During half term, I only had a couple of days off, so I decided to pack a picnic and take to the Welsh hills for a lovely stroll (come rain or shine). This got me thinking about all of the amazing walks on my doorstep.
I love taking a walk, whether a long one that lasts all day and usually ends with a pub lunch or a short stroll on a Sunday morning. As I live in North Wales there are plenty of local walks but on the odd occasion, I venture further afield. For now, here’s my round up of top places to walk in North Wales.
There are times when I feel quite lucky to live where I do and one of the reasons why is Wepre Park. Many may not think it is fantastic but it’s right on my doorstep and is the perfect place to enjoy nature with the family.
There is a waterfall, woods, stream, play area, pond, castle, and visitors centre, that also sells food. The walk through the woodland area is peaceful and worthwhile as you can stop for a picnic at the Ewole castle ruins.
Even though winter is on its way I will still be visiting the park, to take the younger children on a nature hunt. This is when we collect leaves, pine cones and much more to create a winter collage, or to add to our garland for Christmas day.
Welsh Coastal Path
Take your hat, gloves, and scarf as you take a long 870-mile walk along The Wales Coast Path. You don’t have to complete the whole walk but there are parts that offer particularly lovely views. I haven’t walked the whole 870-miles so these are a couple of spots I noted.
There are several sections to the walk but I am focusing on the North, as this is the area I visit frequently.
The Anglesey Coastal Path opened in 2006 and is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the views this Isle has to offer. It can be a challenging walk with hills and steps but as long as you wear the correct shoes and clothing you’ll enjoy every minute and make some wonderful memories. On a warm day taking a picnic is the perfect way to spend an afternoon taking in one of the many views.
Perhaps my favourite area is Menai, Llyn and Meirionnydd, which takes you past Criccieth, Porthmadog, Harlech, Morfa Nefyn and much more. On some of these beaches, you can stop for a bite to eat at the pub or beach huts. There’s also plenty of wildlife to look out for from bottle-nosed dolphins to grey seals so you may want to pack some binoculars. On a sunny day the views are marvelous and on a cloudy day when the skies are grey, you can enjoy the rugged landscape – which feels more authentic to me!
When in school visiting Moel Famau was an annual event as part of our sponsored walk to raise money for our school trips. Come rain or shine we would venture up the mountain. One year some of the people I was with decided they wanted to take a shortcut – don’t do this – it did not end well, stick to the path.
New Year’s Eve is a lovely time to take this walk, starting at about 9pm, my family and I started to walk to the peak in time for New Year. Halfway up I looked back and a river of lanterns was following below, it was a lovely view. When we reached the top the scouts and brownies were there lighting campfires and making some food, which was shared around.
Bang on midnight the fireworks below were set off and the sky lite up, it was a memorable new year, even if in the picture I may look cold!
A walk in Llangollen is perfect for all ages, from a high street stroll to an active walk along the river, where the kids can play and the adults can relax. This small town is full of activity and gets very busy in the summer months. No matter how hectic it may seem the surrounding trees and greenery somehow make it feel peaceful and give a sense relaxation.
A walk along the river will take you from the town to the fields, passing swings, rapid rivers and a lovely pub where the food is delicious. Looking over to the other side of the water you can see the steam railway and hear the train come in as it toots, and the children seem to love this.
The walk along the high street is nice too, popping into some of the trinket shops along the way. Entering the town means walking over a bridge that offers a picture perfect moment to capture the river, train station and surrounding forestry.
From the Great Orme to the pier there’s quite a lot to do and see in Llandudno.
We’ll start at The Great Orme which is a large limestone headland, that houses a mine, visitor centre, toboggan and ski slope, and superb views. It is not essential to walk up the Orme, you can just take a lovely drive or a cable car but on a sunny day, why not walk? There’s a cafe at the top and the walk back down is much easier, as well as views and activities its history is fascinating as it is apparently 350 million years old!
From the Great Orme there’s the pier that stretches 2,295 feet. Along the pier, there’s fair rides, huts, an arcade, and cafe. My son loves the pier as there’s so much for him to enjoy.
Llandudno is definitely a place to visit to experience a Victorian beach day with Punch and Judy shows, shelters and in the summer donkey rides. The beach is also not too far from the main town, in case you want some fish and chips, or a mooch around the shops.