Snowdownia - Unspoilt and Beautiful
Wales is a land
which will fascinate the visitor with its rich opportunities for adventure,
activity and discovery, its fascinating history and its ancient, musical
language and culture. People have lived in this Celtic land for more than 5000
years and there is mystery and magic in the tales of The Mabinogion,
a rich history from ancient manuscripts.
The unique beauty of Snowdonia is that you can spend a morning on a Blue Flag beach and walk the stunning hills in the afternoon. Where the mountains meet the sea, along the Dyfi, Mawddach and Dwyryd estuaries are charming little resorts and villages, mostly with names impossible to pronounce!
This dramatic scenic diversity is equally matched by an absolute wealth of outdoor activities. Go walking or wildlife watching at nature and bird reserves. Enjoy canoeing and many other watersports. Head for the hills on horseback, mountain or quad bike. It all is here waiting for you.
These outdoor pursuits are available to you virtually on the doorstep from Pen Y Bont Farmhouse. In particular, Bala Lake for sailing, canoeing, windsurfing and fishing. The National White Water Centre for rafting is but a few minutes drive. The Mecca of mountain biking is at Coed y Brenin nearby. The forest trails are varied to suit all abilities.
Download a superb walk from the doorstep of Pen Y Bont Farmhouse with panoramic lake views HERE
The Bala Area - Clean fresh air and stunning scenery
Bala in the heart of
Snowdownia is ideally placed to explore both north and mid Wales.
All within less than an
hours drive there are mountains
(including Snowdon), beaches (Barmouth, Portmadoc),
Castles (including Harlech), and places to explore such as
Llangollen, the Isle of Anglesey and (over the border)
the Roman city of Chester. The roads are exceptionally
well-maintained, the scenery is outstanding, the air is clean and fresh and
traffic jams are unheard of! Bala is a perfect base to access the range of
activities available for a family week holiday or short weekend break with
Cycle hire is available locally and there is secure storage at Pen Y Bont to bring your own bikes. The circular route around Bala Lake is 14 miles, with a local pub, The Eagles at Llanuwchllyn serving delicious home-cooked food for a well-earned break or lunch on the way.
20 minutes away by car is Coed y Brenin, the Mecca of mountain biking. Forestry Commission Wales' mountain bike Mecca, Coed-y-Brenin forest is home to an ever increasing network of fantastic handbuilt all weather singletrack and even a dual slalom course. The technical roller coaster riding will have you grinning like a fool, with stunning mountain views of surrounding Snowdonia and the coast that'll take your breath away.
Nearby in Parc, walk
up the Arenig mountain, from the summit, it is possible to see the coast of
Ireland, the tip of Snowdon and no less than 10 lakes!
For families, clean, safe beaches are within a short drive distant.
Bala Town offers an internet cafe, 2 superb local butchers, banks, a range of restaurants and pubs as well as take-away food. Bala is the birthplace of sheepdog trialling which dates back to 1898. Sheepdog trials and sales are held regularly and all are welcome to watch the dogs work their craft. Work has already begun on a Rural Life Centre in Bala, which will showcase the work rural craftsmen and women from far and wide. Slate-Mining and quarrying are also very much a part of Welsh History.
History is all-apparent in Wales. Castles steeped in myth and legend, Lakes and National Trust properties abound. Slate and copper mines are open for visitors to explore.
Places to Visit
Just a small selection of places to visit are:
Visit All Year Round
Wonderful in Spring and Summer, Pen Y Bont is also a great getaway from the stresses and strains of everyday life in the quieter Autumn and Winter months. Weekend, long weekend and short breaks are available - please email or telephone us for details.
In winter the Farmhouse and area around becomes a winter wonderland.
Perfect for winter walks, perhaps broken by a hearty pub lunch but certainly rounded off toasting your toes in front of an open fire.
View of Bala Lake from the hill just behind Pen Y Bont Farmhouse - no driving, walk from PenyBont CLICK HERE