return. Nantlle to Caernarfon to Bangor by bus


Day 3. Nantlle – Rhyd Ddu- Beddgelert

Outward. Bangor to Caernarfon to Nantlle  by bus

Return. Beddgelert to Pen y Pass to Bangor by bus


Day 4. Beddgelert- - Croesor – Blaenau Ffestiniog – Llan Ffestiniog

Outward. Bangor to Caernarfon to Beddgelert by bus

Return. Llan Ffestiniog to Blaenau by bus then train to Llandudno Junction to Bangor.


Day 5. Llan Ffestiniog - Cwm Penmachno

Outward. Bangor to Llandudno Jctn to Blaenau by train then bus to Llan Ffestiniog.

Return. Cwm Penmachno to Llandudno Junction by Ffelcsi bus then bus or train to Bangor


Day 6.  Cwm Penmachno – Penmachno – Betws y Coed – Capel Curig

Outward. Bangor to Llandudno Jctn to Betws by train then Fflecsi bus to Cwm Penmachno

Return. Capel Curig to Llanberis to Bangor by bus



Day 7. Capel Curig – Bethesda

Outward. Bangor to Caernarfon to Capel Curig by bus

Return. Bethesda to Bangor by bus.


Basing in Caernarfon might be best as most buses originate/terminate there.

The Sherpa service is a brilliant service if you know your way around them.

There is only one direct bus at 1625 from Cwm Penmachno which goes to Llandudno. Arrange by Fflecsi if you think you’ll be later or going onto Penmachno.

Also, see for services between Bangor Railway Station and Betws y Coed


Baggage transfer and guiding services.

Although this is a new Trail a number of local companies have already undertaken to provide walkers with a variety of services:

RAW Adventures can provide a fully guided and inclusive service for walkers and runners

They will welcome you on your arrival and spend some time going through what the next 3-6 days will look like with your RAW Adventures guide, depending if you`re running or walking. They will book the necessary accommodation for each night and transfer your baggage so it will be ready and waiting for you at the end of each day. Included in their cost is a copy of the official Snowdonia Slate Trail guidebook. Contact them on 01286 870 870 or visit


Anelu/Aim Higher provides a fully supported guided service and can be contacted on 07877 902624 or visit


Breese Adventures are offering a 5-day challenge which includes a qualified and experienced mountain leader, 4 nights’ accommodation, all meals, luggage transfer and a Snowdonia Slate Trail commemorative Bronze medal. For further information please contact Tracey on 07525 625 375 or visit


Snowdon Taxis of Llanberis can provide baggage handling services. Tel:  CK Cabs on 01286 871 768


A number of websites are available with details of accommodation as well as baggage transfer and guiding services.



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