Where to propose in Snowdonia
Climbing a mountain and then proposing sounds nice, but you’ll both be hot, knackered and possibly irritable… and there’ll be loads of teens orienteering around you, sniggering as you drop to one knee on a windswept rock. Your soon-to-be may well be mortified.
So I opt for the safe choice. Go A.Posted 4 years agofootflapsSubscriber
I was going to propose on the Summit of the Old Man of Coniston, but when we got here the wind was about 40mph with driving snow, and the OH was freezing, so I binned that attempt as she didn’t look in a very romantic mood:
EDIT I know Coniston is not in Wales, but it’s vaguely relevant…Posted 4 years ago
I’d thought about the top of a mountain but she has an old injury that sometimes causes her serious discomfort during long walks, especially over technical terrain. It’s intermittent so she might be fine, but don’t really want to take the risk of ruining the mood. A walk of under 5 miles could work though.
The hotel is near Rowen.
I’ve not heard of Gospel Pass – will take a look.Posted 4 years agoOrmanCheepMember
On Adam and Eve on Tryfan, or on the cantilever on the Glyders (if you are the walking types).
Or at the waterfall in Betws-y-coed with a bag of chips from the chippy next door, if you don’t mind scousers throwing stones at the leaping salmon (I am not kidding).
Or Beddgelert, if you romanticise about dogs!
Or go for an outdoor swim in Aber Falls, and do it there. Nice Spot, short walk.Posted 4 years agoPeyoteMember
There’s a nice little spot called the Blue Lake in an old slate quarry in Arthog, near Fairbourne. Not too far to walk, generally quiet and very sheltered, it’s surrounded by sheer rock walls and slate. It’s blue due to the copper sulphate (I think), and is very good for skimming stones!
Have a google for it, also it’s not very big, more of a pool than a lake.Posted 4 years ago
Cheers for all the suggestions guys – keep them coming, lots of food for thought here. Llanddwyn Island would be perfect but unfortunately we’ve already been there many times – she’s from Angelsea so I’m wanting to stick to the mainland in the hope of finding somewhere that’s new to her.Posted 4 years ago
You said no Southern Snowdonia, right?
Because if that’s negotiable and you want to propose amidst the grandeur of quiet hills, I suggest the Arenigs (about 15 miles south of Betws).
Arenig Fach is a pretty easy climb with great views over Bala Lake etc… There’s a nice lake next to the bothy on Arenig Fawr before the steepest part of the climb… We’ve been there a few times and not encountered anyone.Posted 4 years ago
Here’s one for the slushy romantics of STW!
So, I’ve decided to pop the question to my girlfriend of 3 years. The ring is being made, and I’ve booked a surprise weekend away in a hotel in Snowdonia for the August bank holiday weekend. All sorted, apart from exactly where and when to propose. We’ll get there on the Saturday afternoon and will be staying two nights. My current thoughts are to either:
a) propose shortly after arrival at the hotel in the hotel grounds (very scenic and likely to be able to find a private spot as it’s quite a small hotel) – assuming she says ‘yes’ we can then celebrate immediately with a bottle of Champers and a fancy dinner at the hotel;
b) wait until the Sunday and find some romantic spot in Snowdonia – problem with this being that I don’t know Snowdonia at all and all the possible locations I can find online are likely to be rammed full of tourists, especially as it will be the bank holiday weekend.
So, what do you reckon, A or B? If B, does anyone have suggestions of particularly romantic, yet secluded spots that might be suitable in the area? We’ll be staying in the north of Snowdonia and don’t want to spend ages driving to places further south.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.Posted 4 years ago
I think we might have a winner! Llyn Arenig Fawr looks ideal, and the location is pretty much perfect in terms of getting there. Nice one camo16 – much appreciated.
I’m thinking that we could head straight there on the Saturday morning, have a picnic on the shore and a little swim, then either pop the question there or head on to the hotel and propose in the grounds if there are other people around at the lake. That way she shouldn’t have time to get too suspicious about what I’m up to (waiting until Sunday might lose the element of surprise, even if I do tell her it’s just an early surprise weekend away for her birthday). It also has the benefit of me not stressing about it all Saturday!
Thanks a lot for all the suggestions guys, none of these places had come up in my searches so far. Any further suggestions welcome, still need ideas for things to do during the rest of the weekend (although that can be more touristy options).Posted 4 years agomuppetWranglerMember
I wouldn’t pick a spot above all others but go for the weekend with the intention of proposing and pick a moment that feels right, just when everything feels wonderful.
It might be coming down off a walk, could be in the pub relaxing after a fantastic day or it could be in one of the amazing locations already suggested. I think the moment is more important than the location and too fixed a plan could make a heartfelt gesture come across as a bit staged.Posted 4 years agoFunkyDuncMember
Kind of agree with the last comment to some extent.
I proposed to Mrs FD on a hill in the Lakes. I knew when I wanted to do it when we were out walking, and roughly where, but Mrs FD fell and bust her lip requiring a visit to A&E, so that didnt happen!
2 days later we were more just strolling along a path, in not quite so popular area having a lovely walk, and just decided to do it there and then. Was no one one about etc, and so much nicer for it.Posted 4 years agoOrmanCheepMember
I’d planned to pop the question in Tignes, on a New Year skiing holiday. I was going to creep out in the night and write JO, WILL YOU MARRY ME? in massive letters in the fresh snow on the lake, so it could be seen from a restaurant halfway up a run back in.
I was so engrossed in my plans, I ended up forgetting to buy her a Christmas present. As a get out of jail, I ended up popping the question after midnight mass on Christmas Eve, in front of the fire, with a glass of baileys.
Wish I’d done it in Tignes though.Posted 4 years agoononeorangeSubscriber
muppetwrangler +1. There will be just a “moment” – I spent a week in Scotland with Mrs O agonising over where to, and in the end it just happened at the right moment.
(When she was covered in cow slurry after I assured her it was OK to ride through as it was just water).
PS Good luck and report back here.Posted 4 years ago
I agree completely muppetWrangler, I’m not going to get fixated in proposing at an exact point or an exactly those reasons. On the other hand, I’d like to plan a day that has the maximum probability of the perfect moment arising! If I’ve got a few pre-selected possibilities in mind then I won’t be worrying about when to do it (at least not as much), but it definitely has to feel right. That right moment may well be at the end of a romantic day/weekend in Snowdonia rather than at a picture-postcard spot, we’ll just have to see. It may well be pissing with rain all weekend!Posted 4 years ago
Just to update everyone who helped me out with suggestions: she said yes!!!
The weather didn’t want to play ball for our picnic at Llyn Arenig Fawr. The forecast suggested a dull start but brightening later in the day – unfortunately it seemed to brighten everywhere except for the big black cloud over us. So instead of a romantic picnic on the shores of the lake, we ended up sheltering from the wind by a fence next to the bothy, surrounded by sheep shit. Funnily enough I decided that this wasn’t the ideal moment for the proposal. If the sun had been out then it would have been the perfect spot, but we still enjoyed the walk and picnic.
I ended up proposing after a meal in the garden of the hotel that we stayed in (Tir-Y-Coed Country House – can’t recommend it enough for anyone looking for somewhere nice to stay in Snowdonia).
So thanks again to everyone for their suggestions, especially camo16 who came up with Llyn Arenig Fawr.Posted 4 years ago
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