The National Trust launched a hugely popular campaign a few years ago listing the top 50 things a child should do before they were 11 and 3/4. It took them away from their screens and encouraged parents to get their children to embrace the great outdoors. Everything on that list can be done in Snowdonia and if you’re here for a couple of weeks, it would be a great thing to do. However, if you just want tick a few things off, here are the top 10 things a child should do in Snowdonia…
CLIMB A HUGE HILL
You could do a mountain, but if you are looking for a more gentle ascent, the Roman Steps up by Cwm Buchan or Molfre in Dyffryn Ardudwy could be a good choice.
GO ON A REALLY LONG BIKE RIDE
The Mawddach trail is perfect. A 7 mile flat stretch running from Barmouth to Dolgeallau with a pub at the end for a drink and a packet of crisps!
JUMP OVER WAVES
There are so many wonderful beaches all along the coastline making you spoilt for choice. Even if the sun is not shining, grab a wetsuit and go jump in the waves!
VISIT A FARM
The Rabbit Farm just outside Criccieth or the Childrens Farm Park in Llanfair are perfect places to go and see the animals. We also have some lovely holiday cottages based on working farms: DIONI HOLIDAY COTTAGES ON A FARM
Snowdoina was grated Dark Sky Status and so we have some of the most beautiful views of the night sky in the world. Do a bit of research on the milkyway, grab some hot chocolate and a blanket and teach your children the wonders of the sky.
EXPLORE A CAVE
There are many caves to explore in the area and some great activity providers that will ensure you do it safley. Snowdonia Adventure Activities and Go Below are certainly worth checking out. Llanfair Slate Caverns is perfect for younger ones looking for an underground experience.
A great place to be introduced to rock climbing. From bouldering to the full experience, there are great places to explore. Plas Y Brenin and Snowdonia Adventure Activities are good activity providers that offer climbing. If it is raining, there are some good indoor alternatives; The Rock in Harlech and The Beacon in Caernarfon
CANOE DOWN A RIVER
Snowdonia is home to the National White Water Rafting Centre where they also offer canoeing. There isn’t a better place to try!
RUN IN THE RAIN
We can get alot of rain here in Snowdonia and so rather than running for shelter when it arrives, embrace it and dance around in the rain – it’s so much fun when you do!
CATCH A CRAB
With all the harbours, there are some great crabbing spots. Barmouth is great and makes for a fun evening. Everything you need for a bit of crabbing is availiable in the local shops.