Spotlight on… Snowdonia

Did you know?

The Snowdonia National Park is known in Welsh as “Eryri” – a name that can be translated into English as a ‘Place of the Eagles.’


Where is it?

Snowdonia National Park covers over 800 square miles. Situated in North Wales, it packed full of dramatic scenery including both mountain paths and a stunning coastline.


What should I do there?

Welsh Highland Railway

 

 

 

The Welsh Highland Railway is a fantastic way to enjoy the picture postcard beauty of Snowdonia. Capitalising on the area’s natural assets, the railway is an institution and part of the heritage of Wales.

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Glasfryn Parc

Glasfryn Parc has something for everyone, but it is a paradise for kids. Spend the day enjoying its fantastic array of activities such as go-karting, archery, bowling and wakeboarding.

The park remains a working farm so check out the Farm Shop and Butcher, and enjoy some delicious treats using their award winning meats.

Climb Mount Snowdon

It takes around 6 hours to walk to the summit of Mount Snowdon and back. Not for the faint hearted, but certainly worthwhile.

Make sure you hike up one path and come back down another, with such varied and spectacular scenery to enjoy it would be a shame to take the same route both ways!

On the top of the world #mountain #snowden #snowdonia #wales #vista

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Zip Line adventure

Snowdonia is home to the longest zip line in the Northern hemisphere at Zip World. Travel at up to 100mph mimicking the flight of the Peregrine Falcon, which is native to the area.

Are you brave enough?


Is it pet friendly?

Snowdonia is the walking capital of Wales. From quiet strolls through time-forgotten Welsh villages to hard hikes to the very top of Snowdon, you and your dog can enjoy a plethora of lovely walks.

There are very few restrictions of where you can bring your dog in Snowdonia. So bring them along!


What should I eat?

Snowdonia’s locally produced food and drink are of the highest quality. Don’t leave the region without sampling some of the local specialities just minutes from where they are produced.

Conway mussels

Conway Mussels are known for their colourful shells and rich tasting meat. Sustainably hand-raked from where they naturally form on the seabed, they are larger in size, meatier than other varieties and have a distinctive taste.

Harlech salt marsh lamb

As the name implies, salt marsh lambs graze on land regularly coverage by the sea. The pasture contains salt-tolerant plants such as samphire, sea purslane and Sparta grasses which contain minerals that influence the flavour. Grazing is more difficult for lambs on a salt marsh, as the grass is very short, meaning the meat is leaner than normal lamb. Because let’s face it – you can’t visit Snowdonia without having some proper Welsh lamb!

Caffi Gwynant

Ranked as TripAdvisor’s #1 restaurant in Snowdonia, Caffi Gwynant is a great place to make time for on your short break to this Welsh National Park. From hearty breakfasts to beautiful curries, cakes and coffees – this place does it all and does it well. But really – you’re going for the gorgeous mountain backdrop!

Breakfast at Caffi Gwynant

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Best time to visit?

The school holidays can be popular in Snowdonia, although it still doesn’t get as busy as the Lake District. To feel as though you are virtually alone in the vast expanse, the best time to visit will be outside of these periods.

A long weekend in June could be perfect!


Where should I stay?

Snaptrip represents over 800 properties in the Snowdonia National Park. From romantic cottages ideal for couples to houses big enough to host several families, there is sure to be something to fit your needs.

Wonderful Criccieth Cottage S22232

If you fancy a bit of treat, check out Wonderful Criccieth Cottage a charming detached barn conversion situated in a quiet hamlet with mountain views and country walks. All the party will love the hot tub! And it sleeps 7 people in 4 beds, so it’s great for a large get-together.

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