The great outdoors doesn’t get any greater than the Welsh countryside. From famous mountain peaks to hidden coves, North Wales is chock-full of natural wonders. We reveal the very best that the Welsh countryside has on offer and accommodation to match.
Who can resist the temptation of reaching the highest point in England and Wales? Snowdonia offers the finest views in Britain, and according to legend, is the final resting place of the fearsome giant Rhitta Gawr. There are a number of options for ascending Snowdon, including six main walking routes and the Snowdon Mountain Railway line.
Where to Stay: As mountain hideaways go, it doesn’t get any better than Ty Newydd, a stone-built lakeside cottage. The nearby Betws Y Coed, known as the Snowdonia gateway, is nothing short of idyllic. Set amongst the ancient woodlands of Snowdonia, this cottage is a beautiful combination nature and luxury.
Traeth Lafan is a nature reserve on the Gwynedd coast and a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The 15,000 birds that visit the mud flats during winter, mean Traeth Lafan is undoubtedly worthy of the accolade. Bird spotters and nature lovers alike.
Where to Stay: Plas Arfon cottage is a superb base for those wanting to explore the coast. With incredible views of the Irish Sea, Puffin Island and Anglesey, you’ll never want to leave this beautiful home.
The Great Orme
Said to resemble a sea serpent, this prominent limestone headland hides the remains of real monsters amongst the scree. The Great Orme is an excellent place for fossil hunting, and those with a keen eye will find both giant brachiopods and ancient corals. There is a Victorian Cable Tramway which runs all the way to top from the seaside town below.
Where to Stay: If you’re travelling as a family then Y Mor, a detached house with an enclosed garden makes for the perfect Welsh getaway. Desperate for a sea view? The Estuary View Apartment is sure to impress.
First of the seven traditional wonders of Wales, the waters of Pistyll Rhaeadr fall seventy three metres from the highest point to the lowest. The Berwyn Mountains above the waterfall are worth a visit in their own right, who knows what you might find in the tarns and lakes?
Where to Stay: Pistyll Rhaeadr is a little further afield. Fortunately the Caretaker’s Cottage is within driving distance of the waterfall. The lovingly restored cottage is set in 14 acre grounds, making it perfect for afternoon walks.
One of the most beautiful beaches in North Wales, Aberffraw Bay boasts white sands and unspoilt coastal scenery. The beach was awarded highly desirable “recommended” label by The Good Beach Guide in 2014 for cleanliness and excellent water quality. You will almost certainly have this hidden gem all to yourself.
Where to Stay: Hunter’s Lodge is just a short way from the bay, and has plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Cook up fresh eggs from the local farmhouse in the morning, take the ponies out for a ride in the afternoons, and sit around the communal campfire in the evenings.
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