A Weekend In North Wales


North Wales is a beautiful, rugged area full of waterfalls, hiking trails and historic castles. The region is well known for Mount Snowdon, Wales' tallest mountain, and the surrounding Snowdonia National Park. Thousands of visitors flock to North Wales each year to hike to the summit, as well as to enjoy many other outdoor activities that the area has to offer. From quaint seaside villages, to the fastest zip-line in the world, there's no doubt that North Wales has a little something for everyone.

Although it would be impossible to see everything that North Wales has to offer in one short weekend, here's one itinerary for spending two days in the region:

Saturday Morning - Visit Caernarfon:
Spend your first morning visiting the quaint town of Caernarfon. There are a few cobbled streets worth exploring, but the main attraction is Caernarfon castle. Built between 1283 and 1330, throughout history Caernarfon castle has been used for military purposes as well as a royal palace. 

For the best photo opportunities walk across Pont Yr Aber bridge to admire the marina and the castle together.

Saturday Afternoon - Cwm Idwal
After grabbing some lunch in Caernarfon, jump in the car, pop on your walking shoes and head to Cwm Idwal. Here you can do a 3 hour hike (4.8k) around the lake Llyn Idwal. If you don't fancy the whole walk around the lake, you can always walk up to the lake and back without doing the full trail (It can get a bit challenging and rocky mid-way). Parking is available at Ogwen Cottage, and remember to take water and a rain jacket!

For dinner, there are plenty of restaurant options in Bangor which is only 10 miles away from Cwm Idwal.

Sunday Morning - Visit Zip World!
If you're up for some adrenaline and an adventure, on Sunday morning check out one of the activities at Zip World. Velocity is the fastest zip-line in the world which can often sell out a couple of months in advance during the summer. There are also other amazing activities such as underground trampolines, tobogganing, and zip-lining through an old slate mine.  

It's worth noting though that many of the activities are weather dependent. Last year I travelled all the way to North Wales to have the zip-line cancelled due to high winds! However, we did tobogganing instead last minute which was still great fun.

Sunday Afternoon - Mount Snowdon
For the final afternoon visit the summit of Mount Snowdon by train. The Snowdon Mountain Railway offers two options, the heritage steam experience or the traditional diesel service. Return tickets for both allow you to spend 30 minutes at the summit. Of course if you have more time available then there are several routes to hike to the top instead.

In the summer months it's so important to book pre-book tickets to avoid disappointment!

Have you visited North Wales before?


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  1. One place I need to explore more in North Wales. I've been everywhere down South but the North looks so beautiful! It's just quite a trek to get to from where I am in Cardiff! Beautiful photos as always :) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x