Crashpad Lodges suggestions for a fun filled week in Snowdonia without spending a penny.
One of the best things about visiting North Wales is the amount of fun and free things to do for everyone. This weeks blog is a list of Crashed Lodges favourite adventures in which all you need is petrol in your car and a picnic. Leave your wallet and card at home for all these are free and all within a short drive from Crashpad Lodges based in Llanberis.
Watkins Path Pools
A few locals and outdoor enthusiasts know about these pools and they are magical beyond belief. The Watkins Pools are a series of mini waterfalls and pools in which you can slip and slide down from one pool into another. They are deep so great for a bit of a jump and a dive in certain places. The views are amazing as the pools are a little way up the Watkins Path route to Snowdon so you can chill out and admire the scenery from your own little cold tub! Bring your wetsuit if the weather is below 20 degrees! This was us last week having a splash.
Cable Bay, Aberffraw, Anglesey
This wonderful often overlooked bay is one of the best kept secrets I believe in North Wales. Located as the name suggests in a bay, the bay is small, sheltered and shallow for quite a way out making it perfect for a great day at the beach. We spent a great day last week paddleboarding, catching the rays and eating the local ice cream from the small camper van situated in the small car park. (just to note the car park is £3 for 4 hours so make sure you bring some change for that and an ice cream). If you fancy a drink or maybe dinner before heading back, check out The Oyster Catcher, a great restaurant/bar located very close to the beach.
Coed Y Brenin Forest Park
Coed Y Brenin is a wonderful forest which is a haven for mountain bikers and walkers, located an hour drive from Crashpad Lodges. It is the UK’s first and largest mountain bike trail centre catering for bikers of all abilities from experts and intermediate to families. Don’t worry if you don’t have a mountain bike as there is a great bike hire shop on site called Beics Brenin which can sort you out. Showers on site and a great cafe will sort out your aching legs and hungry stomach afterwards. This place is such great fun. The only cost would be the bike hire, feel free to bring your own picnic.
Cycle the Coastal Path
Sticking with cycling why not try the two routes along the North Wales Coast line that offer great views and excellent cycling terrain. At 4 miles long the Lôn Las Menai route from Felinheli to Caernarfon is mostly on the trackbed of the old Bangor to Caernarfon railway line. On this route you will cycle along the Menai Straits with some amazing views of Anglesey forming a small part of Lôn Las Cymru, the 261 miles / 420 kilometres national cycle route from Holyhead – Cardiff. A slightly longer cycle route is the Llandudno to Llanfairfechan being 12 miles long. This route is a very popular with extensive views out to sea, along the coast, and inland to the Clwydian Hills, the Vale of Clwyd and the northern slopes of Snowdonia National Park. Both routes are a great day out with plenty of fresh Welsh air with views for miles.
Cwm Idwal, Ogwen Valley
A really lovely easy walk, full of epic views and once was ranked the 7th greatest natural wonder in Britain! Rhiwiau Caws and the cliffs around the head of Cwm Idwal are a popular area for rock climbing, particularly with inexperienced climbers learning their skills so if you fancy learning a bit of rock climbing, this is your place.
History has it that no birds fly over the lake due to the terrible history of Cwm Idwal. The National Trusts website explain why...
Carrying on with Welsh history and heritage, Dolbadarn Castle is actually a Welsh Round Tower located in Llanberis, just 10 minutes from Crashpad Lodges. Built by the Welsh prince Llywelyn the Great during the early 13th century it is steeped in history and is grade 1 listed. The walk to and around the castle is magical and you can almost feel the history in the air! Stop by at The Royal Victoria Hotel for lunch and a pint in the garden at the front of the property which is a sun trap on a good weather day.
Saving the best until last, no visit to Snowdon or Crashpad Lodges should be without a stop to this wonderful cafe at the start of the Llanberis path. Serving the most delicious scones and cream teas or if you fancy something stronger for the ascent or descent of Snowdon, local ice cold craft beers and ales. Penceunant Isaf now has a outdoor pizza oven serving fresh pizzas to order and only just down the Llanberis path from Crashpad Lodges. It is truly a magical place with the warmest of welcomes.
So if you have seven days in Snowdonia these are our recommendations. All are free to do, just a few pennies for any drinks or snacks along the way. Enjoy your adventure.