Trip of the Month – North Wales
It’s great to see so much interest in GlamperRV as we head into our second season – in addition to the many bookings for 2017 we are excited that this year will see us appearing on television in the summer, in a variety of magazines very soon and to top it selection as one of the ‘cool campervans’ to appear in the next edition of Cool Camping Kids. It’s great to see the recognition we are receiving and impact we are making so thank you to everyone who is helping to make that happen!
Enough about us, I know you enjoy reading this blog to get inspiration for your own GlamperRV adventures and this month I have selected our most popular destination of 2016, North Wales. This stunning region of the UK was visited over a dozen times by GlamperRV last year and so I have put together some top tips on the perfect trip to explore the great outdoors in style and comfort.
Dominated by the Snowdonia National Park and bordered by rugged coastline with some fabulous beaches, North Wales is defined by its dramatic natural landscapes, charming mining villages and place names that tongue twisters are made of.
For many, a trip to North Wales means climbing Snowdon and with paths leading to the summit for a range of experience it is certainly something to tick off. One customer stayed at the newly opened Llanberis Touring Park and came back raving. Not only were they were impressed by the facilities on offer but more importantly by the location – they could walk from their base up Wales’ highest peak and into the pretty local village for a well-earned brew after their climb. For those who prefer a Brit Stops location there is an adventure park a mile outside Betws y Coed, offering a variety of outdoor adventures including high ropes courses, where you can park GlamperRV for the night.
Whilst the mountain scenery is spectacular and we visited in October when the colours were simply breathtaking, North Wales is also renown for some of the country’s most stunning, secluded beaches with Cardigan Bay and inlets around Abersoch, Anglesey and Port Merion heading the list but to be honest it is pretty endless as a quick look at Google earth will show.
If you are looking for a beach with plenty of good walking then Cool Camping’s recommendation of Nant y Big looks like a good bet. You will be parked up a mere 10-15 walk from the beach, perched on a cliff-top and located slap bang on the Wales Coastal Path with exquisite views and masses of open space for children to play.
If you head into Abersoch make sure to get on a boat trip around the St Tudno Islands and you are likely to see plenty of wildlife including dolphins and seals. National Trust owned Llanbedrog and the delightful Porth Iago are inspiring places to start your beach tour.
The outpost of Anglesey is also an incredibly special place as many families who have been going back year after year will agree. If you are thinking of trying another Brit Stops there is a lovely looking inn situated on the North of the island near Church Bay with commanding views out over the Irish Sea. For the foodies amongst you it is a stone through from the Lobster Pot restaurant, cherished by locals for its fresh seafood.
A trip to North Wales must also include a lake visit and Bala, the largest natural lake in Wales before its level was raised, is most definitely worthy of a visit. It has its very own steam railway offering breath-taking views of the lake and mountains. We stumbled across the most delightful inn a few miles north of the lake, also a member of Brit Stops and provided an excellent base for exploring the lake and surrounding Dee Valley.
As you may have realised by now, our family trips tend to be focused on the great outdoors and exploring on foot, bike or camper and we found North Wales the perfect destination. If you have any questions regarding this location or would like inspiration for your very own GlamperRV adventure please do get in touch.