Summertime in Snowdonia
Snowdonia National Park is to Wales what the Lake District is to England. Encompassing 823 square miles of diverse majestic landscapes, Mount Snowdon is its crown jewel – dominating the ancient horizon of North Wales at 3,560 feet. 200 miles of epic coastline sweeps from the Llŷn Peninsula down the mid-Wales coast. Beckoning six million visitors annually, summertime blooms as the most sprightly season.
All boasting heights of over 3,000ft, 15 mountains known as the ‘Welsh 3000s’ host an assortment of Snowdonia action. You can pick ‘n’ mix between scenic walking routes, abseiling, horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking, rock climbing and bouldering. If you’re still hungry for that rush, beeline for the refreshing waters of the Mawddach River, Bala Lake, River Tryweryn and Llyn Trawsfyndd (try and pronounce those names after a few drinks!). Specialising in white water rafting, aerial zip lines, gorge walking, canyoning, cliff jumps and kayaking, every seeker is guaranteed a thrill. Once dried by the sun’s heartening rays cast your line inland or along the coast – Snowdonia has long been a favourite for fishing enthusiasts.
Want to see the picturesque panorama from Snowdon without straining a muscle? Clamber aboard a train on the only UK ‘rack-and-pinion’ railway dating back to 1896, for a breezy ride up to its peak. Receive a hearty welcome at the summit centre, Hafod Eryri, which neatly echoes the Welsh mountain with its interior of Welsh oak. Whilst exploring see if you can spot any Snowdon Lilies, an arctic-alpine plant unique to this area.
Dotted along the coast are sandy beaches and secluded bays, which are ideal for those with horizontal tendencies (when the sun makes an appearance!). National nature reserves, fascinating heritage sites and even dolphin watching boat trips enhances this chilled out theme. Wind down at dusk by sampling the ales of Wales. Make a toast to ‘the land of song’ and chirp your own jaunty tune in homage to your Welsh odyssey.
By Jen Elliott