Most people have had a chance to visit Snowdonia during summer. It’s when hoards of tourists flock to the mountain to conquer its peak and enjoy the surrounding beaches and lush green scenery.
But, Snowdonia is just as majestic, if not more, during winter. There are tons of activities for tourists willing to brave the cold and take on the challenge, plenty of winter scenery to enjoy and a lot fewer tourists to deal with.
Refreshing Winter Walks
Snowdonia is known for its refreshing and rewarding summer walks. Winter brings a whole new experience for walkers who don’t shy away from the challenge of a little cold. There are plenty of walks to conquer on the back-drop of snow-capped mountains, deserted beaches and wintery forests.
Coastal winter walks are a great place to start. You spend the day strolling along empty beaches breathing in the fresh Welsh air as the sea breeze strokes your cheeks. During winter, the Rhoscolyn Headland Walk, the Porth Meudwy Coastal Walk and the Great Orme Nature Trail are some of the must-try coastal walks in the region.
Winter is not the best time to climb Snowdon because of the slipperiness unless you have the right gear and experience. If Snowdon is too much of a challenge, there are plenty of other walks you can enjoy within Snowdonia National Park.
During these walks, you can take in the dramatic scenery on a circular walk at Cwm Idwal, which is one of the best walks in Snowdonia.
Magical Winter Scenery
During winter, Snowdonia’s landscape transforms dramatically and is truly enchanting. During this time, the beauty of Wales really comes alive, allowing winter visitors to see a side of Snowdonia that is never seen during other seasons.
You get to explore miles of the crisp rugged coastlines, impressive mountain ranges and festive forests during winter.
For scenery chasers, the snow-capped mountains of Snowdonia are some of the most stunning sites you can get to see. You can also check out the crisp beaches on the Llyn Peninsula or gaze at the winter sunrise from the Anglesey Coastal Path.
Snowdonia is the adventure capital of the UK. It is home to the highest mountain in Wales, and it has the world’s fastest Zipline. The adventure doesn’t stop because it’s a little cold. Instead, Snowdonia kicks it up a notch.
There are plenty of adventurous activities to take part in all year round, and winter in Snowdonia is one of the highlight times.
Some of the common winter activities include horse riding, white water kayaking and mountain bike riding. Zip World is also open at this time of year. It’s one of the best places to get your adrenalin flowing.
While here, be sure to try out the Velocity 2 – the world’s fastest zip line. There are other fun activities here, like the magical Forest Coaster and the trampoline park.
There’s no doubt there are plenty of ways to get your blood pumping to kick out the cold and keep things interesting.
Some other interesting and buzzing places to visit during winter in Snowdonia include:
- Conwy Castle and town – The activities at Conwy Castle and town are not affected by the season change. The walled town is a creation of Edward 1 as part of his conquest principality of Wales. The town comprises 22 towers and is one of the finest in the world. While here, visit the Bodnant Gardens, Conwy Mountain and the Royal Cambrian Academy of art.
- Swallow Falls – Swallow Falls is the highest continuous waterfall in Wales. They are a popular tourist attraction during summer. Winter is a quieter time of the year, and you get to see the falls in all their glory. You can also take this time to walk through the Gwydyr Forest. It takes about 2 hours, but you will love every minute of it.
- Harlech Beach – Winter is not the best time to be on the beach. But, the stunning views of walking on Harlech Beach on a sunny winter are irresistible. This beach offers miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches that you can stroll along.
After spending days exploring the beautiful North Wales Scenery, you can sit back and relax in a cosy pub, most of which have an open fire to keep you warm. With so many welcoming pubs to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice.
Some of the best ones in Snowdonia include the Ship Inn and Red Wharf Bay. It’s also worth enjoying a drink at Ty Coch Inn if you’ve spent most of your day walking the beach in Morfa Nefyn.
For dog lovers who brought along their furry friends, there are plenty of top dog-friendly pubs on Anglesey to choose from.
Magical Night Sky
Most of the UK is spoilt by light pollution. North Wales has remained largely natural, and there’s no better time to appreciate the natural wonders of the night sky than during winter.
There are plenty of star0gazing hotspots in Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula, not to mention that North Wales is home to the Snowdonia International Dark Sky Reserve.
The Snowdonia night sky allows you to see the Milky Way, all the major constellations, nebulous and shooting stars. Some of the best places to awe at the magnificent winter night sky are the Llyn y Dywarchen, Llynnau Cregennen, and Llyn Geirionydd.
Conquer the highest peak in Wales
Winter can be a great time to take a trip up the highest peak in Wales. For climbers that are up for a challenge, winter presents just the right amount of difficulty, even for experienced mountain walkers and climbers.
Although this fete requires a whole new set of skills to negotiate the snow, ice, and the biting cold, the crystal clear air and incredible views at the peak are worth every ounce of effort you put into getting to the top of the mountain. It’s an experience only a handful have been able to enjoy.
Snowdonia offers just as much in winter as it does in summer, if not more. The transformation the region undergoes in the winter makes it look like a new place that you should get to see all over again. There are plenty of activities and walks that you can enjoy making Snowdonia a great place to visit all year round.