Nestled amongst endless fields roamed by over 90 species of sheep, is Snowdonia National Park; the home of the historic mountain railway and some of Great Britain’s highest peaks. Located in the north of the castle capital of the world you will find over 800 square miles of peaceful coastline, agricultural land and remote mountainous regions some remaining relatively unfrequented by tourists.
Little more than a Sunday afternoon stroll in the summer time, Snowdon transforms into a treacherous glacial formation in the winter months suitable for only experienced hikers with the right equipment.
If you’re a seasoned climber, try your luck along Crib Goch or Clogwyn y Person. Both take you to the summit of Snowdon injecting some adrenaline in to your day with knife-edge scrambles and freedom, away from the well-trodden footpaths along the high ridges. Try the North Ridge route to Crib Goch in the dry season, slightly less popular, you’ll find it from the climbers cliffs of Dinas Mot just off the Llanberis path. Alternatively make your way to the Cromlech boulders further along the same approach for the fine ridge of Clogwyn Y Person.
If you need to grab a few supplies, nip down to the Royal Oak Cotswolds in Betws y Coed. You’ll find welcoming, down to earth staff who have vast climbing and hiking knowledge and will help you find the right equipment for your needs. They have great tips for all abilities; beginners, looking for some hiking boots, right through to expert climbers wanting to get more leverage and swinging action out of an ice pick. Stop by Alpine coffee shop whilst in the area for some homemade delights.
With over 600 castles in Wales, make sure you stop by to admire one on your way home.