Wild Camping Weekend for Women

On a wet and windy weekend in May we took a small group of ladies up into the mountains in Snowdonia for their wild camping experience. Having met at a cafe prior to starting (essential coffee, hot food and advice on packing and waterproofing kit), we drove down towards Beddgelert to start the adventure. It took us about 3 hours to walk in; walking at a leisurely pace, enjoying the views and also stopping to learn some navigational skills such as orientating the map, looking at features and how to use a compass. Eventually, with tired legs as the terrain was boggy and hard work with full packs we arrived by the side of a lake (or Llyn in Wales), which was our home for the night. Within half an hour extra layers were donned, tents put up, sleeping bags organised, a shelter erected and cooking stoves lit. It wasn’t long before we were happily drinking soup and hot drinks, waiting for fresh pasta to be cooked, followed by home-made cakes and further hot drinks. Sadly, the weather wasn’t conducive to sitting out and watching the sunset or stars, but the wind and rain did make snuggling into sleeping bags and hearing the rain on the tents  feel extra lovely. After a wild night of weather we woke to gushing streams around us. A hot breakfast was essential before we set off back down the mountain, stopping for a packed lunch to finish with the compulsory tea and cakes at a warm and welcoming local cafe.

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We visited these cafes, both of which we can recommend:

Siabod Cafe www.moelsiabodcafe.co.uk

Caffi Gwynant www.cafesnowdon.co.uk


These are some of the comments from the adventurous ladies that made the weekend so good:

“Emma and Andy it was through your expertise that this trip worked and made us all feel confident in what we were doing. I think as soon as we started to walk my fears of being able to cope were washed away because you were so relaxed and supportive.”

“I have woken this morning with a smile on my face remembering our wonderful Wild camping trip”

“I was a complete novice when it comes to camping and navigating and now know how to pitch a tent, to find safe water, know what equipment I need for preparing a meal, how to stay warm and how to pack my rucksack and what not to bring with me… I have some idea of how to navigate using a compass (thanks for your patience Emma)”

“The weekend reminded me how lucky we are to have such beautiful places on our doorsteps and that we can all make an effort to enjoy our health and well being…I felt very reassured by your company this weekend and thank you for not losing patience with me -slowest and least fit.”