Five Reasons To Love Snowdonia

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Dinas Dinlle Beach, Snowdonia

It’s mysterious and sometimes misty, but alongside those famous, majestic mountains the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales also offers great access to some of the UK’s best beaches. And it’s an area full of character and charm with loads of things to do.

The centrepiece of Snowdonia is the grand mountain range that peaks in the highest point in England and Wales, Snowdon itself. The natural wonders don’t end there though. The north Wales coast is fantastic and has some excellent beaches. And the man-made attractions range from those famous Welsh castles to some great day trip attractions and a growing adventure tourism sector.

You don’t have to climb every mountain to get the best out of this amazing area of the UK, and here are five reasons to love Snowdonia.

1 – Mountains

The area’s most obvious and visible attraction is still the reason why most visitors come here. There are many different ways to scale Snowdon – the National Park suggests six routes of varying difficulty. And among the rest of the range there is a huge variety of walking to explore. Cader Idris and Cwm Idwal, with its beautiful Llyn Idwal mountain lake, are two of the other most popular peaks. Even beginners can enjoy low-impact walking in the park’s forests or along the coast.

2 – Beaches

There are more than 200 miles of coast to explore around Snowdonia, with a variety of shores, including wood-lined estuaries, big sandy beaches and towering cliffs. And you’re guaranteed amazing mountain backdrops wherever you go. Barmouth is a classic but quiet seaside resort with beautiful countryside behind it up the Mawddach Estuary. Abersoch, on the Llyn peninsula, is a trendy little village with a laid-back surfer’s vibe. At Harlech you’ll find a world-class sandy beach fringed by dunes and with a UNESCO World Heritage Site castle just at the top of the hill.

3 – History

History’s very close to the surface in north Wales. The most obvious signs of a vibrant – and sometimes violent – past are the huge Ring of Stone castles built by Edward I. Robbed of their military uses these buildings are now impressive and even beautiful, and all are open to the public with excellent interpretation facilities, museum collections and events. The giant castles are Harlech, Caernarfon, Conwy and Beaumaris over on Anglesey. Snowdonia’s industrial history – recently explored on BBC2’s Full Steam Ahead – is put on show at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns and the Welsh Slate Museum in Llanberis among many other excellent historic attractions.

4 – Family Fun

Snowdonia’s seaside towns have plenty of the usual attractions for youngsters, and there are more to be found across the area. Glasfryn Parc is a youngster-friendly activity park with everything from archery to karting on offer. GreenWood Forest Park is a 27-acre playpark with rides, entertainments and experiences all aimed at younger kids. King Arthur’s Labyrinth is an underground journey into the world of the earliest Welsh myths and legends – and pretty spooky and magical.

5 – Adventure

Wales has invested heavily in adventure tourism, a natural choice for a country with such outstanding natural environments. Walkers, climbers, cavers and mountain bikers will be in paradise in Snowdonia and surfers and water sports fans have some cracking waters to explore along the coasts. Zip World is a major new attraction in former slate caverns that is making Wales the zip wire capital of the world. They’ve recently added Bounce Below, a hair-raising underground trampolining – yes you read that right – experience!

Snowdonia and the north Wales coasts are natural territory for caravan and park home holidays, with some of Britain’s biggest and best parks in the region. Take a look at our guide to find your perfect way to start loving Snowdonia.

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