If you are coming to Snowdonia for February half term, we have lots of great things on offer for all age groups. To give you a bit of inspiration, here are 10 things to do this half term:   GO BELOW Go below is the ultimate underground experience. It’s a journey through the Snowdonia mountains where you zip line through caverns, climb vertical shafts, boat across an underground lake, traverse over an abyss, scale a waterfall and abseil down to the deepest point in the UK.   ZIP WORLD Fforest Coaster (an alpine coaster that runs through the forest at exhilarating speeds) opened last year to a great response at the Zip World Betws-Y-Coed location. A total of 5 activities are located here including Zip Safari (a series of 23 zip lines through the trees), Plummet (jump from a 100ft tower), Skyride (Europe’s highest 5 seater swing), Treetop Nets (nets suspended in trees 60ft above the…

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Cwm Ysdradllyn, The Most Beautiful Valley in Wales?

Cwmystradllyn, The Most Beautiful Valley in Wales?

Some people might try to persuade you that Cwm Pennat is the most beautiful valley in Wales. But we’d like to nominate her neighbour, Cwmystradllyn. Located in the Snowdonia National Park this picturesque valleys and place of serenity has not always been so quiet. In 1886, the Prince of Wales (future King Edward VII) opened the Gorsedda Slate Quarry in the valley. The village of Treforys was built to house the quarrymen and consisted of 36 houses set in 3 streets. A sophisticated slate mill, Ynys Y Pandy, was also built to dress and finish the slate before being transported on a newly laid 3ft gauge tramway down to the harbour town of Porthmadog. But this flood of activity was short lived. After a short 20 years of excavation, the quarry was closed down as quality slate became more and more scarce. As the local paper reported, “everything that could facilitate the works was produced, nothing…

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Snowdonia’s Industrial Heritage

Snowdonia is one of the most scenic and serene areas of the UK, attracting thousands of tourists each year to take in majestic views over the rolling countryside and tackle Wales’ tallest mountain. However, as well as being known for its beauty, Snowdonia has a strong industrial heritage dating back hundreds of years, with both farming and mining playing a valuable part in shaping the landscape we see today. North Wales is known for in beautiful natural scenery, but it was once and industrial heartland, abundant in materials such as slate, copper and gold. While these supplies may largely have dried up and made way for other industries, strong indicators of Snowdonia’s industrial heritage remain to educate later generations about the way people used to live in this part of the world. We naturally like to think that visitors to the area often find that basing themselves in a self-catering holiday cottage for the duration of…

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