Hiking in Snowdonia
If you love hiking, walking or just to explore some of the most beautiful landscape in the world then you Snowdonia should be high on your list of places to visit in Britain. Snowdonia National park is located in Wales and is the second largest national park in the United Kingdom. It is the training ground for many world-class hikers and mountain climbers and word has it that it’s also the final resting place of King Arthur’s Knights.
Many hikers enjoy the wild beauty of hiking in this national park as they enjoy sunning themselves next to deep blue glacial lakes, looking down into emerald-green valleys, and challenging themselves in the rugged highlands. Snowdonia is a treat for the eyes and provides a good workout for the body.
For those who really enjoy a bit of climbing Snowdonia has many wonderful peaks. Here are a few spots that you might find both challenging and enjoyable.
- Pen Y Pass
- Crib Goch
- Glyder Fawr
- Glyder Fach
- Pen yr ole wen
Places to Stay in Snowdonia
For those planning to stay in the Snowdonia area, but want to combine their hiking with other holiday activities while seeing a bit of the Wales country side, then staying in one of the beautiful towns or villages close to the Park can provide you the perfect vacation. Here are a few areas worth considering
The Llyn Peninsula is a place of stunning beauty and plenty of accommodation options. It is a 24 mile long strip of land that juts out into the Irish sea. Here you will find mile after mile of sandy beaches and be able to learn a good deal about Welsh culture, language and religion. Just a boat ride away is Barclay Island where you can view various types of wildlife. Some of the Villages you might want to choose to stay in include Aberdaron, Abersoch and Nefyn.
The Conwy valley is a scenic place that offers great scenery and a variety of quaint places to stay. There’s everything from small country cottages to rent right up to high quality hotels. Two popular places to stay in the Conwy valley is Llanfairfechan which is a beautiful seaside resort. Or try Conwy which is a walled town with its very own castle.
Sights to See
For those who love exploring and looking to see some exciting sights the towns and villages around Snowdonia National Park have much to offer. You can visit Electric Mountain, Europe’s largest pump storage hydroelectric power plant that is located inside a mountain. There is also King Arthur’s Labyrinth located in Corris. Here you can take a boat ride through a cave with dragons and light shows as the legend of King Arthur is brought to life. Of course you can also enjoy a spot of biking, shopping and fine dining as well. Snowdonia is the perfect hiking destination for the entire family and even if you don’t like to hike too much there’s lots to see and beautiful Welsh countryside to enjoy.
Best time to visit Snowdonia
As there’s much to see in the park there’s always a good time of year to visit. If you plan on hiking peaks like Snowdon then a long spell of dry weather in summer is your best bet. July and August are best for clear visibility and firm ground. The well trodden paths of this popular tourist area mean the walks are well-marked the rugged landscape nearby is as much a sight to see as the far-away views on a clear day. For those that don’t mind inclement weather October is a good challenging month as the weather changes. Whatever time of year you visit be sure to be prepared for any weather, The peaks of Snowdonia, as the name suggests means there’s a high chance of Snow in winter months and a good chance of rain in any other months. Make sure you have optional wet weather gear close at hand!