The weather may be a little chillier at this time of year, but that shouldn’t deter you from getting out and about, blowing away the cob webs that can accumulate from one too many days lazing about on the sofa with your favourite TV box set. When staying at our North Wales caravan parks there’s a whole host of fun filled outdoor activities for your family to enjoy, so throw on a jacket and a woolly hat and plan a day out at some of our favourite attractions below:
At the tip of Tremadog Bay, where the Llŷn meets Snowdonia, you’ll find one of the prettiest and certainly one of the most unique villages found in the UK, the beautiful seaside village of Portmeiron.The pretty village was the work of architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, who designed this romantic and intricate village with a nod to Italy’s beautiful towns and Portmeiron is awash with an exquisite and fascinating collection of villas, squares, towers and domes that is now a conservation area owned by a charitable foundation. An unrivalled location for a day trip, you can wander through the gardens or enjoy a delicious coffee in one of the squares, just make sure your phone is charged up ready to take some glorious photos of this beautiful village.
The Great Orme
The Great Orme headland is a massive chunk of limestone rising 679ft straight out of the sea and it’s no surprise that its name, courtesy of the Vikings, translates to “Sea Monster”. The great Orme is estimated to be over 350 million years old and its remarkable geology, archaeology, history and wildlife is breath taking. The best way to explore this special place is to jump on the cable car or Great Orme Tramway where you can appreciate why this special area is listed as a Country Park, Special Area of Conservation, Site of Special Scientific Interest and Heritage Coast. As you amble your way through rich heathlands, limestone grassland and woodlands you’ll be able to spot a wide variety of plants and wildlife such as the rare choughs and the imposing Kashmir goats, impossible to miss with their iconic shaggy white coats and horns.
South Stacks Cliff Reserve
The South Stacks are much loved by birdwatchers along the cliff, leading to the famous Ellin’s Tower, yet are also adored by those who simply like to get outdoors for some fresh air!There are extensive trails that take in lowland and maritime heathland that wind around the cliffs to the top of Holyhead Mountain offering up unrivalled views.After trudging up the paths with the Atlantic Ocean air filling your lungs head to the visitor centre café where you can refuel on hot drinks and their famed locally sourced cakes and desserts.
For those with a love of history must visit Criccieth Castle that sits over-looking Cardigan Bay near our North Wales caravan parks with it considered one of the greatest testaments to Welsh castle building.Built originally by Llywelyn the Great, this beautiful castle was much fought after, with Llwelyn losing the castle to Edward I’s forces 50 years later. They carried out own improvements and remodelled a tower for stone-throwing engines! The castle changed hands many times with Owain Glyn Dwr putting the nail in Criccieth’s fate when his troops captured and burnt the castle in the early 15th century. Wander the grounds and take in the vibrant history with your family and even get the little ones to recreate their own battle!
Snowdonia is known for its astounding beauty and we think one of the best ways to explore it is by bicycle when staying in one of our North Wales caravan parks. The former ‘slate capital’ Blaenau Ffestiniog is one of the best places to head as especially if you consider to be a bit of an off road bike lover. There are numerous paths and trails for cyclists of all levels but for the adrenaline seekers the new Antur Stiniog mountain biking centre in an old slate quarry has flowing trails with plenty of jumps, drops and rock features.