We recently spent a week in North Wales, not far from Snowdonia National Park. The park covers over 2000 square kilometres of mountain, lakes, rivers, valleys, coast and woodland. It is rich in biodiversity and a great place to explore.
Snowdonia itself is the largest mountain in Wales (and England) at 1085m and is very popular with hill walkers. There are over 2000km of public footpaths in the park so plenty to choose from. We particularly enjoyed a walk at Cwm Idwal, Ogwen, which climbed just a little up a glacial valley and then around a lake. The paths are very well maintained and it was a perfect walk for the kids.
You cannot visit Wales without also visiting a castle. This year we visited Beaumaris Castle, on Anglesey. Beaumaris is a World Heritage Site. The castle built by the English King Edward I, was started in 1295 but was never actually completed.
The West Highland Railway runs a steam train through part of the National Park. It is a great way to view some of the amazing scenery, and you almost feel that you have stepped back in time when you board the train. We traveled just a short section of the 40 mile track from Waunfawr to Rhyd Ddu.
Just a little sample of our week in Wales.