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Things to do in Betws y Coed
 

THINGS TO DO IN BETWS-Y-COED

The beautiful mountain village of Betws y Coed is the gateway to the mountains, forests and lakes of the Snowdonia National Park. Here’s a selection of our favourite things to do in Betws y Coed.

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10 unusual tours and activities in North Wales in 2022
 

Top 10 unusual tours and activities in North Wales in 2022

If you’re looking for unusual tours and activities in North Wales then we’ve got you covered with everything from beekeeping to yoga amongst wildflowers!

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5 Of The Best Places To Go Mountain Biking In North Wales
 

5 Of The Best Places To Go Mountain Biking In North Wales

There are so many incredible places to go mountain biking in North Wales, whether you’re looking for forest trails, technical turns or adrenaline fuelled descents!

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Bucketlist Adventures in North Wales
 

Bucket List Adventures in North Wales

Fancy a bucket list adventure in 2022? No more procrastinating! Get inspired, get booked, and start the year with something amazing to look forward to

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What To Do In Southern Snowdonia
 

What To Do In Southern Snowdonia

Southern Snowdonia has some real hidden gems which can sometimes be overlooked. Here is our guide on what to do in Southern Snowdonia.

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The rise of the sweaty pound and the best places to spend it
 

The rise of the sweaty pound and the best places to spend it

Ironmen, ultrarunners, mountain bikers and plain old marathoners: increasing numbers of us are planning our holidays around what some might consider bloody hard work.

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Adventure Parc Snowdonia Surf Lessons
 

Surf Snowdonia has a new name. And some pretty awesome new adventures!

The award-winning Surf Snowdonia is set to re-launch this Easter with a whole bucketload of exciting new adventures and a brand-new name.

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Things To Do In Abersoch 2018
 

Things To Do In Abersoch

Abersoch, situated on the Llyn Peninsula offers great beaches, internationally recognised sailing waters and good surfing. Shops, restaurants, bars and cafes are all plentiful and easily accessible in town.

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TOP 5
 

Top 5 | Holiday Cottages For Cycling

There are plenty of cycling opportunities in North Wales, catering for all ages and abilities. From mountain biking trails, downhill trails and designated cycling paths, there is lots on offer and some of our cottages are really well located to enjoy these places. Here are our Top 5 | Holiday Cottages For Cycling.   HOLIDAY COTTAGE ACCOMMODATION NEAR ZIP WORLD | Y-GELLI NR: LON LAS OGWEN CYCLE PATH | BANGOR TO LAKE OGWEN Ysgubor y Gelli is a one bedroom holiday cottage accommodation near Snowdonia and 1 mile from the now famous Zip World. Located in a quiet village but within easy access to nearby mountains, coast, towns, attractions, and activities.   HOLIDAY COTTAGE IN COED Y BRENIN FOREST, NORTH WALES | MAES-Y-COED NR COED Y BRENIN | DOLGELLAU This wonderful Holiday cottage in Coed Y Brenin Forest, North Wales sits in a small clearing and is totally unique! The original brick built cottage has been…

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Top 5 | Things To Do With Children Of All Ages In Snowdonia

One of the challenges of planning a trip with children that range in age is finding things that keep everyone happy and interested. With this in mind, here are my Top 5 | Things To Do With Children Of All Ages In Snowdonia: WALKING Climbing Snowdon or Cadr Idris are my personal favorites, the sense of achievement is second to none and the views are incredible. If you have much smaller ones in tow, the walks around Swallow Falls and upto Fairy Glen in Betws-Y-Coed are fantastic. ADVENTURE The Fforest Coaster is the most recent attraction under the Zip World umbrella that has recently opened to great response. Zip World has lots on offer, covering all ages; they really do provide something unique. ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN From an educational point of view, Electric Mountain is one of a kind. It is a hydroelectric power plant built inside a mountain; the tours of its history and how it…

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Criccieth beach and castle
 

SNOWDONIA INFORMATION PACK | CRICCIETH

Criccieth is known as “The Pearl Of Wales On The Shores Of Snowdonia”. Set around the castle, it’s a small town with beautiful beaches. Lots of walking and cycling paths allow you to fully immerse yourself in the Welsh countryside while Porthmadog and Pwllheli are just down the road. Here is our Snowdonia Information Pack | Criccieth

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Top 10
 

Top 10 | Things To Do This Half Term In Snowdonia

With the choice of things to do in the area, sometimes is hard to know what to do. To help you make the most of your half term, here are our Top 10 | Things To Do This Half Term In Snowdonia:   1. VISIT A SPOOKY CASTLE As Halloween falls over this half term, you can rest assured that the Castles will be putting on lots of spooky entertainment. For a guide as to what’s happening at those closest; Harlech, Criccieth, Caernarfon, and Conwy, check out the CADW website for more details.     2. COED Y BRENIN If you want to get te kids out in the fresh air, COED Y BRENIN is perfect. Mountain biking trails catering for all ages and abilities makes this, in my opinion, one of the best activities the area has to offer. If you don’t have your bikes with you, you can hire on site. There is a…

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Walking witht he kids
 

What To Do with a Moody Teenager This Summer In Snowdonia

Anyone with teenage children will know the gruelling performance one has to go through when entertaining a ‘teenager’ on holiday. Even though the days of your child enjoying or even wanting to do what you planned are a far distant memory, all is not lost… I am not suggesting the daily fight of getting them up and out will go, but from personal experience, this list of what to do with a moody teenager this summer in Snowdonia has been a life saver…   CLIMB A MOUNTAIN This will be met with untold amount of complaining. However, just choose one of the bigger peaks so it’s a challenge and something they will remember with pride. After the first mile of moaning, they soon get into it and when you reach the more challenging aspects of the summits, they will come into their own. Here is a really A Really Simple Walking Guide Up Snowdon.   ZIPLINING…

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SNOWDONIA STYLE ADVENTURE | MOUNTAIN BIKING

Snowdonia is mountain biking mecca, so when you are here, unless you have a severe aversion to bikes, you should make the effort to give it a go. There are trails for all abilities from beginner to advanced and makes for an amazing day out. Here are the best places to go for that Snowdonia style adventure | mountain biking…   COED Y BRENIN | DOLGELLAU Set in the most beautiful forest just outside Dolgellau, there are 8 trails in total ranging from a simple forest road, a blue trail perfect for children and families and a series of 6 red and black trails to keep even the most experienced of riders going. Alongside the mountain biking trails, they have great walking and running trails too. The on site cafe and shop provide great home cooked food and cakes. There is a bike hire shop at the centre.   ANTUR STINIOG | BLAENAU FFESTINIOG Set in…

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Things to do in Pwllheli
 

Things to do in Pwllheli

Pwllheli, is the main market town and unofficial capital of the Llyn Peninsula. The town is full of character with its narrow streets which have many independent shops, traditional pubs, cafes and restaurants. Its award winning marina is host to a number of sailing events.

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Things to do in Bala

Bala is set right in the heart of Snowdonia amongst mountains, rivers and lakes. Walking, white water rafting, cycling, sailing, canoeing, kayaking are readily available and the town itself has a great range of restaurants, pubs and cafes, catering for all tastes.

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Things To Do In Snowdonia During Half Term
 

Things To Do In Snowdonia During Half Term

If you are here during half term, there are no end of things to do for kids entertainment. To help you make the most of your time, here is our list of things to do in Snowdonia during half term… 1: SNOWBOARDING / SKIING The Llandudno Ski Centre is great value for money and a really great afternoon out. Choose from skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or sno-tubing and they have an onsite restaurant in the style of an alpine cabin just to add to ambience! 2: CLIMB A MOUNTAIN We obviously have Snowdon in the mix, but you might want to consider something a little less full on with children in tow. Moelfre nr Barmouth, Moel Shabod in Capel Curig or Moel Eilio nr Snowdon are all good to venture up. 3: CASTLES There are over 600 castles in Wales and up here in the North we have some pretty spectacular ones. Even for those hard to…

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TOP 5 MOUNTAIN BIKING IN NORTH WALES
 

Top 5 Mountain Biking in North Wales

Nothing comes close to the feel of a rugged tread plunging into the fresh soil of an undiscovered path, rushing through undergrowth, scaling up a rocky trail and emerging, triumphant, to be greeted by a breathtaking vista of endless coastlines and rugged, forested mountains – unless you have found your way to cosy pub at the end of it all as well, of course. With some of the world’s most beautiful untouched territory at hand, the North Wales has just about everything that an avid mountain biking enthusiast can possibly thirst for – and we’ve got five fantastic routes that you’ll just have to put on that 2014 itinerary. Coed y Brenin Meaning “King’s Wood” in Welsh, this spectacular piece of land rolls out in true Welsh regal style, imposing and supernatural in its scale and presence. Part of Snowdonia National Park, it features several single-track courses as well as a dual-slalom course, and is a…

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A Family Day Out at Coed Y Brenin

Coed y Brenin was the first forestry to be developed into a mountain biking premier location and we had heard great things about it. With plenty of walking paths and beautiful scenery the family and I thought it would be a great day out for us. When we arrived at the park, we thought it was great to see so many facilities, especially with two children. There was a visitor centre shop and cafe, trail maps and even a bike wash there. If you didn’t bring your bike with you on holiday you can just rent one here at Beics Brenin. You can rent specialist mountain bikes from just £25 for the full day. Considering the fun you can have in this forest I’d say that it’s well worth the money. Don’t forget to book in advance though, because bikes cannot be guaranteed during busy periods of the year. The routes available are so diverse, we…

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Cycling Holiday North Wales
 

Cycling Holiday in North Wales

If, like me, you’ve been inspired by team GB’s performance in the velodrom during the London Olympics, you might want to consider bringing your bikes along when you next visit North Wales. Here’s a couple of places for you to consider. Coed Y Brennin Probably the best mountain biking centre in the UK. Miles and miles of rugged trails with fantastic names like ‘Beast of Brennin’, ‘Dragons Back’ and ‘Minour Tour’. The trails are colour coded according to difficulty similar to ski slopes. So all abilities can be confident of having a great time. All the trails start and finish from the new eco visitor centre just south of Trawsfynydd on the A470. There’s a nice café there, a well stocked spares shop, bike wash facilities and shower cubicles. Bikes can also be hired from the very nice people at Beics Brennin. Mawddach Trail The Mawddach Trail is the perfect choice for a family outing out…

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