Monday, 25 September 2017

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Yorkshire’s Dales are what can be considered one of the greatest areas in the United Kingdom for reacquainting yourself with nature and some good old-fashioned walking.
The Yorkshire Dales are a wonderful natural paradise for hikers and mountain walkers in particular, as there are many hills and mountains to get involved with.
After years of people travelling from all over the country to climb, A challenge was created in which participants would be tasked with ascending three of these peaks in consecutive journey.
This route is entitled ‘The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

Not unlike it’s brother courses like ‘The Welsh Three Peaks Challenge’ and the ‘National Three Peaks Challenge’ you must tackle the highest peaks of the region, while exploring the region and trekking cross country.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is 24 Miles long, and includes 5,200ft (1585m) of ascent.
To take part in the challenge, you can try to organise yourself as a group, or you can join a pre-organised event.

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The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge includes Pen-y Ghent 694 metres
Whernside 736 metres and Ingleborough 723 metres. You will be crossing the River Ribble.
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Yorkshire is a vast and beautiful land with many gorgeous mountains, rivers, moorland and much more. It’s no wonder that this is one of the UK’s favourite hiking locations. However, organising this can be a massive inconvenience and if you live a busy lifestyle and only just about have enough time for -well – the hiking, then a company can organise your tour for you so you can go on the challenge hassle free and easy.
Additionally, if you need to find a group to undergo the challenge alongside you, however you are lacking like minded friends and are keen for an opportunity to meet those people, you can indulge in the opportunity to do this for yourself.
Many people who have not quite enough experience for hiking to oversee their own expedition are going to be pleased to be able to join in with an organised group.
Reviews of the Yorkshire 3 Peak Challenge.
“Tough but I loved it”
“A personal challenge”
“A real test, but spectacularly rewarding”

Friday, 22 September 2017

Budget Hotels In Llandudno With Style

Getting a great deal on a seafront hotel in Llandudno doesn’t mean that you have to put up with inferior accommodation for the sake of saving money. The saying “You get what you pay for” has been true to very many things throughout life, but it doesn’t have to apply to everything. Seafront hotels in Llandudno for instance.

A few tips and tricks can ensure that you can get a lovely hotel in Llandudno with high-quality interiors, excellent proximity to the seaside, fantastic staff and an excellent stay without breaking the bank – leaving you more money for attractions and entertainment on your holiday, of course.
The secret to getting all of this might surprise you.

Booking your hotel directly has been long considered a complete waste of money, but things tend to come around in circles. You might remember the first price comparison websites some years ago – which promised that using them was a far cheaper option than contacting the company directly. That was the case – once – but things have come around full circle. Nowadays, price comparison websites are big business, and they are the norm for booking hotels online. When a price comparison website becomes the port of call for most people, what’s the point of being competitive?

A price comparison website will make money by charging a hotel owner a commission cost for each and every booking. This fee can range from 10% to 25% depending on the location and the time of year, and most hotel owners will do the logical thing and put their fees on comparison websites up in order to stay afloat. 25% of a booking is a lot of money, and a lot of smaller hotel owners tend to really suffer as a result of this.

Small hotel owners also tend to lower their own prices in order to provide better deals than price comparison websites as well, meaning that if you book directly you can really save a lot of money on the price of your next holiday.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Real Ale Festival Takes You Across North Wales




Summer may be coming to a close but that isn’t going to stop the tourists flocking to the North Wales coast to stay in a Llandudno seafront hotel. If you are lucky you can still acquire some last minute sunshine and an ice cream without needing to carry an umbrella! But for those of you looking for an activity predominantly based indoors, then the Conwy Real Ale Trail is going to be right up your street!
The Conwy County Borough Council is happy to inform you that the real ale festival is coming back to the area for the second time this year. An event that is constantly on the move throughout one whole day, from the Llandudno seafront right through to Conwy Marina, stopping at places in between both locations.
The map consists of seven pubs and bars, with a microbrewery thrown in as a treat! All of these renowned establishments are full to the brim with charm and character, and beloved by the locals. The microbreweries are rarely open to the general public, so having them on the map is truly a blessing.
Starting at The Albert on Madoc Street in the heart of Llandudno, you will move round to The Kings Head on the side of the Great Orme. Rhos will be your next stop, featuring the Rhos Fynach and The Cayley Flyer. Colwyn Bay is close by, and host to the newly renovated Station pub and restaurant. The Conwy brewery, Bank of Conwy, and Wild Horse Brewery are the final chapters of your ale-based story.
The aim is to have these pubs and bars full with a wide variety of people, not just from the local area, but packed to the rafters with visitors from all over Wales and the United Kingdom, so bring your friends and prepare to make some more!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Welshpool Canal Walk with Ty Gobaith

Those of you who are lucky enough to be taking your well deserved holiday at a caravan park in Mid Wales this year, you may find yourself looking for an interesting activity to take part in and enjoy. Look no further than the Welshpool Canal Walk with Ty Gobaith (Happy House) on Sunday the 24th of September, a wonderful charity event helping to support children and their families across the whole of Wales.
The first canal walk event that took place last year was so overwhelmingly popular that the organisers have brought it back again, this time in memory of one of the Hope House mums, Teresa Thomas, who put together last year's event and sadly passed away rather unexpectedly in January this year.
Anybody is welcome to join the challenge and walk in Teresa’s footsteps along the 8 mile stretch of the Montgomeryshire Canal, from Welshpool to Garthmyl on the edge of Berriew. You may spot the local wildlife as you walk alongside the serene canal, from otters to water voles, and more than likely the odd duck!

Keep you eyes peeled for the local landmarks visible during the fantastic canal walk. You will pass the Powysland Museum, Powys Castle and Showground, and the Llyn Coed Y Dinas Nature Reserve. When you reach the halfway point you will be able to rest and enjoy some refreshments at the Horseshoes Inn.
Registration for the Welshpool Canal Walk is free of charge, and there is no minimum sponsorship, but please do raise whatever you can to aid the support given to children and their families across the entirety of Wales by Ty Gobaith.

The event will begin at 10am. All dogs are welcome so feel free to bring your furry friend, all that we ask is that children are accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

High Quality Stays in the Heart of Snowdonia


Snowdonia's landscapes are varied, and so very beautiful.
Very many of us automatically think of going abroad when we consider the thought of going on holiday. With that comes airport delays, pat downs and cramped planes – as well as your money simply going not as far as it used to when it comes to holiday spends. The weak pound compared to the Euro has meant that very many of us are having to cut back on your holidays because we simply can’t buy as much as we used to.

However, going abroad isn’t all there is to enjoying a great holiday.

Bodnant Gardens' Laburnum Arch
is a real treat to see.
The Great British Holiday has stepped up its game considerably in recent years, and staying in the UK can actually give you a relaxing, peaceful holiday which can make you feel like you’ve actually recharged your batteries. There are a number of excellent hotels in the UK which can provide all of the service you would expect from a holiday, and they go above and beyond to ensure that you’ll have a marvellous time.

The rising cost of going abroad isn’t going to go down any time soon, and while the UK cannot promise that you’ll spend a solid two weeks sunbathing on a beach, there’s plenty of other things which can really make an excellent experience for a fantastic time away from home. Snowdonia, for instance. This charming national park in Wales is regarded as a national area of conservation, and truly has something for everyone.

Snowdonia features coastlines with very valuable (and beautiful) sand dune systems along miles and miles of pristine coastline, forests which are home to abundant (and ancient) Welsh oaks, birch, mountain ash, and hazel trees, as well as proud mountains including the very well known Snowdon and the lesser known Tryfan, and of course a range of wildlife.

Zip World is a must for all self-respecting thrillseekers.
As you visit Snowdonia, it’s more than likely you’ll run into all manner of animals which are native to the region, including otters, polecats, peregrines, ospreys, red kites – and even the odd feral goat.

That’s not even to mention the man-made attractions that make the region so very special.


For those looking for a refined experience, there’s the National Trust’s Bodnant Gardens, which features a wealth of rare and unique plantlife which was brought back from all four corners of the new world by intrepid explorers and has been lovingly cultivated ever since.


Families with younger children are positively encouraged to visit Greenwood Forest Park, a completely green theme park which offers a great variety of rides and entertainment.


Surf Snowdonia has thrills, spills, and gigantic waves.
Thrillseekers can have a fantastic time with the Zip World series of attractions throughout the Snowdonia region. Their multiple sites have all manner of things for the modern adventurer – from high speed zip lining to spelunking. For those who wish to try something truly different, there’s Surf Snowdonia – which offers inland surfing. (Yes, that’s right! Inland surfing!)



With all of this, Snowdonia has enjoyed a rather busy summer with a lot of visitors giving the area a try, and hotels in Snowdonia have been filled to the brim with visitors. Getting the right hotel is very important of course. Look for a hotel in Snowdonia which offers a great location, excellent standards of service and an excellent base in which to enjoy your Welsh adventure.

Friday, 25 August 2017

A Day Out At Llandudno Pier


One of the longest piers in the UK, Llandudno Pier is very much this seaside town’s main attraction. Saying that, Llandudno Pier is not the only attraction in Llandudno. This bustling seaside town has every many attractions – from prehistoric mineshafts (really!) and WW2 museums to actual working farms.  A holiday within Llandudno means that there will certainly be a choice of things to do, and fun for all of the family is guaranteed - as well as a top class stay at Llandudno seafront hotels.

Some attractions are made better than others of course, and while Llandudno is a resort which genuinely does have a lot of varied and engaging things, perhaps the most profound, simply by visibility, is the famous Llandudno pier. With a rich history, Llandudno pier has been a large part of the identity of this seaside town since it was created, in matters of tourism and otherwise.

Some of the very best hotels in Llandudno gather around the beautiful Llandudno Pier and the seafront promenade, and Llandudno’s North Parade is considered the crème de la crème of Llandudno property. Historic and iconic Llandudno Restaurants and Hotels line the North Parade just parallel to the Llandudno Pier, providing a beautiful and idyllic view of the pier in all of its glory.

And what a sight it is to see.

The Llandudno Pier boasts an abundance of shops and stalls and sells a variety of things – icecreams, candy floss, chips and sweets for a start, and other shops sell buckets and spades as well as very many little seaside souvenirs. The little shops which line Llandudno’s famous pier are very much the embodiment of classic British seaside joy.

Look out for the fantastic Codman’s Punch and Judy Show which is just shy of the pier on the North Parade – as well as the speedboat rides which run every half hour. Llandudno Pier is also wonderful for a stroll - The series of funfair rides on Llandudno Pier are excellent for small children, and there are also brass bands that occasionally play in designated areas.

Even better – making it to the end of Llandudno Pier will afford you splendid views of the Llandudno Bay which are absolutely impossible to beat.  

The Terrace Restaurant in Llandudno


Llandudno is widely regarded as a beautiful seaside town which has bucked the trend of the declining quality of the British seaside holiday, and is very much the jewel in the crown of the North Wales tourism industry. The resort was originally built in Victorian times, and to this day manages to walk a fine balance toward having an unmistakable class - Victorian elegance meeting a wonderfully fun family holiday. As such, it has been a very popular destination for all manner of people - domestic advocates of the Great British Seaside holiday, and also foreign tourists which are looking for something a little bit different.
As such, there’s all manner of restaurants in Llandudno, as many as there are hotels in fact. Llandudno has made a name for itself as an excellent place to go out and eat in particular - and alike Llandudno has managed to walk the line between a classy getaway and a fun one, the selection of restaurants in Llandudno is vast and varied.
In all of our travels, we can’t imagine anywhere else in the world that provides both chain restaurant favourites for convenient and fast dining, and home-cooked restaurants that put love into everything they make and are much more of an event rather than a meal. Llandudno has both in abundance, and strikes a happy balance between the two. Llandudno as a result doesn’t feel stuffy, and likewise, it doesn’t feel cheapened alike most seaside resorts in the UK. It’s just about right.
For the latter, it doesn’t get any better than the Terrace Restaurant in Llandudno. Part of the St Tudno Hotel, The Terrace is a little known gem in Llandudno - providing excellent quality menus and dishes which are very well made, for both the hotel’s guests and visitors alike. Their Afternoon Tea in Llandudno is known by the locals as the very best of the best - excellent value but of extremely high quality, with gigantic cakes, fresh fruit, and sandwiches which are absolutely delicious - served (of course!) with your selections of piping hot tea.
The Terrace provides, in addition, a Friday Night steak menu which is absolutely out of this world. With so much choice served up every Friday, even vegetarians and vegans are bound to feel overwhelmed with choice, which is more than what you can say for most restaurants in Llandudno or even beyond.

Give the Terrace a call on 01492 874411 in order to book your table. This little gem is certainly worth a try, and we’re certain that you’ll consider this beautiful little place a firm favourite before you’ve even left!

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: info@adventurousewe.co.uk

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 café. 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.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Luxury Stays in North Wales

North Wales might not strike many as a luxury holiday destination. Many of us envision being crowded together and cramped within a caravan on a stay within this region, chattering our teeth away through gales and heavy rain – or perhaps experiencing one of the very many adventure experiences that the North Wales region has to offer.

However, as a blog that endeavours to provide inspiration of many forms of luxury break, we’d be remiss to not point out the fact that North Wales has an assortment of luxury bases for holidays in Caernarfon as well as beautiful Caernarfon hotels , and the Ty’n Rhos Country House Hotel in Caernarfon is the cream of the crop.

This beautiful country house benefits from an absolutely gigantic garden which fills acres upon acres of beautiful land all about and around the country house, as well as a team of gardeners which ensure that the gardens are primed and perfect no matter what time of year you may visit.

During the summer season, you’re more than welcome to take yourself outside in order to enjoy the sights and the relative silence that comes with such expansive grounds. We recommend the Ty’n Rhos’ gigantic pond in particular, there’s nothing quite like watching their collection of fish swim about on a fine day.

The Ty’n Rhos has a number of boutique, individually designed bedrooms which can ensure a fantastic nights’ sleep, and a large amount of space. Quite a lot of time and effort has clearly gone into the décor at the Ty’n Rhos Country House, and it shows with the fact that each and every bedroom is individually designed and designed to such quality. The bedding, as well as the beds themselves are the very best of the best, and the attention to detail within Ty’n Rhos is matched only by the fantastic customer service they offer.

For those which are looking for a quick getaway that doesn’t scrimp on service, we can recommend the Ty’n Rhos Country House Hotel in Caernarfon without hesitation.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Mother’s Day At St Tudno Hotel Llandudno



Lots of us have a lot to owe to our mothers – she’s the one person in the world that’s known you from before you were even born, would (and most likely has!) moved heaven and earth for you, and would do so again without question. Mother’s Day of course is the time of the year where we celebrate our mothers, and for a lot of us, a bunch of flowers just doesn’t cut it.

Most of us want to give our mothers an experience they’ll love, and it can be difficult to get the right balance, something that’s special enough but not completely over the top.

What about a nice meal at a restaurant which has been mentioned in the Michelin guide? Fine, you might think, if you could take out a personal loan in order to afford it.

Thankfully, you won’t have to do that. A very little known insider tip to the locals of Llandudno, a beautiful seaside town on the North Wales coastline dubbed the Queen of Welsh Resorts, is the St Tudno Hotel. This beautiful period building, like Llandudno in itself, has been lovingly maintained and serves to be very much the same as it was in Victorian times.

Period but clean, well maintained (and more importantly, with interiors designed to be as period as possible) and very unique, the St Tudno Hotel in Llandudno features a fantastic restaurant in Llandudno called The Terrace, which locals flock to within the winter season. Why? The Terrace has been mentioned extensively in numerous Michelin Fine Dining Guides, and boasts a pair of extremely talented chefs which provide an absolutely outstanding dining experience.

Treat your mother to good food, fine wine and service of the absolute highest order. That, as well as outstanding prices. One Course is only £9.50, Two is £14.95 and should you wish to treat your mother to bells, whistles (and a seriously tasty pudding) is only a mere £17.95.
   

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge is a rewarding yet challenging trek, which will have you taking on the three famous Yorkshire peaks. There’s also another, and very important aspect of the challenge – the whole trek has to be completed within 12 hours!

Along the way you can expect to witness some truly spectacular views of the gorgeous Yorkshire countryside. By the end of the trek, you’ll have walked and climbed an impressive 23.5 miles in total.

Whether you’re doing the three peaks trek for your favourite charity or perhaps just want to challenge yourself, completing the challenge is a rewarding experience. Taking time to train yourself before the challenge ensures that you’ll be able to take it on with ease once the day arrives.


Pen-y-Ghent


Pen-y-Ghent will be the first peak of your trek. The fell can be found east of Horton in Ribblesdale, a small village within the Yorkshire dales. You’ll begin your challenge in the village, typically very early in the morning to ensure the challenge is completed before it gets too dark. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before!

Pen-Y-Ghent is the smallest peak of the challenge, taking an average of around 2 hrs to complete and standing at 694m. Along the route and atop the summit you’ll experience fantastic views of the surrounding area, and after descending the peak you’ll reach the first check point of the challenge at the Ribblehead Viaduct. Once there, you can have a short rest and enjoy a much needed hot cup of tea before continuing the trek.

Whernside

2 miles from the Ribblehead Viaduct, Whernside will be your next challenge. This mountain is the tallest of the three peaks, standing at 736m, making it a little bit more of a challenge than the first. The peak of Whernside is the highest point in the county of North Yorkshire and on clear days boasts spectacular views of the Lake District and Morecambe Bay.

It’s a rather long yet gradual climb to the summit, and typically takes around 7.5 hours to complete. Reaching the summit marks a total walking distance of 14.5 miles. Once you’ve rested up and taken in the dramatic views, it’s time for a steep descent to Chapel-le-Dale, the final checkpoint of the challenge.

Ingleborough
 

By the time you begin the challenge of Ingleborough, it’s likely that you will have completed 19 miles and 10 hours of steady walking. To reach the peak of Ingleborough, it’s a zigzag path all the way up to the top.

Ingleborough is the second-highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales, standing at 723 metres tall. This mountain is rich in history, with remains of round towers and Iron Age hill forts along the way.

Once you’ve conquered the summit, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views across all three of the peaks. It’s likely to take around 1.5 hours to descend the mountain of Ingleborough and return back to the village of Horton in Ribblesdale, where you can celebrate your achievement with a refreshing glass of bubbly. You've then got the choice of continuing to celebrate...or find some much needed rest!

Choosing a Professional Guide

Choosing to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge with an experienced guide makes the journey a lot safer. You’ll be accompanied by staff professionally trained in First Aid, so if any unlikely accidents happen along the way, you’ll be in safe hands.

Experienced guides are also likely to have done the route before. This means they know exactly where they’re going, so you won’t run the risk of getting lost during the trek. They’ll also have access to a support vehicle and driver, should it be needed.

Taking on the challenge with Adventurous Ewe means the whole trip will be organised for you, and you’ll also be able to take part in their 9 week training programme to make sure you’re ready for the challenge.

Your drinks and snacks are also included in the price, as well as a very handy 15% discount voucher for Cotswold Outdoor so you can be properly kitted out in preparation for the day.

You’ll need to bring your own personal meals and drinks and be able to travel to and from the challenge starting point. It’s best to book a B&B for the night before the journey, and perhaps one for the evening after the trek.

Remember - if you're feeling particularly fatigued, don't try to push on with the journey. Take time to stop and ensure that you're fit enough to go on. 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Beautiful Stays at Ogwen Bank Holiday Park


The weather is brightening up and there’s not many better spots to holiday in North Wales within than the glorious Ogwen Bank Country Club and Holiday Park. While indeed there’s more than a few holiday parks in North Wales, Ogwen Bank stands apart from others by the fact that it’s just so expansive.

While Holiday Parks might make you think of lines and lines and lines of caravans in meticulous and somewhat oppressive little rows, with no flavour or personality to be seen anywhere, nothing could be further from the truth at Ogwen Bank. Most likely as you visit, you'll be so taken with the place you'll be interested in their series of lodges for sale in North Wales!

 The Holiday Homes at this beautiful part of the UK benefit from being nestled within the woodland, by the fact that each and every Holiday Home, be it a caravan or a lodge (or even a nifty little S-Pod!) is a respectful distance from the other and absolutely respectful to the land around it. Each and every holiday home within Ogwen Bank is placed well, and to be frank, there’s no bad views to be had at all.

Ogwen Bank is, after all, on the bank of the Ogwen River and within the summer it’s absolutely enchanting to watch small fish within the river bed, and laze away warm days on the river bank. There’s a series of charming little bridges throughout the park, as well as points of natural interest which are decorated with hand carved posts and pillars – to break up so much woodland.

When the great outdoors gets too much for you, you’re welcome to retreat to the inside of your gorgeous lodge, which features all of the comforts of home. Fluffy carpets, modern lighting, super soft leather sofas, gigantic flat screen televisions, central heating and of course absolutely gorgeous interior design awaits you – there’s no comping about this whatsoever. Staying within one of Ogwen Bank’s beautiful lodges is reminiscent of stepping into an ultra-fancy and high quality hotel.


Ogwen Bank Holiday Park offers all the outdoorsiness and the freedom of a camping holiday within the middle of Snowdonia, and all the comfort and luxury of a top-notch hotel as well. Give it a try this year – you certainly won’t be disappointed – and we highly recommend booking before the season really kicks off at Easter in order to get yourself a bargain.   

Monday, 27 February 2017

An Authentic Victorian Stay


Lots of people visit Llandudno every year, hoping to experience a fantastic seaside resort which boasts original buildings which have been painstakingly maintained and cared for, every inch the glorious sight they were in Victorian times.

There’s something magical about this beautiful seaside resort, which touches the soul and resonates with Victorian elegance and splendour. Whether it’s the beautiful stretch of perfectly clean and pristine beaches, it’s variety of amazing things to do and see within and a few miles drive away, Llandudno has absolutely something for everyone and it’s no wonder that the resort has been crowned the Queen of Welsh resorts.

Part of Llandudno’s fantastic success is partly owed to its row of stellar hotels in Llandudno, and while they’re all of an excellent standard, the beauty of Llandudno is very much thanks to the beauty of the hotels within it. Some of course are more beautiful than others, and an excellent addition to its very many rows of wonderful hotels is the St Tudno Hotel on the North Parade, which emulates in its decor the romantic beauty of this period.

The St Tudno Hotel is one of the very oldest buildings within Llandudno, which has a much storied history. Did you know that Alice Liddel, the inspiration behind Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland stayed within this very hotel on one of her much loved holidays with her family. The room which she stayed in is affectionately known as the Alice Suite – which offers unparalleled comfort and décor which both children and adults will love.

The St Tudno Hotel also boasts an award winning restaurant, which is very well known in Llandudno. This restaurant is well known for providing excellent quality fine dining with a twist – gorgeous décor of Lake Como and the chandeliers themselves are wrapped in flowers on a daily basis.

St Tudno Hotel in Llandudno can offer you absolutely everything you need for an excellent holiday, wrapped in all the grace and splendour of the Victorian era.