Explore stunning Snowdonia mountains

Area

As the official Gateway to Snowdonia, the mountain resort of Betws-y-Coed has a distinctly alpine feel. Surrounded by the wooded beauty of the Gwydyr Forest there are plenty of trails and walks that start from the village itself, with grades at all levels from river boardwalks to uphill mountain lakes

Riverside walks like the Miners Bridge walk

The Village

Renowned for it’s boutique and outdoor retail shopping Betws has been a mecca for all things outdoorsy ever since Sir Edmund Hilary trained in the area for his historical ascent of Everest. Way before that though Betws was on the stage coach route from London to Holyhead and with the opening of the railway line in 1868 drew in Victorian tourists and artists such as David Cox and Turner.

Still very much a place bound in it’s roots of rural community and village life, we love it most in December when the community come together to host ‘Nadolig yn Betws-y-Coed Christmas’, a festive celebration of all things seasonal, if you’ve only visited us in the summer months then you’re missing all the magic of the winter with lantern parades, trees festooned in light, carol singing and enchanting alpine feel. Look out for the Anna Davies Christmas window display - there’s a new masterpiece created every year!

In Christmas 2017 Anna Davies Christmas window featured a powder blue Fiat 500

Snowdonia National Park

Covering 838 square miles Wales’ oldest and most visited national park is also home to it’s highest peak . Snowdon stands at 1085 meters and over 350,000 people walk up it each year… if you want to walk the path less travelled though there are over 1,497 miles of public footpaths over, around an within the park so you’re bound to find a quiet spot or ten!

Of course the National Park isn’t just about mountains, there are also lakes to play on & swim in, forests and woodland to explore, rivers to walk beside & waterfalls to be amazed at.

Our top tip - if there’s been a torrent of rain head to Swallow Falls - the sheer thunderous sound of thousand of gallons of water pouring down the ravine is exhilarating.

Or if paddling is your thing there are countless lakes and rivers for kayaking and canoeing

Adventure & Adrenalin

Ok so there’s the world’s longest zip line and the worlds fastest zip line at Zip World and then world’s longest underground adventure with GoBelow… there’s the world class Marin mountain bike trail (Gwydir Forest), the Antur Stiniog Downhill Mountain Biking tracks as used by Red Bull, talking about Red Bull they held their world series champs at Surf Snowdonia in 2017….

Oh and then there’s Challenge Snowdonia, the SnowMan Triathalon, the Snowdon Marathon….

Yup we reckon if it’s adventure and adrenaline you’re after then we’ve got it covered in Snowdonia!

Don't miss Zip World Titan in just up the road in Bethesda.