I can be rather shameless at times. My BFF and her hubby had rented a car for a romantic get away to the mystic peaks of Snowdonia (Wales), and like the ‘Joey’ in their ‘Monica – Chandler’ relationship I tagged along.
Snowdonia National Park is a 4.5 hour drive from London, and home to the highest peak in Wales – Snowdon (3560 ft). Google images of landscapes in this National Park do not do it justice. The scenery here is jaw droppingly gorgeous. You can spend hours gazing at the striking peaks and reflective rivers, and still not get enough. The air is fresh, crisp and pollution free. You have to see it and feel it to believe it. There are 1,497 miles of public footpaths to explore, so a perfect destination for hikers and trailers. Make sure you have a camera with you, as you do not want to leave this place without memories of the depth of Snowdonia’s artistic views.
We didn’t exactly have a plan in mind, so we opened google maps and tried to locate the closest town to Snowdonia. We came across this quaint little village community called Betws-e-Coed and found ourselves a sweet little BnB to park ourselves for the next few days. If any of you fellow travellers are planning a trip to Snowdonia, I would highly recommend finding a hotel or guest house this gateway village due to it’s proximity to Snowdonia and simply due to how picturesque this village is, with it’s beautiful, gustling Swallow Waterfalls.
After a hearty Full English Breakfast (minus the dreadful black puddings), our lovely host at The Grove House BnB hand drew us a perfect map in aid of exploration. Here is a list of some of our stops and unedited photos from the journey.
1. Capel Curig
The village of Capel Curig lies in the heart of Snowdonia, along the River Llugwy, with breathtaking scenery.
Llanllechid, at the foothills of Snowdon, is situated along the river Ogwen. The highly reflective river, is mesmerising.
3. Nant Gwynant, Beddgelert
For the perfect view of the lower slopes of Snowdon, take the National Trust walking trail at the valley of Nant Gwynant, near Eifionydd.
4. Nant Peris, Llanberis
Llanberis pass in Snowdonia houses the main road, between the mountain ranges of the Glyderau and the Snowdon massif. At the bottom of the pass is the small village of Nant Peris, near the foothills of Mount Snowdon. It is also home to the Llanberis Slate Quary which is also worth touring.
5. Llyn Padarn
Llyn Padarn is a stunning, glacially formed lake with magnificent views. There are plenty of trails to explore around here for all you nature lovers.
Caernarfon is a bustling port town, a good pit stop for lunch. Here you can take the Snowdon Mountain Railway that travels for 4.7 miles from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon. It is also home to the beautiful world heritage Caernarfon castle, and (ofcourse), the smallest bar in wales!
Llandygai a small village between Bangor and Tal-y-Bont in Gwynedd, Wales. Pitstop here for beautiful views of the nearby Carneddau mountain. There are wonderful trails here to explore and hike.