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National Trust in Snowdonia

Here at Bryn Bella we are very lucky to be near some outstanding, beautiful and picturesque National Trust areas, in this article we would like to talk about those National Trust places that are literally on our doorstep so can help make your stay with us at Bryn Bella even more memorable and enjoyable for the whole family; Ysbyty Ifan is the largest agricultural estate in the area boating some 30,316 acres of magnificent uplands throughout the estate of 51 farms and 30 houses. The farming at Ysbyty Ifan is mainly the rearing of sheep and beef cattle that do well in areas of uplands and open moors, with lots of walks available this is a must see if you enjoy the fresh country air. Alternatively you may choose to visit Cwm Idwal and find out what it was that bought Charles Darwin to this area that has been a very special space created over 500 million years ago. The wild Carneddau and rugged Glyderau mountain ranges are also a very popular attraction for all kinds of adventure and thrill seekers visiting Conwy and Gwynedd and offer some truly breath-taking sights that will never be forgotten. Conwy Suspension Bridge is another treat in our local area, it is an elegant suspension bridge and toll keepers house that can be enjoyed by young and old alike and if you are into your bridges perhaps you’d like to walk Telford’s bridge and discover how a husband and wife kept the bridge open every day of the year, no matter what the weather was. Another very popular National Trust attraction is Penrhyn Castle, its 19th century and a real fantasy castle with spectacular surroundings to be enjoyed by the whole family. You can open the door to Penrhyn Castle and step inside to where the Pennant family resided and see where they entertained their famous guests for dinner parties while playing in opulent fashion. You can also explore the fabulous walled garden while on your visit, but don’t forget your camera. These are just some of the amazing National Trust locations we have on our doorstep, which would you like to explore during our stay with us at Bryn Bella?   For more information go to National Trust – Wonders of North Wales

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Osprey at Glaslyn – Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn Wildlife

Not so very long ago the Osprey was a very rare sight indeed but thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers at Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn Wildlife (BGGW) the Osprey population is being nurtured and increased.  Now you can learn more about their fantastic work and maybe even spot an Osprey or two at their new visitor’s centre. One of the most spectacular sights in Snowdonia National Park is that of the majestic Osprey soaring across our wide open skies. We are lucky enough here at Bryn Bella not only to be surrounded by utterly gorgeous scenery but also to have access to an abundance of beautiful wildlife such as the Osprey. Historical records dating back to medieval times refer back to the Ospreys presence in Wales and point to the bird being a special symbol for our ancestors.   Unfortunately, by the mid eighteenth century their numbers were vastly reduced as a result of hunting and the work of egg collectors.  By the early twentieth century it was thought that the Osprey had disappeared from Wales forever.  Then back in the early noughties something pretty magical happened.   A sighting of a summering osprey and the further discovery of an Osprey nest by a cyclist could mean only one thing, Ospreys had returned to Wales and they had chosen a beautiful spot over the river Glaslyn as their home. The RSPB originally stepped in to ensure that this special pair of breeding birds was protected and in 2013 BGGW staffed by a team of dedicated wildlife volunteers and enthusiasts took over this special responsibility.  The Glaslyn nest has seen the arrival of new chicks each year since it was discovered and Osprey numbers across the UK continue to rise.   The brand new Pont Croeser Visitor Centre opened to the public in 2015 and has been a roaring success.  Here you can find out more about the Ospreys themselves along with the history of the project plus use telescopes to spot the rare birds themselves.   A live stream is also available at the visitors centre and online to make sure you can keep up with happenings in the nest any time of day or night. Less than 40 minutes away from Bryn Bella by car we recommend a trip to Pont Croeser Visitor Centre to all our guests.  Whether you are an experienced twitcher or an interested novice the experience of encountering these majestic […]

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Trefriw Walking Festival

The Trefriw Walking Festival is host to many free walking programmes, activities and events from the 20th to the 22nd of May 2016.  This popular walking festival is perfect for hard-core and family adventurers alike, with three days of wild exploration in the foothills of the gorgeous Carneddau mountains. The festival has been running for a few years now, and this year they are hoping to raise some money for the festivals upkeep. All the walks are free but they are asking for a small donation of £4 for a half day and £8 for a full day. This is so that the festival and the fun can continue next year! Not only are there lots of walks and activities going on but there is also a Historical Exhibition of Trefriw’s history, the Trefriw Woollen Mills Weaving and Mill Museum and a Cake Fest and Raffle with loads of great prizes to be won! Not to mention all of the nearby activities and breath-taking locations for you to discover, such as Llyn Crafnant Trout Fishing, the Rock Climbing Company, Merlin Outdoors, Nant Bwlch yr Haearn, Surf Snowdonia, Snowdonia Safaris and Trefriw itself! Trefriw Walking Festival  Walk Program Friday the 20th of May Early Bird Walk – Moderate Dams and Turbines – Moderate/Strenuous Multi Activity Adventure Day – Moderate Betws to Trefriw – Moderate From Fleece to Fabric – Easy Spring Flowers Medicinal and other uses – Easy/Moderate Saturday the 21st of May Gorge Scramble for Kids – Moderate Tryfan and the Glyders – Strenuous high terrain 10 Lakes – Moderate/Strenuous In the Footsteps of the Drovers – Moderate Photography Walks x2 – Moderate Geocaching for All – Easy/Moderate/Families Beneath the Bandages – Easy Pot Luck – Graded to suit participants Sunday the 22nd of May Gorge Scramble for the Adventurous – Moderate Over the Tops – Strenuous high terrain Natural History of Snowdonia – Moderate Mills, Mines and more – Moderate A Walk in Nature for Families – Easy/Families Navigation and Knots – Moderate Pot Luck – Graded to suit participants The Cake Walk – Easy/Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs Cake Fest and Raffle For more detailed information on each of the individual walks and activities make sure you visit Trefriw Walking Festival site. And if you are looking for somewhere to stay why not stay with us at Bryn Bella Guest House it’s the perfect location, surrounded by stunning […]

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Gardens of Snowdonia, North Wales

Snowdonia is not only famous for it’s stunning scenery, but it is well known for it’s amazingly beautiful gardens too. You will find everything from award winning vegetable gardens, to wild gardens full of natural drama, as well as historically accurate gardens. The Gardens of Snowdonia located beside the sea, with a great rainfall, the area provides extremely favourable conditions for plants and trees, including the 18 record-breaking trees at Bodnant Garden. Snowdonia is the ideal place for gardeners, and also those who appreciate gardens, to visit.   A few gardens of note to visit include Bodnant, in Conwy, North Wales, which has lily ponds, formal lawns, as well as collections of Chinese, North American and Japanese plants. Plas Brondanw, Gwynedd, offers a section built in the mid-16th century, with yews, as well as an orangery. Nearby Portmeirion was first planted over 150 years ago, and boasts Himalayan Firs, Variegated Sycamores, as well as wonderful lakes and woodland. Plas yn Rhiw, again in Gwynedd, is now a National Trust site, where much rare botany can be found. As well as a massive choice of gardens you can visit, you can also browse nearby garden centres which offer local plants and unique gifts.   If you fancy taking a garden themed holiday or a short horticulture break, then a great place to stay is the Bryn Bella Guest house in North Wales. Our eco-friendly guest house offers stunning mountain views, as well as high quality accommodation, peace and comfort. Bryn Bella has a large rear garden that can be used by our guests. During the day it is a haven for birds, insects and small mammals. During the evening, when there is no cloud, the lack of light pollution means we get beautiful starry skies, which, combined with the sounds of the courting owls and the many bats, make it an enchanting place Bryn Bella Garden. It is a perfect base from which you can travel to all the gardens on your list, as well as asking us about our recommended sites. There is something for everyone, be it gardening enthusiasts, or those who enjoy walking around beautiful grounds – this is a wonderful way to experience outdoors Snowdonia without the hiking to the top of a mountain. For more information on the Gardens of Snowdonia click here National Trust North Wales

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Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza

  This year the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza is back, promising to be bigger and better than ever as the event celebrates its 30th anniversary! Why not come along and enjoy your May bank holiday weekend while staying with us at our guest house Bryn Bella in Bets-yCoed? Every May Day bank holiday weekend for the last 30 years Llandudno has played host to this Victorian Extravaganza. The event features a Victorian street fair, old time fair rides, fun stalls, steam engines, people dressed in Victorian costumes and so much more. There is also a fabulous street parade at 12noon each day along with street entertainment that the whole family will enjoy. The main goal of the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza is to provide visitors with a varied selection of entertainment, ensuring there is something for people of all ages. For example, last year there was the May Queen crowning along with the official opening ceremony of the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza and over the three days there were performances from Linzi Grace School of Dance, Chris Marley the Juggler, Magician Jay Gatling, Clwyd and Gwynedd Corps of Drums, Jinx 103, The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Rhyl Silver Band, Wirral Pipe Band, Mr Alexander’s Travelling Show, Professor Voltini & Madame Electra side show, stilt walkers, clowns, circus acts, Newtown Youth Marching Band and so much more.   As you can see, last year was definitely a fun packed May Day bank holiday weekend with loads to see and do, but with this being the 30th anniversary of the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza the event promises to provide all the activity from last year and so much more! So give us a call now to book your room at Bryn BellaGuest House, a beautiful place to stay, and with stunning panoramic views overlooking Betws-y-Coed and the Gwydir Forest, Snowdonia, you simply couldn’t ask for more. For more information and to book online Click Here    

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Gran Fondo Conwy – Sunday 17th April 2016

Spring is well and truly here and along with it the third annual Gran Fondo Conwy – Sunday 17thApril 2016.  Growing in size and popularity each year the Gran Fondo is a spectacular cycling sportive through the beautiful scenery of North Wales.  Taking in the best views that Conwy and Denbighshire have to offer riders can tackle one of three routes of varying difficulty.  For intermediate riders the Bach takes participants around a leisurely 43 miles while the Canol pushes cyclists over a more challenging 70 mile course.  Those looking for a truly testing ride can take on the tougher Mawr over 102 miles.   Beginning in the shadow of the majestic Conwy Castle riders will experience the spectacular scenery of the local area and pit themselves against each other in the ‘Storm the Orme’ time trail.  This timed circuit of the breathtaking headland is the only competitive element of the Gran Fondo Conwy with fastest male and female cyclist being crowned on the day. The Gran Fondo Conwy also offers an opportunity for cyclists of all levels to join in the fun.  The Teulu is a free family ride over 4 miles of smooth car free roads.  Children are able to cycle with an accompanying adult and experience all the fun and excitement of the event in a safe environment.   For spectators and cyclists alike the Event Village based at Conwy Marina offers a range of facilities, live music and entertainment alongside a fantastic atmosphere. Bryn Bella Guest House offers the perfect base for your visit to the Gran Fondo Conwy.  We are situated in the village of Betws-y-Coed just half an hour outside Conwy and can offer comfortable, modern accommodation to weary cyclists and spectators as well as breath-taking views of Betws-y-Coed and Gwydir Forest. Our 4 star award winning guesthouse is also perfectly placed for our guests to access the other outdoor pursuits that Snowdonia National Park has to offer be that more cycling, hiking or even surfing at the world’s first indoor surf lagoon!   As outdoor enthusiasts ourselves we can advise guests on a range of activities and understand the need for a relaxing base for your action packed holiday! Visit Gran Fondo Conwy to find out more about the Gran Fondo Conwy and to secure your spot in this exciting event. Love the sound of the Gran Fondo Conwy? Then you should also check out […]

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Snowdonia Real Ale Trail 16th April 2016

If you enjoy the sightseeing of beautiful scenery and you love a pint of real ale or two then the Snowdonia Real Ale Trail could be exactly what you are looking for, further to popularity and huge success of the event it now runs not once, but twice a year. The Snowdonia Real Ale Tour is a bus based tour that travels through the stunning villages and gorgeous towns of Snowdonia National Park, travelling all through the mountains right through to the coast giving attendees spectacular views that a camera is definitely needed for. There are 8 pubs on the Snowdonia Real Ale Trail, starting at The Ship in Porthmadog which is a bustling and popular pub that dates back to the 19th century and has buckets full of character. The next stop is historic pub on Porthmadog’s High Street known as The Australia; this pub offers an interesting range of beers from four local breweries as well as Welsh and European lagers. The third stop on the Snowdonia Real Ale Trail is a friendly village pub called The Union Inn and is in the picturesque village of Tremadog, this pub prides itself on excellent food as well as a fine range of locally brewed ales and is ideal for all weather conditions with a warm and cosy roaring fire or the sunny beer garden. Half way through the Snowdonia Real Ale Trail are pubs 4 and 5, The Ship Aground in Talsarnau which is an important part of local life and always offers a warm welcome and Y Pengwern in Ffestiniog which is an old drovers inn which serves a wide range of local real ales that can be enjoyed in the beer garden that offers breath taking views to die for. Next stop on the Snowdonia Real Ale Trail is the Y Manod in Blaenau Ffestiniog which has recently been returned to its former glory as a traditional miners tavern, with stripped wooden beams and feature fireplace this is a really cost stop on the real ale tour. Then the real ale trail heads to one of the most historic hotels in Wales, The Oakeley Arms in Maentwrog that has an abundance of period features and charm to be admired. The final stop is The Lion Hotel in Criccieth and is a surprising place to find great ale; it’s a family run establishment serving great Welsh hospitality making […]

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Llanberis Mountain Film Festival – 4th – 6th March, 2016

The Llanberis Mountain Film Festival (LLAMFF) takes place this year on the 4th to the 6th March, 2016. The ideas behind the LLAMFF come from the mountains of Snowdonia, a place which has been visited by some of the greatest mountaineers and adventurers from around the world. This film festival will host speakers, and exhibit art, as well as showing films. This Llanberis Mountain Film Festival will be set in Caban Cyf, at the foot of Llyn Padarn in Brynrefai, perfectly accessible from the Bryn Bella Bed and Breakfast. The films and lectures will run each evening from 6pm to 10.30pm, and all events are available for booking to ensure that you don’t miss out. Aim LLAMFF was born in the mountains of Snowdonia which is home to some of the leading climbers, mountaineers, paddlers, mountain bikers and ground breaking adventurers in the world. Venues The Electric Mountain, Beacon Climbing Centre and Surf-Lines form our stunning venues, two of which on the shores of the beautiful Llyn Padarn, hosting speakers, films, competitions and workshops. Events Offering outdoor skills workshops, family activities and master classes from sponsored athletes. As well as the closing party on Sunday evening with live music and the quirky Friday night quiz. For More Information Click Here North Wales attracts over 8 million visitors each year, and Snowdon is in fact the busiest mountain in the UK. As well as exploring the climbing and adventuring side of what North Wales has to offer, a visit here will also deliver peace, fresh air and tranquility. Take advantage of the great outdoors in the day time, while attending it’s inspired events in the evening, it is an ideal combination. What better place to stay while attending the LLAMFF than Bryn Bella Bed and Breakfast, a beautiful place to stay, and with stunning panoramic views overlooking Betws-y-Coed and the Gwydir Forest, Snowdonia, you simply couldn’t ask for more. Even if the weather doesn’t allow you to be out on the mountains, you will still be able to experience the breathtaking scenery. Bryn Bella Bed and Breakfast provides both modern and comfortable B and B accommodation in Snowdonia, North Wales, and is run by seasoned outdoor enthusiasts with many years of experience, always willing to share experience and advice. For more information and to book online Click Here

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Gwledd Conwy Feast 2015

Bryn Bella Bed is lucky enough to be in close proximity to the famous Gwledd Conwy Feast, a celebration of food, music and the arts, set in the beautiful medieval riverside town of Conwy. The Gwledd Conwy Feast takes place on the 24th and 25th of October this year, 2015, and is the largest food festival in North Wales. Besides food and drink, the festival boasts live music on the quay, as well as arts and crafts, and other surprises. This year looks like it will be more fun than ever. There is something for all age groups and interests at this year’s Conwy festival – a farming and growing area where you can meet farmers and animals such as cows, pigs and ducks, you can shop at the local produce market, you can watch chefs perform cooking live, taste magnificent street food, partake in wine tasting, and even experience apple day.As part of the apple feast, community groups have been busy making an orchard art installation You can also see work by many fine artists, with artworks from traditional to digital. Activities take place during both the day and the evening, so you can experience items designed to be viewed in the dark. On the Quayside, adjacent to the legendary Liverpool Arms pub, discover Conwy’s microbreweries. This partnership of Purple Moose, Bragdy Nant, Great Orme and Conwy breweries offers a unique taste of 20 North Wales beers and ciders.  As well as the chance to meet the local brewers there will be acoustic music and bands on Saturday night and televised Rugby World Cup Semi Finals all weekend. For more information and tickets go to conwyfeast.co.uk For those looking for accommodation near the Gwledd Conwy Feast, the Bryn Bella is the perfect choice for a place to stay. Bryn Bella overlooks the village of Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, so you can enjoy stunning views alongside our first rate facilities, and you will be in easy travelling distance to the Gwledd Conwy Feast.To book your gourmetv weekend break simply go to www.bryn-bella.co.uk

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Is Snowdonia the best Surf Location on the Planet? Come and see Surf Snowdonia for yourself.

Snowdonia is a National Park in North Wales, with many attractions for young and old alike. The newest attraction, Surf Snowdonia, opened in August 2015, and promises to be quite an experience for all who visit. This new attraction brings the thrills of water sports to the heart of the Welsh mountains, for all to enjoy. Surfing is understandably the main attraction, with the lagoon providing a range of waves for all to enjoy, from the complete novice to experienced surfers. The lagoon enables anyone with an interest in surfing to give it a go, safe in the knowledge that there is little that can go that wrong. Alongside surfing, other watersports such as kayaking, Surf Yoga and traditional swimming can all be enjoyed. The park also provides plenty of food and drink options, so you can quite easily spend the whole day there without realising how quickly the time disappears. Even the little ones are fully catered for; there is a Soft Play Shack specifically designed for those who are a little too young or small for the surfing lagoon. Complete with its own octopus with wandering tentacles, this is the perfect place for children up to 12. It can also double up as a great place for adults to sit and have a coffee whilst the kids are busy avoiding the shark fins in the ball pool! Once you’ve surfed till you’ve dropped, there are a variety of other attractions to keep yourself busy in Snowdonia. The ramblers and other keen walkers are spoilt for choice with endless routes across mountains, lakes and villages to fill any holiday with. Whilst out walking, many unusual, and some rare, wildlife can be spotted. Snowdonia is home to many types of birds such as ravens and peregrines, who are joined by mammals such as otters and feral goats. Snowdonia could easily keep the family occupied for the whole summer holidays, let alone a weekend or week away. Staying in one of the picturesque villages, surrounded by stunning scenery is a definite must. You can experience Snowdonia at its best, with the ease of someone else cooking you breakfast. Bryn Bella Guest House is located in one of the best locations in Snowdonia, surrounded by lakes, mountains and quaint villages. We are conveniently located for many of the top attractions, such as Swallow Falls, Go Below, Tree Top Adventures, Zip World and […]

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Go Below, Underground Adventures in Snowdonia

The summer holidays are here so it’s time to pack up your bags and head over to Snowdonia and Bryn Bella Guest House is ready and waiting to play host for your summer holiday adventures. If you are tired of doing the same activities year after year it’s time for a change as you head underground to the newest attraction in Snowdonia, Go Below Underground Adventure. Whether you are searching for a family day out or a group activity out of the ordinary, this is the attraction for you. Within a short distance of the Bryn Bella Guest House Go Below can play host to any group of visitors no matter what the occasion is and test you to your limits. By taking on one of three battlegrounds you can master the underground zipwire, abseil to the deepest and lowest point within the UK or scale a magnificent waterfall. Suitable for ages 10 upwards this is a Snowdonia adventure you won’t forget in a hurry. The challenges last from 5 hours to all day and bookings are available throughout the year. Great for birthday outings and hen or stag dos, Go Below is the place to head this summer. Once you have arranged your challenge underground don’t forget to book your room at Bryn Bella. Located close to many attractions and areas of natural beauty the village of Betws-y-Coed is the ideal spot to make the most out of your summer retreat. With excellent transport links it is easy to get to and with high quality amenities the Bryn Bella offers second to none hospitality. Get in contact today on our website bryn bella.co.uk to get a late deal or check reservations and book your memorable trip away as you go adventuring with Go Below.   Click Here for Go Below

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Fly Through Snowdonia at Zip World Experience Adventure

For readers who are into a bit of adventure, you might have already heard of Zip World Experience Adventure, a fantastic site that opened in the area during 2014. Based nearby at Llechwedd Slate Caverns, near the historic slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, Zip World has been described as “The Nearest Thing to Flying” – using the longest zip line in Europe, which also just happens to be the fastest in the world. Who knew that there was such an acclaimed and adrenalin fuelled fun sport located right here in North Wales. With recorded speeds exceeding 100mph, these 500ft high zip lines attract a whole host of visitors from first timers, to seasoned adrenaline junkies. This attraction set in stunning Snowdonia has also attracted much media attention from both TV and printed publications. Visiting Zip World is the perfect excuse to stay in our beautiful bed and breakfast, Bryn Bella Guest House, which offers superb bed and breakfast accommodation in some of Snowdonia’s most beautiful scenery. Experience a tranquil contrast to any adventure holiday with peaceful lakes and mountains, one of which includes Mount Snowdon which is the highest mountain in Wales. The Bryn Bella Guest House is only a short walk from the heart of of Betws-y-Coed itself too, where you can stroll around the local village. No matter what the weather is like, it is always beautiful here, and at Bryn Bella Guest House a home from home with en-suite rooms, private parking, free wi-fi, and the added perk of being able to overlook Betws-y-Coed in the Conwy Valley. We are an award winning eco-guest house and so you can look forward to a hearty breakfast to set you up for your day ahead, consisting of eggs from our very own chickens, and home grown fruits and vegetables.

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August Bank Holiday Availability 2015

With few rooms remaining for the August Bank 2015 holiday its never too early to book ahead, but dont wait too long. Double rooms from £85.00 per room per night including breakfast King Size rooms from £90.00 per room per night including breakfast   Dont delay book today www.bryn-bella.co.uk

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Steam Trains of Snowdonia

Outstanding scenery, comfortable carriages and historic steam trains await you here in the heart of Snowdonia. Glorious coastlines, ancient oak woodlands, mountains, rivers and castles, all beckon as you embark on your journey on award winning railways with the Steam Trains of Snowdonia. With some of the most comfortable carriages on any preserved railway – standard or narrow gauge – you can step back in time to a more civilised age. Relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Snowdonia in comfort, with at-seat buffet service, snacks, refreshments and a fully-licenced bar featuring locally-brewed award-winning beers. As the oldest railway company in the world still operating trains, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways know a bit about what makes a journey special. Even a short trip on the railways will help you unwind – so much so that you’ll want to do it all over again… The Ffestiniog Railway is the world’s oldest narrow gauge railway with almost 200 years of history, taking you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Still operating three of the original locomotives – over 150 years old – and original carriages, offering an unrivalled journey back into the golden age of rail travel. The historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round tight bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it. Discover why engineers from around the world visited the Ffestiniog to see how it should be done. The Welsh Highland Railway is the UK’s longest heritage railway and runs for 25 miles from Caernarfon, past the foot of Snowdon and the picture postcard village of Beddgelert, then through the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog. Passengers ride in some of the most comfortable carriages on any heritage railway in the UK, including first class Pullman luxury and freshly-cooked food delivered to your seat.   For more information go to http://www.festrail.co.uk/

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Snowdon Mountain Railway Majestic Way to the Top

Journey to rooftop of Wales The Snowdon Mountain railway takes you up the majestic Snowdon mountain dominating the glorious, ancient landscape of North Wales. At 3,560ft (1,085m) it is a true mountain and a place of legend – said to be the burial place of the giant ogre Rhita, vanquished by King Arthur. Some believe that Arthur’s Knights still sleep beneath. Essential Information Since 1896 Snowdon Mountain Railway has been welcoming visitors to the little village at the foot of Snowdon, Llanberis in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, to experience the awe inspiring journey by rack railway to the summit of Snowdon the highest mountain in Wales and England. From the moment you leave the station your train will begin the journey upwards to the clouds, a journey experienced by some 12 million intrepid travellers since 1896. If you are lucky enough to have tickets on the “Snowdon Lily” your carriage will be pushed by one of our original 1896 steam locomotives and you will immediately begin to hear the noble engine exerting its effort as you climb upwards and on towards the roof of the principality. From the first glimpse of the waterfall in Llanberis to the point at which your train crests the mountain 60 minutes later you will have been surrounded by the views and the experience that is Eryri , the land of the Eagles. Why not stay at Bryn Bella Guest House when you go up Snowdon, with jaw dropping panoramic views overlooking Betws-y-Coed and the Gwydir Forest, Snowdonia. Bryn Bella Guest House is your ideal base to explore Snowdonia. Passionately run by Joan and Mark who offer a fresh approach to their work in so many respects. You will find the B and B accommodation modern and comfortable.   http://www.snowdonrailway.co.uk/

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Surf Snowdonia Adventure Park

Picture this. A perfect lozenge-shaped fresh-water lagoon, roughly the size of six football pitches, set in the lush, green Conwy Valley in the lee of the Snowdonia mountains. Breathe it in. It’s clean, it’s fresh, it’s wild and it’s beautiful. This is Surf Snowdonia Adventure Park Now add something entirely unexpected. A two-metre-high barrelling wave that starts at the centre of the lagoon, peels perfectly for more than 150 metres, and dissipates softly as it hits the shore. The unique concept behind Surf Snowdonia’s lagoon has been developed over the last ten years by Wavegarden, a group of engineers who also happen to be passionate surfers. Based in northern Spain, Wavegarden is the global leader in the design and manufacture of wave generation systems. Welcome to the Surf Snowdonia Wavegarden®: a revolutionary world-first inland surf lagoon and the UK’s most compelling outdoor adventure destination for you, your friends and the whole family to enjoy. But the awe-inspiring Wavegarden isn’t the only reason to come to Surf Snowdonia Adventure Park. You’re going to love our totally addictive Crash & Splash water-based obstacle lagoon – and ‘blobbing’ – as well as the surf-side café bar, coffee shops and retail space. And a 50-metre glass-fronted viewing gallery will let you get right up close to the surf action without even getting wet! The Surf Snowdonia Adventure Park Crash & Splash Lagoon is your opportunity to push your agility, balance and determination to the limits… and you’d better prepare yourself for some spectacular splashdowns! The watery assault course will see you grapple with giant spinning balls, monkey bars, climbing walls, balance beams and rope bridges – and it’s not as easy as it looks!  But we promise you it’s even more fun. You’ll finish the challenge by flying through the air courtesy of the spectacular catapult ‘blob’ – possibly the most fun you’re ever going to have being thrown into water. The Crash & Splash is the ideal activity for a group of friends, family or colleagues. See who can get around the course quickest! For more information go to Click Here for Surf Snowdonia

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Betws-y-Coed Choir Festival 2015

Betws-y-Coed Choir Festival 2015 Be sure to make a date to see the visiting Male Voice Choirs every sunday eveing at St Mary’s Church, Betws-y-Coed from now until the end of September. All concerts start at 8pm Sunday evening, and tickets (£6.00) are either available in advance from Betws-y-Coed Tourist Information Centre, or on the door. Sunday 5 July 2015- Cor Meibion Y Foel Sunday 12 July 2015 – Mission Peak Chamber Singers (mixed choir from San Francisco) and Cor Y Penrhyn Sunday 19 July 2015- Cor Meibion Maelgwn Sunday 26 July 2015 – Cor Meibion Dinas Bangor Sunday 2 August 2015 – Cor Meibion Y Foel Sunday 9 August – To be confirmed Sunday 16 August – Cor Meibion Prysor Sunday 23 August – To be confirmed Sunday 30 August – Cor Meibion Dyffryn Nantlle Sunday 6 September – Cor Meibion Bro Aled Sunday 13 September – Cor Meibion Betws Yn Rhos Sunday 20 September – Cor Meibion Carnarfon

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Tree Top Adventures

Tree Top Adventures is a unique and exciting high ropes course to be adventured by all. Home to a multi award winning activity provider that will give you a thrill for heights and all just a short walk from Bryn Bella. A unique and exciting high ropes course to be experienced by all. Home to a multi award winning activity provider that will give you a thrill for heights. Tree Top Adventure is home to the UK’s premier high ropes Adventurers Course plus the Powerfan Plummet the worlds’ highest Powerfan Parachute Simulator. We also have the Junior Tree Trail which has been specially designed for 4 – 8 years old. Plus Developmental Courses for training. Adventurers Course Our unique and exciting high ropes course is open to any reasonably fit person taller than 1.3m (4ft 3in).= Adventurers’ are fitted with a full body harness and helmet, receive a comprehensive safety briefing then attached to a revolutionary safety system. Negotiate over 30 obstacles including balancing beams, zip wires, ropes bridges and parachute simulator without the need to detach from the safety line. All safety equipment is provided. PowerFan Plummet Towering over 31m (100ft) high is Tree Top Tower, home to “PowerFan Plummet” The worlds’ highest powerfan tree parachute simulator. Scale Tree Top tower to a knee quaking 31m (100ft). Scaling the Tree Top Tower is no mean feat, it is not just the climb which leaves you breathless the panoramic view from the top is well worth the climb. Standing on the jump platform with heart pounding and knees quaking our fully qualified instructors do the final checks before your spectacular descent on the jaw dropping Powerfan plummet. The revolutionary new technology ensures a feather light landing. Our qualified instructors fit you out in a full body harness, helmet and karabiner you will then receive a comprehensive safety briefing: All safety equipment provided. There is no minimum age restriction – the PowerfanTM experience is available to any reasonably fit person taller than 1.3m (4ft 3in) maximum weight 120kg. Suitable in wet weather For those seeking a serious adrenaline rush, climb aboard the Sky Ride if you dare! Europe’s highest and first 5 seater Giant Swing will leave you truly breathless as you are hoisted over 80ft high into the air then released to swing out over the magnificent Conwy Valley. All safety equipment is provided and there is no minimum age […]

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Things to do, places to see, attractions to visit in and around Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia

Bryn Bella in Betws-y-Coed is the perfect bed and breakfast accommodation location for exploring the Snowdonia National Park, and the rest of North Wales. overlooking Betws-y-Coed in the Conwy Valley in the Snowdonia National Park close to Llandudno and North Wales coast private parking Wales is well known for castles, and the nearest ones to Bryn Bella are at Conwy and Dolwyddelan. There are also castles at Criccieth, Beaumaris, Harlech and Caernarfon within easy reach. Local steam railways include the Ffestiniog Railway, Welsh Highland Railway, and the Snowdon Mountain Railway which goes to the summit of Snowdon (these can all be reached by bus or train from Betws-y-Coed). Other key attractions that are well worth a visit include Bodnant Garden which is just down the valley, and the Italianate village of Portmeirion. There are numerous activities to enjoy around Betws-y-Coed including walking, climbing and mountain biking. Mountain bike storage is available in the garage at Bryn Bella We are happy to provide information on the local attractions, especially regarding walking, climbing or the local wildlife in this beautiful part of Snowdonia. Climbing and walking guides can also be found in the lounge, feel free to browse them at your leisure. For walkers it is possible to plan your next walk using Memory Map Navigator which will not only plot your route on a 1:50,000 OS map and show you the route in 3D, but also produce a route card for the trip. Ask for details well in advance so that we can assist you in preparation of the route before you set off. Don’t forget you can also see where you have been once you get back to the warmth and safety of Bryn Bella.

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Trefriw Walking Festival 15 – 17 May 2015

Trefriw Walking Festival 2015 This year we have three days of wonderful walking experiences for all the family –   see the following pages for all the details. There will also be a fun Quiz Night on the Saturday, a Grand Raffle, and the indulgence of a Cake Fest on Sunday afternoon to conclude the festival. Cotswold will provide a Boot and Walking Poles Clinic, and there will be a display of Trefriw’s history in the Village Hall. This year is new in that Trefriw was awarded Walkers are Welcome status in October 2014 – the smallest village in Snowdonia to achieve this. You will see that all our walks are free. However, fundraising for the Festival is always challenging, and this year we would hope that everyone talking part will make a small donation, suggested at £3.00 for a half day and £5.00 for a full day walk. This will help us to make sure that the Festival can continue next year. Please use central booking to secure your places on walks. For More Information Click_Here

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Zip World “The Nearest Thing to Flying”! Home to the longest zip line in Europe and the fastest in the world”

If you have not come across Zip World before – be ready for an experience of a lifetime!  Zip World offers a unique range of adventures in the heart of Snowdonia. Zip World won international acclaim when it opened Zip World Velocity at Bethesda in March 2013.  It includes a pair of zip lines, a mile long, where riders can exceed 100mph, 500ft high and experience the nearest thing to flying. The newest member to Zip World,  Titan, opened June 2014 at Llechwedd Slate Caverns, near the historic slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.  This is the first 4 person zip line in Europe and the combination of Velocity and Titan  makes North Wales the zip line capital of the world. Zip World Titan is also home to Bounce Below, a unique subterranean experience! It is not just the exhilarating thrills of the zip lines that will leave you breathless. The scenic 45 minute drive between Velocity and Titan is breathtaking and is an experience in itself.   http://www.zipworld.co.uk/

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Llechwedd Slate Caverns where History and Adventure Collide

Llechwedd Slate Caverns where history and adventure combine to make a great day out for the whole family and is home to our world famous underground tour right in the heart of Snowdonia. Llechwedd Slate Caverns is situated near the historic slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog and a 10 minute scenic drive from Betws-Y-Coed. Travel deep into the mine and back into the past on our spectacular NEW underground tour. Local guides take you through huge subterranean Caverns to experience the life of a Victorian family at work. The Victorian Mine Tour begins on the surface where you’re greeted by a local guide who will accompany you throughout your journey underground. You’ll take a ride on the steepest cable railway in Britain taking you 100s of feet underground. Hear tales of the miners’ family life before setting off on our newly refurbished tour. Listen to the voice of Sion Dolgarregddu as he goes down the mine to work aged only 12 and learns to dig for slate with his Father. Marvel at the massive chambers and discover our new chamber unseen for nearly 50 years and enjoy a demonstration of how the Victorian miners used their dangerous tools! The tour finishes with a visit to the Mill where you can see the ancient skill of slate splitting or even have a go.   For more information simply click Here_Llechwedd_Slate_Caverns

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The Greatest Underground Adventure on Earth

The Longest Underground Adventure in the World – Five Kilometers of Pure Adventure The Zip Below® Xtreme route runs long and deep under the mountains of North Wales. In fact it takes all day to get around it – a tough, full day of unquantifiable fun that makes everything else look totally pony. This isn’t some hour long “whilst we’re passing” whim – it’s  high adventure in the Xtreme – supersized! Nine Underground Zip Lines! Yes, nine. Zip Below® Xtreme underground adventure route really has nine underground zip lines and you’ll do them all. That’s the highest number of underground zip lines on any adventure route in the world by the way. And they are all run disgustingly high off the ground through vast caverns deep below the surface. Follow the link below for booking details. Zip_Below_extreme

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Walking in Snowdonia

Betws-y-Coed is surrounded by the Gwydyr Forest in the breathtaking scenery of Northern Snowdonia. It is easily accessible from the A5, A470 or A55 making it a great location to base yourself for a Mountain Walking holiday to remember and Bryn Bella is ideally situated for Mountaineers of all abilities. Do you ever wonder what the view from the top is like? Or do you just want to experience the mountains at a leisurely pace. Whatever your motivation, Snowdonia is the perfect place for you with a variety of walks to suit all abilities and aspirations. From low level river walks along the Conwy and Llugwy rivers to Snowdon, at 3,560 feet the tallest mountain in England and Wales. Whatever you motivation or fitness level there will be at least one walk you can do whatever the weather. At Bryn Bella we pride ourselves at knowing our way around the mountains of Snowdonia. With many years of practical experience walking and climbing in the area as well as a plethora of guide books we are able to point you in the direction of a good day out whatever the weather. Remember even if you do get wet, or should it be “WHEN” you get wet, Bryn Bella has adequate drying facilities for your boots and clothes and hot water a plenty for that all important shower when you return. So whether you are a complete beginner who just cannot wait to get out on the hill or an experienced walker looking to hone your skills in navigation, scrambling or winter mountaineering, Bryn Bella is the place to base yourself as we can assist you in your needs. We have teamed up with Snowdonia_Adventures for all your walking, climbing and coaching requirements, just follow this link to Snowdonia_Adventures and start planning your next adventure. The location of points of interest are shown below. Use the ‘Satellite’ button to get an overhead photo of the locations (best if zoomed in first). A – Bryn Bella B – Tryfan C – Moel Siabod D – Snowdon E – Conwy Falls F – Llyn Elsi G – Llyn Idwal H – Gwydyr Forest  

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Birds of Snowdonia – Bird Watching and Wildlife Tours in North Wales

Our bird watching tours are available on half or full days basis. The full day tours will include a packed lunch, or alternatively arrangements can be made to sample the local cuisine. Tours are catered to individual needs. You may choose to record as many species as possible in a day, or alternatively you may prefer to take things at a more relaxing pace. The choice is yours. Tours can start and finish to suit your requirements. If you  have any particular species you’d like to see e.g. Chough, Peregrine etc, our expert guide will arrange all the details to ensure that you have the best possible opportunity to see that particular birds. ‘Very well looked after, went to a lot of trouble to ensure we had the best views’ – Mr & Mrs Barker, Enfield ‘Absolutely loved the entire day, thank you so much’ –        P Mulliner, Scotland ‘Thanks again for the special dietary arrangements. Loved the whole day’ – Pam & Derek Ashton, Kent ‘Had a fabulous time and would recommend you to anyone that has an interest in birds’ – T Edworthy, Devon ‘Gareth has so much knowledge and can pick out many hard to find birds during the day’ – H Dickinson, York   For more information follow the link below. http://birdsofsnowdonia.com/

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Running and Endurance

Snowdonia Half Marathon – April 2014 A scenic Half Marathon set in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, starting and finishing in the village of Llanrwst which played host to the World Trail Running Championships in 2013. The park is a region of haunting beauty and grandeur, of wild rocky mountains, hidden valleys, cascading rivers, still glacial lakes and deep forests. 2014 sees the third running of this very scenic race, there were 700 runners who took part in the 2013 race, feedback suggests everyone enjoyed the race with lots of comments about the tough hill in the middle, but they said that it made the course a challenge and gave them a sense of achievement. Oh and the special medal went down well. (Forrest Hill Non Stop) This year we intend to make this Half Marathon not just a great race but a great event, we are working with the local community to ensure your race day or weekend is memorable and encourages you to return year on year. RunWales are proud of the events we organise, with the emphasis on the runners enjoyment of the whole event, this is what we expect as runners and so will provide for you. A slight change to the course this year following feedback from runners, its seems it should be a little more challenging given the name “Snowdonia Half Marathon” so we have listened and oh yes it is now more challenging, we have taken out the Betws y Coed section and re-routed you after Lake Geirionydd back down to near Gwydyr Castle and then back up to the top and down the hill you get a medal for, good luck guys, you’ll need it!!! You will leave Llanrwst on 6th April 2014 and tell your Family, Friends and Colleagues “I did it, I completed the Snowdonia Half Marathon” Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon Sunday 17 May 2014  The Slateman triathlon is a classic and iconic race. There are very few events which can offer this unique mix of incredible countryside and scenery, the awesome challenge of rugged Snowdonia, the genuine warmth of the Welsh welcome as well as the amazing triathlon carnival for everyone to enjoy.  We don’t only claim to deliver all of this…we do deliver! Don’t just take our word for it though, read some 2013 testimonials here. We are proud to have been shortlisted for Best Welsh Event 2013. New for […]

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Mountain Biking in Snowdonia

Betws-y-Coed is surrounded by the Gwydyr Forest in breathtaking scenery. It is easily accessible from the A5, A470 or A55 making it a great location to base yourself for a Mountain Biking weekend to remember and Bryn Bella is ideally situated for Mountain Bikers of all abilities. Bryn Bella is set a very short ride away from the start of the Marin Trail (Gwydyr Trail), Penmachno with its two trail loops and only a short drive from Coed-y-Brenin, the mountain bike Mecca of North Wales. If you are looking for something gentler for all the family to enjoy then you will not be disappointed as the area has some of the most enjoyable forest tracks for you to explore. With garage parking for your bikes, maintenance stand for running repairs and washing facilities to clean them after a great day out, why not relax afterwards on our sun terrace and relive those big climbs, bigger descents and magnificent views all over again. Forgotten something or need urgent spares, never fear as Beics Betws are within walking distance of Bryn Bella. Tucked away behind the Post Office their shop is staffed with enthusiastic staff happy to meet your needs be they repairs, spares or hire of some of the latest bikes available. View the Beics_Betws website. Or visit 1868 Racing in Llanrwst who aim to provide a friendly, professional and efficient service to all their customers, whether they are just in for a tube or buying a new bike. Bryn Bella your first stop for Mountain Biking in North Wales.

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Help for Heroes our Bryn Bella Charity of the year

Help for Heroes is once more our Bryn Bella Charity of the year – We make a donation to Help for Heroes for every booking made direct through our website. In addition during 2015, we will be taking part in the HERO RIDE – NORTH This year both Joan and Mark have joined together to raise money for Help for Heroes.  Our team fundraising target is £500, your donation can really help us smash this goal. But did you know we also contribute to Help for Heroes for every booking made through our website. We will be doing many challenges over the year from Triathlons, to Marathons but our main effort will be the Hero Ride North. Around 100 miles, subject to navigation errors it could be more, joining the official Hero Ride North on the final day culminating in a grand finale at Windsor on the 21st June. Please help support Team Bryn Bella by donating generously as it will help us no end to know you are behind us. Remember: Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never share them with anyone or send you unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. They’ll make sure Gift Aid (an additional 25%) is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer, too. That means more money goes to the charity, faster, with JustGiving. Thanks for taking the time to visit and your generous donation via our JustGiving page. Every little really does help. Thank you for your support. Please_donate_here Mark and Joan Edwards

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Go Below Underground Adventures : Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia

Come underground with us deep into the abandoned mines of Snowdonia on a half-day adventure trip you’ll never forget! We offer two different experiences – if you’re interested in learning about the local mining industry, its people and seeing how the mines operated, then our Discovery Trip is for you. Or – if you’re looking for an action-packed underground adventure with a series of roped activities (such as abseils, scrambles and zip lines) to get the adrenaline pumping, then take our Challenge Trip! Wales was once one of the great mining centres of the world with literally thousands of mines in operation during Victorian times, extracting everything from Gold to Coal and from Slate to Lead. Some mines were extremely deep running thousands of feet below the level of the sea. Others were dauntingly vast employing countless men in a network of sprawling tunnels hundreds of miles in length. Some are so old they even date back to the Bronze Age. Each mine is steeped in history and tells a story of boundless human skill and endeavour. Once busy and noisy industrial centres, the great old mines of Wales now lie silent and dark, all but forgotten by the modern world.   We run two half-day trips every day of the year with a maximum of eight people per trip. Each trip is either a Challenge Trip or a Discovery trip, the exact schedule varies on demand but generally we run the Challenge trip in the morning, and the Discovery trip in the afternoon. We provide special trips periodically (or as requested) including full day multiple-mine adventures, short taster trips, and photography-specific trips. Please ask us for details. It is essential to book in advance over the phone (we cannot accept visitors on-spec). The further in advance you can book the better, to secure your place(s) on your trip of preference. Contact Go-below Underground Adventures – Be sure to mention Bryn Bella – If you wish to ask any questions about trips or book on an adventure, please call on 01690 710108. Alternatively please email at ask@go-below.co.uk or visit the website at http://www.go-below.co.uk/

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Snowdonia Without a Car

More and more guests are discovering the freedom offered by car-free holidays in North Wales. Increasingly, our guests are either leaving their cars at home or in our car park once they arrive and exploring the area by alternative bus, train, bicycle or on foot. Car-less visitors are anything but stranded, especially here in Betws-y-Coed, the Gateway to Snowdonia. It’s the region’s most lively and picturesque village. We’ve got a lovely village station for both trains and buses just a few minutes’ walk from the house, and once you are here you can take the path into the village and enjoy the all local attractions on foot. Many of our guests are walkers and cyclists escaping from city life for a few days. We have a huge choice of routes running right from our front door. If you want to go a little further afield, there are regular direct buses to Snowdon and other areas of interest. You can even jump on the train and reach places like Llandudno (45 mins) and Blaenau Ffestiniog (30 mins) and even on towards Portmadoc on the Ffestiniog Railway. Why pay £10.00 to park at Pen-y-Pass car park to climb Snowdon when you can get the bus for just £1.50 per person Below are just some ideas of activities and days out you can do without the car, but if there is something special you wish to do just ask us for details and we will be happy to help plan your day. Snowdon Mountain Railway & Llanberis  Click_Here Snowdon via Miners Track or Pyg Track  Click_Here Llandudno, Conwy & the Great Orme  Click_Here Ffestiniog Railway & Portmeirion  Click_Here Conwy Falls & Fairy Glen  Click_Here Marin Mountain Bike Trails  Click_Here Remember if you are arriving by train or bus we will be only too happy to collect you from the station, just ring us in advance to ensure a smooth transfer. To help plan your journey to Bryn Bella, Betws-y-Coed see below: For information of how to get here by Public Transport  Click_Here For Sherpa bus time tables   Click_Here Click_Here_Award_Winning_Eco_Friendly_B&B    

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Snowdonia Gardens and Homes

North Wales is home to some of UK’s most outstanding gardens and homes. Offering beautiful scenery using a variety of interesting plants from all over the world, you’re sure to be amazed with the colour and natural beauty of these gardens. The homes are of another era, delivering grand elegance to their grounds. In the Snowdonia National Park there’s an abundance of wild nature, but looking at gardening as an art form, North Wales showcases some of the most inspiring gardens around. Bodnant Gardens, open between March and November and then December, has 80 acres of garden. The upper garden is based around Bodnant Hall, and the wild garden, known as the “Dell”, is formed by the valley of Hiraethlyn. The gardens offer a world of colour with plants from North America, China, Japan and Europe which are suited to the Welsh soil.  Bodnant Gardens, most glorious during summer months, are perfect for the whole family, with entertainment bags for the children and a new and exciting playground for 2012, and a cedar-shingled tea room.  Through spring to autumn you’ll see a wide range of flourishing colours. In early spring to late April the camellias, magnolias, daffodils and other spring bulbs light up the grounds with bursts of colour. Early April to mid-May is the time to see the beautiful collection of rhododendrons. Then, in early June the 55 metre long laburnum arch can be seen in all its yellow glory. In the summer, down in the “Dell” where the giant conifers grow, the herbaceous plants are in flower as well as the blue flowering hydrangeas along the riverbanks.   Portmeirion is a village resort, a popular visitor attraction near Porthmadog. Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis the village was constructed between 1925 and 1975. The grounds are spectacular, surrounded by the picturesque Italianate village.  It holds seven self-catering cottages and a four star hotel, and a castellated mansion. Portmeirion Village offers a perfect getaway, with its own restaurants and cafes interspersed with grand listed buildings in beautiful colourful surroundings. Portmeirion even has its own spa, offering bespoke treatments to make your stay even more relaxing. With an amazing backdrop of estuary and mountain the village is also suitable for a number of events including weddings, dinners and parties.   Set on the banks of the Menai Strait is Plas Newydd country house and gardens. The elegant house was redesigned by […]

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Heritage And Historical Attractions Around Betws y Coed – Snowdonia

A popular destination for visitors who have the great outdoors on their minds, Betws y Coed is also an excellent base for discovering historical gems. Here are a few of our favourites. The beautiful village of Betws y Coed is known as the ‘Gateway to Snowdonia’, and is a popular destination for visitors who want to explore all that the mountainous Snowdonia region has to offer. While many tourists visit Betws y Coed for the huge selection of outdoor activities on offer in Snowdonia, many others are drawn to the history and heritage of the region. In Betws itself, and in the surrounding areas, there are many wonderful heritage and historic attractions that are well worth a visit; here are four to get you started. Conwy Castle Only half an hour’s drive from Betws y Coed is Conwy Castle. The castle, constructed between 1283 and 1289 and rich in heritage, is set in the heart of Conwy, evoking a medieval feel to the town. Built as part of the “iron ring” of walled towns in North Wales by the English monarch Edward I, the castle forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris Castles.  The views from the battlements are outstanding and this is part of the reason why it’s still so highly regarded today. The views and its historic presence make Conwy Castle a perfect place for photography enthusiasts, providing out of the ordinary imagery and setting.   Ty Hyll (“The Ugly House”) In actual fact, the Ugly House isn’t really ‘ugly’ in any way or form. It is the most idyllic, picturesque little stone house set in front of a beautiful forestry backdrop. The tale goes that it was built by two outlaw brothers in one night in the 15th century. Based on old Welsh law, if you could build four walls and have smoke coming out of the chimney before sunrise, freehold of the land is yours. With this, the length of the land from which you could throw an axe from the house would also be yours. Although the strong structure of the house proves that being built in one night was not possible, there is evidence to suggest that the law did in fact exist. Its name is thought to have derived from its first owners, who had an ‘ugly’ outlaw nature. Since the inside of the house was […]

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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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Explore Snowdonia and Give the Car a Rest

  Here at Bryn Bella we are finding more and more of our guests are discovering the freedom offered by car-free holidays in North Wales. Increasingly, our guests are either leaving their cars at home or in our car park once they arrive and exploring the area by alternative bus, train, bicycle or on foot. Car-less visitors are anything but stranded, especially here in Betws-y-Coed, the Gateway to Snowdonia. It’s the region’s most lively and picturesque village. We’ve have a lovely village station for both trains and busses just a few minutes’ walk from the house, and once you are here you can take the path into the village and enjoy the all local attractions on foot. Many of our guests are walkers and cyclists escaping from city life for a few days. We have a huge choice of routes running right from our front door. Whether it’s a pleasant stroll along the river Conwy to the Fairy Glen and Conwy Falls or a day of fun on the Marin Trail in the Gwydir Forest with your mountain bike, it’s all on our doorstep. If you want to go a little further afield, there are regular direct buses to Snowdon and other areas of interest. You can even jump on the train and reach places like Llandudno (45 mins) and Blaenau Ffestiniog (30 mins) and then travel onwards to Portmadoc via the Ffestiniog Railway. Why rush out in the morning to pay £10.00 to park at Pen-y-Pass car park to climb Snowdon when you can get the bus for just £1.00 per person and not have the stress of trying to find a parking space when you get there. Whatever you decide to do Betws-y-Coed is an ideal place to base yourself and leave your motoring worries behind. Still not sure, just ask us and we will be happy to help you plan your stay so you get the best from it and give that car a rest. To find out more why not visit our website at Snowdonia_without_a_Car  

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Bryn Bella Guest House Snowdonia

Where sustainability meets Quality. Bryn Bella, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia North Wales You first stop for a great accommodation and great adventure.

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Motor Bikers or Mountain Bikes and Now Kayaks

Coming here by Motor Bike? Or just bringing your Mountain Bikes or Kayak with you? Want to keep it undercover in our garage? Inform us at the time of booking and we will happily store it in our double garage for you, at no extra cost. In addition why not take advantage of our wash down facilities to clean down your bikes after a fun day in the mud. whether you are Mountain Biking or Touring on Motor Bikes, Betws-y-Coed in the heart of Snowdonia is a great place to base yourself. Do you want to enjoy the roads of North Wales safely on your Motor Bike? Have you ever wanted to hone your skills  safely? Or just improve your riding skills generally? Then why not come to North Wales and take part in a BikeSafe workshop run by North Wales Police and stay at Bryn Bella at the same time. See the link below for full course details. Bikesafe

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