Betws-y-Coed, the Gateway to Snowdonia

Betws-y-Coed, the Gateway to Snowdonia, is an enchanting little village that offers more than just its natural beauty to its visitors. Situated in the heart of Snowdonia, it is a popular destination for weekend getaways to escape to the tranquillity of its undisturbed nature, or indeed to take on some of the more challenging terrain it has to offer. Not often can you find a single location where you can reach two extremes of therapy that Betws y Coed can offer and this is part of the reason why it has such appeal. The village offers no restrictions to a single activity, suitable for long walks, cycling, climbing, or of course a more favourable option for some, relaxing in front of the river banks you’re able to meet many desires of the heart. The Marin trail is only a short ride out of the village and certainly brings new meaning to biking. The 25 kilometre route is suited to the more ‘active visitor’ with the challenging route and out of the ordinary track. The single track through Gwydir Forest varies from rough and rocky to smooth open paths, with outstanding views along the way. The route will take you between two and four hours to complete and with its exhilarating terrain; it is considered a mountain biking heaven. Within the village of Betws is Beiciau Betws (Betws Bikes), a bike hire facility that has been established for 22 years. It hires out top of the range bikes to beginners and enthusiasts, designed for the Marin terrain so you are sure to get the best out of your experience. Zip World Fforest is also located just outside Betws y Coed, a fully equipped high ropes centre facilitating to customers of all ages. Since establishing in 2007 it has introduced new adventures including the ‘Tree Top Tower’ which offers the highest Powerfan plummet in the world (106ft), just to get your heart racing. Their high ropes course moves through over 30 obstacles including ‘balancing beams, zip wires, ropes bridges and parachute simulator’ to put your balance and skill to the test, whilst being attached to a safety line the entire time of course. For the little ones, a Junior Tree Trail has been created. Accompanied by an adult, children as young as four can playfully take part in the action; crossing several adorably named beams and lines with a full safety system. […]

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