Snowdonia is a wonderful place year around, and it’s certainly up there in some of the very best places in the world to visit. For us, Snowdonia beats the likes of Europe and America hands down, and we’re so very lucky to have such a wonderfully beautiful national park so close to home. Snowdonia is famous for tourism year around thanks to the fact it truly is perfect for travel all year around. When summer’s bracken gives way to Autumn, the colours within Snowdonia are something that quite simply can’t be imagined until it is seen.
Autumn eventually gives way to winter, and Snowdonia truly establishes itself as a place of very real nature, history and harmony. Completely and utterly beautiful with the landmasses of the region cloaked in snow, Snowdonia’s ancient relics – stone circles and standing stones take centre stage within the region. Rightly so, as well.
Snowdonia within Autumn and Winter is such an amazing thing, we compiled a short list of some of our favourite things about the region. Some of these locations might very well be off the beaten track, so we encourage readers to do their own research and most of all, to stay safe. While we’re all for tourists enjoying Snowdonia as the locals enjoy it, we won’t be held responsible for anyone climbing Snowdon in their pants!
What a treat. Cwm Idwal is very well known for being a beauty spot and a designated area of special scientific interest, as the Cwm Idwal sees absolutely no sun until late in the spring. Even then, this magnificent cliff face retains snow and ice for much longer than the rest of Snowdonia and Wales, due to it keeping so much it in every nook and cranny. This feature really has to be seen to be believed – and despite being a place of scientific interest, is open to the public. Just mind the geologists.
View Point, the Conwy Valley
Another treat of the highest order, though quite off the beaten track. To find this gem, you’ll have to head toward Nebo (from Llanrwst) and at the very top of the hill, turn back on yourself for around 300 yards before you pull into a handy lay-by. Congratulations. You’ve got a magnificent view of every peak within Snowdonia – and the perfect place to bring a loved one to enjoy a sunrise or sunset. Once you’ve taken it all in, pop into the nearby Groes Inn – a very well-rated restaurant in Conwy Valley and dog-friendly hotel in Snowdonia that’s won quite a few AA Rosettes and Michelin mentions, and have a good meal. You just visited one of the best views in Wales, that’s virtually unknown! You deserve it!
The Nantlle Valley
If you managed to reach the view point, rejoice! We’ve got another challenge for you. Known among the locals as “Snowdonia’s forgotten route” because… well, it doesn’t technically lead anywhere, this charming path turns into a steep valley quickly, and the road climbs very gently to twist down to Rhyd Ddu. Breathtaking, and wonderful. You’ll absolutely adore this walk.