Few people associate Snowdonia with the sea, but there are twenty kilometres of coastline within the National Park, with Harlech being the salty hub.
Don’t overlook the quarries. Although they are not picture postcard, they have an industrial beauty, the likes of which we celebrate in derelict power stations, transport museums or canal systems around the world. Visit the quarrying villages too for real Snowdonia.
Snowdonia has native woodland which explodes with the seasonal change. Check out the Woodland Trust and National Trust websites for spots to embrace the seasonal change.
Is out of this world. Not only can you go flying at speeds of up to 100 mph, but you also get to support a now revitalized quarry Penrhyn Quarry which is nestled amongst the mountains of north Wales.
Might seem cheesy, but it’s actually cheese-tastic and a fine legacy to the engineers who installed it. You also have the stunning Hafod Eryri building on the summit as its terminus. Train geeks gone chic.
Yep. They put a power station into the mountain. Just like that. So cool, they have turned it into a visitor experience. This is no hydro hype, but an almost Orwellian marriage of machines and nature.
Great for the charity, but not so great for Snowdonia as most events only involve people staying for a night, leaving loads of waste and going home. Come for longer and take in all of the Park, not just the peak.
Snowdonia is so not package. More of a pass the parcel, where you have to unwrap all the layers carefully to discover the treats that await. It is rawer than, say, the Lake District. Less fudge, more fun.
The English still upstage the Welsh when it comes to castles, with Harlech and Caernarfon always top of the tourist maps. But check out the famous creations of the Welsh Princes of Gwynedd, as stunning architecture plays a huge part of their legacy. Visit Castell y Bere , Castell Dolwyddelan and Castell Dolbadarn to delve more deeply into Snowdonia’s history. See www.snowdoniaheritage.info for more information.