Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd, UK
With a cool 823 acres of amazing landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is one of the most stunning areas of the UK. Situated in the north of Wales, the region attracts an impressive 6 million visitors each year.
Reaching the summit
At 3,560 ft, Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and is the main attraction in Snowdonia. There are a few routes that you can take to reach the mountain peak, with Llanberis path being the most popular. Don’t worry if your legs are not up for climbing mountains, you can take the Snowdon Mountain Railway right up to the top, to enjoy the splendid views. If you prefer your walks to be a little flatter or are more of a cycling fan, there are many coastal paths to take, with the Llyn Peninsula being particularly breathtaking.
If you really do want to stick with public transport, then a trip along Welsh Highland Railway network in Porthmadog and Caernarfon, will allow you to sit back and take in the tranquil views. Near to Caernarfon, you will find Greenwood Forest Park, an eco-friendly park with dozens of family friendly activities, including the world’s first eco-friendly powered rollercoaster!
You could plan your visit to Snowdonia any time between May to October, as most of the events are planned during this period.
Area and Food
Snowdonia is surrounded by many small villages that offer you a taste of traditional Welsh life. Make sure you make time to explore a few of these villages, where you will be met with a very friendly welcome, especially down the local pub. Food is relaxed and casual in most places, with plenty of family and dog friendly cafes and pubs. Yr Hen Efail is a popular lunch spot in Dolgellau and Pen-Y-Gwryd in Llanberis is said to serve the best pub food in the region.
Things to do
Snowdonia is the undisputed activity capital of Wales. You could choose from a host of outdoor activities like cycling, climbing, horse riding, golfing, canyoning, bird-watching, caving and water-sports. Besides this, there is so much to see in Snowdonia, as you will never tire of roaming around from one beautiful village to the next. However, if you do want to venture further afield, a trip to nearby Cardigan Bay will not disappoint. For festival lovers, Portmeirion Festival No 6 is the place to be in September.
How to Reach
Virgin trains run a direct service from Euston to Llandudno, taking 3.5 hours. At Llandudno, you can take the Conwy line into Snowdonia. If you want to travel by car, your journey will take just about 5 hours.
Where to Stay
If you want to stay close to the national park itself, Tir Y Coed is an intimate hotel that offers great value for money and luxury. With large gardens that allow for spectacular views over Conwy Valley, you are sure to get a lot of R+R. Dolofan Guest House is a popular choice, for those on a budget, with very competitive tariffs, especially as it is very close to the Snowdon Mountain rail network. Y Meirionnydd, is another good choice, situated at the center of the quaint town of Dolgellau. This traditional hotel boasts of luxury rooms and home cooked food, that keep guests returning year on year.