Monday, 24 July 2017

The Ben Nevis Challenge is a 'must do' for this year!

The Ben Nevis Challenge is an exceptional adventure that will take participants on a journey from ‘sea to summit’ by combining cycle/mountain biking with trekking to offer the ultimate weekend experience.

This challenge sees you partake in a sea to summit bike ride, covering around 100km on bike through the Great Glen in the Scottish Highlands, one of the most famous mountain landscapes in the world. The gorgeous landscape will guide you through to what comes next, the ascending of the mighty Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the UK, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Scottish Highlands.

A fantastic sense of achievement will follow, though what details below will give you a more detailed breakdown of what to fully expect.

Day 1: Inverness to Fort William (65 miles)

The challenge begins on day one with the challenge taking you from Inverness to the East Coast of Scotland. As a group, you will follow the River Ness through the Great Glen, following through to the Southern Shores Loch Ness on quiet country roads that have utterly stunning views. Arriving near to Ben Nevis, participants will spend the night at Fort William - close to the mountain in a hostel, allowing the chance to prepare for the trek ahead.

Day 2: Ben Nevis (7-8 hours)

A spectacular view across the Scottish Highlands awaits you. With tired legs and minds from the day before, it is now your mission to ascend the mighty Ben Nevis – the UK’s highest mountain. The trek to the summit takes around 4 hours and will see you climb up 1,370m. Back down the mountain will take a few hours and see you complete this challenge, leaving you with an exceptional sense of achievement!

You are able to bring your own bike, or alternatively hire one when on the challenge. There are going to be a number of challenging climbs and a range of off-road and on-road riding required. Trekking will be led by qualified mountain leaders who are also very knowledgeable on the area and landscapes.

For those who are interested in the Ben Nevis challenge, see the website for more details or send an email to:

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Planning Your Adventurous Visit to Snowdonia

When planning outdoor activities in rural areas like Snowdonia, it’s always nice to know that after a challenging activity a nice quiet place to relax is only a stone’s throw away.

To make things a little easier on your holidays, you may want to book a hotel or B&B close to where you’ll be spending most of your time exploring.

When looking for hotels in Snowdonia you’ll want to do some research into things that they may or may not permit.

For example, if you are planning on taking your dogs with you, you’ll need to ensure that they provide pet accommodation beforehand. You may also need to ensure they have space to store equipment like mountain bikes or similar if you’re planning on a cycling holiday in Wales.

North Wales has been considered the ‘Adventure Capital of Europe’, so as you might expect, there’s quite a lot of opportunities for exciting activities here. Zip World is a fantastic example. This company offers a variety of activities, including 100mph zip lines, forest rollercoasters and underground cave trampolining within Snowdonia.

The location of your hotel or B&B is incredibly important for an activity-packed holiday, as it allows you to be to close the place you’ll be adventuring at. After enduring whatever hardship you encountered while doing your activity - you don’t want to have to travel a tedious distance to be able to relax and get some shut-eye.

There are quite a few hotels near Zip World, which, if you decide to stay in one means that you won’t have to spend half the day travelling to your activity. Being close to all the main activities in the area means that you can pack so much more into your holiday!

Of course, you can still have an adventurous time in North Wales without having to visit attractions - there are plenty of waymarked walking and mountain climbing routes within the area, especially in the Snowdonia National Park.

Pack your walking boots, plenty of food supplies and enjoy the rural landscape of North Wales before retiring back to a cosy, traditional Snowdonia B&B.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Exploring the Beauty of North Wales

We’re seeing a steady increase of sunny days here in the UK, which can only mean two things – summer and the start of holiday season.

If you’re thinking of staying a little closer to home on your holidays this year, holiday and caravan parks in North Wales offer the perfect base for an adventurous holiday.

North Wales is a popular tourist destination as there’s something for everyone, whether its tranquillity, history or adventure.

Found within the region of North Wales is the Snowdonia National Park. This area is renowned for its spectacular views, as well as being home to the tallest mountain in Wales.

Every year, thousands of locals and visitors ascend Snowdon so that they can be rewarded with the fantastic views from its summit.

There are a variety of routes to the top, and it takes on average around 4-6 hours to complete.

For those who are unable to walk to the summit, or perhaps those who just don’t like the thought of trekking all the way up a mountain, the Snowdon Mountain Railway offers a scenic and relaxing alternative.

During the summer months, the main track up to the peak of Snowdon is incredibly busy, but there are plenty of other mountains in the range which offer a much quieter trek (but don’t expect to find a train service to these ones…).

North Wales is full of history, and you don’t have to travel far to see evidence of this. The town of Caernarfon is encapsulated by medieval town walls, and the 13th century castle within can still be visited today.

Within Caernarfon you’ll also find the harbour, which offers gorgeous views over to the Isle of Anglesey across the Menai Strait. Not too far from Caernarfon is Morfa Lodge Holiday Park.

Whether you’re looking to rent a holiday home, find a pitch for your caravan or even invest in your very own lodge, this park offers a variety of accommodation choices. Within the holiday park, you’ll find an on-site shop, bar (serving hot food) and two heated swimming pools.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

St Tudno Hotel Llandudno, Where Alice Stayed

There’s nothing like childhood nostalgia, and for many of us, it’s particularly wonderful when your childhood is being referenced. Whether it’s by films TV or books, the throwback for many individuals can be absolutely lovely – and probably one of the most referenced things from such is Alice In Wonderland, either by reprints of the book by Lewis Carroll, cartoon adaptations, or even films, such as Disney’s Classic Alice in Wonderland, or numerous live action remakes which hope to capture the spirit of the original.

While unfortunately the latter part of the above paragraph have been doomed to varying degrees of failure, the reason can be very easily seen. We have a feeling that the more recent films have strayed somewhat from the quirkiness of the original, or rather tried and failed to be too quirky – there’s a very fine balance of course between getting it right and just being… well. Weird. (Not in a good way.)

A great example of getting the Alice Connection right is the beautiful seaside town of Llandudno which is based within North Wales. Llandudno has quite a few things, numerous shops, little coffee shops, restaurants in Llandudno and of course the vast row of seafront hotels in Llandudno make this a very unique place to be. Did you know that the real life Alice Liddel and Lewis Carroll visited Llandudno many times?

The beautiful seaside town has a number of features and fixtures across it such as sculptures of the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, and Alice herself across the town, and it seems that the Alice connection is of course embraced here. It’s a very sad thing that Alice’s house – Penmorfa – is no longer there, but word is that the property became quite decrepit and fell down by itself.

What seems to be most fantastic about this wonderful little town (and certainly a great reason to come) is that the St Tudno Hotel in Llandudno on the beautiful seafront actually hosted Alice and her family very many times, and it was the Liddel Family’s fascination with the hotel, the town, and of course the service there that meant that they eventually purchased Penmorfa.  

The St Tudno Hotel is still decked in Victorian glamour and even has fresh flowers strewn through the chandeliers, and a very specially named Alice suite. We’re certain that there can be no better way to enjoy the Alice connection as you holiday within Llandudno! 

Monday, 8 May 2017

Yorkshire Three Peaks: Packing the Essentials

The sun has finally begun to shine in the UK, which means many of us are getting out and about exploring our local area.

Whether it’s a relaxing stroll across the countryside or a tough mountain climb, keeping yourself active has a variety of benefits when it comes to your health.

If feel like you’ve explored everywhere that there is to explore here in North Wales and fancy a new challenge, the Yorkshire Three Peaks is something you should consider.

The trek will have you climbing the three peaks of Yorkshire, yet with the added challenge of doing it all within 12 hours! The total distance is 23.5 miles, which if you are a particularly fit walker, can be completed within 11-13 hours.

The views of the Yorkshire dales from the peaks are spectacular, and if you do fancy the challenge, it’s a great opportunity to sponsor yourself and raise money for a charity that you support. It's a challenge that you'll likely remember for the rest of your life, and is certainly a great talking point!

Choosing to take on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks with an experienced trekking company means that your group will be safe and well-prepared. You’ll be trekking along with qualified UK Mountain Leaders who are trained in First Aid, and who will ensure that you’ll stay on the right track throughout the journey.

If you’re planning on taking on the Three Peaks, or perhaps another mountain range within the UK, it’s essential that you’ve packed all the basics to ensure your safety along the way.

It goes without saying that you’ll need to stay hydrated throughout the trek, and so you’ll need to bring plenty of water.

A hydration system is a water carrier which contains an inbuilt straw which is fed through the outside of your rucksack. These can be incredibly helpful, as you don’t need to stop and take things out of your bag to have a drink whilst walking.

Another essential basic is a first aid kit. This kit should contain bandages, plasters, sterile wipes and wound dressings – amongst anything else you find to be a necessity. Electrolyte powders which are added to water can help you to regain energy if you're feeling particularly tired or dehydrated.

Many of our smartphones these days contain an in-built compass, but it’s always best to carry a traditional one in case your phone runs out of battery. A compass can help you descend a summit in the right direction; as well as clarify that you are heading in the right direction along the way to the top.

Another particularly obvious item to pack is an in-depth map of your location.
A detailed map contains grid references to locations, which is essential should you need to call the police or mountain rescue in an emergency.

Even if you’re planning to trek in broad daylight, you should consider taking a head torch with you. If the trek takes longer than expected, you’ll be able to navigate to safety much easier.

Take a change of clothes. Even if it’s brilliantly sunny at the start of your walk, conditions can worsen as you approach the summit of a mountain. Bring along a waterproof jacket and a fleece just in case you’ll need them.

Once you've packed all your essentials, the only thing left to do is reach the summit! If you'll be taking on the 3 peaks challenge, remember to always stop when you feel you need to. It's better to take on the challenge safely and slower than not completing it at all. Completing a trek at a pace which suits you allows you to enjoy it more, and take in all the views along the way.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

It’s a very widely accepted fact that Llandudno offers the absolute best Afternoon Teas in North Wales, and even with this considered, there’s one question that remains to even the most veteran Afternoon Tea enthusiasts. Where is the best place to get Afternoon Tea in Llandudno? It’s a tricky one, and one that can only be answered with extensive… research. Tasty, tasty research. Finding the perfect Afternoon Tea in Llandudno is a hard job... but someone’s got to do it.

We were fortunate enough to go onto an Afternoon Tea binge throughout Llandudno, visiting places small and large in order to get the best afternoon tea in Llandudno that we could. We judged the quality of our afternoon tea by a number of factors: namely the quantity and freshness of sandwiches, as well as anything which made said sandwiches stand out – such as home made bread or fillings. The appeal of the desserts were also judged, and also the selection of teas to hand.

We also kept our eyes peeled for any features with the Afternoon Tea that stood out from the crowd. This is special attention to particular themes, or presentation that you simply don’t see anywhere else. Finally, price was a consideration.  

Very many sandwiches later, we managed to find a winner.

St Tudno Hotel in Llandudno 's North Parade (right by the pier!) met our expectations, and then some. With a great selection of sandwiches on offer, very many varieties of tea (we expected earl grey, lady grey and perhaps a few fruit teas) to hand (and staff knowledgeable about each and every kind of tea) St Tudno’s selection was absolutely gigantic.

Service was fast and friendly, and we were even invited to take our teas outside on their handsome patio, to watch the world go by. We enjoyed doing so, greatly, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that Llandudno’s famous seagulls didn’t bother us, at all, thanks to St Tudno’s parasols and fencing. Our sandwiches and scones were safe!

Speaking of sandwiches, the sandwiches on offer at the St Tudno Hotel were fresh, deeply filled with a variety of different ingredients (including St Tudno’s very own preserve – we even received some jars to take back to the office!), the scones absolutely delectable (and very tempting – alongside a variety of small but absolutely fantastic cakes) and at only £11.95 per person, this Afternoon Tea in Llandudno was an absolute steal. 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Luxury Accommodation Without the Price Tag at a B&B Llandudno

One of the main things which makes or breaks a holiday is your accommodation. If you’re not truly satisfied with where you’ll be stopping for the duration, it can leave you feeling a bit fed up before you’ve even started to enjoy your holiday.

You don’t always have to spend a fortune to stay in deluxe accommodation, and there’s a particular B&B in Llandudno which certainly fits the bill for this. The Cae Mor is a seafront bed and breakfast which offers excellent accommodation with all the niceties that you’d expect from a hotel, yet with affordable B&B prices.

The Cae Mor offers three types of bedroom, including standard, deluxe and superior. Each superior room offers stunning sea views, and many feature deluxe spa baths for truly relaxing holiday evenings.

With the money you’ll be saving, you’ll have plenty left to enjoy an authentic seaside ice cream (or two) from the Llandudno promenade, as well as enough to enjoy the local attractions within the town.

In terms of local attractions, Llandudno has plenty to keep you entertained over your holiday. Take a tram ride to the top of the Great Orme, or take in panoramic views from within one of the cable cars which sail across the town.

If you’re lucky enough to have a bright and sunny day on your holiday, a picnic in the Happy Valley Gardens is a great way to spend the day. The gardens are home to a wide variety of plant and wildlife species, as well as a small cafĂ©. The gardens can be found on the side of the Great Orme.

On the top of Happy Valley sits the John Nike Ski Centre. This popular attraction offers skiing and snowboarding lessons, as well as a fun toboggan run which is great for all the family. Once you’ve enjoyed all the local attractions, all that’s left to do is to return to the Cae Mor and relax in one of their luxury rooms.