The beautiful sceneries in most Parts of the UK are covered with snow in winter. This, however, is not true for a large part of North Wales. It is among the leading tourist destinations all year round, thanks to its beautiful scenery and clear winters.
Gardens, mountain walks, coastal paths, and wildlife are some of the spectacular reasons to visit North Wales this time of the year. Below are the leading winter wonders you can enjoy in 2019 while staying in the Holiday Parks.
The gardens of North Wales
Grade I Ivy Collection
North Wales is the home to several trees and gardens planted to mark royal romantic relationships. The most famous garden in the area is the National Ivy Collection in Erddig. You will also find in this garden some of the rarest species in the world. It is no surprise that it is one of the most important gardens in Britain.
Plas Tan y Bwlch, Gwynedd
It lies at the epicentre of Snowdonia National Park’s research centre. Consequently, it is the home to several exotic plant species. Fern gardens, Japanese gardens, water gardens, and a wildlife garden are some of the sceneries that dot this beautiful place during winter.
Plas yn Rhiw, Gwynedd
If you love the overpowering smell of flowers then here is one place you must visit in North Wales. It fills up with 16th-century houses decorated by a pantheon of royalty-planted plants of the 1900s. Though currently a National Trust site, it is open for the public in most times of the year.
The winter wildlife of North Wales
The coast is the retreat destination for most birds and aquatic animals that migrate from the Arctic during winter. Some of the wildlife wonders to look for include:
The grey seals
Over 5,000 grey seals live in Wales’s waters. You can sight a few of these animals at any time of the year. However, December is the best months for guaranteed seal spotting. It is because most seal pups are born about this time of the year and they spend almost a month on the beach.
Spinnies nature reserve
The reserve is a wildlife oasis that resulted from the diversion of river Ogwen during the industrial revolution. The series of ponds and lagoons have made this small woodland home for over 185 bird species. It is the best place for a heart-warming view of the kingfisher, little egrets, and other waterfowl and waders.
Gronant sand dunes
If you have been to Gronant in the warmer months, then you will remember the beautiful strip of dunes, shingles, and beaches. Besides having the best-preserved dunes in North Wales, it is homes birds during winter. It hosts over 20,000 waterfowls and 100,000 waders during the cold months. One of the favourite sightings is of the little snow bunting.
Mountain and coastal walks
Another way of enjoying the winter North Wales is by strolling along the ubiquitous walks on the coast or across the mountains. The most common walks are:
North Wales path
The 60 miles (90km) path connects Prestatyn and Bangor, mostly through public footpaths. Taking this walk allows you a breath-taking view of the landscape of the soaring Snowdonian Mountains and the coast. It also takes you through traditional seaside resorts for indigenous cuisines.
The Isle of Anglesey
The Isle of Anglesey is the place to go to in winter for a view of seabirds and other wildlife. You can easily explore the beautiful island, thanks to the many paths and lanes that crisscross it. 95 per cent of the paths pass through sceneries of outstanding natural beauty.
Explore Alice’s Wonderland
Alice’s Wonderland in the Victorian coastal town of Llandudno is another place in North Wales worth visiting. You should start at the holiday home of Alice Liddel, the young woman whose story inspired Lewis Carroll’s classic, Alice in Wonderland. Other sightings in the area include real pomegranates, the happy valley and the longest pier in Wales. You can also take part in playing games, such as finding the white rabbit.
North Wales provides unlimited opportunities for excitement and fun even in the cold months of the year. One might be right out of your holiday caravan.