North Wales is a place so wild that many of its highest peaks can still only be fully accessed on two feet – making it a powerhouse destination for anyone who loves walking and hiking. Let’s go on a journey to some of the most scenic places for walkers. We’ll take in sea views, enchanting islands and towering mountaintops. Shall we begin?
My number one spot across mountain and valley, in all of North Wales, is the path through Plas Glyn-y-Weddw up to the Llanbedrog headland. It’s just a few minutes from 2 Crugan. Footpaths criss-cross the common land, and the colours of the gorse and heather are enough to make the heart soar on a spring day. Climb up to the tin man sculpture, spend the afternoon hunting for shells on the beaches or simply take in the stunning surroundings.
From here, you can see all of Cardigan Bay, Barmouth, Porthmadog and Pwllheli – and all the way to Aberystwyth on a clear day. It’s part of the Wales Coast Path and would be a very pleasant walk to Abersoch if your legs were feeling up to it!
Any keen walker coming to North Wales surely has Snowdonia on their bucket list. It might be most famous for Snowdon, one of the UK’s Three Peaks, but there is far more to discover in this special place. For the real adventurer, the must-do mountain is Tryfan, pronounced ‘truh-van’. It’s a bit of a scramble in many places so only for the experienced walker – but there is a range of routes on offer that are easier or more difficult, depending on what you prefer.
The foothills of Snowdon and Cadair Idris are lovely, even if you’re not up for the full ascent. I adore the moments when the clouds part and golden light streaks across distant hills. Or when the military jets come booming through the valleys, flying just a few feet from the ground on their practice runs. You’re sure to find an unforgettable adventure here.
See the coast path
Drive out to Bwlchtocyn and follow the road past the Porth Tocyn Hotel. You’ll end up in a little gravel car park, which acts as a gateway to the glorious Wales Coast Path. Bring sandwiches and spread out the picnic in front of the amazing views back towards Abersoch, The Summer House and Llanbedrog. The snowy peaks of Snowdonia are even visible when the weather’s on your side.
But the star attraction of this walk is the amazing views of St Tudwal’s Islands, famously the home of TV’s Bear Grylls. The path takes you as close as most people will ever get, before sweeping around the Cilan headland. Look out to sea, meanwhile, and you might spot dolphins playing, seals sunbathing, and peregrine falcons swooping. There are also the most jaw-dropping sunrises here over Cardigan Bay – well worth going to bed early for!
Continue the journey
Let us take you on a journey to North Wales from the comfort of your sofa! In these uncertain times, we’re bringing the best of England and Wales to you – so read on and experience favourite places to go and some hidden gems, from Llion, our Wales Recruitment Manager. We’ve got plenty of nearby properties, and can’t wait to welcome you back soon…