As the sun starts to set on 2017, we’re thinking about the year behind us and looking ahead to 2018 and all that North Wales has to offer.
This year we’ve told you about some great coastal walks near Porthmadog, where to find adventure and excitement, where to take the kids and hopefully you’ve been able to get over to North Wales and visit us.
Well we might be saying goodbye to 2017 but that means we’re saying hello to 2018, with a whole heap of exciting, fun and interesting places to explore, events to go to and beautiful views to admire.
North Wales has so much to offer: From shopping in Bangor and Conwy to the breathtaking scenery of Snowdonia National Park; from the Slates mines to the aerial zip wire; From quad biking to galleries.
So what will be the highlights of 2018?
New Year is always a time to set some resolutions, such as getting fitter, healthier or back in the gym. This year you could set yourself the challenge of climbing Mount Snowdon. Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales, so it’s not for the faint hearted. However imagine the satisfaction and joy as you scale the mountain and stand at it’s peak with views across Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and as far across to Ireland. There are 6 paths you can take, all of which will take you at least six hours.
Remember to check the weather before you set off, and the safety advice to ensure you have the right equipment and clothing.
If you don’t fancy a six hour hike, do not worry! There’s a train that will take you there and back. It starts running in mid March so perhaps you can start practising your hiking skills now, and walk up/down one way and take the train for the other!
Taking the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway
If climbing a mountain isn’t your thing but you’d love to explore the beauty of the North Wales countryside, then take a trip on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.
With over 40 miles of track weaving through the Snowdonia National Park, and over 20 stations across the two different railways, you can choose a full or half day trip, a first class or third class ticket, and even take your dogs and your bikes!
As one of the best examples of a preserved medieval fortress in Europe and one of the largest castles in the country, this impressive stronghold towers over the waterfront in Caernarfon. If you’re a history lover or you love royal family connections, this will be a highlight for you. It was created by King Edward I, and Prince Charles’s investiture as Prince of Wales happened here in 1969. The castle is steeped in history, and sits on the even older site of a previous Norman castle.
For accommodation in Porthmadog which is well placed to visit all these areas; known as the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park, book here or contact us on 01766 512421.