Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The Quaint Village of Betws Y Coed

Waterloo Bridge in Betws Y Coed
As soon as you step out the door of your charming bed and breakfast in Betws Y Coed, there’s a whole day of exploring that you simply have to jump right into as it’s one of the most idyllic regions across the whole of North Wales.

Translated to English as “Prayer house in the wood”, Betws is a true hidden gem of the north of Wales and with an estimated population of just 600, you can be assured that there are fewer more peaceful places to enjoy a day out in.

Located in the Snowdonia National Park, it is the perfect starting point for any who want to venture around the reserve itself. If you don’t fancy the heft trek up one of Snowdonia’s fearsome mountains and inclines, you can always enjoy the stunning views in Betws instead.

Easily accessible by road at just an hour away from Conwy, you can reach Betws Y Coed via the Waterloo Bridge which was built all the way back in 1815. There’s a real sense of archaism to be had when you stroll around this gorgeous village and it will be a welcome distraction from the day to day hustle and bustle of city life.

There are few sights that can hold a candle to that of the Llyn Elsi reservoir, particularly during a sunny day where the slow stream can be quite cathartic as it eases by.  Possibly the most gorgeous sight of all however, is that of the River Llugwy which passes through the majority of the village, offering plenty of opportunities for scenic walks for all. Also, the village green is an expansive and great location for resting on or trying your hand at some activities.

A couple other landmark sights of Betws Y Coed include the Conwy Valley Railway Museum that can boast an amazing miniature railway and also St Michaels Chuch which is a superb vestige of a time long passed.

There are many delightful coffee huts and shops for you to wander into during your travels as although Betws does have a relatively small population, it has and always will be a popular destination for travellers from far and wide. If you’re thinking of setting off into the depths of the Snowdonia National Park, why not investigate one of the great hiking shops available to you beforehand.

These are just a few of the options available to you on your travels and it's always recommended to delve into the magic of Betws and uncover some real gems yourself!


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