Hiking Mount Snowdon
Standing at 1,085m high, Mount Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales, which can be easily understood as you stand on the summit with a 360 degree views of Snowdonia National Park and the Northwest coast of Wales.
The Llanberis trail is the most commercial route to the summit, with an average walking time of 4 hours to reach the summit, and 3 hours to get back down, it is suitable for families with young children and dogs, and first-time climbers.
The town of Llanberis is also home to the Snowdon Mountain Railway station, making it a popular town to aim for in Snowdonia National Park. Parking can thus be expensive in places, but we found that Padarn Country Park carpark was the most reasonably priced carpark in relation to its location. A cash machine can be found outside the Mynydd Gwefru Electric Mountain in Llanberis.
Along the Llanberis trail, an ice-cream stand can be found at the start of the trail, and a cafe half way up the mountain.
Toilets are located at both the base and summit railway stations, but nowhere inbetween on the trail.
N.B: On a sunny, weekend day, the train is likely to be fully booked by lunchtime, so arrive early or book in advance via their website to avoid disappointment.
Walking in Ogwen Valley
Situated between Bangor and Conwy in the region of Gwynedd, Ogwen Valley has marked out walking routes of different distances suitable for all ages and abilities. The best place to aim for in the car is Ogwen Cottage where there is a small car park and lots of free, roadside parking availability. A snack bar, tourist centre, and youth hostel can all be found around Ogwen Cottage too.
Camping at Tyddyn Llwyn Holiday ParkStrategically wedged between Snowdonia National Park and Black Rock Sands beach, Tyddyn Llwyn provides all sorts of accomodation from touring pitches to glamping pods, and is only a 10 minute walk from Porthmadog town centre and harbour. Although pricey during the peak season, the beautiful scenery makes up for any extra costs (but obviously affects phone signal)! Although a popular site, they managed to squeeze us in with short notice in the peak season, on a pitch with electricity.
Lunch at Rhug Estate Farm Shop
We only stumbled upon this gem after deciding to take the more scenic route home from Porthmadog, following winding B-roads through Snowdonia National Park. Not only does the menu resemble a novel, but there are options of where to eat too. A “posh” butty van serving up jacket potatoes and duck breast burgers means you can take-away or sit outside, whereas the restaurant inside is more like a country pub. There is also an amazing organic shop on site selling all sorts from interior gifts to fresh produce from the local farm. A real treat on the way back home!