Holidays around Snowdonia, North Wales
Lodges and Caravans in Snowdonia
Few holiday parks can boast such an enviable location. Glan Gwna is located a 10 minute drive from Anglesey, the Llyn Pensinula and from Snowdonia, and is the ideal base from which to explore and experience all that North Wales has to offer.
Snowdonia was awarded National Park status in 1951, and is the second largest National Park in England and Wales, most recently it has also become a designated Dark Skies Reserve.
Snowdonia includes some of the most beautiful – and spectacular – scenery in the UK. From rolling foothills, forests and lakes to dramatic mountain tops, including Snowdon – the highest point in England and Wales. Snowdonia is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, with countless opportunities for biking (road and trail), walking, scrambling, climbing and paddle sports. Snowdonia is also widely accepted as the adventure capital of the UK, for more information about activities and attractions please see this page [link]. The area also offers endless opportunity for less energetic pursuits including more gentle walks, angling, golf, bird watching, wildlife, world-famous steam railways, National Trust properties and numerous World Heritage Sites including several castles.
The Llyn Pensinsula is a renowned tourist destination, with hotspots such as Abersoch and Aberdaron. In the summer people flock to the Llyn for its combination of easy access, good weather and miles upon miles of golden sandy beaches.
The Llyn Peninsula offers endless potential for watersports, there is a large and modern marina at Pwllheli, world-class surfing at Hell’s Mouth and numerous fantastic beaches for swimming, sunbathing, sailing, paddle sports and fishing.
But the Llyn Peninsula isn’t all about the sea, there are excellent golf courses, and it is a beautiful part of the world to explore by car, bike or on foot; with hidden coves, quaint villages and picturesque harbours.
Anglesey, also known as the Mother of Wales, is linked to the mainland by two road bridges, and is easily reached from Glan Gwna. With golden sandy beaches at Newborough, Llandwyn Island and Maltraeth (amongst others) the island is a wonderful venue for family days out. The more rugged Northern coastline boats the imposing South Stack lighthouse. Towns on the island include Menai Bridge and Beaumaris, with plenty of opportunities for fishing, exploring, culture, sight-seeing and day trips, including boat trips on the Menai Strait and to nearby Puffin Island.
Anglesey also boats a fantastic coastal footpath, 125 miles in length, which is possible to walk in sections. Over 95% of the path is within a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.
Towns & Villages
Glan Gwna is just 2 miles from the Royal town of Caernarfon, with its world-famous Castle dating from the reign of King Edward I (1272-1307), and the site of the investiture of Prince Charles in 1969. Caernarfon also boasts the Royal Caernarfon Golf Course, a harbour, shops, restaurants and the newly refurbished Doc Victoria complex and theatre. The Welsh Highland Railway starts from Caernarfon and there are excellent cycle trails in the area.
Nearby are the Snowdonia villages of Llanberis (at the foot of Snowdon, and site of two steam railways including the Snowdon Mountain Railway) as well popular tourist destinations such as Porthmadog (again with a world-famous steam railway – the Ffestiniog Railway), Betws-y-Coed and Beddgelert. Slightly further afield on the Llyn Peninsula are Abersoch, Aberdaron and Pwllheli, again all major tourism venues.
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