Explore the rugged trail paths of Snowdonia, one of the most extraordinary corners in Britain. These towering mountains sit so close to the coastline that you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the seaside after you’ve battled the climb.
This magnificent mountain, Mount Snowdon, makes up Wales’ highest point. Everyone who visits and passes through Wales should experience the thrill of reaching the summit probably at least once in their lives. There’s really no excuse with several different walking routes up to the top. Each route varies in difficulty, meaning, it can be easily managed with your family in tow. However, if you are an advanced climber flying solo why not try out the famous Crib Goch arête which is one of the more difficult routes.
If you’re not a big walker that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t reach the top! Hop on to the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the summit and enjoy the breath-taking views all the way across the sea and over to Ireland. Make sure when you are heading up to take a trip to the Hafod Eryri Visitor Centre who will delight you with a hot beverage for your journey. It does get cold up there so it is advised you do take some layers with you.
As well as Snowdon there are plenty of other family-friendly peaks to pick. You may have noticed the peak that looks like a giant stegosaurus on the side of the A5? Tryfan is particularly popular with teenagers and children alike, so be sure to attempt the climb with your family when visiting.
Or why not visit Cader Idris, an exciting extinct volcano set between two estuaries, River Dyfi and River Mawddach. Whilst your there be sure to pop over to Aberdyfi, Aber meaning “mouth of the river” in Welsh, the quaint and classy fishing village on Snowdonia’s coastline, where you will experience yet more breathtaking views.
Visit the Llŷn Peninsula
Formed of three sides with sailing, powerboating and windsurfing available to the south. Take a day to get the adrenaline pumping or laze around whilst watching everyone else go by on the beaches of Hells’ Mouth. Go further north and you will be met with amazing magical coves, whistling sands and wonderful wildlife.
As well as natural attractions, Snowdonia also has lots of man-made attractions too. Castles including, Caernarfon, Harlech and Conwy all built for keeping everyone in check during King Edward’s reign. Caernarfon, now with World Heritage Status, and many others are owned now by CADW. Also scattered throughout Snowdonia you will see some romantic ruins such as Dolbadarn, Dolwyddelan and Castell Y Bere.
If you are a history buff why not check out the National Slate Museum, Sygun Copper Mines and Llechwedd Slate Caverns. With more and more historical attractions being given a new lease of life, there is an even better reason to go back if you have already been before. It will give you an opportunity to experience the once historic building in a new setting. The Bounce Below Caves for example will allow you to bounce around inside the old disused mine, something you would have never been able to do or experience before. Plus, it’s great for all the family as you will know the kids will keep themselves amused for hours!
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