Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Driving Around Snowdonia in a Campervan

The Snowdonia National Park is a fantastic place to visit throughout the year. If you don’t fancy wild camping, yet also aren’t looking to spend a fortune on hotels during your stay – a campervan hire might just be the answer to your accommodation troubles.

It also means that you can visit all of the major landmarks within the National Park in a shorter space of time than if you were to walk or use public transport.

It’s understandable that you might be thinking about the space constraints of sleeping in a campervan, but they typically sleep up to four people – which is plenty enough room if there’s only two of you.

Camper vans also come with all the basic essentials you need – cooking equipment, cutlery, gas cooking hobs, and even a television at times! It’s likely you’ll need to bring your own bedding or sleeping bags, but the rest is taken care of for you.

So where do you begin once you’ve started your journey around Snowdonia?


The first landmark that springs to mind for many is Snowdon. This famed mountain is the highest in Wales, and thousands of tourists reach its peak every year.

 If you don’t fancy the climb, you can reach the summit via the Snowdon railway service. There’s a car park at the Pen-Y-Pass route for Snowdon, however this can fill up very quickly, especially in high tourist seasons.

Aber Falls

For a slightly easier trail, Aber Falls is a beautiful waterfall found in the north of the Snowdonia National Park. There are two car parks where you can begin your walk from, and it typically takes around an hour to reach the waterfall.

Along the way you’ll discover beautiful Welsh woodland and mountain scenery, as well as a number of wildlife species which are resident to the area. If you’re looking for a taste of true welsh scenery, the Aber Falls path is a great place to start.


Betws-y-Coed is another place that is certainly worth a stop whilst you’re driving through. This village is popular with avid walkers, and features a number of trekking shops where you might be able to grab a bargain, as well as a number of cafes for a hot drink on those cooler days.

Fairy Glen

The Fairy Glen (or Faerie Glen) is a beautiful natural attraction which is a short five minute drive from Betws-y-Coed. The path down to the river can be quite slippy if you don’t take extra precaution, but the peacefulness once you’ve made the descent makes it all worth it. It’s just another example of the natural beauty that North Wales offers.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Year of Legends 2017 to Boost Welsh Tourism

Wales has had a huge boost from the recent Visit Wales initiative; ‘Wales Year of Adventure’ campaign 2016 that has seen recognition for all things Wales, with particular focus on the opportunities for adventure.

2016 saw new big name adventure attractions enjoy success, with the likes of Surf Snowdonia, Zip World and Bounce Below gaining momentum in their operations. Famously and traditionally known for its range of natural landscapes, Wales – and particularly North Wales has enjoyed increased visitors, attention and recognition.

2017 will see a brand new campaign, further pushing Wales’ offerings, though this time with a more historical theme, celebrating the special legends of the country.
Officially named the ‘Year of Legends’, the campaign will set out to educate those visiting the area about the rich Welsh history and intriguing folklore that has embedded itself in welsh culture and tradition.

Businesses within Wales are expected to embrace this campaign and as such, we may well see some special legend themed events, products and services come about very soon!

Not only historical figures and legends will be included, but more modern Welsh heroes, individuals and groups will be featured throughout the campaign, showcasing some of the most historical and finest examples of welsh representation.

Wales has a plentiful array of folklore tales, many of which will indeed inspire you, with the likes of Merlin, Gelert and the giant known as Cadair Idris.

October 2016 was a particularly successful month for North Wales, as it featured in Lonely Plant’s Top 4 Regions in the entire world! An incredible achievement that will only add further excitement and interest to the country!

The projected increase in tourism is wonderful news for the area, as it would as expected, lead to an increase in job opportunities to meet the raised demands for services. The general infrastructure and publicly available

The increase in tourism will mean an increase in jobs as a whole supporting the local area further. With aim to cement Wales’ reputation further onto the grand stage, this period is very much one that benefits almost all of the participants.

Visit Wales are embarking on a road show that will promote the ‘Year of Legends’ Campaign, and will be hosting such events at towns including Colwyn Bay, Caerphilly and Aberystwyth. Taking place from May 2017 onwards, it offers the chance to learn more about the campaign and how to become involved.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Experience Snowdonia in a Cosy Cottage

self-catering snowdonia
If you’re looking for a tranquil retreat to spend some much-needed relaxation time, Snowdonia is the perfect location. Throughout your stay you’ll be surrounded by lush natural Welsh countryside and wild mountain ranges. If this sounds like a location you could relax in, it’s only right you should select an equally as tranquil hotel or self-catering Snowdonia cottage to stay at during your visit.

The Oakeley Arms 4 Star Hotel in Snowdonia is situated within the heart of Snowdonia. This beautiful hotel is bordered by deep woodland, yet is close enough to the local amenities. Located in the historic mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities and exciting activities to try during your visit.

The Oakeley Arms also have six very cosy self-catering Snowdonia cottages available to stay in. Named after the local mountains and rivers, these cottages have everything you need for a truly relaxing week away.

These once derelict stables have been expertly renovated into cottages which appear traditional yet possess all the modern features you’d see in a home. As a little added bonus, you’ll be greeted with a bottle of wine and chocolates upon your arrival.
Each cottage has a spacious kitchen with modern facilities, including a dishwasher, washing machine and fridge freezer. The cosy living areas of the cottages also benefit from traditional wood-burning stoves and flat screen televisions with surround sound.

These cottages are also in the perfect location if you’re looking to do some sightseeing or take part in Wales’ unique attractions. They’re a short drive away from the beautiful Italianesque town of Portmeirion, as well as being a short drive from Zip World. If you fancy trampolining deep down in a mining cave on huge trampolines or zip lining at speeds of over 100mph, Zip World offers the perfect activity days out for you.

Of course, you’re free to spend the weekend simply relaxing in the cottage. There’s a shared patio area and barbeque, should the Welsh weather manage to hold up!

Monday, 28 November 2016

The Lands End to John O’Groats Cycle Challenge!

The Lands End to John O’Groats cycle challenge should be attempted at least once by every avid cyclist. This 1000 mile journey takes 12 days to complete, making it a rather tough challenge! Some days of the journey you’ll be cycling an average of around 100 miles, so it’s best to intensely prepare yourself beforehand for this one.

Along the way you’ll be rewarded with fantastic countryside scenery along the British Isles, including spectacular views in the Highlands and the Lake District. Cycling from one end of the UK to the other definitely earns you bragging rights – it’s no mean feat.

At the start of the journey, you’ll be right in the heart of Cornwall. That means one very tasty (and essential) thing – pasties. Stock up on traditional and authentic Cornish pasties for the first part of your journey. Those pasties are certain to give you enough energy to reach the next county. That is if you’ve not over-indulged on them!

Pasties aside, the Cornish hills will have your legs working their very hardest. You might have even forgotten what flat land looks like as you near the end of those hills!

It’s essential you pack some waterproofs, since we are talking about British weather. The sun might be gloriously shining at 10am, only to be hidden by thick rain clouds by 12pm. It’s great to be optimistic, but even better to be prepared for our incredibly temperamental weather. Despite this warning, it’s probably best to pack some sunscreen with you, as cycling all day in the sun is a sure-fire way to get some very itchy sunburn.

Punctures are almost inevitable during a 1000 mile journey. Make sure you’re fully prepared with the right equipment should you feel a dreaded puncture beginning to deflate your tire! Doing the challenge with Adventurous Ewe means you’ll be accompanied by a bike mechanic the whole way through.

Crossing the Severn Bridge can be slightly vertigo-inducing for many. This 1,600 meter bridge will take you from England into Wales. You won’t have much time to look around Wales – you’ll be into Shrewsbury by the next afternoon.

From Shrewsbury, you’ll travel to past the hills of the Lake District and Shap Fell. This 100 ft climb sounds quite intimidating, but the overall gradient is rather gradual. After this, you’ll have a fantastic descent to Penrith. Before this day is over, you’ll eventually reach Carlisle.

After Carlisle, you’ll have a 101 mile journey into Kilmarnock, Scotland. This ride is a fairly pleasant one, as you will be surrounded by lush green hills and countryside throughout the duration of the journey.

Travelling from Kilmarnock to the Scottish Highlands will present you with fantastic coastal views of the Firth of Clyde and the Isles of Arran and Bute.

The Highlands, with their rocky spires and rugged mountains are really something to be seen, and so are Scottish breakfasts. If you love a good hearty fry up – you won’t be left disappointed.

Once you’ve conquered this incredible challenge, the best way to travel back to where you started from is via train. If you plan and book in advance, you may be able to bag yourself a very cheap fare (which you’ll likely spend the entirety sleeping on!).

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Ty'n Rhos - A Five Star Weekend Break

Dark winter mornings are here, and there’s a quite a chill in the air. If you’ve spent the past few weeks waking up to very limited sunlight and then spent the rest of the day looking out to a glum sky – it’s likely you’ve been dreaming of taking a break, especially somewhere warm and cosy.

snowdonia hotel
The Foxglove
Why not book yourself into a Snowdonia hotel? You’ll be surrounded by a gorgeous and dramatic landscape, whilst sitting incredibly comfortably in a luxurious hotel room. If this sounds like your cup of tea, Ty’n Rhos might just be the hotel for you.

Ty’n Rhos, is a country house in Snowdonia, which offers you a truly deluxe and five star hotel experience.

They also have a fantastic restaurant on site, which serves delicious meals from a menu that is updated daily. Some previous dishes have included pan roasted silver hake, deluxe surf and turf, and a butternut squash and sage ravioli.

Ty’n Rhos currently have a fantastic offer on their rooms. Between the dates of 1st November and 28th February 2017, there’s a 3 for 2 nights offer on all standard and superior double/king rooms.
What’s even better – this deal includes a full Welsh breakfast every morning and a delectable three-course meal at their restaurant in the evenings.

Each room of Ty’n Rhos is individually and uniquely decorated. Traditional with a classy touch of modern, these rooms are truly a delight to spend a mid-week or weekend break in.

Take for example room 21 – the ‘Foxglove’. This gorgeous superior super king room with its impressive 6ft king size bed and soft mauve hues is sure to provide you with the rest and relaxation you so deserve.

Don’t just take it from us - with over 250 ‘Excellent’ TripAdvisor views, and with recurrent guests visiting multiple times a year, the Ty'n Rhos is an incredibly desirable hotel to stay in.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Caravan Park Owners: Is Your Solicitor Truly On Your Side?

North Wales is very well known for providing fun family holidays for thousands upon thousands of people every year, and there’s a large variety of parks within this lovely area in order for people to pack up the car, the kids and the dog, and shoot off for a week or two in a home away from home while enjoying traditional entertainments such as the seaside. (Or even the non-traditional!)

However, running a holiday park is a pretty difficult and daunting matter. The day to day of a caravan park is some very, very hard work – and having a solicitor in North Wales that understands  just how difficult things can be is absolutely vital when it comes to getting your business started, followed through thoroughly and properly concluded.

Swayne Johnson Solicitors are based in multiple sites throughout North Wales such as convenient to reach places like Llandudno and St Asaph – and they’re there for you every step of the way. With this firm, if something crops up you won’t be placed on a soul-destroying hotline and forced to listen to cheery tunes while someone can find time to get back to you. You’ll deal directly with one or two of their very well qualified team, and you’ll be dealing with them in a face-to-face manner.

Whether you’re in need of Conveyancing services, need a little bit of advice about the ins and outs of licensing, have questions about Company and Commercial matters (including Intellectual Property) or even need to focus on what you have with assistance in regard to Planning and Environmental matters, Swayne Johnson solicitors are your absolute best bet.

The proof is in the pudding, or so they say. With a multitude of happy clients and happy parks, as well as their vast experience in supporting clients and businesses that own holiday parks whether big or small, they’ve got well over 20 years of supplying the right amount of support for Holiday Park owners of all descriptions, and simply put – you’ll be very hard pressed to do better than their fantastic team of solicitors when it comes to handling your matters.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Enjoy the wonders of Conwy in style

You might be forgiven for not hearing of Humphreys Holidays before. That’s because the venture is rather new, but the formula for it’s success is tried and tested. The brainchild of hospitality professionals Jane and Justin Humphreys, Humphreys Holidays offers its clientele something very special indeed. Featuring two beautiful properties, with all bells and whistles included to make your stay very special, Humphreys Holidays have exactly what you want in mind - Whether it's a charming holiday cottage in Conwy or otherwise, you'll be spoiled for choice!

Until you’ve stayed within the beautiful North Wales region in the absolute luxury of your very own high-specification holiday cottage in Conwy, you haven’t quite made the best out of a break here. Both offerings Humphreys Holidays provide have everything you could ever need to spend quality time with a loved one – and all the attention to detail you’d demand to ensure that your stay is absolutely marvellous and something that will never, ever be forgotten.

Should you wish for anything to be brought to either property, or arranged as part of your arrival, all you have to do is ask, and they shall provide. Humphreys Holidays will endeavour to make everything you want happen in the most wonderful way, and will kindly and considerately make most wishes come true.

They’re not a large company, so the extra-special attention you get as you book and arrive is truly appreciated. With two high quality cottages they’re certainly not property moguls, but when it comes to special occasions, who wants to arrive with a pack of strangers and feel like driven sheep throughout the entire thing? Not us.  

There are two properties to choose from, the wonderfully pretty and lovely little Fourteen within the Medieval town of Conwy – and of course the absolutely stunning High Cabin with a secret location and the reputation of being the best kept secret within Wales.

Essentially, your holiday can be what you want it. Would you like the bustle of a pretty little town and a beautiful home? Then Fourteen is for you. Or, would you like to be well and truly out in the Welsh wilds and feel that you and your loved one are the only people on earth? Then the High Cabin is yours.

With Humphrey’s Holidays, you’re more than welcome to make your holiday within North Wales what you wish. Have fun.