Betws-y-Coed is a small village, with its name translating into “the prayer house in the woods,” a name that was perhaps given due to the chapel that was located in the middle of the woodland. Labelled as the gateway to Snowdonia, it is not hard to see why. This picturesque village sits on the confluence of the famous River Conwy alongside its three tributaries including the Llugwy, Lledr, and Machno, all of which make the plant and animal life worth.
Turn to any direction in this village, and you will be greeted by the sight of stunning geographical features such as the lakes, natural springs, and waterfalls. For any nature lover, this is a place you do not want to miss.
Walk or drive deeper into the village and find the highly talked of Conwy Valley Museum, dodgems for kids, and a 39’ model railway. What’s more, soak yourself in awe of the only functioning electric tramcar in all of Wales. Why not take a ride on a miniature railway or tramcar. The museum which has been in existence for four decades is home to model railways.
Snowdonia brings you amazing attractions, but none can surpass the beauty exhibited by Snowdon. Snowdon is the tallest mountain in Wales and is the highest point in Britain. The truth is; there is more to see than just mountains in this region. A spectacular example here is the Shallow Falls. It happens to be the highest continuous waterfall in Wales. These are located near the A5 just a few miles past the village, where the Llugwy crashes over a precipice.
Be sure to have with you nice fitting boots because you will be walking by a river and sometimes it can be muddy. Notice the well laid out viewpoints on both sides of the river. This is the point where visitors park. You are likely to get a slow queue shuffling along the walkway for a good view. This local attraction allows for kayaking, windsurfing, and rafting. Why not be a little more adventurous and enjoy zip lining or take part in a treetop adventure course.
Past the river is the Gwydyr Forest Park that sits at the heart of Snowdonia National Park. It covers an area of about 28 square miles and has waymarked trails that make it easier for tourists exploring the landscape of the mountains, forests, and lakes. While here, learn more about the lead and zinc mining industries that dominated in the 19th century.
Be sure also to visit Point-y-Pair. After a heavy rainfall, it gives a spectacular sight with the bridge getting pummelled by foaming water. Go on and see “The Bridge of the Cauldron” up-close and feel the cool breeze on your face.
There is an alpine feel in this village covered by mountains with scenery that is breath-taking no matter the season. Betws-y-Coed has inspired many writers and nature lovers in many ways. Whether you prefer to bike more or walk, there is a lot to explore with paths and trails into the woods. Betws-y-Coed has endless highlights from contrast to diverse geography and is simply the perfect destination for thrill seekers, outdoor lovers, heritage buffers, and festivalgoers.