Things To Do In Snowdonia National Park
The undeniable adventure capital of Wales, Snowdonia is heaving with varied activities that include outdoor activities like bird watching, cycling, horse riding, climbing, golfing, water sports, caving and more! With an abundance of crafts, local produce shops, art, adventure escapades, amusement & fun parks, zip rides, castles, natural attractions and castles, the traditional & cultural heritage of Snowdonia’s monuments and museums is deep-rooted in its communities and is available for all to enjoy its beauty and natural marvels. Here’s a snapshot of things to do when in Snowdonia.
There’s a special brand of Welsh Golf that’s played on welcoming & open courses with over 20 golf links, including 3 of UK’s finest that include the notable Nefyn, perched on the Llyn Peninsula over the cliffs, Royal St. David’s at Harlech and the classic link at Aberdyfi. There are a variety of 18-hole courses, 9 hole courses and the James Brail Trail in North & South Wales.
With several inland lakes that have endless watersport opportunities to explore, Snowdonia is home to Wales’s largest natural lake, ideal for canoeing, windsurfing and sailing at the charming Llyn Tegid, Bala, while the picturesque Llyn Geirionydd is a top choice for boaters in the Gwydir forest. There are a lot of watersport enthusiasts who frequent the gorgeous Llyn Gwynant too, for kayaking, rafting & canoeing, right from the wildest escapades to gentle white water experiences.
With varied fishing sites sprinkled across the Llyn Peninsula and the Irish Sea coast and the mountain granite rock cluster plummeting into the sea, the area is speckled with pebbled beaches and sandy storms that end up attracting fish to inhabit these areas. The period between Spring season to late autumn, fishing here is best on a rising tide with bass as the main kill. You can also explore Dina Dinlle to witness the arrival of tope packs. A fishermen’s paradise, Snowdonia has over 100 lakes, each rich with its own character and place, right from the chilly Llyn Cwellyn at the North end to Tal y Llyn with its breathtaking tranquility & beauty, nestled right between the noticeably precipitous slopes in the South. Popular fishing spots also include Conwy, Mawddach, Llyfni and Dwyfor.
Aside from the hills and mountains of Snowdonia, there are a variety of cycle trails for all kinds of bikers that offer an assortment of gentle off-road recreational cruises or steep challenges, short trips or long-distance tours to its visitors. There’s the visually breathtaking scenery of course, as are a range of traffic-free/light byways, cycle routes, highways and accommodation options available for the night. Not to forget a world-class mountain biking experience for the biking enthusiasts. Coed y Brenin’s one of the largest and first purpose-built mountain bike hub in the UK and has about 8 mountain bike trails ranging from retro to rocky to classic and modern/contemporary routes, bike hire & retail stores and a skills area. There’s enough and more for all kinds of newbies and seasoned bikers.
At 1,085m, Snowdon is a natural choice for most visitors with a range of popular routes to the peaks being the Llanberis Path, which takes about 6 hours to walk to and return from, in addition to a number of other places that are equally captivating & picturesque and include Y Glyderau, Y Carneddau, Y Rhinogau and Cader Idris. There are stunning views of the magnificent Mawddach estuary and the scenic part of North Wales that follow the lower mountain slopes and the coast with fascinating views of the Druid’s circle and Abel falls. To gather the best experience of coast walking, you can explore the 18 circular walks around the coastal path where not only will you get to appreciate nature, cultural and adventurous experiences but also the area’s heritage in the villages and town.
The Menai Straight Rib Ride
Experience the glorious Menai Straight aboard a world-class Rib Ride boat tour, whizzing past the coast at 50m per hour and take a journey to one of the largest breakwaters in Britain, cruising past the figurines of Lord Nelson and zipping under the Menai Suspension Bridge as part of an exhilarating ensemble of trips.
Snowdon Mountain Railway
If you aren’t too fond of walking, you may miss out on witnessing the beautiful summit of Snowdon up close, however there’s another way you can see the epic peaks, with the Snowdon Mountain Railway that lets you climb aboard and head to the mountain with a memorable and scenic voyage without breaking into a sweat!