Snowdonia is arguably one of the most beautiful places to visit in the entire UK; its legendary scenery, diverse landscape and rich wildlife make it a year-round popular attraction. It is a place you can visit time and time again, and yet have a completely different experience each time.
With the new year fast approaching, 2018 is a time to take up new hobbies and explore new places. Snowdonia is the perfect place to do all this; with this article setting out some of the activities on offer and places to explore.
Starting with an obvious one – Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain on the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. It measures a whopping 1,085m in height, and forms part of a close-knit family of jagged peaks.
Climbing Snowdon offers quite the sense of achievement; it’s a tough, but not impossible climb – with six key paths to choose from to reach the summit. For the less experienced walkers, Llanberis Path is a great starting point as the terrain is kinder than the rest.
National Trust Attractions
Within Snowdonia National Park, there are a variety of fantastic national trust attractions for all the family. If you fancy a break from the wilderness, then we suggest you head on over to Betws-y-Coed. Close to this quaint village, you will find the Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant house. This traditional stone built 16th century farmhouse documents centuries of Welsh living. The site is home to a Tudor garden that grows over 140 plants, which would have provided the occupants with food, medicine and even air fresheners.
Ogwen Cottage in Gwynedd is also another great place to visit. The cottage now serves as an information point for walkers and tourists exploring the oldest National Nature Reserve in Wales. Situated close to the cottage, you can explore the legend of Excalibur. Legend has it, that Bedwyr Bedrynant – a knight of King Arthur – cast the famous sword Excalibur into the lake, where it remains to this very day.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway
If you want to explore the Welsh countryside, but feel the temperature is still a bit cold in the new year. Then why not book a ticket for the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway? Starting in the village of Porthmadog, this heritage steam-powered railway stretches 40 miles across Snowdonia National Park, allowing you to experience stunning views from the comfort of their gleaming carriages.
Snowdonia also offers a variety of bike trails for all abilities. The Beddgelert Forest is a particularly favourite destination, where you will find purpose built trails. If you are unable to bring your bike, or don’t own one, then you can hire mountain bikes next to the carpark within the forest – so there is no excuse!
This is just a small selection of what Snowdonia has to offer. If this article has peaked your interest, then the town of Porthmadog offers fantastic B&B accommodation. Known locally as the ‘gateway to Snowdonia’; Porthmadog is a perfect example of a quaint Welsh seaside town.
Sienna Hoddle – Author
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