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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.

Snowdonia is one of the most ancient and beautiful areas in Europe. It is truly a place of breathtaking beauty that no one can fully comprehend until they have visited the area. It is a land rich in opportunities for adventure, activity and discovery.

The Snowdonia National Park is the largest in Wales, and covers about 840 square miles. Snowdon is 3560 feet high, the highest peak in Wales and England. Its slopes are a volcanic jumble of screes and cliffs rising to razor-edged summits and have fascinated walkers and climbers for centuries. Within the Snowdonia region are mountain, moor and sea, rocky peaks and green hills, wooded valleys and sublimely beautiful estuaries.

A mecca for the sports enthusiast providing walking, cycling, mountain biking, sailing, white water rafting, quad biking, horse riding, pony trekking, canyoning, rock climbing, abseiling , clay pigeon shooting, bushcraft, go karting and many more activities..

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 friends.

Just minutes away are all the activities any discerning activity seeker could wish for. Clean fresh air and stunning scenery.  Breathtaking scenery for simply walking and exploring the countryside, Bala Golf Club, National White Water Centre for white water rafting, The Get Wet Adventure Company offer paintballing, high ropes, 4x4 guided safaris and much more. Bala Adventure & Watersports will offer more activities than can be fitted into several visits here!

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!

The Precipice Walk and the Torrent Walk just outside Dolgellau are perfect for taking in the scenery.

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:

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Bala Lake, the largest natural lake in Wales for sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and catamarans & fishing.

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National White Water Centre. Set on the wild mountain river that is the River Tryweryn and the country's original white water rafting venue, with over 25 years experience. They offer activities including canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting and canyoning. A great place to visit and watch the fun even if not doing it yourself.

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Get Wet The Adventure Company – abseiling, paintballing, high ropes and 4x4 jeep safaris, Llandderfel.

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Bala Lake Narrow-Gauge Railway, which skirts the quieter side of Bala Lake. Visit The Eagles for lunch.

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Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Sygun Copper mine. Learn about life working in the mines.

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LLangollen, pretty town on the Dee, steam engine, canal boat trips.

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Chirk, Conwy, Caernarfon or Harlech Castles within an hour from Bala.

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Ruthin Castle host Mediaeval Banquets. Transport available.

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Portmeirion, the Italianate Village and gardens made famous on TV by “The Prisoner”.

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Bodnant Gardens in particular the gorgeous laburnum arches.

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Coed y Brenin for mountain biking forest trails from absolute beginners to Olympic standards.

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Coed y LLandegla for even more  mountain biking forest trails.

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Open-Air Karting at Glaslyn Parc, a championship standard circuit in Cerrigydrudion nearby.

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Canolfan Tryweryn,the National White Water Centre to ride the rapids and orcas in Frongoch, Bala.

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Ffestiniog, Snowdon or Tal y Llyn Railways to name a few. Thomas the Tank is often in Llangollen.

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Shell Island, approached by a real tidal causeway. Take a bbq, do the dunes, collect shells, fish and swim.

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The Centre for Alternative Technology. Quirky, innovative and so green. School groups flock there.

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Corris Craft Centre. A complex of craft workshops, coffee shop and "King Arthur’s" Labyrinth.

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Gypsy Wood Park, Bontnewydd, nr Caernarfon. Delight in a natural wonderland of Wetland Welly Walks, miniature animals and the largest G-scale garden railway in Wales. Take a picnic.

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The Glassblobbery, just outside Bala. See the glassblower at work.

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The Piggery Pottery in Llanberis is great for a day under cover.

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Dolgellau - do the famous Precipice Walk nearby   Click here for link to Precipice Walk.

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Dolgellau  - a charming town where time has stood still for many years .  The Welsh gold rush (yes, honestly!) of the 19th Century was centred on the area and T.H. Roberts Hardware Store supplied the prospector's panning and other equipment. Seemingly little changed inside from those days, the store in the centre of Dolgellau is now a superb coffee shop with a fabulous selection of home-made cakes - a must for anyone visiting the area.

 

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

 

 

 

 

                  

 

 

 

 

 

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