It’s not surprising that Wales is one of the most popular destinations for walking holidays. For a start, there are miles of untouched countryside – a rarity in this day and age! There are also a variety of different landscapes to explore, from coastal paths to jagged mountain trails, there’s something for every level of experience. Not only do the walks treat explorers to awe-inspiring views, many of the best-loved walks also lead through fascinating historical sites, which really captures the soul of the country. If you can’t face leaving your four-legged friend at home, you will be pleased to know that Wales is the perfect destination for a dog-walking holiday.
Here are three of the best walks to embark on whilst on your Wales walking holiday, all of which are in close proximity to our North Wales holiday cottages.
Morfa Nefyn to Porthdinllaen walk – (1 to 2 hours)
This walk is ideal for those who fancy a walk but don’t want to go too far, making it perfect for families with young explorers! This Morfa Nefyn to Porthdinllaen route rewards walkers with blissful coastal views, leading through stunning unspoilt habitats. Starting at Morfa Nefyn National Trust carpark, and following the footpath down to the beach, you will able to spot the sea-worn jetty which previously belonged to the brick works which stood there in the 19th Century. As you head towards the beach you will notice unfinished sea defences (works here were abandoned following the declaration of WW1!). Walking down the shore towards the picturesque hamlet of Porthdinllaen you will be able to spot the iconic Ty Coch Inn in the distance, which has rightfully been dubbed one of the best beach bars in the world. We recommend stopping here for a spot of lunch, giving you the opportunity to fully absorb the sensational scenery. Treat yourself to a traditional Welsh Ploughman's platter or a succulent prawn sandwich for a real taste of the sea! As you embark on your journey back past Caban Griff, you will notice rock pools dotted around, which any little ones will enjoy having a prod around in. Looping back towards Morfa Nefyn, you can follow the track back over the golf course and towards your starting point. Located just a 10 minute drive from our Llyn Peninsula retreat, this is the ideal family-friendly walk for all ages.
Mount Snowdon – (Approximately 8 hours depending on fitness)
For those more experienced walkers who want a challenge (and aren’t afraid of a bit of strenuous uphill climbing!), walking up Snowdon - the tallest mountain in Wales, is a must. Forming part of the National Three Peaks challenge there’s a choice of several routes, each varying in difficulty, to reach the summit. Although there is no easy way up the mountain, the Llanberis Path is the simplest way to reach the peak and takes approximately 4 hours to complete. Starting in the village of Llanberis the initial climb is the steepest part of the trip, so don’t be disheartened if you are finding the first part difficult. As you embark on the descent down the mountain with sore feet and empty bellies, there’s no doubt you will be dreaming about what delicious Welsh food you can refuel with to reward your efforts. The Pen-y-Ceunant Isaf Tea House, which is also located on the Llanberis Path, is the perfect place to end up at after conquering Snowdon. This small café is well known for serving comforting Barra Brith (Welsh Cakes), sumptuous hot chocolate, piping mulled wine and craft ale. The additional warm welcome from the extremely hospitable owner makes this the perfect treat to end a fantastic days walking.
Dinas Emrys – (2 hours, 30 minutes)
Ever wondered about the history of the iconic red dragon that sits proudly on the Welsh flag? The Dinas Emrys walk tells the story of how this mythical creature came to appear on the countries emblem and why it is so symbolic to the people of Wales. This scenic walk is a popular choice for tourists and the magical story behind it make it a great one for your young explorers. Legend has it, King Vortigern wished to build a castle on top of Dinas Emrys, but every night the castle would crumble to the ground, supposedly because there were two dragons fighting beneath the hill. As a result, King Vortigern’s men dug below the hill to release the sparring red and a white dragon. The story ends in the white dragon eventually fleeing and the red dragon returning to his lair. Ever since the red dragon has been celebrated across Wales.
Whether you believe the tales or not, this is a lovely trail which the whole family will remember, leading you past trickling waterfalls and thick, oak woodland. After reaching the summit you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, lush countryside and a sparkling blue lake which makes for the perfect photo opportunity! You will also spot the remaining ruins of a square tower which previously belonged to the ancient Princes of Gwynedd! Following the same route back to the start point, we recommend stopping by the quaint, grey-stone village of Beddgelert. This typical Welsh village boasts a frothing river, a selection of traditional eateries and a steam train which runs through it. It’s also worth visiting Gelert’s Grave, which has a tragic story about a death of a dog behind it (no spoilers!). If your visit coincides with lunch, a visit to Caffi Gwynant is also a must. Housed in a converted chapel, this lovely, rustic eatery prides itself on everything being homemade – even the ketchup! The menu itself is mouth-watering, serving a range of delicious food from a signature crab and lobster burger to a full Welsh breakfast - an essential pit stop for any foodies.
Our Llŷn Peninsula retreat is perfectly located to access the Llŷn Coastal Path and is also a short drive from the starting point of many other delightful walks, which have earned Wales the reputation of being a must-visit for walking holidays and dog walking holidays. Call our Concierge Team on 01625 416 430 to find out more about our luxurious holiday cottages