- Days out in snowdonia/north Wales.
Been visiting for years but never had a full week there. Going for the whit holidays Monday to Monday. Staying near porthmadog. The Saturday will be taken up by me and laddo attending the enduro at llandegla, but we have the rest of the week free. Know the area very well don’t mind a bit of travel but nothing huge.
Possibilities so far,
Zip line (pricey)
Underground adventure go ape thing, not the zip one as V pricey.
Antur uplift (girls can’t do)
Walk up Snowdon (Never done, best route?)
Surf snowdonia but it’s only an hour
Previously done bounce below and forest coaster
Really active family, so up for anything, kids 17/14, some cheap/free days would be good as I’m a tight bastard but don’t mind spending if it’s worth it.
Big walks, rafting just cool family days out, dog coming too so would be nice to get him out if poss.
TIAPosted 1 month agoblokeuptheroadMember
If you’ve a head for heights the best way up Snowdon on a clear day is Crib Goch. Bit of exposure on the ridge and a bit of scrambling needed here and there but nothing too taxing. Avoid in high winds though. Be prepared for the hordes at the top who’ve come up on the train or one of the easier routes.
Tryfan is a better bet IMHO. Not as crowded as Snowdon though the summit can still be busy. A proper mountain which also needs a bit of scrambling to get up. Loads of iconic photo spots too like the cannon, Adam and Eve and (if you carry on to the Glydrs) cantilever rock.Posted 1 month agoSpudMember
Drive onto Blackrock Sands and have a wander with the dog. Watch out for the odd manic boy racer.Posted 1 month ago
Jump on the train from Porthmadog to Criccieth, mooch on the beach, beer/ lunch at Dylans.
If taking bikes, head to Barmouth and then over the bridge and down the Mawddach trail, the George III has been very recently renovated, but not been in since it was still closed in Feb.ElShalimoMember
If you’ve got 2 cars, or can arrange the return transport, the Nantlle Ridge is probably the best walk in all of Wales.
It’s best done as a linear walk walking towards the sea, starting at Rhyd-Du and end at Nebo. There are local taxi companies if public transport isn’t feasible.
Posted 1 month ago
Yup, rafting is def on the maybe list. Done the black rock beach thing, any idea which bits we can take the dog on as it’s no dog season apparentky but its only for certain areas I believe. Last time we went we drove on to the sand with the little caravan site to our left, presume that’s the out of bounds bit?Posted 1 month agoallfankledupSubscriber
Go to Criccieth and walk down towards BlackRock. A huge expanse of sand, it’s always been fairly deserted when we’ve been there. Nice ice-cream as well. Dog friendly
Glosters in PorthMadog for a browse (lovely pottery, some great stuff and worth supporting).
Walk out from Morfa Nefyn along the golf course (in the evening, once the golfers stop) – beautiful part of the world, return via the Lifeboat station and the pub on the beach
Day on the beach at Llanbedrog – we holidayed here for 3 years
Lunch at Pete’s Eats in Llanberis. Lovely place to sit
Climbing (and castle) in Caernarvon, Beacon Climbing – the crazy climb is fun
Coed Y Brenin is to your south, Mawddach trail etc.
We drove down to the red kite place (Gigrin farm) near Rhayader, a good way south but proper,proper awesomePosted 1 month agoAmbroseSubscriber
Walk around Cwm Idwal, visiting the Devil’s Kitchen.
Visit the Llanberis Slate Quarry Museum.
Poke about in the quarries above Llanberis. Similarly in Blaenau Ffestiniog. If you decide to enter any of the tunnels, take great care!
Ride a little train, loads to choose from.
Climb Cnicht, the best views in Wales await you from the top.
Spend a night in a bothy- Arenig Fawr? Dulyn? Cae Amos? Penrhos Isaf?
Electric Mountain is really cool if you like massive engineering.
And everything mentioned above.Posted 1 month agofossyMember
Ride Gwydir Forest – Loved it with 7 of us this weekend on Sunday, after doing 2 laps of Llandegla on Sat. Gwydir is fab. You can do the small loop with the kids – some serious climbing though. The main route is fab. Dragons back really sticks with me.
It’s a hard day out, needs a trail bike – not an enduro.Posted 1 month agojkomoMember
Walked up Cadir Idris last weekend, it’s a good day out, but a hard walk, harder than Snowdon and much more quiet.Posted 1 month ago
No expert, bit of the four I’ve done with kids Rydd Ddu is the best for views and fun- a bit scrambly dangerous feeling at top (but it’s not really).
Llanberis has some amazing old quarries you can walk around- have a google.
All of above are free- take a picnic to make even betterer.
Loads of watersprot on Bala lake. Not free.slowoldmanSubscriber
If you’ve a head for heights the best way up Snowdon on a clear day is Crib Goch.
If you are happy with exposed scrambling. If not my favourite is the Watkin path (well not including a secret scramble I’m not telling you lot about). Agree with Tryfan too, though finding the start of the North ridge if you want that route, is a bit tricky the first time.Posted 1 month agocampalumpaMember
You can rent paddleboards by Llyn Padarn in Llanberis and paddleboard there.
Also on north side of Padarn there are the Dinorwig quarries. Great for an explore over all the different levels and lots of safe mine tunnels – the double one behind Dali’s hole is good – try and spot the banksy style graffiti
Get the book wild wales for lots of other ideas on off the beaten track and free stuff
Surfing or boogie boarding at Hell’s mouthPosted 1 month agodylsMember
1) Hire a bike at beics betws and go family cycling up to llyn elsi in betws y coed on the forestry tracks, very nice there.
2) Go up snowdon from llanberis, or get a bus to pen y pass and go up the miners or pyg track, and then down on the llanberis path. If inexperienced id stay away from crib goch.
3) not cheap but the steam train from blaenau to porthmadog, or porthmadog to caernarfon is nice. Good one if the weather is wet.
3) antur stiniog for you, and the zip wire for the family? both in the same place.
4) black rock sands in nice near porthmadog.Posted 1 month agomark90Member
Lots of good suggestions already.
A walk along the coast/dunes taking in Llanddwyn island on Anglesey is a nice 1/2 day.
Nice little bays to have a swim and chill in lade Padarn behind the DMM factory.
Agree avoid Crib Goch and Tryfan if not confident and experienced in the mountains. Tryfan is a major mountain rescue hot spot. Watkin path is a good shout though, and can be combined with the South ridge for a nice loop. Waterfall pools are good for a cool down if it’s a hot day.Posted 1 month agozzjabzzMember
Spend a day on Ynys Gifftan away from all the idiots on holiday, you’ll need a tide table as you’ll have to go and come back at low tide. Also, try Cnicht or/and the Moelwyns (from Croesor), less idiots on holiday here, or maybe Moel Hebog (from Beddgelert). Stacks of walks to do. If the weather’s good, you’ll fill the time no problem…Posted 1 month ago
slight hijack.. but i was driving over the menai bridge (east bound) yesterday and looking up you are faced with a plethora of big lumpy bastards!! i have ridden snowdon a handful of times, and all the trail centres in the area, but is there any more riding to be had at altitude round snowdonia, say north of the Llanberis pass!?
ive been looking at trailforks and strava heatmaps but neither are coming up with much….
i have heard about the Drum mountain rides but i fancy pushing 4 figures, owt round Carnedd Llewelyn?
taPosted 4 weeks ago
if your staying in porthmadog, black rock sands is a great beach and theres a nice walk around Pen-y-banc nature reserve. Moel-y-gest is a good easy walk too, great views and an iron age hill fort to look at.
Portmeirion is nice too but not free.
Harlech castle is nice but there not much else there. dont go to Barmouth tho, makes blackpool look like puerto banus!!
Machynlleth (still in Snowdinia!?) is spot on.Posted 3 weeks agoscuttlerMember
If the weather’s shit head out to the activities, beaches, cliffs and walks of Anglesey or Lleyn for the day as they get their own weather.
Surf Snowdonia is a half day once you’ve been suited up, had the prelims, done the surfing, got changed and then spent an hour having a brew and watching everyone else. Even if you don’t do it, go along and have a watch.Posted 3 weeks agomuddygroundMember
Why the love for Pete’s Eats? The food is dull, service rubbish and you sit there for hours waiting – which is why they give you a pint of tea, something to do as you wonder when your bland food is eventually coming (I actually managed to leave the cafe, go for a walk around the town and buy something, and when I got back the food had still not arrived). Indian down the road is more fun.
Anyway, beaches / cliff / hill walks on Llyn, avoiding Abersoch (bakers at Aberdaron for breakfast – just do not go into the Spar as it is horrid). The Welsh language visitor centre is great – park at the top for a circular walk. Anywhere near or on Snowdon / Idris. Hire a bike and cycle out from Barmouth. Llandudno and the two Orme’s. List is endless. And keep your eyes open, as craft beer or coffee seems to pop up now and then as you drive through places.Posted 3 weeks ago
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