Snowdonia Travel Guide

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Snowdonia Highlights

  • Pro
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     Landscape, silence, walking 

  • Con
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     Prepare for wet conditions 

  • In a nutshell
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     A gorgeous area perfect for hiking and stretching those muscles 

Snowdonia Things to Do

  • Betws-y-Coed

    Betws-y-Coed, pronounced Betwis e Coid, is a stunning village in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, and is a place where, if you get the chance, to spend a few nights.It has great restaurants and bars, lovely hotels, and is in a stunning location where you can walk out of your hotel room for lovely walks.There are plenty of gift shops and...

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  • Welsh Highland Railway

    Just a word to begin with..... there are two very similar sounding railways operating in the area.... this one is not to be confused with the West Highland Heritage Railway which is a different thing altogether and can be found here if you are...

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  • One of Britain's only Drive-On Beaches

    Black Rock Sands As the title says, this is one of the few beaches in Britain that you can drive onto.It's quite spectacular and stretches for about 2 miles. Looking inland Snowdonia is the backdrop; looking up the coast you can see Criccieth and Criccieth castle (see my tip).The cover of the Manic Street Preachers album This is my Truth Tell Me...

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Snowdonia Restaurants

  • Caffi Gwynant - Restaurant and café

    Caffi Gwynant is situated near the starting point of the Watkin Path up to Snowdon. I ate here together with some people I met on the top of Snowdon. We were all very happy with our meals which tasted very good. It seems like they use meat and vegetables that are produced in the area. I ordered Homemade Game Pie: Venison, Pigeon and Woodcock pie...

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  • Pen-y-Ceunant Tea House

    Pen-y-Ceunant Tea House is situated in the beginning of the Llanberis path up on Snowdon, about a 5 minutes walk from the trail head. Coming back down from Snowdon I stopped here. The teahouse is situated in a cottage built around 1790 and in the first room you enter a big fire was lit in the fireplace. It looked very inviting. Unfortunately there...

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  • Avoid Pete's Eats it's terrible

    I was told that Petes Eats was famous for hikers and thought I would go.Boy did I regret it, the people who run this place must hate both food and their customers, cheap and very very nasty, I love fry ups and was hoping to enjoy a good one before climbing Mt Snowdon. The fry up we recieved at Petes eats became the joke of the trip. None of my...

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Snowdonia Nightlife

  • A bit of action

    If your looking for something exiting to do in Snowdonia try karting at Redline Indoor Karting, Caernarfon. I had never been karting before, except for an outdoor track once when I was about 12, so I was a bit nervous of trying it out. My friends all jeered at me and so I had to do it. It was honestly the best experience ever. I never would have...

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  • a local pub

    when i say 'nightlife' i mean this is what we thought of the local pub. we arrive back at rhyd ddu around sixish feeling tired but happy; the beer is well-earned and tastes good. a rotating beer / shower system sees us all refreshed within the hour and we settle down for the evening. the food is gorgeous and the drinks are tasty and various. the...

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Snowdonia Transportation

  • To Snowdon from Caernarfon

    From the tourist office in Caernarfon I got the timetable for the local buses leaving Caernarfon, which was good to have as I was making daytrips to other places in northern Wales. Buses in Caernarfon all leave from Penllyn in the town centre. To Llanberies:Buses to Llanberies leave Caernarfon about every half an hour during Monday - Saturday, and...

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  • Penypas climbers

    For the hikers and climbers who want to start from penypas!Go there early if you want to park at the top,parking costs £2for half day and £4 for full day! if you dont get there early on a good day you will haveto park lower down the road (upto 3miles). There is a park and ride parking 3miles away,and the buses run regurarly from this parking upto...

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  • Getting to and around Snowdonia

    We visited Snowdonia one day during a long weekend in North Wales. We drove up from London, and it took us around 5 hours.We decided to drive, as having a car is the easiest way to explore Wales. Although there is a train network and various bus routes, having a car made it quick and easy for us to get to those off the beaten track places without...

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Snowdonia Shopping

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    by Willem_oa Written Feb 26, 2003

    What to buy: Snowdonia is no Paris or London; if you are interested in fashion or fancy objects d'art, you would have better luck elsewhere.

    However, gift shops proliferate in the villages, offering a variety of crafts and doodads.

    One of the more popular items is that of anything slate; you can buy slate coasters, keychains, and can get a number plate for your home or cottage custom made.

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Snowdonia Local Customs

  • Would you Adam and Eve it?

    Tryfan is a wonderful mountain to scramble up, a shark's fin on narrow rock with approximately 273,613 routes to the top, or something like that. The summit is marked by the upright stones of 'Adam and Eve', which may or may not be natural. The summit is exposed enough, but to make things worse some loony came up with the idea of jumping from one...

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  • Creme Tea

    A local tradition is to go out for creme tea after it rains. This consists of a scone with clotted cream and, of course, tea!

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  • Rupert Bear Scenery

    Who remembers Rupert Bear??Well many of the illustrations of Rupert Bear stories were inspired by the scenery in and around Beddgelert. Alfred Edmeades Bestall, the illustrator of these famous stories in the Daily Express newspaper for over 40 years, lived in Beddgelert - he bought his cottage there - "Penlan" in 1956.

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Snowdonia Warnings and Dangers

  • Take care.

    I'm repeating this tip in a number of locations, because people simply do not seem to realise.The mountains of Snowdonia are not high in comparison with others in the world. It's easy to underestimate their danger.Welsh weather can change quickly. Slate and scree are slippery, even when it's not wet. It's easy to fall.If you're walking, dress...

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  • Dangers of the Mountains

    Compared to other mountain ranges in the world, Snowdonia isnt all that high, and as suc, it is often underestimated.I know from personal experience that weather conditions on Snowdon can get very harsh indeed, and towards the top the ground often gets covered in Ice, especially between late Autumn and early Spring. The first time we tried to make...

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  • Beautiful but deadly.

    There are lots of slate quarries throughout Snowdonia. The veins of slate were followed downwards; when the workings were abandoned the holes were left to fill with water.A beautiful turquoise when the weather is good, they look so tempting on a rare hot day in Wales. But don't even think about it; the water is icy, and very deep, the sides are...

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Snowdonia Tourist Traps

  • the cafe at the top

    this was by far the worst and most dissappointing part of the trip. i know i should've expected it being that it was midday on a saturday in august, but i was completely unprepared for the sheer volume of people at the summit, half of whom had taken the train up. they swarmed over the actual summit marker like locusts and inside the cafe was just...

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  • Narrow Gauge Railways

    Many local Welshmen and women are quite annoyed about the recent boom in tourist narrow gauge railways in Snowdonia. Apparently, the railways are all owned by rich English playboys who want to have their own "train set." Sadly, the "foreign" owners don't really care about the area, and don't contribute to any sort development into the weak economy...

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  • The Legend of Gelert

    As legend tells it, the town of Beddgelert gets its name from Gelert the faithful hound of Prince Llewelyn ap Iorwerth . The story goes that one day Llewelyn went on a hunting trip leaving Gelert behind to watch over his baby son. Upon returning and finding his son missing and Gelert's snout stained with blood, he fell upon the dog killing him,...

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Snowdonia What to Pack

  • Pack your bag well

    A good rucksack or fastenable satchel is a must. Make sure you have several pockets to keep things seperate. Never try to go up Snowdon in Jeans and Trainers. Stay away from heavy Cotton tops as well, they take a long time to dry and do not breathe very well.Make sure you wear good walking boots, the higher up your leg they go the better. If you...

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  • Be Prepared!

    A small knapsack or rucksack is essential when hiking Mt Snowdon as you should pack supplies with you such as water and food. HIking gear like good hiking boots, pants like mine which zip off to shorts are perfect when the weather turns warm. Dress in layers so you can strip off or add on depending on the conditions. I'm putting my pant legs back...

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Snowdonia Off The Beaten Path

  • Brwn Gwyn and Abraham Lincoln ...

    Brwn Gwyn and Abraham Lincoln ...In this house in Brwn Gwyn lived the Great Grandmother of Abe..Abraham Lincoln's family tree. * John Morris - Bryn Gwyn (great great grandfather to Abraham Lincoln) * Daughter > Elen Morris - Bryn Gwyn (great grandmother to Abraham Lincoln) Married Cadwaladr Evans who was born in Ucheldra, Penllyn, Meirionnydd. *...

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  • Ysbyty Ifan ...pronounced Spotty Ifan

    ysbyty ifan is just a small village and I think fair to call it a National Trust village as more than half the housesand town is owned by the National Trust.Ysbyty Ifan is a small but historic village in the county borough of Conwy, north Wales. Nearly all the population speak Welsh,except for the English people which own holiday homes.The village...

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  • Welsh Highland Railway

    For a wonderfully nostalgic afternoon I highly recommend a leisurely train ride along the recently reinstated Welsh Highland Railway which runs from the old Slate Quay in Caernarfon and will ultimately go all the way through the wondrous Snowdonia landscape to Porthmadoc. This has not been a mean feat for the dedicated people involved but one that...

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Snowdonia Sports & Outdoors

  • outdoor activitis

    with mountain ranges of over 3000 feet there is a lot of mountain climbing, but also hiking is popular. North of Capel Curig we saw someone hang gliding.Campers alo make use of this region good walking shoes or mountain boots, and all weather gear is advisable.We had mist descend suddenly, so beware.

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  • Trefriw Trails

    The circular walk hiked around Lyn Crafnant and Lyn Geirionydd is just one of a series of walk (waymaked numbe r5) entitled Trefriw Trails which can start from the village of Trefriw.The website listed below contains info on all these routes:

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  • Climbing Snowdonia...

    Being some warm clothings, also in the summer. As you might know, weather is fast changing in the UK and especially so up on the mountain. Wear comfortable shoes. Bring a big dog... When I was "walking" up the mountain (just like walking up a very steep slope for miles on well-establised path), I saw several (or rather many) people having big or...

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Snowdonia Favorites

  • Rhyd-ddu Path

    This is the shortest route up Snowdon and near the top it joins with the Watkin Path. It starts from Rhyd-Ddu - there is a new station here now of the Welsh Highland Railway. It does involve a bit of a ridge walk and some rock scrambling so be properly prepared and shoed.On the second pic can you see the path snaking along the ridge in the...

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  • Useful discount leaflet from Welsh...

    The booklet is called Ten Top Attractions in North Wales. It has vouchers inside offering discounts at the attractions on the TenTop website. It offers things like free child tickets with full paying adult, 10% off gift shop purchases, money off adult admissions etc.If you drop into any of the tourist information offices or look in the main...

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  • Bloody Mountain Goats!!

    I hadn't been on a mountain before, but for some reason, I didn't think that mountain goats were indiginous to the UK. I had images of them scampering up and down the Matterhorn, but not Mount Snowdon. I was somewhat surprised to actually see some on our way up. They make the most pathetic sound...almost unearthly! Of course, being mountain...

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