Activities; From The Rock


GPS 4 x 4 Discovery Treks
From the heart of Snowdonia discover the wild green lanes of Wales.
Treks leaving daily all year round.

trek trek

From our base in Manod GPS 4 x 4 discovery treks run a range of guided treks on different days varying in difficulty from first time trails to the more advanced. Prices start from £15 per vehicle for a full days trek. 5 Slots available on each trek/trek leader has 3 spare seats, £5 per seat. Road legal quads, dirt bikes, hybrid 4 x4 welcome.
Treks leave from various locations, please call.

Email: Tel: 07542165906. Monthly run night treks. 5 day wild camping holiday run 4 times a year.

Sat/Sun treks run all year round, DVD of trek. Week day treks, holiday season only. Family and Groups welcome.


Blaenau Ffestiniog was one of the six major slate production areas of North Wales, and it was slate that made Blaenau famous. Blaenau slate was exported the world over and is renowned for its strength and durability.

This great industry has left a permanent mark on the landscape, above ground in the tips, tramways and ruined mills; but also below ground in the miles of winding tunnels and cathedral sized chambers that were carved by hand in the mountains around the town.
Slate extraction continues at two working quarries, however the large underground mines, Cwmorthin, Croesor, Rhosydd, Wrysgan and many others are long abandoned. A show mine, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, allows visitors to glimpse the working lives of the Welsh quarrymen; and for the walker or industrial historian there are many routes in the area that allow the remains, and the scenery, to be appreciated.

Underground exploration is potentially dangerous and should only be attempted by the suitably equipped and experienced. Your local caving club would be a good first point of contact.


The south facing cliffs of the Moelwyn provide some of the best rock climbing in Britain. As they are south facing they dry quickly and as the rock is rough even when damp it makes good climbing. From easier routes to the extremes all grades are on offer, most are multi-pitch.



Blaenau Ffestiniog sits at the bottom of the impressive Moelwyn range, deep in Snowdonia, and has always been known for it’s fantastic “off –piste”, natural mountain biking, with big mountain climbs ...and even bigger descents!

It is a great base for any Mountain bike trip, as the Marin, Penmachno, and Coed y Brenin Trail Centre’s are only a 15 minute drive away from the town centre, but closer still is the jewel in the crown……a brand new Dh & Freeride Centre, located 1 km from the town centre, and opening it’s doors in July 2012.

It will boast 4 Dh trails from blue to black grade, with a 8.5km blue grade xc trail, taking in the spectacular views around Tan y Grisiau lake. Add to this a new Visitors Centre, a jump site, and pump track making it “The” mountain bike destination to visit in 2012 and beyond.

Blaenau Ffestiniog is also an excellent base for road cyclist with secluded B roads that tour the magical Snowdon peak, leaving you in awe with its breathtaking views, and long mountain pass climbs.

Head the other direction, and explore Mignaint pass, and the Berwyn range, with even more seclusion, and if you fancy joining the 100 mile club, take in Lake Vyrnwy, and the Llangynog pass on your return.

Blaenau Ffestiniog has something for everyone, whichever discipline of cycling you enjoy.


One of the most prolific areas for lakes containing brown trout from the lakes of the Moelwynion, Cwm-orthin, Corsiog, Conglog and Llyn Adar, to the lakes of Ffestiniog, Gammallt, Morwynion to name just a few with the rivers Teigl, Cynfal, Dwyryd.

For rainbows and brown trout try Tanygrisiau with easy access and most methods of fishing allowed, for all abilities. Cambrian Angling Association Est 1885 The Cambrian Angling Association offers excellent lake fishing in wild surroundings. Blaenau Ffestiniog, in the centre of the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, is undoubtedly a good centre for any angler, who enjoys catching Wild Brown Trout in beautiful surroundings. Any legal method with a single rod and reel is allowed including Float Tube Fishing, (fly only) but as these lakes are natural and sometimes remote, the decision as to whether it is safe to enter the water, is entirely yours.The lakes are mainly located to the west, (in the Moelwyn mountain range) and to the East, (in the Migneint range), of the A470 trunk road that runs through the town.


Situated on the outskirts of Ffestiniog Village about 900 feet above sea level, Clwb Golff Ffestiniog, formed in 1893, is one of the highest golf courses in Wales.


With picturesque views of Ffestiniog and of the surrounding area, this has many natural features and hazards. The par 68 course measures 4,602 metres from the Gents Tees and 3,878 metres from the Ladies Tees.

The club has a a friendly, informal environment and is maintained by its members on a voluntary basis.


For more information visit the Ffestiniog Golf website.


Kayaking and Canoeing locally - A Paddlers Dream…

Imagine touring the world and bringing back a mountain from the Alps, a steep creek from West Virginia, a river from New Zealand, a waterfall from Norway an Estuary from Devon, a rocky coastline from the West of Ireland and a tidal wave from Pebrokeshire. Add a lake from Austria and a valley from the Rhine. Finally a dam controlled playground from Colorado. Now imagine all of this within 5 to 45 minutes drive away. Open your eyes you’re in Blaenau Ffestiniog!


From high level to low level Ffestiniog offers all kinds of walking. From Moelwyn Bach in the south to the high peak of Moel Siabod you have over 90 square kilometers of wild country to explore. In the wilder areas the use of map and compass is essential. To the south of Blaenau and towering above it are the Manods. Although the north peak of Manod Mawr is heavily quarried, the south peak is relatively untouched and wild. Its smaller brother - Manod Bach is wild and untouched by paths. Nestling between the peaks is the beautiful Llyn Manod, ideal for a picnic.

Remember that we have popular walks on our website.


A lovingly-created hub of indoor activities!


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- 8 Hole Crazy Golf
- 6 Lane Scalextric
- R/C Boating Lake
- G-Scale Railway
- NASCAR Race Track
- And More!

Opposite The Ffestiniog Railway Station
Blaenau Ffestiniog
Mobile: Mike 07521 482742


Activity Organiser Phone Postcode Website / Email
Walking courses Plas Tan y Bwlch 01766 772600 LL41 3YU website
Guided walks Antur Stiniog 01766 832214 LL41 3AA website
Mine exploring Friends of Cwmorthin 01690 348068    website
Mine exploring Bob Field 01766 762765 LL41 4PH  website
Mountaineer (MIC) Alister Haveron 01766 830511 LL41 3HS website
Mountain Walking & Climbing Chris Boughay 07779 961027 LL41 4TS website
Rock climbing Bob Field 01766 762765 LL41 4PH  website
Guided Nordic Walking Catrin Roberts 01766 830568   e-mail
Mountaineering Courses Mike Laing 01766 832120 LL41 4DF website
Mountain biking Coed y Brenin 0300 068 0300 LL40 2HZ website
Guided mountain biking Tyred Out 01690 760181 LL24 0PU website
Downhill & other biking Antur Stiniog 01766 832214 LL41 3AA website
Fishing  Cambrian Angling 01766 762401   wesite
Fishing  Prysor Angling 01766 540313   website
Fishing  Lake Tanygrisiau 01766 830950 LL41 3TP Lakeside Cafe 
Fishing permits & tackle Gynnau Penrhyn 01766 770339 LL48 6BN Penrhyndeudraeth
Fishing permits  Pikes Newsagents 01766 512578 LL49 9LR Porthmadog
Fishing guide Trevor Jones 01286 880376   e-mail
Fly fishing course Plas Tan y Bwlch 01766 772600 LL41 3YU website
Ras y Moelwyn (fell run) Antur Stiniog 01766 832214 LL41 3AA website
High ropes & zip wires Go Ape 0845 643 92 15 LL40 2HZ website
Pony trekking Eirlys Pritchard 01766 590231 LL41 4HY Maentwrog
White water rafting White Water Centre 01678 521083 LL23 7NU website
Kayaking & canoeing Padlo Blaenau 01766 830750   e-mail
Swimming pool Blaenau Ffestiniog 01766 831066 LL41 3DW  
Sailing Madoc Yacht Club 01766 512976 LL49 9AT website
Rowing Madoc Rowing Club 01766 810273 LL49 9AT website
Quad trekking Madog Quads 07511 582079   website
Golf Llan Ffestiniog  01766 831829   website
Golf Porthmadog   01766 512037 LL49 9UU website
Golf Harlech 01766 780361 LL46 2UB website
Golf driving range Porthmadog   01766 514 225 LL49 9DS website
Bird watching RSPB ospreys 029 2035 3008   website
Bird watching courses Plas Tan y Bwlch 01766 772600 LL41 3YU website
Nesting choughs Llechwedd 01766 830306 LL41 3NB website
Your Welsh Ancestors Cricieth 01766 547073 LL52 0EG website
This is not an exhaustive list and, if you are operating in the Vale of Ffestiniog and would like to be listed,
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