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Sunset in Snowdonia National Park
Sleeping under the stars – logistics

Meeting point, times, and kit list

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Meeting point and time

Let’s meet at 16.30 on the day of your adventure at the Snowdonia Watersports cafe. The postcode is LL55 4EL.

We’ll return between 09.00 and 10.00 the next morning.

There’s a large, free car park on the opposite side of the road, next to the lake.

Snowdonia Watersports is owned by our friends Chris and Tara. They have a lovely cafe, with amazing cakes, and also rent out canoes, kayaks, and stand-up-paddleboards for the lake. That might tie in well with your next day…?!

Where we’ll go

Ideally, we’ll meet at SW and walk from there. There are a two beautiful places to sleep within an hour’s walk, they’re our go-to locations, as they’re easily accessible but feel remote, and have truly jaw dropping views. If for some reason, we need to head elsewhere, then it’ll be no more than a 20 minute car journey.

What if the weather’s bad?

Good question! Obviously, it’s the UK, so the weather is changeable. If it’s a bit wild in the hills, we’ll head to Anglesey, where the weather is often much better. We’ll bivvy in a hidden cove instead, listening to the rhythm of the waves. If you’d rather the solitude of the the hills, we can take a tent instead, and go wild camping somewhere. We’ll provide the tent if this is the case.


Leaving your car

You can leave your car in the car park opposite SW. It isn’t a patrolled / monitored car park, but we’ve never heard of cars being broken into it. Some people sleep in camper vans in the car park as well – so it always feels busy and secure. We’d both be more than happy to leave our cars there.

Getting here without a car

Our closest train station is Bangor, which is a 15 minute taxi ride away, or a 1 hour bus journey!

It takes 3.5 hours on the train from London Euston  to Bangor – easy.

Places to stay

If you’re after anywhere else to stay, check out our accommodation page for the best zeds about.

You’ll need;

  • Large rucksack – approximately 50 litres
  • Warm sleeping bag – 3 season
  • Sleeping mat
  • Good headtorch with working batteries
  • Waterproof bivvy bag
  • Toothbrush & paste
  • Your best ghost stories!

We can lend you a rucksack, headtorch, sleeping mat, and bivvy bag – please just let us know in advance. We can also arrange sleeping bags to hire on your behalf if you don’t have one.

General clothing and kit you should bring with you

  • Warm and comfy outdoor clothes / sportswear that are nice to walk in and quick to dry. Cotton jumpers or jeans are best avoided. We’ll normally be wearing a wicking base layer, light fleece, warmer jacket, and walking trousers
  • Warm hat & gloves
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Trainers or walking boots / shoes
  • Small personal first aid kit with any personal medication
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • 1 litre of water
  • Your favourite snacks
  • Camera

    The most important bit – food!

    Our normal evening meal consists of…

    Spinach and ricotta ravioli, and tomato sauce.

    Cheese, crackers and a small bottle of red wine.
    Breakfast is…

    Pastries, muffins, and fruit.

    Chocolate, crisps, and olives

    Does this sound okay? Please let us know if you’ve any problems or dietary requirements. We have provided gluten free and vegan meals for folks before – it’s not a problem, as long as we have prior warning!