North Wales has no end of breathtaking scenery to snap a picture of, and it is hard to resist taking a few photos when you come across the incredible views. Whether you are an amateur looking to test yourself, a professional or just want some amazing shots for your Instagram, then these four locations are where to go. Best of all, they are near to our Wales caravans for sale, and you are likely to find a hidden spot for yourself when on holiday too!
Nant Gwynant is the valley that runs from Pen-y-Gwryd to Beddgelert and is a photographer’s hotspot. The valley is a gorgeous green in spring and summer, has amazing red and golds in autumn and in winter you can see sprinkles of snow on the surrounding peaks. The colours reflect in the lakes Llyn Gwynant and Llyn Dinas which creates an impressive dynamic to your photographs. There are plenty of places on the A498, which runs through the valley, where you can stop at to get some pictures. The Watkin Path up Snowdon begins in the valley, and if you make your way up part way, it takes you to a series of pools and waterfalls surrounded by mossy stones and twisted trees.
A rock valley with a glacial lake in its centre, once you see Cwm Idwal, you will understand why it is a popular photography spot. The bright blue of Llyn Idwal is the perfect balance to the rugged mountains and green valley surrounding it. It doesn’t take long to get to the place either; the path from the A5 takes under an hour and is moderate enough for children too. If you want a different view, climb nearby Tryfan, a mountain which overlooks the lake and valley. The rocky pointed shape is a famous landmark of Snowdonia, making for a great photo opportunity. Alternatively, follow the footpath to the far end of the lake, which will give you a new perspective of the iconic setting.
Photographers who want to experiment with capturing water have a variety of waterfalls in North Wales to choose from, but our favourite is Swallow Falls near Betws-y-Coed. The waterfall on the River Llugwy is a popular place for tourists, and there are several viewpoints along the south bank of the river which can be accessed from the A5. However, the dramatic views of the falls are best observed from the northern bank though you have to navigate a narrow path to get there. The best time to see the waterfall is after some heavy rain, as the water comes down the rock face faster and heavier – just right for photographers who want to snap a shot of one of the best features of the area!
Portmeirion is like no other place in Wales, and worth a visit for those staying at our holiday park, as it just a short distance from a stop on the Ffestiniog Railway. Designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the style of an Italian village, Portmeirion became famous in the sci-fi drama series The Prisoner, among other TV shows and films. The village has a Gothic mansion, central piazza, pavilion, gardens and Castle Deudraeth. The interesting village offers many photo opportunities, where you can capture the essence of the special Welsh village that has a touch of the Italian Riviera.
Take a look at some of our other blog posts to find out more about North Wales.