Snowdonia National Park
The Snowdonia National Park, established in 1951, is North Wales’ treasure chest of magnificent mountains and 37 miles of spectacularly, clean coastline. Stretching over 827 square miles its’ open mountainous landscape, magnificent waterfalls and fabulous beaches need to be explored fully to be properly appreciated. From gentle pathways to rigorous scrambling the rambler is invigorated by fabulous views and the sparkling fresh air that was much beloved by the Victorians.
History is to be found everywhere; in the cobbled streets of its’ quaint townships, the towering castles and the ancient burial mounds and standing stones to be found in abundance; many of which are easily accessible by a short walk up the well marked mountain paths.
Known as the land of the Druids the area is steeped in the legends of dragons, Merlin and the time of the Arthurian battles. Enough to excite the imagination of every young holiday maker!
Away from the coast now we find the historic market towns of Llanrwst and Betws-Y- Coed both well worth a visit. Llanrwst, picture postcard pretty, sitting on the banks of the River Conwy with it's ancient bridge Pont Fawr believed to have been conceived by Inigo Jones in 1636 it has served the town well being the main thoroughfare between itself and an even older Manor house, Gwydir.
Betws-Y-Coed again stunningly pretty. Built on the confluence of the Rivers Conwy, Lledr and Llugwy, originally a sixth century monastery it grew to become a coaching town and is now a booming tourist attraction with craft shops and cafes built around the railway station, museum and miniature gauge railway.