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Best Mountains and Peaks for Families to Climb in Wales

Beautiful Wales has some stunning landscapes and it’s a great place to try out climbing a mountain with your family on a smaller scale before you venture to more mountainous climes. If you’re looking to try out hill walking and climbing some mini mountains – Wales is a great place to start. Climbing peaks can be a great way to give your kids a little fresh air, develop their love of nature and feed their sense of adventure. Oh and if your kids have boundless energy – a hill or mountain walk is the perfect way to burn it off!

Tips and tricks for hill walking and mountain climbing with kids

Of course, there are no hard and fast rules for climbing mountains with kids as every child is different, but here are a few hints and tips to help you get started. For fun on any kind of family walk these are our top tips for keeping families happy and motivated on a long walk. Essentially – deciding to climb a hill or mini mountain with kids is easy enough – all you need is a fine day, plenty of chocolate and a good story! A ‘story’ needs to be a motivational, inspiring tale of why you need to reach the top! Maybe there’s some folklore or a grand story of previous adventurers who have climbed or failed to climb the mountain – a good motivational story and plenty of snacks and kids will be jumping at the chance to try and climb!

How to Climb a Mountain with Kids

  • Make sure kids can see how far they’ve come and how far they have to go so there is a sense of progress up the big mountain.
  • Make sure you pack lots of water and snacks.
  • Plan in plenty of breaks.
  • Involve the kids. Give them the map and help them plan and lead the route!
  • Take a scavenger hunt to keep kids amused.
  • Factor in some games to play as you are walking such as: ‘Eye Spy’, The Shopping Game’ Find more ideas here…..
  • Give Jelly Babies/ chocolate as a reward for completing stages along the route.
  • Bring waterproofs and warm jumpers/ dress for the weather with lots of layers.

Best peaks, hills and mountains to climb in Wales

You can’t travel to Wales on a family holiday and not be enamoured with their stunning views. There are breathtaking beaches, magnificent buildings and fairy tale like hill walks. Find out more things to do here on a family holiday in Wales.

And when you’re ready for a day mountain walking as a family – here are some of ours and other families favourite family mountain walks in Wales.

Here’s a brilliant itinerary for a Wales road trip to give you ideas of more things to do in Wales.

Moel Famau

Moel Famau is an amazing walk for families as suggested by Mummy to Dex. Situated between Denbighshire and Flintshire, it’s the highest peak of the Clwydian range and can be seen from as far as Liverpool. I grew up with being able to see this hill from my bedroom window which looks like it has a little cherry on top – this is infact Jubilee tower which was built in the early 1800s, but never completed. There is plenty of parking at the foot of Moel Famau and various paths to the summit. Two of the most popular and easiest paths start from the southern car parks within Bwlch Penbarras – it’s around 1.25 miles to the top. This route is perfect for families. The paths to the top are popular with dog walkers and families and can get very busy during the summer months. Be sure to take plenty of water, snacks and be prepared with good walking shoes and clothes. During the winter months it can get very, very cold!

Welsh Mountains to climb with kids! Photo Credit: Mummy to Dex

Snowdon (1,085)

Pen Y Fan (886m)

Snowdon is recommended as an achievable climb for kids of all ages . Try the Miners Track, a route that is variable, from flat paths to rock scrambles, with fantastic views across Snowdon and beyond. The Rhyd-Ddu path up Snowdon’s quieter western route is more gentle. Pass Llyn Llydaw lake with the legend of Arthur’s Excalibur, which is said to have been thrown into the lake! Or we also recommend Pen Y Fan, which is in the Brecon Beacons for a lovely day out. A truly iconic hill to climb in Wales, great for little legs. Find out more about the Pen Y Fan walk for families here.

Pen Y Fan – Photo Credit – An Ordinary Family of 5

Cadair Idris (893m)

Cadair Idris in Snowdonia National Park is a beautiful hill climb, it’s one of the best mountain ranges in Wales for families to climb – we climbed with our young children and were blown away by the scenery. The kids loved the mission of reaching the lake, passing waterfalls on the way, crossing streams and playing make believe in the stone house ruins on the way! Find out more about the Cadair Idris walk with Kids here.

Cadair Idris – Photo Credit: Travel Vixta.com

Sugarloaf Abergavenny (596m)

Sugarloaf mountains are most accessible from the car park on the Llanwenarth (to the south of the summit) and on a clear day you can see all the way to Somerset. It’s a pretty route which is full of wildlife and an easy first mountain climb for kids and their families.

Mountains for families to climb in wales

Are you ready to start planning your mountain adventure? Climbing mountains for little kids can be a great way to spend family time and give kids a real sense of achievement and excitement when they reach the top. That feeling of looking at the world unfold below you, and thinking, ‘I climbed that!’ – well, you’ll remember that for the rest of your life. Wales is a brilliant UK mountain climbing venue with so many accessible family hill walks to climb – find out more details about the top 3 Wales walks for kids! If you liked our mountain climbing adventures – you might enjoy our canoe paddling adventure too!

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