Free wi-fi internet connection, near to A55 express way, Manchester 1.5 hours away, close to all the major North Wales climbing areas including The Great Orme and Llanberis. The owners, Jim & Julia, are very active climbers and fell runners and know the region like the back of their hands! In addition to this Jim operates a guided trail/ mountain running & walking service called "Run to The Hills (North Wales)". He is also Single Pitch Award (SPA) qualified to instruct basic rock climbing skills and techniques and they can direct you to all the best rock climbing & running venues in the area. Clean bright rooms and a great breakfast is guaranteed. Evening meals can also be provided on request.
Tariff is £25 per NIGHT per PERSON.
£500 per month (Nov-March) & £600 per month (Apr-Oct) per PERSON.
£950 per month(Nov-March) & £1050 per month (Apr-Oct) for COUPLES.
* SCROLL DOWN TO SEE OUR GUIDED ACTIVITY MENU.
We are also ideally placed to accommodate competitors in events such as, the legendary Snowdon International Race (every July), Snowdonia Marathon (October) and the "Slateman", "Sandman" and "Snowman" triathlon events. Competitors in the annual "Etape Eryri" cycle race are also welcome.
We encourage LONG TERM RENTAL for individuals / couples & students (studying at Bangor University) in excess of two months or longer, please contact us for a special rate.
Accommodation comprises of a nicely presented,
- Bedroom No 1. A Single "Cottage style" attic bed room (no en-suite) with 16" Flat Screen TV with DVD player. - Bedroom No 1. A Single "Cottage style" attic bed room (no en-suite) with 16" Flat Screen TV with DVD player. If require, we do have a facility to install an additional camp style bed for an extra person. Please note price is £25/person per night.
- Bedroom No.2: A Double bed room with new en-suite toilet and wash basin, 22" Flat Screen TV with DVD player and plenty of storage.
* Downstairs shower room and bath.
* All rooms have tea & coffee making facilities.
* Free access to laundry facility and kitchen.
* Light breakfast is provided (cereals, toasts, juices, milk, tea / coffee).
The property overlooks the sea with STUNNING views across the Menai Straits towards the Isle of Anglesey. The village of Penmaenmawr is also is within easy reach of the historic castles of Conwy, Beaumaris, Penrhyn and Caernarfon. Regular public transport (rail/bus)links to the towns of Llandudno, Bangor and the Roman City of Chester (see further info. below).
ACTIVITY "MENU" WITH A DIFFERENCE!!
We offer the following guided, qualified and fully first aid trained, instruction for the following activities. This should be paid separately and on the dates chosen:
1. SNOWDON DAY: £45 per person (£ 80 couples) including, packed lunch & guided climb up and down of Snowdon Mountain, The highest peak of Wales & England at 1085 mtr. Choice of routes - All 'Energetic' ( 10-12 miles) required a reasonable level of fitness.
2. ANGLESEY (HOLY ISLAND) DAY: £45 per person (£ 80 couples). Experience spectacular Coastal Scenery around North & South Stacks and Holyhead Mountain. 6 - 14 miles, depending on ability and fitness. Price is including transport, packed lunch.
3. ROCK CLIMBING / CAVING DAY: £55 per person (£ 100 couples) Introduction to Welsh Rock Climbing, including transport, packed lunch and specialist equipment.
4. ALTERNATIVE WALKING / CLIMBING:
Guided itineraries can be arranged on request. Please consult with Jim & Julia directly. Price on application.
5. ABSEILING ADVENTURE:
Why not try your hand at a 30 metre abseil down a sheer rock face into a spectacular river gorge ? We offer a half day abseil experience in the beautiful Lledr Valley (near Betws-y-Coed). You will be expertly shown how to descend a vertical rock face - all in complete safety from someone who has been involved in climbing for over 30 years. Cost per person: £40 (including all equipment and transport to and from the site).
PENMAENMAWR: LOCAL AREA INFORMATION FOR VISITORS
Penmaenmawr is famous for its quarrying heritage (a bit like most of North Wales really!!). "Craiglwyd Quarry" began extracting stone in 1834 and continues to this day... albeit a much scaled down operation! The rock is extremely hard 'Diorite' and is used mainly for road and railway construction. There are many fascinating high level walks that include the remains of the old quarry. It is also possible to climb further up the hillside and reach the historic 'Druids Stone Circle (Meini Hirion) which lies on the windswept moorlands high above the village. This well-preserved relic of Prehistoric Britain is around 3,000 years B.C! In addition to this, there is also a Prehistoric Axe Factory nearby. This was one of the most important stone axe manufacturing sites in the whole of Europe.
Today, Penmaenmawr is a very popular seaside village benefitting from clean 'Blue Flag' beaches and easy access.
OTHER LOCAL ATTRACTIONS:
Conwy Town and its famous castle are approximately 4.5 miles away and well-served by regular public transport. Conwy's spectacular castle was built in the 13th Century for the King Edward 1st. Today it is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. One can marvel at its huge, preserved towers and ramparts. A tourist walk around the castle walls gives a completely different view of the streets and quaint alley ways below. Conwy is also famous for the 'UK's SMALLEST HOUSE'! Measuring a mere 3m high x 1.8 m wide, this tiny one-up, one-down was once owned by a 6 foot high fisherman! There is also a good range of pubs, restaurants, cafes and fish & chip shops.
Llandudno, with its lovely pier stretching out to sea, is an excellent example of a Victorian- Era seaside resort. Bustling with hotels and all major high street stores, Llandudno is a great place to go shopping for gifts etc. Nearby is the Great Orme Copper Mines where tourists can visit this 4000 year old Bronze Age site and journey along its network of underground passages. Archeological excavations still continue to this day and visitors can see how our anscestors turned copper ore into valuable metal.
Penmaenmawr is within very easy reach of the beautiful Isle of Anglesey with its rugged, sea cliff coastline, world famous Menai Suspension Bridge and moated, Beaumaris Castle.
Mount Snowdon at 1085m is Wales' (and England's for that matter!!) highest peak. The village of Llanberis sits at its base and is an ideal destination for anyone interested in outdoor sports such as mountain walking, running, rock climbing/scrambling or kayaking. Llanberis can be reached in sub-thirty minutes from Penmaenmawr by car.
Local 'SAVER' (WEEKLY/MONTHLY) bus passes can be purchased in the University City of Bangor. These passes are valid throughout most of North Wales. They represent a huge saving over multiple daily ticket purchases. Ideal for anyone wishing to visit/ tour any/ all of these attractions and more!!
Easy access public transportation / well connected to get about to our location:
- By air (from abroad), fly to Manchester airport, and train linked from Manchester to Penmaenmawr (via Llandudno Junction) train station.
- By train, Arriva / Virgin train services. When you book the train ticket, please request to stop at Penmaenmawr train station, within walking distance(less than 5 minutes walk) to our house.
- By bus - bus stop is 2 minutes walk from our place. Arriva Bus services.
We exchanged a couple of emails before my stay, and followed the instructions to find the house, just a few minutes from the Expressway. James and Julia were friendly and helpful. I was welcomed with tea and lots of information! James even lent me a map and overtrousers for my walk the next day. Although I had booked the single room I was put in the double room with ensuite, which was clean and comfortable, and the views from the dining area across the sea to Anglesey were fabulous. Overall, very good value for money!
My room was warm, comfortable and spotlessly clean. Jim & Julia told me to treat their home as my own. The views from both sides of their home are stunning (but as I am from that part of Wales, I may be a bit biased!). I would definately recommend this b&b to friends & family. I am also going to mention Jim & Julia on (website hidden). I can't thank them enough for making my stay so enjoyable.
Delyth Jones x
Jim and Julia are the perfect hosts. We stayed for 3 nights. The room was cosy and comfortable, perfect for our needs. We hired Jim as a guide up Snowdon which was amazing. Finishing the walk with a beer, then they cooked a meal for us which was lovely. They are great company and great hosts. And if you're into your mountain sports this is the place to stay! Thanks for a great weekend
James and Julia were very hospitable and helpful to make our stay as comfortable as possible. They were friendly and it was really nice to chat with them as they shared some of their stories with us. We had quite a variety of food for breakfast. The rooms were cosy and had comfortable beds. In general, my friends and I enjoyed our stay there.
Jim& Julia truely made our new years trip to north wales special!we felt right at home, the room was nice, cosy and clean with ensuite! they gave us great advice on where to go exploring, the area is just perfect, really close to everything! we went to see the aber falls which is a great little walk! the breakfast is a good start in the day including the ocean view, which was brilliant to wake up to! jim&julia invited us to their friends new years party, the best thing that happened to us, we had so much fun and we met lots of really friendly people who welcomed us in their home and cooked amazing Indonesian dinner! we made great friends and we will definitely come back to hike mt snowdon in summer with you guys! thanks for everything! best hosts ever :) Michaela& simon xxx
I cannot describe what a wonderful wonderful experience I had staying with Julia and Jim. Most people write brief reviews on airbnb and skim over the negative points, and I'm aware of that - but let me tell you, there literally was no negative experience or any negative aspect of my stay with Julia and Jim. They were the perfect hosts, I climbed up Snowdon mountain with them on Christmas day (most memorable Christmas!), they invited me for Christmas and boxing day dinner, Julia even took me to Aberforth falls! They opened their home to me, and made me feel extremely welcome, in fact, I was the one who felt like I might be imposing too much! Julia and Jim are such a great couple, with a very active lifestyle that they will be only too happy to include you in! They had wonderful suggestions on everything to do in Penmaenmawr and the nearby area, and tips on all kinds of activities in Snowdonia. I was travelling to Edinburgh after staying with them, and they had advice and tips for me to see things there as well!
Their enthusuasm is infectious, and their hospitality out of this world. If i get a chance again to visit the UK, there's not a doubt that I would stay with Jim and Julia again and go on another (or many) adventures! Thanks so much guys.
Jim and Julia are extremely friendly and helpful for a solo traveller (without a reasonable sense of direction) like me. The listing is accurate. The location is very close to the village centre- bus stops (that lead to attractions), railway station, beach, library, museum, grocery/charity/antique shops, cafés, takeaways, police station are all nearby (I used the public transportation and found it easy to get around, especially with the hosts’ help). The kitchen window is overlooking the sea/beach- the breakfast time gave me a great start of a day!
Thank you for your patience Julia during our walks, I am so unfit and had to sit down in the beginning of the Aber Fall walk! I was truly amazed by the pretty views you kindly showed me. I will try some of your exercise tips. And thank you Jim for reading paragraphs from books and enlightening me about the education system, politics (crime and justice, sustainable energy and many more!) I care about these issues and appreciate your views. Thank you both for receiving me with a short notice- I will plan ahead next time in order to join your guided activities.
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JIM KELLY: Jim Kelly was born in London in 1963. He first entered outdoor sports whilst at school in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. Climbing became his main passion with early ascents of Alpine Peaks such as Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa/ Dufourspitze between 1982 and 1983. Thereafter, Jim went on to instruct climbing and caving at several outdoor centres in England and Wales. In 1988 he moved to Sheffield in order to undertake a degree in Sports and Recreation Management. It also allowed him plenty of time to climb in the Peak District!
Most recently Jim moved to North Wales where mountain running has become a new ‘obsession’ with him. It also happens to be where he met Julia, his wife.
In his 18 months of running Jim has completed both the arduous Snowdonia Marathon (his first ever marathon attempt!) in 03:44:05 and went on to complete the International Snowdon Run in a very respectable 01:35:07.
Although Jim now works in retailing, guide book writing and feature writing for running and climbing magazines is increasingly absorbing more and more of his spare time. With several other titles in the pipelines, the future looks set to become a whole lot busier for him!
JULIA KELLY: Julia Kelly was born in Indonesia in 1967 where she trained as a merchandising manager for many big-name designer fashion houses. She came over to the UK in 2007 where she met and married Jim. Julia has keen interest in rock climbing, mountain scrambling, photography and design. Her knowledge of information technology has been invaluable in the production of this guide. Most recently Julia & Jim have established “Run to the Hills(North Wales)” guided off-road running services for beginners and experienced runners alike.
"A MOUNTAIN RUNNER'S GUIDE TO SNOWDONIA" REVIEWS :
* REVIEW 1 : By Martin Cortvriend (Welsh Fell Runners Association Newsletter December 2010)
It was early December, and Santa, in the form of TrailGuides editor Keven Shevels, arrived early, a
crisp new copy of A Mountain Runner’s Guide to Snowdonia landing on my doorstep.
I became acquainted with Keven purchasing the company’s pocket training guides on all things
off-road running which proved very popular prizes at IMRA races in 2008 and 2009.
TrailGuides have published a significant number of walking guidebooks over the past years, but
this is their first guide with mountain runners in mind. Volumes of this genre are scarce: Steven
Fallon covers “Classic Hill Runs and Races in Scotland” while two books detail the Rocky
Mountains (“Running Colorado’s Front Range” by Brian Metzler and Steven Bragg’s “Run the
It is the publishing company’s largest running book so far (at 192 pages) and the first in full colour
(indeed richly adorned with pictures). The new cover design template is sleek and, all things
considered, adds-up to warrant the retail price of £18.99 also considering the limited print-run. Hill
running remains a niche-market, even if a growing one, a fact we may cherish on reflection.
Let me move on to what I liked in particular about the book. Firstly, as a mountain runner I
appreciated the sympathetic vision that author Jim Kelly brought to the book. He clearly loves
Snowdonia in the way Kenny Stuart loves his Lake District, Kevin Shevels his Cheviots, and I my
Wicklow Mountains, and what mountain runner would not like to see their favourite areas best runs
put to print?
The book early chapters deal with where to stay, where to eat and other basic information before
launching into a description of the Ferguson Grading System. Here-in routes are rated from 0
(easiest) to 16 (hardest) across three categories (Trail, Fell, and Mountain) and five aspects of the
route: Distance, Navigation, Terrain, Remoteness and Height Gain, a comprehensive system
which left me missing only the total climb of the route (route descriptions provide starting and
finishing elevation and gradient).
You can use the Ferguson rating to get a quick idea of each run and the author has extracted a
wide span of routes to cater for runners of all levels. You will find a selection of entry level routes,
the easiest rated “4”, such as the popular 5 mile Moel Y Ci fell-race, and the hardest a series of
runs rated at an ominous “13”. These more beastly challenges include the Nantlle Ridge Circuit
consisting of “long grassy ridge slopes and cwrms with intervals of steep rocky sections and easy
scrambling” or the Peris Horseshoe Circuit (based on the Peris Horseshoe race) with a daunting
17.5 miles and this advice from the author “It would be totally inadvisable to attempt this route in
bad or uncertain weather.”
The many, like this reviewer, who were introduced to Snowdonia through the International
Snowdon Race, would rightly expect to see the route as part of the book and we are not
disappointed. The low rating of “7” may not be recognised by all former competitors but the
description of the gradient certainly plays on the memory, to pick a snippet: “This route is sustained
uphill with some steep sections. Fast, hard descent..watch your knees and don’t trip!”
Apart from descriptive text and a Ferguson rating, the book provides everything I would imagine to
need should I venture into Snowdonia: You have a rough map (with information on what map to
buy for the area), key grid references, expected time, starting point, and notes on access (always
I felt suddenly more closely acquainted with most routes reading through the detail which both
goes into the terrain (“the terrain is a cocktail of steep rocky paths, loose scree, high rocky
pinnacles, steps and ridges…”). The bulk of detail for each route is dedicated to step-by-step
instructions accompanied by pictures, no lack of humour and colourful commentary, and even a sly
dig at hill-walkers footwear!
The author does not intend to dumb down the content or leave us with the false impression that
you can simply pick up the book and go out with no further preparation, the raised finger in the
description of the “Snowdon Horseshoe” a warning to all: “Despite its “marketing” as a tourist
attraction, regrettably, it (red: Snowdon) claims several lives each year, often through personal
negligence and/or inexperience”.
A Mountain Runners Guide to Snowdonia is tightly edited throughout except for the
unfortunate “forward by Kenny Stuart” on page 7, but this is quickly forgotten as you enjoy the old
Once I put down the book, I felt inclined to join in on Kenny’s encouragement for TrailGuides to
publish a series on the Lake District. While no guidebook is likely to ever surpass Wainwright’s
seminal series, unbolting the door to the Lakeland fell-racing routes would not be a redundant
What did I miss? Well my first instinct was to look for the Welsh Three Thousand Foot Challenge
and the “Paddy Buckley Round” but these are not confined only to Snowdonia and, as the author
points out in the early chapters, are aptly covered by Roy Clayton and Ronald Turnbull’s
meritorious “The Welsh Three Thousand Foot Challenges”. In any case, you will find several parts
of the Paddy Buckley as separate routes among the total twenty-five on offer (such as the afore-
mentioned Nantlle Ridge Run).
I gladly place A Mountain Runner’s Guide to Snowdonia next to its older cousin on my bookshelf
and while lighter on exposition, it is certainly the easier of the two books to bring with you and apply
in the field, thanks in no small part to the sturdy binding and durable cover. If you’re interested in
Snowdonia already, you should buy this book, if you’re looking for ideas for a running holiday, you
should buy this book and if you are merely curious or a collector of mountain running books, the
advice still stands.
* REVIEW 2 BY RENE BORG Borg Mud, Sweat and Tears website January 2011
There are dozens of guides for walkers in Snowdonia lining the bookshelves of outdoor stores from Betws Coed to Caernarfon to Conwy not to mention hundreds of B & B’s and guest houses in between. Not any on running in Snowdonia - they’re rarer than hen’s teeth, although I did read an excellent book on the Welsh 1000’s some years ago (which will have to be rewritten in the light of the remeasuring of Glyder Fawr!) Jim Kelly’s book is therefore a very welcome production and he’s clearly had a most enjoyable time putting it together. His chapters consist of a list of 25 routes in Snowdonia, most of them traversing much the same ground as some of the many mountain races in the area. This includes classic routes such as the Carneddau and the Peris Horseshoe but Jim has also included some shorter circuits based on Mike Blake’s Tuesday nigh t race series. Maps are included with grid references and a detailed description of each route and the type of information included is just what a runner would want to know about the terrain, etc. The format is easy to follow and, being used to the ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ categorization of fell races, I was interested to see the more detailed Ferguson Grading System applied to each run.
So often during race s I have wished that I’d previously recce’d the route and although this book does refer to many specific races it should not be relied on as an authoritative guide to race routes. Race organiser’s (including me!) have a habit of changing routes for various reasons. In some cases Jim has described the specific race route as with the Snowdon Mountain Race, in others he has, understandably, devised an alternative more interesting circuit than the straightforward up and down race route (e.g. Cnicht, Moel Hebog and Moel Siabod). Furthermore the Moel Wnion route follows a quite different circuit to that of James McQueen’s race in March and Jim has managed to shorten the Tal-y-Fan route by a couple of miles. Nevertheless the various routes stand on their own as excellent runs in their own right and I’m sure even the most traveled runner will find something new in this book. I’m particularly tempted to try the alternative descent of Cadair Idris!
In short it’s an excellent book full of useful and detailed information about the varied and beautiful running terrain to be found in Snowdonia. It’s amply illustrated with plenty of photos taken by Julia Kelly – quite a lot depict Jim himself either racing the race or in a more relaxed mode with a grin on his face. If only I ’d known in advance I could have sent him one or two photos of me to include as well!
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