North Wales – A Winter Wonderland!

Colder months don’t have to mean hibernation, and the dramatic coastlines of north Wales look even more spectacular at this time of year as well as the mountain peaks with their dusting of snow. The changing season makes this a perfect destination for some winter getaways for the whole family. Whether that’s walking, mountain skills, cycling or just relaxing and enjoying the amazing scenery there are a whole host of things to keep you and your family occupied during the season.

Brecon Beacons Hill Walking

The Brecon Beacons are not as difficult as those of Snowdon but must still be treated with respect, and there is nothing like a crisp trek up the Pen-Y-Fan route to get the blood circulating and see the views for miles around on a clear day. At 886 m this peak is the highest in the National Park, but there are many other options to choose from. Post walk it is only natural that you should enjoy a hot chocolate or something a little stronger around a cosy log fire at a local inn or hostelry!

Cycling

For those stopping at Rhyl or other coastal areas, a cycle ride is a great way to warm up and experience fantastic views, and the Bike Hub at Rhyl is one place that offers a chance to enjoy a cycle ride followed by a range of tasty snacks in the cafe. There are a number of cycling centres dotted around north Wales depending on your preference, and if you prefer something a bit more challenging mountain bike hire is also available providing opportunities to head off to the hills and try more difficult routes.

Snowdonia Mountain Skills

For budding mountaineers everywhere expert guides can be enlisted to teach winter skills on the snowy and icy slopes using ice-axes, crampons and facilitating ice-climbing for those of all levels, and the views will be guaranteed! If you want to follow in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary you may be interested to learn that he used Snowdon as practise training ground before attempting Everest!

Ice Skating

If you want to get that pre-Christmas glow you may like to try a spot of ice-skating. The Deeside leisure centre in Queensferry, Flintshire is the national centre for Wales ice sports with an Olympic sized ice rink and a range of fun activities for all levels such as ice skating sessions, ice synchro and family disco on ice.

Coastal Walks

If you are thinking of trying a Lyons Holiday park or coming to North Wales, you will be spoiled for choice with the accommodation and walks on offer. There really is nothing better than going for a bracing sea walk followed by a hearty meal and drink at a local pub or restaurant and a few days spent chilling out or indulging in some retail therapy.

North Wales really does offer something for everyone as the temperatures dip, and a relaxing break in stunning scenery with views of coastlines, castles and steam trains is almost guaranteed to provide that feelgood factor whatever type of holiday you enjoy!

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