52 Weekends Away
There’s something for everyone in this exciting region of north Wales
THIS MOUNTAINOUS national park measures 823sq miles and has something for those seeking a relaxing, tranquil break or anyone addicted to adrenaline.
Visitors should definitely ascend iconic Snowdon, if only for the jaw-dropping views from the summit. There are several routes to take. The longest, but most gradual, is the Llanberis Path, a nine-mile return hike, which takes 5-7 hours. You start at the Mountain Railway, so your dedication to the climb may well be tested early on! Alternatively, take the Pyg Track from the Pen y Pass car park. This is only seven miles, but takes about the same time. Whatever route you take, check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
If all that sounds like too much hard work for a holiday, you can chill out on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, a funicular railway, which winds its way to the summit in an hour. You have 30 minutes there, then descend again. If you have a pet, note only assistance dogs are allowed aboard.
Walking and wildlife lovers will be sated by Snowdonia, but if you want to get your heart racing you have options, too. The ultimate adventure is Velocity 2 – the world’s fastest zipwire. Descend a near-mile-long steel wire at up to 100mph, crossing high above a stunning quarry lake as you do so. Prices start at £65; the minimum age is 10 and the maximum weight is 120kg.
Don’t like heights? Then Bounce Below is for you. Head deep into a Welsh mine, which is now filled with vast trampolines, slides, swings, zipwires and helter-skelters. This memorable subterranean adventure costs from £20.
Why not check out some of our suggested routes on our Visit Wales page.
Make your stay better
International Snowdon Race
LLanberis LL55 4UR
Watch top competitors battle it out in this gruelling 10-mile mountain race to the top of Snowdon and back. Exciting racing and a great atmosphere.
Storiel Fford, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 1DT
T: 01248 353368
Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am-5pm
Four local artists create and host exhibitions throughout the year. The work on show is connected to the quarries of north Wales.
Conway Road, Dolgarrog, Conwy LL32 8QE
T: 01492 353123
Price: From £40
Surfing in the Welsh mountains? Really? Yes, this site was adapted into a wave garden – a vast pool with a huge ‘blade’ that creates consistent waves every minute or so. It makes this a brilliant place to learn to surf, or to enjoy some thrilling bodyboarding.
Places of Interest
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4TT
T 01286 870223
Zipworld Velocity 2
Penrhyn Quarry LL57 4YG
Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3NB