Anna’s Bethesda Guidebook

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Anna’s Bethesda Guidebook

Adventure
Located 5 minutes from the cottage, in what once was the world’s largest slate quarry, Penrhyn Quarry is now home to the fastest zip line in the world, Velocity 2, where you can fly 500m above the bright blue quarry lake. Learn all about the history of the quarry on the Penrhyn Quarry Tour or watch the zippers fly by from the Blondin Restaurant or Café.
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Zip World Penrhyn Quarry
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Located 5 minutes from the cottage, in what once was the world’s largest slate quarry, Penrhyn Quarry is now home to the fastest zip line in the world, Velocity 2, where you can fly 500m above the bright blue quarry lake. Learn all about the history of the quarry on the Penrhyn Quarry Tour or watch the zippers fly by from the Blondin Restaurant or Café.
Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres, and the highest point in the British Isles outside of the Scottish Highlands. Choose from six different paths to conquer this giant; the Llanberis Path, Pyg Track, Miners’ Track, Watkin Path, Rhyd-Ddu Path or the Snowdon Ranger Path… or take a ride with the Snowdon Mountain Railway all the way to the summit!
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Mont Snowdon
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Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres, and the highest point in the British Isles outside of the Scottish Highlands. Choose from six different paths to conquer this giant; the Llanberis Path, Pyg Track, Miners’ Track, Watkin Path, Rhyd-Ddu Path or the Snowdon Ranger Path… or take a ride with the Snowdon Mountain Railway all the way to the summit!
One of the most iconic mountains in the UK, and certainly in Wales, whichever route you choose to go up, you’ll need to use your hands! Even the easiest route from Bwlch Tryfan is classed as a grade 1- scramble and it is therefore only recommended for experienced hikers who are looking for a challenge! The summit boasts two obelisks known as Adam and Eve, with the ‘freedom of Tryfan’ offered to those leaping from one to the other!
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Tryfan
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One of the most iconic mountains in the UK, and certainly in Wales, whichever route you choose to go up, you’ll need to use your hands! Even the easiest route from Bwlch Tryfan is classed as a grade 1- scramble and it is therefore only recommended for experienced hikers who are looking for a challenge! The summit boasts two obelisks known as Adam and Eve, with the ‘freedom of Tryfan’ offered to those leaping from one to the other!
Want to escape from the crowds? Snowdon may be the most popular mountain but the Glyderau on the opposite side of the valley are the most iconic with two of the most famous landmarks in Snowdonia. The vertical frost-shattered spires of Castell y Gwynt (Castle in the Wind) provide one of the best photographic viewpoints in Snowdonia while the Cantilever stone offers one of the most entertaining photo opportunities around. Nobody has yet managed to topple it, despite the best efforts of generations of hill walkers!
Glyderau
Want to escape from the crowds? Snowdon may be the most popular mountain but the Glyderau on the opposite side of the valley are the most iconic with two of the most famous landmarks in Snowdonia. The vertical frost-shattered spires of Castell y Gwynt (Castle in the Wind) provide one of the best photographic viewpoints in Snowdonia while the Cantilever stone offers one of the most entertaining photo opportunities around. Nobody has yet managed to topple it, despite the best efforts of generations of hill walkers!
Scenery
A magical setting with a distinctly Alpine feel enhanced by the dense Gwydyr Forest, this bustling mountain village offers waterfalls, rapids and cascades in a beautiful wooded setting. You’ll also find award-winning food and drink in the diverse range of cafés, bistros, restaurants and pubs.
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Betws-y-Coed
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A magical setting with a distinctly Alpine feel enhanced by the dense Gwydyr Forest, this bustling mountain village offers waterfalls, rapids and cascades in a beautiful wooded setting. You’ll also find award-winning food and drink in the diverse range of cafés, bistros, restaurants and pubs.
Running alongside the majestic Newborough Forrest, this spectacular beach stretches for over 3 miles and is framed to the left by the majestic mountains of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula. The walk to the lighthouse at the tip of Llanddwyn Island will take about 30-45 minutes at a gentle walking pace, and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular view of the North Wales coast. Fish and chips are available in Newborough village too!
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Newborough Beach
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Running alongside the majestic Newborough Forrest, this spectacular beach stretches for over 3 miles and is framed to the left by the majestic mountains of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula. The walk to the lighthouse at the tip of Llanddwyn Island will take about 30-45 minutes at a gentle walking pace, and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular view of the North Wales coast. Fish and chips are available in Newborough village too!
A place of legend in the heart of Snowdonia, the picturesque stone-built village of Beddgelert offers dramatic terrain and scenic riverside walks. Even before arriving, you’ll enjoy one of the most scenic drives in the whole of Snowdonia, as the road descends the Nant Gwynant valley past two idyllic lakes. Don’t forget to look for the award winning Glaslyn Ice Cream Shop in the centre of the village!
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Beddgelert
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A place of legend in the heart of Snowdonia, the picturesque stone-built village of Beddgelert offers dramatic terrain and scenic riverside walks. Even before arriving, you’ll enjoy one of the most scenic drives in the whole of Snowdonia, as the road descends the Nant Gwynant valley past two idyllic lakes. Don’t forget to look for the award winning Glaslyn Ice Cream Shop in the centre of the village!
Sightseeing
Home to Wales’ most famous castle and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Caernarfon Castle is a royal fortress-palace built on legends and bitter medieval conflict. Don’t forget to seek out the Black Boy Inn… a 16th-century inn within Caernarfon's historic town walls with hearty gastro Welsh food, real craft beers and roaring log fires.
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Caernarfon
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Home to Wales’ most famous castle and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Caernarfon Castle is a royal fortress-palace built on legends and bitter medieval conflict. Don’t forget to seek out the Black Boy Inn… a 16th-century inn within Caernarfon's historic town walls with hearty gastro Welsh food, real craft beers and roaring log fires.
Food scene
No need to cook… you’re on holiday! After a full day enjoying the best that North Wales has to offer, treat yourself to a tasty meal from my favourite local takeaway. Just 7-8 minute walk (or a 2 minute drive) from the cottage, Sitar is located on the High Street in Bethesda and offers a delicious selection of great value Indian food.
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Sitar Indian Takeaway
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No need to cook… you’re on holiday! After a full day enjoying the best that North Wales has to offer, treat yourself to a tasty meal from my favourite local takeaway. Just 7-8 minute walk (or a 2 minute drive) from the cottage, Sitar is located on the High Street in Bethesda and offers a delicious selection of great value Indian food.