Enchanted Landscapes of Snowdonia, Wales

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.

Road Trip Snowdonia Wales with friends
Road Trip Whoop Whoop!!

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.

The village of Betws-e-Coed, Snowdonia, Wales
The village of Betws-e-Coed
Swallow Waterfall Snowdonia Wales
Swallow Waterfall
Swallow Waterfall Snowdonia Wales
Swallow Waterfall

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.

River Llugwy, Capel Curig Snowdonia Wales
River Llugwy, Capel Curig

2. Llanllechid

Llanllechid, at the foothills of Snowdon, is situated along the river Ogwen. The highly reflective river, is mesmerising.

Mirror River Ogwen  Snowdonia Wales
Mirror River Ogwen !
Llanllechid Snowdonia Wales
Llanllechid

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.

Valley of Nant Gwynant Snowdonia Wales
Valley of Nant Gwynant
Peak Views, Nant Gwynant  Snowdonia Wales
Peak Views, Nant Gwynant

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.

Llanberis.jpg

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.

Llyn Padarn glacial lake in Snowdonia Wales
Llyn Padarn

6. Caernarfon

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!

Snowdon Mountain Railway, Snowdonia, Wales
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Caernarfon Castle Snowdonia Wales
Caernarfon Castle
smallest bar in wales
The Smallest Bar in Wales

7. Llandygai

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.

Trails at Llandygai Snowdonia Wales
Trails at Llandygai

 

 

 

 

 

 

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