Here are the five parks and natural attractions in North Wales worth visiting.
1. Bodnant Garden
The Bodnant Garden is a beautiful place to walk and admire tropical nature. It is located above River Conwy and offers panoramic views of the Snowdon range. This stunning garden is set amid 80 acres of landscaped ground and features wilder waterside dells, formal Italianate terraces, informal shrub borders, and a waterfall. It hosts a fabulous collection of beautiful plants and trees from around the world.
Be sure to visit the garden in May or June when the Laburnum arch is in full blossom.
2. Great Orme
The Great Orme, located above the town of Llandudno, is a sight to behold. The limestone headland is 3km long and 2km wide and rises 207m out of the sea. On clear days, it offers breathtaking views of The Isle of Man, Anglesey and Lake District.
The peninsula consists mainly of limestone pavement, limestone grassland with heathland, woodland, and sea cliffs. It is home to a rich flora and some endangered species of moths and butterflies including the grayling, the silver-studded blue, and the silky wave.
The Great Orme is best explored on foot as it allows plenty of time to take in the scenery.
3. Coed y Brenin Forest Park
Nestled within Snowdonia National Park, Coed y Brenin Forest Park is one of North Wales top recreation sites. It is famous for its mountain bike trails, hiking paths, and family walks.
At the park, families can enjoy activities such as trail running, walking, geocaching and orienteering.
4. Newborough Beach
Newborough Beach, also known as Traeth Llanddwyn beach, is a huge, sandy beach on the south-west corner of Anglesey. It runs along the edges of the sand dunes at Newborough Warren and the Newborough Forest. The beach offers great views of the mighty peaks of the Snowdonia range.
You can choose to swim, take a bath in the sun or walk along the beach or in the forest. On your walk in the forest, expect to see red squirrels and a wide range of flora including pyramidal and spotted orchids, butterwort, dune and marsh helleborine and Adder’s-tongue just to name a few.
5. South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve
The South Stack Cliffs on Holy Island is one of the best places in North Wales to watch seabirds and take in the beautiful coastal scenery. It consists of a farmland, heathland, and cliffs which face the islets of South Stack.
In spring, fulmars, kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots, and puffins bred on the cliffs. However, birds like the rare chough, peregrine falcons, and kestrels can be seen swooping across the cliffs all year round.
These are just some of the best parks and natural attractions in North Wales. Other places you may consider visiting during the weekend include the Barmouth Harbour, Ty Mawr Country Park, Happy Valley Gardens, and Benllech Beach.