Amazing North Wales Adventures!
North Wales is, arguably, the home of adventure. There are plenty of adventures to have with one our cottages being the perfect base.
The highest mountain in Wales, you can either walk every step of the 1,085 metres to the top of Snowdon – or Eryri in Welsh – and, if the weather is kind, you’ll have amazing all round views deeper into the mountains to the coast in the north. You can also take the train to the top and back down again. However, always check the weather forecast and bear in mind that it can be much colder at the top of the mountain than at the bottom.
Offering high octane thrills and spills, Zip World offers a range of different activities including the Forest Coaster. Zip your way through the forest on a toboggan on rails or, admire the beauty of the slate quarry by ziplining at breakneck speeds from the top to the bottom. The instructors give you lift up the winding hill and kitted out with all the safety gear, after your quick safety briefing, you can hurtle head first through the air attached to a wire. You can also trampoline in a cave too, not something you would normally get to do. It is essential to book for all their activities.
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
North Wales has a long history with both mining and quarrying, in particular slate quarrying. The working part of the quarry is much smaller now although Welsh slate is still exported across the globe. The quarrying of the landscape left behind some impressive scars including caves deep below the surface. At Llechwedd Slate Caverns you can learn more about the industry and what it brought to Wales, as well as some of the conditions that the men and boys worked in.
Operated by The National Trust but owned by the Bodnant Estate, the gardens around the beautiful house are more than worth a day of your time. There is a beautiful on site cafe too and a garden centre for you to take home some of your plants for your own garden and baskets. The gardens are beautiful throughout the seasons but if you want to see the famous laburnum arch, then make sure you visit in spring. There are water features and a beautiful pond, as well as established shrubs and trees that are all carefully managed by the expert team. There is also disabled access so that the gardens are safe and accessible to all. There is plenty of car parking too.
The Smallest House
When you need a quieter afternoon or morning, head on over to the town of Conwy. You can enjoy the castle and the independent shops in the town. But whilst you are here, head to the quay to visit The Smallest House in Britain.
Built in the 16th century, it was home to fisherman Robert Jones. At 6’ 3”, there wasn’t much room to move in his bijou pad by the sea and so during peak summer season, expect to queue to take your turn to admire the features of this very small house. No longer lived in, you’ll easily find it as it is painted red and staffed by a lady in full Welsh costume.
Llandudno Tram and Cable Cars
The Great Orme has a long history and there is plenty to do on this large headland. It’s a long walk to the top (and steep too) so head to the tram station at its base and let it take the strain. Open throughout the summer season, you can take the tram up and take a cable car ride back down the Orme (or vice versa). You also enjoy dry skiing on the Orme, as well as enjoy a picnic in the park overlooking the sea.
The Ffestiniog Railway
Enjoy the nostalgia of yesteryear with a steam train journey through some of the most beautiful scenery on offer across the Principality of Wales. There are several lines in operations, including the steam train that runs out of Porthmadog. You can take the train, leaving the train at any number of stops, enjoy a walk through woodland or mountains and catch the later train back. Or you can enjoy a luxury stint on the train in one of the glass-fronted carriages. Again, you’ll need to book as in summer, the train can be full.