With the local lockdowns on the rise, a lot of us are looking for a short Staycation in the UK to make up for our summer holiday plans going down the drain. Snowdonia National Park is becoming a popular choice for those who want to escape for the weekend. We have a list of the top 5 things you must do whilst visiting – so book a stay at one of the Caernarfon hotels and pack your bags.
Climb up Snowdon
Snowdonia’s huge mountains are one of its main attractions, but the area also has stunning lakes, flowing rivers, sheer cliffs, lush forests, green meadows, and dramatic valleys – they’re arguably the best scenes in the UK.
The highest mountain in England and Wales ‘Snowdon’ lies here and there are several paths up to choose from. There is the popular Pyg Track which many choose to take to the summit, or if you’re experienced and up for a challenge you could choose Crib Goch, a long ridge to the summit. There are routes to suit everyone.
Those who study Welsh mythology will know the tale of Beddgelert, and how the town got its name.
There was said to be a dog called Gelert. One day a baby’s cot was laid overturned when the father came back from hunting. Gelert was standing over it, and in fury, the father slayed him with a sword. He then heard the cry of the baby, unharmed, and nearby he saw the body of a wolf that had tried to attack. The man realised what had happened and in despair named the town Beddgelert. You can still visit his grave in the town.
This is a fantastic castle built by Llywelyn the Great in the early 13th Century. The castle has been subject to many paintings and is a favourite spot for historians looking for a fine example of a Welsh Round tower.
The Fairy Glen is near Betws Y Coed, a handsome beauty spot just off the main road down Wales (A470). Just a 15 minute walk down the creek and you will be greeted with an enchanting view of the beautifully flowing river and rocks.
Look out for the bountiful wildlife on your travel here. There are supposedly nymphs and fairies hiding in the woods.
Aber falls is the perfect beauty spot for the whole family to enjoy. The wide footpath has views of Bronze Age settlements including a roundhouse and smithy, and the falls itself is an exciting sight to behold. Relax on the rocks and marvel at nature’s beauty.