North Wales may not be your first thought when thinking of where to go in the winter months. In the off-season, you will see many attractions with reduced opening hours however, the great outdoors is never closed to visitors!
Let’s face it, nothing quite beats a crisp, fresh, winter’s morning when you’re all wrapped up and ready to go. Imagine snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes and festively decorated cobbled streets – what more could you want on your next winter getaway.
Lace up your boots and grab your thermals for exploring North Wales’ winter landscape. This year in North Wales we experienced one of the busiest summers but now that it is over you can really take in the sights and enjoy a brisk walk whilst taking in the dramatic wintery landscape without the crowds.
Although it may be too dangerous to climb Snowdon in winter, there are plenty of other winter walks to enjoy. Some of our favourites include the circular walk at Cwm Idwal, or from Rhaeadr Ddu Falls to Afon Gamlan.
Take in the sights
The scenery in North Wales any time of year is beautiful but it is particularly magical in wintertime. This time of year you’ll be able to see Snowdonia’s snow-capped mountains, crisp beaches and the stunning winter sunrise.
One of the many delights in North Wales over winter is the magical night sky. A lot of the UK is spoiled by light pollution, however, North Wales is home to the Snowdonia International Dark Sky Reserve meaning that North Wales is perfect for experiencing the natural wonder of the night sky.
On a clear night in Snowdonia, you can see the Milky Way, all the major constellations, nebulous and even shooting stars! Why not wrap up warm and take a look for yourself.
Snowdonia is popularly known as being the go-to place if you want adventure. It features the highest mountain in Wales and the fastest zipline in the world! There is a range of independent small businesses that offer adventures all year round so Snowdonia won’t disappoint. There are a wide range of activities to enjoy including, horse riding, mountain biking, white water kayaking and winter swimming.
If it’s an adrenaline-fuelled adventure you are looking for then make sure to check out Zip World which is home to the world’s fastest zipline, Velocity 2. If ziplining isn’t your thing there are other activities to enjoy with the whole family including, going to the deep mines, taking a ride on the magical Fforest Coaster or bouncing to your heart’s content at the Bounce Below trampoline park.
Cosy winter pubs
Once you are done with exploring for the day there’s nothing better than sitting back and relaxing in a good cosy pub with a roaring open fire.
In North Wales, there is a wide range of pubs to choose from so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Many are also dog friendly too!