Tips For Winter Getaways in Snowdonia
Snowdonia in Winter is just as beautiful as in the Summer. Some might argue even more so. Snow capped mountains, rivers full of crisp ice cold water and miles and miles of deserted beaches. The towns also come into their own with festive cobbled streets, cosy cafes and pubs with roaring fires. Here are some of our tips for winter getaways in Snowdonia
CONWY CASTLE AND TOWN
Conwy Castle and it’s walled town were built under the instruction of Edward I as part of his conquest of the principality of Wales. Its circuit of walls, over three quarters of a mile long and guarded by no less than 22 towers, is one of the finest in the World. Bodnant Gardens, Conwy Mountain and The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art are all near by and well worth a visit.
BETWS-Y-COED SWALLOW FALLS
The Swallow waterfalls in Betws-y-coed is the highest continuous waterfall in Wales and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Snowdonina. So make the most of this quieter time of year and see the falls in all their glory. There is a great walk through the Gwydyr Forest to Swallow Falls which takes approx 2 hours: SWALLOW FALLS WALK. A jaunt down into Betws town centre is also a must – great outdoor shops and cafes.
You can never underestimate the enjoyment of walking along the beach. On a sunny winters day, it is just beautiful and relaxing and on those more windy and rainy days, being out in the elements revitalizes you. I think the best beach any time of year is Harlech beach – miles and miles of beautiful sandy beach to amble along.
Antur Stiniog is a fantastic new downhill mountain biking centre based in Blaeunau Ffestiniog. Moulded into the slopes of the old victorian slate quaries the new trails are arguably among the best in the world. A proffesional up lift service with an onsite cafe, showers and equipment shop ensures all your cycling needs are catered for. But be warned, this is not for the faint at heart.
This small fishing village at the end of the Llyn Peninsula is certainly worth a visit if you are in the area. There are 2 lovely pubs in the village that offer a great atmosphere as well as a balcony you can sit on, wrapped up warm taking in the views ahead. Stunning.