I have recently traveled to beautiful Snowdonian village of Betws-y-Coed with my husband. Although we needed to cut our stay short due to family emergency, we had a very relaxing and enjoyable time.
Betws-y-Coed is a very lively and popular village in the Conwy valley in Northern Wales. It is one of the most visited villages in Snowdonia due to it’s great location that’s perfect for any gateways to the Snowdonia National Park.
Things to do:
Firstly, you must walk around the village and discover what it has to offer. The Pont-y-Pair bridge should be added to your list of places to see whilst in here as it’s stunning. The village itself is vibrant and full of shops and eateries ranging from cafés and bars to bistros and restaurants. Due to COVID you might want to pre-book otherwise you might not be able to dine in one of its lovely restaurants.
There are plenty of walks and hikes to choose from so whether you are looking for an easy walk or you are in for a difficult hike – I guarantee that you will find something that you will enjoy. We took a few short walks that started in Betws-y-Coed. In the morning we experienced Llyn Elsi train located just behind St.Mary’s Church. It was absolutely faboulous – breathtaking views and the scenery. The first 30 minutes were quite steep but afterwards it was an easy walk. It took us around 2 hours but we were not rushing and I stopped quite a few times to take some photos.
After our lunch we were all recharged and decided to take another walk from Betws-Y-Coed to Swallow Falls. I would probably advise to drive there rather than walk – there are a lot of parking spaces in Ty’n Llwyn car park in Gwydir Forest. If you decide to walk then, please be careful as there is no pedestrian path from Betws-y-Coed so you will need to walk on a busy road until you reach Ty’n Llwyn car park. Once you get there, Swallow Falls can be summarised as an area of outstanding natural beauty with a spectacular waterfall amongst a background of stunning colorful plants.
How to get there?
We drove as we live in Colchester however if you would rather relax and admire the nature you can take a train that will take you to Betws-y-Coed train station located in the middle of the village.
I really enjoyed our short break in the Snowdonia National Park and hope we’ll be able to come back here soon.
P.S. I was wearing my Maier Sports hiking gear from their Urban collection.