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Gateway to Snowdonia National Park and nestled beautifully within the Gwydyr Forest, Betws-y-Coed is superbly situated for all manner of hiking adventures. Walks around Betws-y-Coed encompass everything from short woodland ambles to multi-day treks into the magnificent mountains of North Wales.
With the village at its centre, trails splay out into the surrounding uplands of Gwydyr Forest like a spider’s web. Discover the old miners’ tracks and beloved woodland paths that ascend to an array of idyllic lakes, tumbling waterfalls and spectacular viewpoints. You could spend years exploring this luscious landscape.Experience the grandeur of Snowdonia National Park; the village is the ideal base for expeditions into the mountains. Hikes around Betws-y-Coed can take you up amongst Wales’ highest peaks and some truly wonderful scenery. Everywhere you go a typically friendly welcome awaits from locals who are rightly proud of this area, one of the most scenic in Britain.
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The classic walks around Betws-y-Coed explore the gloriously scenic trails of Gwydyr Forest. Compelling ancient miners’ tracks are a delight to tread, dotted with reservoirs, old engine houses and other vestiges of a once thriving metal mining industry. The sparkling llyns are ideal for circular routes, such as Llyn Elsi’s wooded banks, which boast marvellous views of nearby Moel Siabod.
There are a number of waterfalls to discover on the woodland trails, such as the broad tumbling spectacle of Swallow Falls. On your walks, there are times when the trees open up to reveal excellent views of the majestic Carneddau and bristling Glyderau mountain ranges. On a clear day, the imposing summit of Snowdon makes itself known in the distance.
The Scottish Highlands aside, Snowdonia is home to the UK’s highest and most rugged mountains. Some of the best hiking trails around Betws-y-Coed take you onto lofty perches from which to survey this ‘land of the eagles.’ Rising to the west of the forest trails, in the foothills of the Carneddau, Crimpiau’s prominent 1558-foot (475 m) summit is a grand viewpoint.
Within a short drive of the village are the trails that conquer the big hitters of the region, from the crenellated 3,012-foot (918 m) rocky masterpiece of Tryfan to magnificent Snowdon itself which, at 3,560 feet (1085 m), is higher than anything else in Wales and England.
There is no shortage of accommodation, eateries, hostelries and gear shops in Betws-y-Coed. The village is perfectly tailored to cater for your outdoor enthusiast needs. With this discerning clientele in mind, many of the cafés and pubs will welcome your four-legged friend, even if you’ve been on a muddy walk in the forest.Hikes around Betws-y-Coed are superb all year round. Peak season is the summer holidays, when the village is buzzing with hikers and cyclists and the trails are at their busiest. Autumn is naturally glorious in the woodland, whilst a coat of snow in winter makes the place feel positively alpine. Spring is a riot of floral colour and the best time to see Canada geese on the reservoirs and llyns.
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