My favourite spots in North Wales.
North Wales, my birthplace, and one of the most beautiful places in the World. From epic coastline, to glacial lakes and the 2nd tallest mountain in the UK, North Wales has reinvented itself as THE adventure destination.
Beddgelert is a sleepy little village right in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, with a dark story at the center of it’s name.
Nestled between the mountains, this village is made up of beautiful stone buildings and a picturesque bridge crossing the river Colwyn.
There are several walks that you can embark on, including Snowdon itself,the highest mountain in Wales and Moel Hebog, the mountain that overlooks the tiny village.
My favourite walk however is along the banks of the river Glaslyn past Gelerts grave where you can read the folk story of the heroic dog.
Continue on past the grave and look out for the steam train heading past, then continue on down the river, here you can go for a paddle or swim in the beautiful fresh water of the Glaslyn. Enjoying the stunning surroundings.
When ready, head back to the train tracks but don’t cross the bridge, instead head into the woodland and back up to the village where you can grab some nice pub food at one of the cute pubs, grab some local produce or just treat yourself to an ice cream at Glaslyn artisan pizza and ice cream!
Aber falls is a beautiful walk, easily accessible from the A55 coastal path and an easy one for all levels of experience as the path up to it is paved most of the way.
Take a moment to appreciate the cute stone bridge at the start of the walk by the car park. Then follow the sign to the falls. You’ll wander past some beautiful woodland, following the river upstream before you start to get glimpses of the falls.
Make sure you look back to enjoy great views of the Irish sea between the hills. Once you arrive at the waterfall you can explore either side and for the bravest among you take a dip in the pools below it!
It’s the perfect spot for a picnic by the river and from here you can either cross the bridge and follow the trail around to turn it into a loop or turn back and retrace your footsteps. When you get back to the car park a fun end to the walk is to head over to Aber Falls Distillery and sample some tasty flavours!
Located right on the far West of North Wales, Morfa Nefyn has gained in popularity over the years and I can certainly see why.
Park up at the National Trust car park and instead of taking the path down to the beach walk back to the road and head up the hill. You’ll go past fields full of sheep and in Spring you’ll get to see the cute lambs bounding about.
At the top of the hill you’ll reach the golf club, head straight down keeping to the path, you don’t want to get hit by a rogue ball! Head out to the peninsula and the Porth Dinllaen Coastwatch.
From here you can often see Seals, a variety of sea birds and sometimes dolphins! Take a seat and take some time looking out for these beautiful animals.
Follow the path round the cliff side and you’re greeted with a serene bay, with some of the clearest water I’ve ever seen. The best part of this walk is the beautiful Ty Coch Inn right on the beach!
A great place to stop and grab a pint before continuing the walk back along the beach and heading up to the car park. You can follow the Welsh coastal path for the whole length of the country so feel free to extend this walk by as much as you like.
In a glacial valley right in amongst the mountains of Snowdonia, Llyn Idwal is a small lake named after the grandson of one of the ancient kings of Wales. It’s a relatively easy walk, but with some dramatic scenery, especially if you head up to the dangerous sounding Devil’s kitchen.
Park up at the National Trust car park by Ogwen Cottage and follow the path bearing left at the fork. Look out for moraines along here, rocks that were dropped off by the retreating glaciers.
Follow the path up to Llyn Idwal and take the path that goes left up onto the slopes of Clogwyn Y Tarw. You’ll spoon notice some interesting rock sculptures called the Idwal slabs, a great spot to stop and enjoy the views over to Pen Yr Ole Wen.
You now have two choices, either loop around the lake or head up to Devil’s kitchen and Llyn Y Cwn. It gets pretty steep going up to the kitchen but it’s okay for beginners. It was really cloudy up there when we went so we turned back before we lost visibility.
Following either path will eventually bring you back around to the North side of Llyn Idwal where you can throw off your socks and shoes and plunge your feet into the glacial lake to cool off!
Follow the path back West before turning right and heading down through some cool rock formations and ultimately finding yourself back at the car park. Check out the amazing pies and sausage rolls being sold here for a post hike treat!
Built in 1283, Conwy castle and the town walls make you feel like you’re stepping back in time.
It’s actually quite a small town for the size of the castle but it’s so cute with lots of interesting little shops and easy to wander around. Don’t miss the cheese deli on Rose Hill St.
Park up or arrive by train and check out the incredible Conwy Castle, built by Edward I of England in his conquest of Wales. The walls are magnificent and you can walk up onto the ramparts for nearly the full circuit of the City.
The Castle and walls aren’t the only sight in Conwy, head down to the waterfront for views across the river, A Thomas Telford suspension bridge and the smallest house in the UK! Grab some chips and an ice cream and it’s the ultimate day out!
For the historians out there you can also stop by Aberconwy House, a timbered merchants home from the 1300s, and the 16th century Plas Mawr, a unique residence in the heart of Conwy.
There are so many wonderful places to visit in North Wales, and I’ve barely scratched the surface. I will almost certainly be doing a Part 2, and I might even be able to do a Part 3! I just hope you enjoy this area as much as I do.