This well-established hotel sits near the foot of Snowdon, between the Peris and Padarn lakes.…
Head for the highest mountain in Wales, and enjoy a MountainXperience you’ll never forget. Among other energetic activities, you can hike to the summit of Snowdon, or 'scramble' over Crib Goch; scrambling is an activity somewhere between hiking and mountaineering. Or maybe you could rise to the challenge of the Snowdon Horseshoe, not for those who suffer a fear of heights. Wild camping and courses in map reading and other outdoor skills are also available.
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About the area
The county of Gwynedd is home to most of the Snowdonia National Park – including the wettest spot in Britain, an arête running up to Snowdon’s summit that receives an average annual rainfall of 4,473mm. With its mighty peaks, rivers and strong Welsh heritage (it has the highest proportion of Welsh-speakers in all of Wales), it’s always been an extremely popular place to visit and live. The busiest part is around Snowdon; around 750,000 people climb, walk or ride the train to the summit each year.
Also in Gwynedd is the Llyn Peninsula, a remote part of Wales sticking 30 miles out into the Irish Sea. At the base of the peninsula is Porthmadog, a small town linked to Snowdonia by two steam railways – the Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway. Other popular places are Criccieth, with a castle on its headland overlooking the beach, Pwllheli, and Abersoch and the St Tudwal Islands. Elsewhere, the peninsula is all about wildlife, tranquillity, and ancient sacred sites. Tre’r Ceiri hill fort is an Iron Age settlement set beside the coastal mountain of Yr Eifl, while Bardsey Island, at the tip of the peninsula, was the site of a fifth-century Celtic monastery.
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