So much to do around here. It’s the home of outdoor adventure sports, and whether you’re a real adrenalin freak or just want a good walk in the hills – this is the place for you. We’re blessed with great mountains, superb and varied coastline, and some fantastic wildlife experiences. Below are some special quality local outfits.
Set beside Llyn Padarn, about two miles away, this is a highly professional and friendly company providing all you could want from watersports. Extreme to family orientated fun. Last summer they installed a pontoon on Llyn Padarn which provides summer fun and games for locals and visitors alike. www.surf-lines.co.uk
Ropes and Ladders
Crispin and Tim recently launched this high-ropes course and it’s one of the best quality you’ll find anywhere. I went on it a while back, and even this adrenalin junkie got a good buzz. Situated just up the road next to the lake and the Welsh Slate Museum – we guarantee you won’t be disappointed – especially by the death swing!! www.ropesandladders.co.uk
Well run Llanberis-based company offering the whole range of outdoor adventure activities. www.boulderadventures.co.uk
Dinorwic Slate Quarries
A walk in the slate quarries. Ask us here and we’ll show you where to go for a surprising and truly awesome days walk. Totally free of charge.
Zip line Snowdonia
Soaring over the remarkable landscape of Penrhyn slate quarry, this is the longest and fastest zip-wire in Europe. It only opened this year, but everyone I know who has taken the ride is seriously impressed with the experience. Near Bethesda, five miles away. http://www.zipworld.co.uk/
The Beacon indoor climbing walls.
If it’s raining, or you prefer the indoor climbing experience, The Beacon is the place. From simple children- friendly through to the hardline routes and bouldering problems. Caernarfon, 5 miles. http://www.beaconclimbing.com/
Tree Top Adventure
High Ropes Courses and further Adventure Activities from this well-established company in the beautiful Conwy Valley. About 30mins drive. http://www.ttadventure.co.uk/
If you are looking for further guidance or advice in planning a family, group or individual walk on Snowdon, or would like to hire a local Leader to add value to your walking day, contact Climb Snowdon www.climb-snowdon.co.uk
Places to Eat
North Wales is slowly getting its culinary act together – so from café culture to restaurant dining, here are a few gems.
Pete’s Eats is possibly the best climbers cafe in the world. It’s been offering a warm welcome and large portions for 30 years. Situated on the high street, Llanberis. And you don’t have to debate on whether its open – every day from 8am to 8pm (9pm in the summer). Traditional breakfasts and a good all round all-day menu. Big portions of cafe food, but also with some serious healthy options. Llanberis, 2 miles. www.petes-eats.co.uk
Situated in the village of Brynrefail, about ten minutes walk from the pub, this is one of lifes beautiful little surprises. It’s a community company set up to house a dozen local businesses. Its profit arm is the restaurant, and its good. Great ambiance with lots of glass looking into the trees, and the new summer deck, this is the local place for lunch. In season much of the fresh stuff comes straight out of the on-site kitchen garden (gardener Nick works most mornings and loves to talk food-growing). It’s like finding a bit of Covent Garden in a North Wales village. Every day 9am – 4pm. Brynrefail, 1 mile. www.caban-cyf.org
We plan to open an outdoor pub for the season with occasional live-music, serving local ale, a relaxed place to chill.
But there’s plenty more going on around here.
Galeri is the new arts centre on the old quay, Caernarfon – 6 miles. They’re getting together great programmes of film, performance, and, again some top live music – predominantly Jazz, Folk and Classical. www.galericaernarfon.com