Breathing in the Air in Snowdonia

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Looking to embark on an adventure in the UK? Look no further than Snowdonia. Situated in North Wales, it boasts rugged hills, dainty wildflowers, idyllic lakes, and other stunning scenery. It’s one the most popular destinations in Wales, so if you’re planning on exploring what the place has to offer, here are a few tips:

Hike in the national park

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If you genuinely want to enjoy your visit and make it unforgettable, you’ll have to set aside a big chunk of time, put your phone to one side and embark on a good hike. Featured in a list of the best dog walks in the country by Gala Bingo, it’s definitely worth considering taking your furry friend along to Snowdonia National Park with you. It’s 1,500 miles full of public footpaths, bridleways, and beautiful lakes, exposing you to the best of what the region has to offer. Here, you’ll come across Betws-Y-Coed and get a glimpse of the Welsh countryside, enjoy fantastic views of Snowdon, and visit a spot by the edge of Llyn Elsi lake where you can have a quick picnic.

 

Go night swimming in Llyn Cwm Bychan

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Another activity that you can enjoy at the national park is night swimming in Llyn Cwm Bychan. It may look black and uninviting during the day, but if you go for a dip at night while under the stars, it is a delightful experience. However, it is worth noting that night swimming here is as close to real wilderness as you can find in the UK. During the day, you’ll only get to see dry-stone walls, mossy rocks, and oak trees, but by night, The Guardian highlights that traces of human intervention are swept away, and the absence of light pollution makes for a unique adventure.

 

Visit the National Slate Museum

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If you want to get a glimpse of Wales’ past, the National Slate Museum is worth paying a visit. You’ll be exposed to the industry that once ‘roofed the world,’ one that is weaved into the very fabric of the country. The museum features actual 19th-century workshops and buildings, and they look so authentic that it’s as if quarrymen and engineers had just put down their tools and clocked off for the day. You’ll see their cottages and the giant waterwheel, as well as an array of talks and demonstrations that offer real insights into what life was like in the quarries.

 

Take a trip to the Criccieth Castle

 

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📍Criccieth Castle, Gwynedd, Wales ✅ Situated on a rocky promontory overlooking Tremadog Bay, Criccieth Castle was built as a statement of power by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth in the early 13th century. The site was later upgraded by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and then the English following the 2nd War of Welsh Independence. Besieged on several occasions its fate was finally sealed in 1404 when the Welsh leader Owain Glyndŵr captured and burnt the castle (even today, the walls still bear evidence of scorching). #castlesoftheworld #castle #castles #castle🏰 #castlehunting #castlelovers #cricciethcastle #visitwales #castlesofwales #castlesofinstagram #castlephotography #historynerd #history #historicbritain #historicalsite #ukgreatshots #gloriousbritain #anothercastle #lovewales #welshhistory #britishhistory #glyndŵr #capturingbritain #instacastle #yourcastles #castles_oftheworld #castlesofeurope #castleview #castleviews

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Wales is beset with awe-inspiring castles, but if you want something that would look pretty on your Instagram feed, don’t hesitate to visit the Criccieth Castle. A testament to the fortunes of war, it was built by Llywelyn the Great and features a twin-towered gatehouse that was built to intimidate attackers and an English style gatehouse. Edward I eventually took over and remodelled the castle, installing some stone-throwing engines. Eventually, it was destroyed by Wales’ most powerful medieval prince, Owain Glyndŵr, and the castle we know now is a picturesque ruin. Still, it doesn’t hurt to pay a visit, especially if you want a visual history lesson.

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