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Top 10 best places to go paddleboarding in North Wales
 

Top 10 best places to go paddleboarding in North Wales

Paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing water sports in the UK. Here are 10 of the best places for paddleboarding in North Wales

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Exploring the rainforests of Snowdonia
 

Exploring the rainforests of Snowdonia

How about exploring a lush rainforest on your next holiday? Head to the wilds of North Wales and the rainforests of Snowdonia…

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The Most Beautiful North Wales Forests To Explore This Autumn
 

The Most Beautiful North Wales Forests To Explore This Autumn

All shades of red, gold and green await you during the autumn months in North Wales forests. It’s a beautiful time of year to book a holiday getaway!

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SHOP LOCAL CHRISTMAS 2016
 

SHOP LOCAL CHRISTMAS 2016 | SNOWDONIA

A recent study showed that if every adult living in the Snowdonia area spent £5 a week in a local shop as opposed to the big chain stores, the local economy would benefit by approx £26 million every year. What better way to support the community than to buy local this Christmas. To give you some inspiration as to what’s on offer, here’s our guide to SHOP LOCAL CHRISTMAS 2016 | SNOWDONIA…   HAMPERS There are so many lovely local food and drinks brands and they make for really great presents, especially those who are difficult to buy for. BODNANT WELSH FOOD | CONWY – have a good selection of wine, cheese and condiment hampers using all locally sourced produce. RHUG ESTATE | CORWEN – offer incredible meat hampers; everything you could want for Christmas. KERFOOTS | PORTHMADOG – they have a good selection of ready made hampers or you can create your own if you…

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Snowdonia Style Adventure | Sailing

Sailing in the North Wales doesn’t get as much of the lime light as other adventure activities, but with all of our beautiful coastline and the abundance of lakes it’s a pretty good place to learn and a great activity for the whole family to get involved in. Here are our top 5 places you can learn to sail.   PLAS MENAI | CAERNARFON Located in-between Bangor and Caernarfon, Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales. They offer both beginner and intermediate sailing courses on the sheltered coastal waters of the Menai Strait. Under the guidance of their highly qualified instructors, all the courses are run to the guidelines of the RYA.   BALA SAILING CLUB | BALA Situated at the Bala sailing club on Llyn Tegid and surrounded by the Snowdonia mountains, this is a stunning place to learn to sail. They offer both level 1 and 2 RYA courses which take place…

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Come Fly With Fly Llanbedr
 

Come Fly With Fly Llanbedr

The landscape of Snowdonia is breathtaking by foot, but if you want to go one step further, taking to the skies and seeing it from above is something else. Tempted? Then look no further, it’s time to come fly with Fly Llanbedr! Ed is the man in charge and not only do you get to fly high above the mountains, lakes and sea, he also lets you take control of the plane so you can have the experience of flying an aircraft too if you want. Our trip started from Llanbedr airfield where we headed south over Shell Island. A quick detour inland took us over Dioni headquarters; Byrdir Farm where the pink rhino was a great reference point! Continuing south we enjoyed some breathtaking views over Barmouth and the Mawddach eastury. Once over Cader Idris (top picture), we banked left and headed north over Trawsfynydd and the Rhinog Mountains. A flyby the summit of Snowdon…

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Pick Your Own Mussels In Snowdonia!
 

Pick Your Own Mussels In Snowdonia!

If you have ever fancied trying your hand at collecting and cooking mussels, then a trip to Llandanwg beach just outside Harlech is where you need to go. Even if you do it just once in your life, it’s one of those things you wont forget. So come on, get involved and pick your own mussels in Snowdonia! YOU WILL NEED: A bucket 2 blunt knives A grill to put over the open fire A large pot to cook in An onion Garlic White Wine Cream (single or double) Wooden spoon firewood WHAT TO DO:   COLLECTING Check the tide times. You need to collect mussels at low tide. Go to the furthest left hand side of Llandanwg beach where you will see lots of rocks. You need to make your way down to the waters edge to the rocks covered in black seaweed. The mussels hide under this black seaweed; both on the rocks and…

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Free £15 Voucher To Send At The Local Butcher
 

Free £15 Voucher To Spend At The Local Butcher

For every 1 week holiday booked to stay in November or December 2014 at Cefn Isaf, Gareth, the owner is  offering a free £15 voucher to spend at the local butcher – the award winning Paul Wellings Butchers located in  Dyffryn Ardudwy. Cefn Isaf is a 2 bedroom barn conversion in a truly idyllic location just outside Llanbedr. With the Rhinog Mountains sitting behind you and the Cambrian coastline in front, it really is stunning and the perfect retreat to get away from it all. The barn itself is 17th Century and the conversion has created a very relaxed and family orientated environment – very light and airy with high vaulted ceilings. With a touch of modern against traditional, it has a very welcoming feel and combined with its location makes it a really special place to holiday. For more information on the property, please click on the link below: CEFN-ISAF  

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Snowdonia Swimming
 

Wild Swimming Snowdonia Style….

Wild Swimming Snowdonia Style, not only enriches the soul and pushes you out of your comfort zone, but quite honestly its really good fun! It always amazes me how many people visit Snowdonia without experiencing it. Snowdonia is full of waterfalls (Rheadar in Welsh) and rivers and its such a unique part of the area that if you come to visit, you really should jump into at least one waterfall pool. Its exciting, its fun, its an adventure, its a challenge and…. its free… There are many ways to enjoy the pleasures of wild swimming; be it getting suited and booted for a 1 mile lake swim with a group, or, like me, grab your kids, the dog and a towel and go forth looking for the waterfalls and river pools for a quick dunk or a swim around if the temperature allows! Yes, it is usually a cold affair jumping into the pools, but that’s…

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Spacious lounge with hardwood floor
 

Curl up in front of a log fire this winter

A number of our holiday cottages have log fires. One of the nicest I think can be found at Cae-Meddyg above Llanbedr. With comfortable leather sofas and sumptuous cushions guests are encouraged to curl up with a mug of hot chocolate after a long walk in the wild rhinog mountains behind the cottage. We’ve reduced the prices between now and Christmas by 10% so have a look at the availability calendar try and squeeze in a break before then. https://dioni.co.uk/cae-meddyg-farm/

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Farmhouse Eggs

The days are getting longer, the sun is shining and hens are laying at Hendy. Eirian and Iwan are naturally including their own, free range, farmhouse eggs in the welcome hamper which greets guests on their arrival. Delicious and nutritious eggs with the proper yellow yolk just how they used to be. These are Eirian’s and Iwan’s Cottages: Becws | Romantic One Bedroom Self Catering Cottage, Sea Views Hendy | Pet Friendly Farm Self Catering Cottage

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Digging On Bennar Beach
 

Late Availability Seaside Cottage Deals

I’ve added a couple of Late Availability Deals on the properties we have down by the beach. We’re famous for our mountains here in Snowdonia of course but in this little corner of the National Park we have some great long runs of sandy beaches for you to enjoy as well. The weather’s great here at the moment so bring some sun cream and flip flops with you. Socks optional. August 10, 2011 We’ve only got the one week remaining now: Bwthyn Goronwy (Sleeps 2 ) Late Deal:   Fri 19 – Fri 26 August 2011,  Was £550 £495 per week, save £55

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New Property

Pant-Golau (Sleeps 8 + cot) We’ve just added a really nice cottage to our website. Mark and Lisa, the owners of Pant Golau, have done a wonderful job of refurbishing this stone cottage which in the tiny hamlet of Pensarn near Llanbedr. They’ve worked hard and have made sure that everything has been done to a really high spec. So it’s all shiny and new and ready to go now. We’ve kept the prices low for this first summer season. And it’s naturally one of the few cottages where we have plenty of availability, at the moment at least. Have a look at let me know if you’re tempted to book or want more information. [Read more about this property..]

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