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Eryri | Snowdonia Mynyddoedd a M么r Mountains and Coast

2010


www...wait for it Our new website has been worth waiting for. Visitsnowdonia.info does what it says on the can. You can visit our castles, crafts shops, towns and villages, browse through a whole bunch of activities, and watch videos on everything from little trains to the big man, Bryn Terfel.

• Follow our suggestions for that perfect family day out

• Hit the walking trails in Snowdonia and the Conwy Valley

• Find out why Glyn Roberts from Castle Cottage, Harlech, is one of our many talented chefs

• Share your holiday experiences by posting your photos and videos online

• Learn more about our language and culture, nature and wildlife

Ten reasons to pay us a visit:

• Get the latest news on festivals and events

• Book easy-to-find holiday accommodation with our where to stay’ search engines

• We’ll tell you where to go shopping for crafts, pottery and local produce

• Watch the all-action video of a trip to Bardsey Island

• Discover that perfect sandy spot with the help of our beaches guide

We really should have added a few more reasons – like signing up to our eNewsletter, or looking at our instant-reference ‘quick facts’ pages. And you can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or watch videos of Snowdonia on YouTube. See you soon. www.visitsnowdonia.info

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www…wel dyma fe Roedd yn werth aros am ein gwefan newydd. Mae Visitsnowdonia.info yn gwneud yr union beth mae’n addo ei wneud.

• Darganfyddwch pam mae Glyn Roberts o Castle Cottage, Harlech, yn un o’n cogyddion mwyaf dawnus

Gallwch ymweld â’n cestyll, siopau crefft, trefi a phentrefi, pori drwy bentwr o weithgareddau, a gwylio fideos ar bopeth o drenau bach i’r cawr ei hun, Bryn Terfel.

• Dysgwch mwy am ein hiaith a’n diwylliant, natur a bywyd gwyllt

Deg rheswm dros ymweld â ni:

• Byddwn yn dweud wrthoch ble i siopa am grefftau, crochenwaith a chynnyrch lleol

• Archebwch lety gwyliau hawdd eu canfod gyda’n peiriant chwilio ‘ble i aros’ • Gwyliwch y fideo llawn bwrlwm am daith i Ynys Enlli • Dilynwch ein hawgrymiadau ar gyfer y diwrnod allan perffaith i’r teulu

Image/Llun: Bala Lake/Llyn Tegid Cover/Clawr: Porthdinllaen

• Cewch y newyddion diweddaraf am wyliau a digwyddiadau

• Darganfyddwch y llecyn tywodlyd perffaith gyda chymorth ein harweinlyfr ar draethau • Troediwch y llwybrau cerdded yn Eryri a Dyffryn Conwy

• Rhannwch brofiadau’ch gwyliau drwy bostio eich lluniau a fideos ar-lein Dylem fod wedi ychwanegu ychydig yn fwy o resymau – fel ymuno â’n e-Gylchlythyr, neu edrych ar ein tudalennau ‘ffeithiau cyflym’ am gyfeiriadau ar y pryd. Yn ogystal, gallwch ein dilyn ar Twitter a Facebook, neu wylio fideos o’r Wyddfa ar YouTube. Hwyl am y tro. www.visitsnowdonia.info


Editor Roger Thomas introduces you to Snowdonia Mountains and Coast – uplifting, inspirational and great value for money. Roger Thomas, y Golygydd, yn eich cyflwyno chi i Eryri Mynyddoedd a Môr – yn codi eich calon, yn ysbrydoledig ac yn werth da am arian. If anyone tells you it’s easy to put together a publication like this don’t believe them. There’s usually too much to say, and not enough space in which to say it. It’s doubly difficult with Snowdonia Mountains and Coast. For a start, we have to get the message across that it’s not just about mountains. This region also includes the Llyˆn Peninsula and much of Cardigan Bay – a magnificent coastline that complements those high peaks perfectly. Then there are all the things you’ll find on the ground. Well, castles obviously. But lots of new – and often unconventional – attractions too, like forest and family Os oes unrhyw un yn dweud wrthoch chi mai peth hawdd yw rhoi cyhoeddiad fel hwn at ei gilydd, peidiwch â’u credu. Fel rheol mae llawer gormod i’w ddweud, a does dim digon o le i wneud hynny. Mae’n ddwywaith y gwaith o ran Eryri Mynyddoedd a Môr. I ddechrau, mae’n rhaid i ni gyfleu’r neges nad mynyddoedd yn unig sydd yma. Mae’r ardal hon yn cynnwys Penrhyn Llyˆn yn ogystal, a llawer o Fae Ceredigion – arfordir godidog sy’n cyfateb ac yn gweddu’r copaon uchel hynny yn berffaith. Wedyn, mae’r holl bethau hynny rydych yn eu canfod ar y tir. Y cestyll wrth gwrs. Ond llawer o atyniadau newydd ac anghyfarwydd hefyd, fel parciau antur mewn coedwigoedd ar gyfer y teulu. Mae yma draethau di-ri, o gildraethau fel Porth Oer i draethau bwced a rhaw mewn

adventure parks. There are countless beaches, from coves like Porth Oer to bucketand-spade sands at resorts such as Barmouth. So you can safely say that Snowdonia is a popular family holiday destination as well as one big adventure park for walkers, mountain bikers and climbers. Snowdonia’s natural assets also take some explaining. It’s not just the fact that most of the region is one big National Park. It’s what thrives within – a teeming wildlife, miles and miles of peaceful paths, gentle green ecofriendly attractions and an uplifting environment that inspires so much creativity and crafts. There’s also the local dimension ardaloedd gwyliau fel Abermaw. Felly, mae’n sicr y gallwch ddweud bod Eryri’n gyrchfan gwyliau teulu poblogaidd ynghyd ag un parc antur anferth ar gyfer cerddwyr, beicwyr mynydd a dringwyr. Mae asedau naturiol Eryri hefyd yn galw am rywfaint o esboniad. Nid yn unig y ffaith bod y rhan fwyaf o’r ardal yn un Parc Cenedlaethol mawr. Mae’r hyn sy’n ffynnu oddi fewn iddo – yr amrywiaeth o fywyd gwyllt, milltiroedd ar filltiroedd o lwybrau tawel, atyniadau gwyrdd ecogyfeillgar ac amgylchedd i godi calon ac ysbrydoli gymaint o greadigrwydd a chrefftau. Yn ogystal, mae angen cyfleu’r dimensiwn lleol. Mae diwylliant nodweddiadol Eryri a’i threftadaeth yn denu llawer. A ‘lleol’ yw’r mantra o ran y sefyllfa fwyd lleol, lle mae

to get across. Snowdonia’s distinctive culture and heritage are a big a draw. And ‘local’ is the mantra of a passionate food scene, where farm-fresh produce and locally caught seafood serve as the basis for modern bistro cooking as well as traditional dishes. UK holidays are back in fashion, and Snowdonia’s strong ‘Sense of Place’ helps it to stand out amongst the rest. The value for money is quite outstanding too. And we can’t finish without mentioning that winter weekends in Betws y Coed are often as busy as summer days on the beach at Aberdyfi. So there’s a lot to cover. See if we manage to fit it all into the following pages. cynnyrch ffres o’r ffermydd a physgod yn syth o’r môr i gyd yn lleol ac yn sail i goginio bistro modern ynghyd â phrydau traddodiadol. Mae gwyliau yn y DU yn ffasiynol, ac mae ‘Naws am Le’ cryf Eryri yn ei helpu i sefyll allan yn gopa uwchben y gweddill i gyd. Mae’r gwerth am arian yn eithriadol hefyd. Ac ni allwn orffen heb sôn am benwythnosau’r gaeaf ym Metws y Coed sydd yn aml yr un mor brysur â dyddiau’r haf ar draethau Aberdyfi. Felly mae llawer i’w gynnwys. Gadewch i ni weld os gallwn wasgu’r cyfan i mewn i’r tudalennau canlynol.

what’s inside? | beth sydd y tu fewn? page | tudalen 02 A natural high | Cyrraedd yr Uchelfannau 04 Time trial | Treial amser 06 There and back again – a family holiday on Llyˆn with travel writer William Gray | Yno ac yn ôl eto – gwyliau i’r teulu yn Llyˆn gyda’r awdur taith William Gray 10 Go do | Ewch i wneud 12 Family fun and games | Gemau a hwyl i’r teulu 14 Good taste | Blas dda 18 Activities, attractions and places to visit (adverts) | Gweithgareddau, atyniadau a mannau i ymweld â nhw 24 Guide to accommodation (adverts) | Canllaw llety (hysbysebion) 26 Accommodation listing – this section also contains holiday planning information

on resorts, towns and villages | Rhestr lety – mae’r adran hon yn cynnwys gwybodaeth cynllunio gwyliau ar gyrchfannau, trefi a phentrefi hefyd 26 Conwy Valley | Dyffryn Conwy 34 Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis and the Villages of Snowdonia | Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis a Phentrefi Eryri 44 Llyˆn Peninsula | Pen Llyˆn 52 Criccieth, Porthmadog and the Vale of Ffestiniog | Criccieth, Porthmadog a Dyffryn Ffestiniog 62 Cardigan Bay | Bae Ceredigion 70 Southern Snowdonia | Deheudir Eryri 75 Like more information? | Angen rhagor o wybodaeth? 76 Events | Digwyddiadau 2010

78 National events | Digwyddiadau cenedlaethol 2010 79 Wales’s Holiday Areas | Ardaloedd Gwyliau Cymru 80 Travel information | Gwybodaeth am deithio 82 Snowdonia map and symbols | Symbolau a map Eryri 83 Additional accommodation planning information | Gwybodaeth cynllunio llety ychwanegol Back cover Tourist Information Centres – local information on places to visit, events, travel and accommodation booking | Clawr ôl Canolfannau Croeso – gwybodaeth leol ar fannau i ymweld â nhw, digwyddiadau, teithio ac archebu llety.


a natural high cyrraedd yr uchelfannau We’re talking about the highest mountains in Wales and England. And natural beauty that spreads itself for over 800 square miles across peaks and valleys, hills and moors. It’s where you’ll find ospreys and the Great Outdoors, Swallow Falls and forest trails, Snowdon lilies and the Snowdon Sherpa.

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We’re one big National Park that takes its name from Snowdon – in Welsh Yr Wyddfa (‘The Tomb’). When you get to the top – which you must, either by foot or narrow-gauge railway – there’s not just the view to admire but the fabulous new £9-million Hafod Eryri Visitor Centre, designed to blend into its unique summit setting. On a clear day you’ll catch a glimpse of the Irish coast. But you won’t see all of Snowdonia, which starts on the North Wales coast and doesn’t finish until it reaches Machynlleth in Mid Wales. Yet nowadays it’s easier than ever to get to grips with all this scenery. The Forestry Commission, for example, doesn’t just grow trees. Its woodlands are latticed with walks, bridleways and mountain biking singletracks. At Coed-y-Brenin – surely Wales’s most fascinating forest – the visitor centre will introduce you to a woodland of hidden gold mines and waterfall walks, wildlife and world-class mountain biking. In the same vein, the National Trust does much more than look after historic houses. Most of its time is spent protecting our

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priceless landscapes, so it’s no surprise that they’re kept very busy in Snowdonia. The Trust owns much of Snowdon and surrounding countryside and coastline. It’s not all high altitude stuff. At Beddgelert you can go walking on a low-level but highly scenic path to the Aberglaslyn Pass, or call into the woodland gardens at the Trust’s nearby Craflwyn Estate. Walking is a must-do in Snowdonia. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds recently launched a new series of walks at places like Llyn Crafnant, the secret lake in the woods above Trefriw, and the prolific Mawddach Estuary. There are some truly one-off ornithological experiences too – the Glaslyn Osprey Project where you can view these extremely rare birds in aerial action and by live nestcam, and the Llechweddd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, where choughs have made their home. It’s Cadw’s task to look after Wales’s built heritage. In Snowdonia, they care for castles and abbeys, ancient burial chambers and medieval houses. Snowdonia’s story is the story of Wales, neatly bookended by King


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Edward I’s mighty castles at Caernarfon and Conwy in the north and Castell-y-Bere, the evocative mountain stronghold of the Welsh princes, in the south.

Snowdonia snapshots • Mountain-locked and four miles long, Llyn Tegid (‘The Lake of Serenity’) at Bala is the largest natural lake in Wales. Its deep, ice-scooped waters are home to the elusive gwyniad, a white fish reputedly unique to the lake. • We were one of the first places to do something about cars and CO2. The ‘park and ride’ Snowdon Sherpa bus service, which whisks you to all the beauty spots and walking routes, has been going strong for years. See the ‘Travel Information’ section for more details. • Reduce, reuse, recycle. Sustainability is part of Snowdonia’s DNA. You won’t see rubbish bins in the National Park’s rural facilities – they’re a deliberate omission to encourage you to take litter home to be recycled (www.gwynedd.gov.uk has details of

recycling banks). For more ideas on making your visit as sustainable as possible go to www.green-snowdonia.co.uk • Our beaches are blue and green. By which we mean that many have won Blue Flag, Green Coast and Seaside Awards, accolades that recognise high standards. Please see the beach facilities guide on page 11. • Our green spaces have their awards too. The Green Flag Award, the UK’s highest prize for parks and gardens, flies over Padarn Country Park in Llanberis and Glynllifon Country Park near Caernarfon. Padarn’s 800 acres/324ha include water, woods and walks, while Glynllifon is an inspirational mix of gardens and historic landscapes. • There are more wildlife-rich National Nature Reserves in Snowdonia than any other National Park in Britain. Cwm Idwal in the rocky mountains above Bethesda, sculpted by ice thousands of years ago, is a classic example. Arctic memories remain. See if you can spot rare arctic-alpine plants – especially the unique Snowdon lily – that cling on in the crags.

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• We’re pet-friendly. Dogs can be taken onto all beaches throughout the year, though between 1 May and 30 September sections of some beaches have dog exclusion areas (ask at Tourist Information Centres for details or see the map at the beach).

We’re still making mountains As if 189 aren’t enough, along comes Mynydd Graig Goch between Porthmadog and Caernarfon. Until recently it was just 1,998ft high – a mere hill. It has now been re-measured at a whisker over 2,000ft, which makes it (just) Wales’s 190th mountain. Welcome to the club. Captions: Main image: Llyn Ogwen Left to right: Coed y Brenin Snowdonia/Eryri Glaslyn Osprey Project/Prosiect Gweilch y Glaslyn Hafod Eryri

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time trail treial amser Heritage is one of those words that can mean many things. It’s certainly true when applied to Snowdonia. It’s shorthand for a living language and culture as well as ancient sites and historic gardens. So it doesn’t just mean exploring Harlech Castle and wondering what it was like to be there long ago when the sea – now half-a-mile away – lapped the battlements. Or visiting Caernarfon’s Segontium Fort and Museum and touching the old stones that vividly bring to life this remote but important outpost of the Roman Empire. Heritage in Snowdonia also means living life in the here and now, a present-day experience of a vibrant local culture you’ll come across everywhere, at country pubs, community events and festivals.

Icons and inspiring ideas • We know that Wales, the ‘Land of Castles’ is something of a cliché. But amongst our 600-odd fortresses a handful rise effortlessly above the rest. These are Wales’s World Heritage Sites – Caernarfon, Conwy and Harlech. • Conwy also boasts an amazingly well-preserved ring of town walls. Walk along them and gaze down into the narrow streets, crammed with historic buildings like the Elizabethan mansion of Plas Mawr and Aberconwy House, a medieval merchant’s house. • The Welsh language owes a lot to a tiny stone farmhouse almost lost in the woods

above Penmachno. Tyˆ Mawr Wybrnant was the birthplace in around 1540 of Bishop William Morgan, the man who first translated the Bible into Welsh. • Tyˆ Mawr is a National Trust site. The Trust and Snowdonia go back a long way – right to the very start, in fact, when Dinas Oleu, the headland above Barmouth, became its first property in 1895. • Dinas Oleu (‘The Fortress of Light’) was the small acorn. The Trust’s Snowdonia properties nowadays shine a light across North Wales, from Penrhyn Castle – a fantasy fortress in Bangor – to the exquisite little manor house of Plas yn Rhiw at the tip of Llyˆn.

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• Slate also plays a big part in Snowdonia’s story. See how hugely influential it was by visiting the National Slate Museum in Llanberis. It’s the real thing – the old Dinorwig quarry, preserved as though the workers had left yesterday. Slate heritage also lives on at Inigo Jones Works, Groeslon, near Caernarfon, the Llechwedd Slate Caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog, Chwarel Hên Llanfair Slate Caverns near Harlech and the Corris Mine Explorers’ experience. Snowdonia yielded copper too, at the dramatic Sygun Copper Mine, Beddgelert. • Our museums cover a lot of historical ground. Bangor Museum, for example, has the finest Roman sword in Britain and also pays homage to that great bridge-building engineer Thomas Telford. The museum at Llanystumdwy near Criccieth focuses exclusively on one man – statesman Lloyd George, who was brought up here. Local history is the theme at Llanrwst’s unusual Almshouse Museum.


Twm Morys, bard, broadcaster and son of writer Jan Morris, lives in Llanystumdwy

‘What brings people here is Lloyd George... The village is full of the man: you can see where he carved his initials on the bridge, and the stone by the river where he’d go to contemplate. It is still a lovely secluded spot.’ • Corris is home to King Arthur’s Labyrinth. The legendary Celtic king comes to life as you sail along an underground river, where you’ll also encounter dragons, giants and other ancient legends. There’s more dark, dramatic underground spectacle at an historic slate mine open for guided tours.

• Welsh-speaking Bala is a stronghold of culture and heritage – as you’ll discover at the Canolfan Cywain Centre, where indoor and outdoor exhibitions celebrate the area’s deep-rooted rural heritage and skills. • Learn more about Wales and the Welsh language at Nant Gwrtheyrn, the Welsh Language and Heritage Centre on the Llyˆn Peninsula. There’s more reason than ever to visit this former ‘ghost village’, tucked away on a cliff-backed stretch of coast. Its recent £4-million transformation includes a new café/bar and accommodation for up to 75 guests in 33 en-suite bedrooms and four self-catering cottages. With its own beach, coastal and woodland walks, it attracts walkers, families and day visitors as well as groups. • You can also enjoy a first-hand experience of the Welsh language when you stay with a Welsh-speaking host. Look out for the symbol in the accommodation listings in this publication. Or go to www.holidaysinwelsh.co.uk

• Croseo Cynnes Cymreig translates into ‘A Warm Welsh Welcome’. This new Wales-wide ‘croeso’ programme is all about sharing that unique ‘Sense of Place’ that characterises a region or country – its language and culture, history and heritage. For that special Snowdonia welcome use establishments that display the new Croeso logo. • Portmeirion’s lush grounds and gardens, protected by their own micro-climate, don’t get the attention they deserve. Perhaps understandably, the focus here is on the dazzling, truly unique architecture within the Italianate village, star of the cult 1960s TV series The Prisoner.

Click onto culture Our new-look website takes you on a journey through history and heritage. It’s not all ancient history. In the Language and Culture section short films feature everything from folklore to film locations, Lloyd George to Bryn Terfel. www.visitsnowdonia.info Captions: Main image: Portmeirion Village/Pentef Left to right: Harlech Castle/Castell Llechwedd Slate Caverns Llanrwst Almshouse Museum/Amgueddfa Lloyd George Museum/Amgueddfa

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there and back again Award-winning travel writer William Gray is an expert on family holidays – he’s just written a book on them. So what did he think of the Llyˆn Peninsula, that long finger of land pointing into the sea from Snowdonia? I know this is a strange way to start, but we’d reached the end. Let me explain. We had run out of road on the ‘land’s end’ of North Wales. My wife Sally and I, with nine-yearold daughter Ellie and her twin brother Joe in tow, were cycling along the tip of the Llyˆn Peninsula. Our bikes took us as far as a dramatic coastal headland. Waves hurled themselves onto rocks and in the distance, across the seething expanse of Bardsey Sound, we could see a lone island. ‘Is that where we’re going?’ The words had barely left Joe’s mouth before they were snatched away by the wind. I nodded unconvincingly. Bardsey was only a couple of miles off the tip of Llyˆn. It looked a lot further.

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We were here on a four-day break staying at Aberdaron, Llyˆn’s westernmost village. Our base was the extremely hospitable Gwesty Tyˆ Newydd, a small hotel with a grandstand view of Aberdaron’s broad sandy bay, where, it seemed to us, most of the food came from (the hotel is renowned for its locally caught seafood, especially its Bardsey lobster and crab). We were visiting the Llyˆn Peninsula in August, but even then it seemed there was no guarantee the boat would be able to make it across the current-strafed sound to Bardsey – the legendary ‘Isle of 20,000 Saints’ – for our ‘scheduled’ day-trip. It would be a bonus I had told the children. And besides, it wasn’t as if there was nothing else to do on Llyˆn. Far from it. When picking up the bikes we were shown a large-scale map of the peninsula which pinpointed an enticing choice of family attractions and highlights. These ranged from the medieval castle perched on the headland


yno ac yn ôl eto at Criccieth (home of the equally historic Cadwalader’s, purveyors of Wales’s original artisan ice cream) to the former ‘ghost village’ of Nant Gwrtheyrn, hidden in a spectacular setting between cliffs and sea, now reborn as a heritage centre for the Welsh language and culture. On our way along the peninsula to Aberdaron we had already sampled Glasfryn Parc, a high-octane adventure centre where Joe and Ellie crammed go-karting, archery and ten-pin bowling into a single, supercharged morning (mum and dad preferring to go slow in the excellent farm shop and new restaurant). But it is the beaches that are the big magnet on Llyˆn. The peninsula is blessed with the pure simplicity of pristine, unadorned sand and sea, the kind you always hope to find but rarely do. It helps, of course, that the peninsula is a protected ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, and that the National Trust owns large stretches of coastline. Turning our backs on Bardsey, we delved once more into the frayed knot of country lanes and headed for one of the peninsula’s finest beaches. Porth Oer was a short cycle away and soon we were pedalling down to a National Trust beach and straight into the café for four plates of pasties and baked beans. The shop at Porth Oer has everything you’ve forgotten for a day on the beach – which in our case was everything. Joe and Ellie bought spades and set to work on the cove’s famous ‘whistling sands’. It was more of a ‘squeak’ than a ‘whistle’, but the clean, cookie-dough sand was still music to their ears as they diverted the course of a stream into a moat for their mini-Criccieth Castle. As the tide ebbed,

spades were swapped for shrimping nets as the twins explored ‘jewel-box’ rock pools fringed with pink coralline algae and squirming with blennies. There were more prizes to be found back in Aberdaron. A treasure hunt had been planned, or to be more precise, a ‘geocache’ hunt, organised by Edge of Wales, the local tour company that was also helping out with the bikes and boat trip. Geocatching is the New Big Thing in the world of outdoor activities. Even after explaining that ‘cache’ was not the same as ‘cash’, Joe and Ellie still seemed keen. Our trail began at a computer, where www.geocaching.com provided the coordinates of a nearby cache. These were fed into hand-held GPS units – high-tech gismos that would tell us whether we were getting ‘warmer’ or ‘colder’ when the hunt began. Set loose, the children sprinted across fields, their eyes glued to LCD screens that pointed the way. They homed in on a small, circular stone enclosure or ‘carreg’, perched on top of a hill. The views along Llyˆn’s crinkle-cut coast were reward enough for Sally and me, but not for Joe and Ellie. They were too busy scrabbling about on hands and knees looking for the cache. Joe found it. A small hole drilled into a rock had been fitted with a container. Inside was a message from the ‘cacher’, a small plastic dinosaur and pencil and paper to add our names and date of discovery. We added a key ring to the hoard and put everything carefully back in its place, the children’s faces flushed by the wind and a sense of achievement.

‘Geocatching is the new big thing in the world of outdoor activities.’

Captions: Main image: Porthdinllaen Aberdaron From top right: Parc Glasfryn Rhiw

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‘Joe and Ellie were in their wetsuits before you could say full cooked breakfast please.’ Next day we woke to find Aberdaron Bay white-ribbed by surf. Joe and Ellie perched on the windowsill of our hotel room, rating each breaker as it rose in a teetering wall of turquoise. It was a beautiful day. Not a Bardsey Island day, but a beautiful, invigorating day. Joe and Ellie were in their wetsuits before you could say, ‘Full cooked breakfast please.’ Writhing about on their bodyboards in the surf, they paused occasionally to comb the beach for pebbles of red jasper or to watch their father being unceremoniously humiliated as he tried to compete with local surfers. In the afternoon, we sought calmer waters at Porthdinllaen, another National Trust beach (in fact, the Trust owns the complete fishing village, pub and all). Tucked away in a sheltered spot, this idyllic horseshoe-shaped bay has long provided a safe haven on Llyˆn’s stormy shores. We followed a gentle path that meandered across a golf course to the village, where barely a ripple nudged a beach that had all the space in the world for the children to play.

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Calm, comfy Porthdinllaen seemed a world away from Bardsey, brooding in its maelstrom just down the coast. We’d given up hope of reaching the island when at seven o’clock the next morning the phone rang. The boat was on its way. ‘Nice bit of fresh air – just too much of it moving too fast.’ That was the meteorological verdict of Bardsey Island boatman Colin Evans as he lowered a stepladder off the stern of Benlli III, his canary-yellow catamaran, equipped with twin outboard engines and piled with several, disconcertingly wet, lifejackets. ‘You’ll be needing those,’ he said with a chirpy smile as he helped us aboard. ‘It’s a bit too realistic,’ confided Ellie, our renowned roller-coaster junkie, as the Benlli III left the relative calm of Aberdaron Bay and began pitching and yawing in the conflicting currents coursing between mainland and island. The sea was grey and lumpy, like elephant hide twitching to rid itself of an annoying tick. Soon we were soaked in spray, but Bardsey was getting closer, the 167-metre bulk of Mynydd Enlli looming above us.


Way to go Will and family stayed at: Gwesty Tyˆ Newydd, Aberdaron LL53 8BE www.gwesty-tynewydd.co.uk Their arrangements on Llyˆn were made by: Edge of Wales Walk, Dolfor, Aberdaron LL53 8BP www.edgeofwaleswalk.co.uk

Some places to visit: Bardsey Island www.bardsey.org

Suddenly, conditions changed as we passed into the lee of the island and calmer waters. Seaweed was drizzled like treacle over the shore and there were seals – dozens of them – hauled out on the rocks. We could hear them calling – a bewitching wail, as if they were trying to harmonise with the wind. Hidden from the mainland by Bardsey’s mountainous east coast, the rest of the island is unexpectedly flat and criss-crossed by ancient stone walls. It’s a deeply Celtic place with a magnetism that is as strong today as it was in medieval times when this saintly island was a place of pilgrimage, three visits to Bardsey equaling one to Rome. Following a track from the landing bay to the island’s settlement, we explored the remains of

St Mary’s Abbey. Modern-day pilgrims are still drawn to this spot, following the historic trail along the peninsula’s north coast. Visitors also come for Bardsey’s prolific birdlife. The island, a National Nature Reserve, is managed by a charitable trust. Eleven people live here, farming, fishing and maintaining a cluster of self-catering cottages. A birdwatching centre keeps tabs on the rare red-billed chough that breeds on Bardsey, though the island is most famous for its thousands of Manx shearwaters. If ever we’d had an island adventure this was it. We’d made it to Bardsey. Now there was just the small matter of getting back again.

Criccieth Castle www.cadw.wales.gov.uk Glasfryn Parc Activity and Adventure Centre, Y Ffôr, Pwllheli LL53 6PG www.glasfryn.co.uk Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh Language and Heritage Centre, Llithfaen LL53 6PA www.nantgwrtheyrn.org Plas yn Rhiw Manor House and Garden, near Aberdaron www.nationaltrust.org.uk Bryn is a big fan too

‘Bardsey Island is tiny but truly magical, a place of contemplation. They say that 20,000 saints are buried there, which I’m sure is true because, my goodness, I’ve never known such spirituality.’ Bryn Terfel Captions: Aberdaron Benlli III Felin Uchaf Educational Centre/Canolfan Addysg, Rhoshirwaun Porthdinllaen

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go do ewch i wneud Do you want to go cycling or climb mountains? Splash around in the water or take to the hills on horseback? Then you’ve come to the right place. As the UK’s top adventure destination with the highest concentration of activities, we’re the specialists in offering a true taste of the outdoors – in all sorts of flavours. near Caernarfon – run courses for all-comers, welcoming beginners, families and experienced enthusiasts. Try a weekend ‘taster’ course.

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Too much choice can sometimes work against us. If you’re having trouble deciding exactly what to ‘go do’, book into a centre that offers a bundle of activities and try them all. Plas y Brenin’s National Mountain Centre in the heart of Snowdonia offers rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, orienteering and dry slope skiing. Plas y Brenin – along with other places like the National Watersports Centre at Plas Menai

• Walking is at number one. But where to walk? To the top of Snowdon, obviously, on a choice of summit paths from Llanberis or one of the many other starting points. The idyllic Mawddach Way is typical of the green, grassy hillwalks of Southern Snowdonia. This circular trail loops around the spectacular Mawddach Estuary – one highlight is the footpath on the famous railway bridge across the mouth of the Mawddach. The Llyˆn Coastal Path, a 95-mile trail from Caernarfon to Porthmadog that will be part of the National Coastal Path by 2012, is another of the many alternatives to all those mountains. • Cycling follows hot on the heels of walking. We have miles and miles of dedicated cyclepaths, a mix of quiet lanes, trafficcalmed roads and super-scenic routes. Dolgellau and the Llyˆn Peninsula are two

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dedicated Cycle Breaks Centres (www.cyclebreakswales.com) with a choice of specially created routes – ask at Tourist Information Centres for details. • We’re world-class when it comes to mountain biking. The Coed-y-Brenin Forest is an offroad nirvana. But you don’t have to be a downhill hero. There’s a gentle, family-friendly 6½-mile route as well as the seriously steep 24-mile Beast of Brenin. For more exhilarating mountain biking go to the Gwydir, Penmachno and Dyfi forests – plus, of course, all that wild ’n’ wonderful natural terrain in our hills and mountains. • Those hills were also made for horse riders and pony trekkers. Angling enthusiasts have the choice of mountain lakes (there are over 100), rivers and almost 200 miles of shore and sea fishing. • As well as mountain biking, walking and horse riding, Coed-y-Brenin has a new attraction for 2010. Go Ape is a tree-top high wire forest adventure, a giant obstacle course way up in the trees. You’ll find other high ropes centres at Betws y Coed, Llanberis, Pwllheli and Llandderfel, near Bala. • Watersports fans enjoy splashing around in some of Britain’s best sailing waters, from the


• In October Ryder Cup 2010 comes to The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. But for Wales the focus isn’t just on Celtic Manor. The world has woken up to the great golf on offer everywhere, from north to south. Snowdonia has around 20 courses, including three of the UK’s finest – Royal St David’s at Harlech, the classic links at Aberdovey, and breathtaking Nefyn. Conwy is another famous championship course, the quality of its challenge matched by a spectacular setting between mountain, river and sea. Create your own tour with www.golf-northwales.co.uk • Snowdonia’s A to Z of activities includes everything from karting to paintballing, bushcrafts to kayaking, geocaching to raft building. For the full picture go to www.visitsnowdonia.info or get a free copy of the activities guide from Tourist Information Centres.

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sheltered Menai Strait to the open seas off southern Llyˆn and Cardigan Bay. And we have the facilities to match. There’s Hafan Pwllheli, for example, Pwllheli’s swish 400-berth yachting haven, one of the UK’s top marinas. Our marinas, harbours and slipways are all listed on the beach chart on these pages.

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family fun and games Snowdonia isn’t just for serious walkers. We’re a popular family holiday destination too, with a range of attractions and places to visit guaranteed to put a big smile on your face. By big, we mean very big – a ride on the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the top of the highest summit in Wales and England, for starters. Or an awesome trip underground into an ‘Electric Mountain’, Europe’s largest man-made cavern. Or the fun time you’ll have at Dolgarrog finding your way around one of the world’s largest hedge mazes.

Attractions at a glance • Where’s that Electric Mountain? It’s at Llanberis, where a whole mountain has been hollowed out to create a massive hydro-electric plant. Be prepared to be amazed when you venture inside. • Llanberis is an attractions hot-spot. The 800-acre/324ha Padarn Country Park, based around a lake and beautiful oakwoods, is packed with things to see and do, including arts and crafts, watersports, slate heritage attractions, lake cruises, a little railway, high-level ropes and themed walking trails.

• Almost there! By 2011 it is planned that you’ll be able to travel the entire 40 miles from Caernarfon to Blaenau Ffestiniog by narrow-gauge railway. By then, the Welsh Highland Railway (WHR) – which gets longer each year – is scheduled to run all the way from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, where you’ll be able to complete a fantastic ‘great little journey’ by hopping on the Ffestiniog Railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog. For now, the WHR takes you to Beddgelert and beyond, through the spectacular Aberglaslyn Pass... with just a few more miles to go.

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• Porthmadog is Snowdonia’s answer to Crewe. It’s also the terminus of the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway (completely separate from the WHR), an enterprising little line with a new museum full of interactive exhibits from the Age of Steam. You can also stop off here on a standard railway – though there’s nothing ordinary about the highly scenic Cambrian Coast line that runs along Cardigan Bay to Pwllheli. Enjoy it the classic way on a special ‘Cambrian by Steam’ day (www.westcoastrailways.co.uk). • The GreenWood Forest Park near Caernarfon really is green. This award-winning eco-friendly adventure park uses its own energy to have fun. Ride the Green Dragon, the world’s first people-powered roller coaster. • The accent is on relaxation at Gypsy Wood near Caernarfon, a charming attraction with a wildlife garden, farm animals, miniature


railway and, apparently, fairies. Bangor has a new Play Centre, while Caernarfon’s Fun Centre is North Wales’s largest indoor play area. • It’s amazing what you’ll discover if you go down to the woods around Corris. In addition to a craft village, slate cavern and King Arthur’s Labyrinth there’s a unique ‘village of the future’. The Centre for Alternative Technology uses the sun, wind and water to power all kinds of ingenious devices that translate into sustainable lifestyles. It’s a fascinating, inspiring – and fun – place to visit for adults and children. • World-famous Bodnant in the Conwy Valley is just one of our many gorgeous gardens. Crûg Farm Plants near Caernarfon has won a wheelbarrow full of awards and mentions in the gardening press. You can buy the plants

online (www.crug-farm.co.uk). Better still, come and see them growing in the nursery, small woodland garden and walled garden.

Gardens Illustrated raved about Crûg Farm’s ‘staggering list of wonderful plants’, while gardening expert Roy Lancaster said, ‘If heaven is like this, here’s hoping.’ • Get lost in one of the world’s largest hedge mazes at Dolgarrog in the Conwy Valley. This two-acre puzzle has hit the big time – it’s listed in the top-selling Dream Destinations: 100 of the World’s Best Vacations published by Life Books.

• Leisure centres are for everyone, not just the locals. We’re lucky in Snowdonia. We have a big choice of modern, fully equipped – and quite weatherproof! – leisure centres where you can play squash or go swimming, clamber up climbing walls or enjoy a sauna. For more details see page 21.

The Attractions of Snowdonia www.attractionsofsnowdonia.com They’re all together between two covers or on the website. Castles, railways, gardens and family attractions are all included, with full details of everything you’ll need to plan great days out. For a free copy please contact Llanberis Tourist Information Centre on 01286 870765.

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good taste Tasty food, tasty crafts, tasty shopping... It’s not surprising that Snowdonia Mountains and Coast is home to people who are passionate about good food and fresh produce, fine art and crafts. For many, the region is the essence of Wales. And you can savour it everywhere – in Welsh lamb and Welsh woollen textiles, in food that’s farm- and sea-fresh and shops and galleries that are refreshingly different.

A taste of Snowdonia Welsh lamb is famous worldwide – and it doesn’t come any sweeter than from our upland pastures or more delicately flavoured than from the coast, the source of ‘Oen y Glasdraeth’ salt-marsh lamb. It’s the same story with succulent, naturally reared Welsh Black beef, and a treasure trove of local fish and seafood – delicious Menai oysters and mussels, crabs, lobsters, sea bass, salmon and sewin (the local name for sea trout). It’s what you do with this fabulous produce that also counts. There has been a quiet revolution in cooking over the last decade or so. Throughout the area talented chefs are serving everything from sophisticated modern dishes created in the lighter style to delicious traditional favourites – and it applies across the board, from inns, bistros and gastropubs to fine dining.

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The True Taste/Gwir Flas The True Taste is all about quality and natural taste – real food that tastes how it was meant to, food that isn’t fast and deserves to be savoured. And the scheme embraces everything from local shopping to fine dining. www.thetruetaste.com

Award winners Every year, True Taste announce their awards, the foodie ‘Oscars’ for Wales. Here are some of the 2009/10 winners. • South Caernarfon Creameries/Hufenfa De Arfon, the Llyˆn-based farmer-owned dairy co-operative, came out tops for two decadent desserts – its Chocolate Pot

blas dda (‘a creamy textured pudding with an intense chocolate flavour’) and Lemon Possett (‘a refreshingly tangy taste’). • Siop Fferm Glasfryn near Pwllheli won Gold in the Farm Enterprise category. This fabulous farm shop, open seven days a week, sells quality local produce that includes the estate’s Welsh Black beef, Llyˆn lamb, game, pork, bacon and other organic and Fair Trade produce sourced from local farmers, producers and suppliers. • Conwy was well represented, with two award-winners. Edwards of Conwy, possibly the most famous butcher’s shop in Wales, can’t stop winning. The latest accolade is for its pork and chilli sausages. Parisella’s of Conwy, whose artisan ice cream is made with Welsh milk and cream to traditional Italian recipes, scooped a prize for its blackcurrant sorbet. • With a name like Gill’s Plaice and a location in the pretty little port of Aberdyfi it’s not difficult to guess what Gill Reacord sells. This specialist fishmonger buys direct off the local fishing boats and has its own smokery. Try the award-winning local dressed lobster or locally caught smoked trout • The True Taste Champion award goes to Deiniol ap Dafydd. It’s in recognition of the work he has been doing for years as an unofficial ambassador for Welsh food. His emporium (you can’t really call is a shop) in Llanrwst is called Blas ar Fwyd (‘A Taste of Food’). It’s the largest delicatessen in England and Wales outside London, selling food from Welsh farms and producers to shoppers as well as supplying hotels, restaurants, visitor attractions and retailers across the UK. And just over the road you can eat in Deiniol’s bistro, Amser Da (‘Good Times’). ‘Right from

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the outset my goal has been to encourage greater use of Welsh produce, and to ensure that food from Wales can be sourced more easily,’ he says.

The 2010 Good Food Guide (www.which.co.uk/books) lists around 20 restaurants, bistros and inns in Snowdonia. Here’s a taster: • Rhiwafallen, a stylish restaurant-with-rooms at Llandwrog near Caernarfon, where ‘the menu skips with flair and imagination through excellent Welsh ingredients’. • Dawson’s Restaurant at the Castle Hotel, Conwy, a ‘traditional but not stuffy’ place to eat. Its menu ‘fits in nicely offering traditionally inspired dishes (plus) a separate list of pubby favourites’. • Plas Bodegroes near Pwllheli has a ‘long-standing reputation for classy dining built on excellent ingredients from the surrounding area’. The food ‘combines classic and traditional Welsh elements’. • Tir a Môr at Criccieth is a ‘thriving bistro with honest, generous dishes. The restaurant’s name translates as “land and sea” and the menu delivers a nice balance of both’.

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Customers love Conrad If you think all Spar shops are the same then go to Conrad Davies’s store in Pwllheli. This combination of local shop, fine food hall and delicatessen has won rave reviews. ‘It carries one of the most fantastic ranges of Welsh food I have ever seen,’ said one. There’s no stopping Conrad. He has used his success as a springboard for two new stores in Dolgellau and Blaenau Ffestiniog. What’s his secret? ‘Our relationship with the local communities and locally sourced product gives us a real point of difference from other supermarkets,’ he says.

included. You won’t find a better choice of outdoor gear and crafts. • Other great crafty venues include mills at Bryncir (near Porthmadog), Trefriw and Dinas Mawddwy. For choice and convenience go to the Corris Craft Centre – it’s an entire village made up of individual craft workshops. • Snowdonia’s scenery has always inspired creative activity – and it’s stronger than ever, with legions of artists and sculptors, metalworkers and potters producing art and crafts displayed at galleries large and small. We’re thinking of places like Plas Glyn-yWeddw, Llanbedrog, and the Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, two of Wales’s most important art galleries, along with smaller spaces like The Gallery, Aberdyfi. For the full picture go to www.creativegwynedd.com • An arty trail – that’s Helfa Gelf, which gives you the opportunity to visit over 100 artists in their workshops throughout North Wales on certain weekends in 2010. Wherever you end up – in a purpose-built gallery or a garden shed, wild countryside or busy town – you’ll receive a warm welcome. For details go to www.helfagelf.org

The art of shopping • Our shopping hot spots include Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Bangor and Betws y Coed. Caernarfon has great shopping in the centre of the historic walled town and close by, at the waterside Doc Fictoria and the Celtica Retail Centre. Bangor also serves up stylish contemporary shopping at the Menai Centre. Betws’s many speciality shops are open for business throughout the year, Sundays

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• For more information on local producers in the food and creative industries see the information listed under ‘Shopping’ on our new-look website, www.visitsnowdonia.info • Make a date with our many market days, farmers’ markets and fairs. You’ll buy local and enjoy a slice of local life into the bargain. Contact the Tourist Information Centres on the back page for details.

Going for Gold We’re committed to quality in accommodation too. Look out for the Visit Wales Gold Award winners in the ‘where to stay’ section of this publication. It’s only given to places that offer exceptional standards of hospitality, comfort and food. Captions: Top: Corris Craft Centre/Canolfan Grefftau Conrad Davies Spar, Pwllheli Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw


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Inigo Jones Slate Works Y Groeslon, Caernarfon LL54 7UE T: 01286 830242 F: 01286 831247 E: slate@inigojones.co.uk www.inigojones.co.uk John Lloyd Inigo Jones was founded in 1861 to produce school writing slates. Today the company produces architectual, monumental, landscape and craft products using the same raw material namely 500 million year old welsh slate. Tour of works includes video and walkman presentation. Quality slate craft showroom sells slate and Welsh products. Months open: 1–12; Days open: Mon–Sun; Hours open: 9am–5pm; Tour of works fee: Adults £4.50 Children & Concessions £3.50

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Snowdonia Mountains and Coast is packed with attractions, places to visit and activity operators. Here’s a selection to get you going. For more information please contact our Tourist Information Centres or go to www.visitsnowdonia.info. To avoid disappointment please check all opening times direct with the attraction or activity provider before travelling.

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Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon) St. Helen’s Road, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 2YD T: 01766 516000 F: 01766 516005 E: enquires@festrail.co.uk www.festrail.co.uk The narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway provides an exciting alternative to driving around Snowdonia. Running from Caernarfon, it serves the villages of Waunfawr, Rhyd Ddu and Beddgelert before steaming through the breathtaking Aberglaslyn Pass. Many campsites, footpaths and cycleways are within easy reach of the line. Variety of tickets available. Months open: 4-10; Days open: trains run most days, see timetable; Prices: Full adult day rover £25.80; Hours open: see timetable for details of services.

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The Ffestiniog Railway The Station, Tremadog Road, Porthmadog LL49 9DY T: 01766 513402 F: 01766 5143402 E: info@whr.co.uk www.whr.co.uk

Harbour Station, Porthmadog LL49 9NF T: 01766 516000 F: 01766 516005 E: enquiries@festrail.co.uk www.festrail.co.uk

Climb into the cab of a steam locomotive and try blowing the whistle… or try to get the slate trucks to the harbour before the ship leaves.

The Ffestiniog Railway steams through the beautiful Vale of Ffestiniog from beside the harbour at Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog, the slate quarrying town that literally roofed the world! There are many points of interest along the way so make the most of a day rover ticket to break your journey.

The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway is a small friendly railway in Porthmadog where the train ride is only part of the experience. Our vintage train takes you on a short ride through the countryside before stopping at the engine sheds where you can climb into the cabs of the locomotives and ride our miniature railway. Months open: End March – End October; Days open: Daily 7 days a week; Hours open: 9:30am – 17:30pm; Trains at: 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00; Adult £6; Child £3; Concession £5; Family £15

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L7 Waunfawr, Caernarfon LL55 4PQ T: 01286 650342 E: riding@snowdonia2000.fsnet.co.uk www.snowdonia2000.fsnet.co.uk Riding for all in the magnificent mountain scenery between Snowdon and the sea to suit complete beginners or competent riders. Approved by the British Horse Society. Established over 30 years.

Months open: 1–12; Days open: Mon–Sun; Hours open: 10am–5pm

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Church Street, Llanrwst LL26 0LE T: 01492 642550 E: info@llanrwstalmshouses.wanadoo.co.uk www.llanrwstalmshouses.org.uk Mae’r amgueddfa gymunedol hon, yn elusendai 17eg Llanrwst, yn cynnig cipolwg rhyfeddol i’r oes o’r blaen mewn tref farchnad Gymreig nodweddiadol. Located in Llanrwst’s 17th century almshouses, this community museum provides a remarkable insight into bygone times in a typical Welsh market town.

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Amgueddfa Syr Henry Jones Museum Y Cwm, Llangernyw, Abergele LL22 8PR T: 01745 860630 E: info@sirhenryjones-museums.org www.sirhenryjones-museums.org Dewch i’r amgueddfa hynod hon sy’n ymwneud â bywyd cefn gwlad Cymru a dysgwch am Henry Jones a hanes ei frwydr am addysg. Visit this fascinating Museum of Welsh rural life and find out about Henry Jones and the story of his struggle for education. Months open:5–9; Days open: Tue–Fri and Bank Holidays, hours open: 10:30am–1pm and 2pm–5pm; Sat–Sun, hours open: 2pm–5pm; Prices: £2 (adults), £1.50 (concessions)

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Snowdonia Mountains and Coast is packed with attractions, places to visit and activity operators. Here’s a selection to get you going. For more information please contact our Tourist Information Centres or go to www.visitsnowdonia.info. To avoid disappointment please check all opening times direct with the attraction or activity provider before travelling.

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guide to accommodation (adverts) canllaw llety (hysbysebion)

Finding your way around To help pinpoint the parts of Snowdonia Mountains and Coast you’re interested in, the following accommodation listings have been split into six separate areas. At the beginning of each area there’s helpful information on towns and villages with details of things to do and places to see. We also feature useful websites and details of local Tourist Information Centres. The fold-out map on the inside back cover contains the key to symbols used in the accommodation listings. Within each area, the listings appear by type of accommodation (serviced, self-catering, caravan and camping parks), then sorted alphabetically by town/village and by accommodation name. Remember to use the map grid reference to find the location of the property.

It’s all in the stars All accommodation grades in this publication have been based on a set of common quality standards agreed by Visit Wales, Visit Britain, Visit Scotland and the AA. The star ratings reflect the facilities and overall quality of the experience.

A guide to Quality Assurance All the accommodation featured in this publication has been quality graded so you can make your choice in confidence, knowing that each place to stay has been given a star grading according to the quality and facilities on offer. Star grades mean that you can be sure of standards and choose the accommodation that’s just right for you. Visit Wales/AA are the only grading agents in

Wales, checking out over 5,000 places. In the case of properties handled by self-catering agencies, the frequency between visits can be longer. Occasionally, it has not been possible to visit the accommodation prior to publication. In these instances, the property is marked as ‘Awaiting Grading’. STARS are your guide to quality. The Star Quality Grading Schemes apply to all types of accommodation: serviced – hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast, farm accommodation, hostel/hostel-type accommodation; self-catering cottages and apartments; and caravan holiday home and touring/camping parks.

Here are the quality ratings Simple, practical, no frills

Further detailed information on grading criteria and awards can be found at: www.wales.gov.uk/tourism

WASCO Guests are assured of a warm welcome and quality accommodation with the Wales Association of Self-Catering Operators.

Dragon Award winners For excellence in individual caravan accommodation, ask for a caravan that has won the Visit Wales Dragon Award. The caravan will be something special, with a bath or shower and toilet and many extras such as colour TV and heating.

Well presented and well run

Good level of quality and comfort

Excellent standard throughout

GreenDragon Standard This is a stepped standard recognising effective environmental management. For further details visit www.arenanetwork.org

Exceptional, with a degree of luxury Also look out for that extraspecial property that has been awarded Visit Wales’s Gold Award, given for exceptional standards of hospitality, comfort and food in serviced accommodation.

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Serviced accommodation

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Gwesty Maes-y-Neuadd Hotel

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Talsarnau, Nr Harlech LL47 6YA T: 01766 780200 F: 01766 780211 E: maes@neuadd.com www.neuadd.com Lynn Jackson

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Welcoming, family owned, historic manor house in 80 acres of beautiful gardens with stunning views. Superb food and wines in our award winning restaurant, terrace and bar. Individually designed en-suite bedrooms, spacious and sunny public rooms. Ideally situated for beaches and all major attractions in the area. Open to non-residents.

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r15; A15; Open 1–12; B&B pp £49.50–£100; Short Break: 2 night D B&B: £158–£270; Weekly: D B&B pp £553–£840

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Conwy Valley The River Conwy passes through a broad valley flanked by forest and farmland on its journey from mountain to sea. This green valley, long renowned for its beauty, is the dominant feature in a landscape of great variety. Close by there are tumbling falls, wooded gorges, mountain lakes, high moor and a charming stretch of the North Wales coast. There’s also a great choice of places to stay − everything from traditional market towns and villages to seaside resorts.

1 Betws y Coed Where to begin? There’s so much to see and do in this bustling mountain resort, a consistently popular destination since Victorian times. Enjoys a beautiful location amongst woods and riverbanks. Many attractions including railway museum, golf course, high ropes adventure (with new eco-friendly visitor centre), waymarked walks and famous Swallow Falls. Excellent Snowdonia National Park Information Centre, and an outstanding range of shops selling quality crafts, clothing and outdoor gear. Host of activities too, including climbing, mountain biking and horse riding. Betws is a convenient hub for the Princes of Gwynedd Historic Tours, trails based on the books by Sharon Penman – free brochure available at the information centre or go to www.princesofgwynedd.com

2 Capel Curig Village familiar to all self-respecting climbers and mountain walkers. Close to all the classic Snowdonia terrain. Local shops sell mountaineering and outdoor wear. Home of the Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre, which offers courses and tuition in outdoor activities.

3 Conwy The walled town of Conwy and its dark-stoned castle evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere. Spectacular views from the fortress (a World Heritage Site) and town walls down into the narrow streets and across the

estuary. There’s history at almost every turn − Elizabethan Plas Mawr, Aberconwy House, Thomas Telford’s castellated suspension bridge, quirky ‘smallest house’. River cruises, art gallery, RSPB nature reserve and many other attractions. Bodnant Garden and the start of the Cambrian Way long-distance path nearby.

4 Llanfairfechan Mountain-backed seaside resort with a good stretch of sandy beach. Activities include windsurfing, golf, angling, croquet. Birdwatching at Traeth Lafan Nature Reserve. Good walking base – ask at Conwy Tourist Information Centre for the Llanfairfechan walks publication describing five town and country routes, or download from www.conwy.gov.uk/countryside. Llanfairfechan was crowned North Wales’s 2009 Calor Village of the Year for its enterprising community spirit.

5 Llanrwst Handsome ‘capital’ and market town for the Vale of Conwy. Famous humpback bridge over river dates from 17th century, reputedly the work of architect Inigo Jones. Historic almshouses with sensory herb garden open to the public. Nearby Gwydir Castle and Gwydir Uchaf Chapel reveal more of the area’s eventful history. Ask in local shops for the circular walk leaflet or download from www.conwy.gov.uk/countryside

6 Penmachno Mountain village beautifully located amongst

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open countryside and forested hills. Fascinating National Trust site nearby – Tyˆ Mawr Wybrnant was the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan whose translation of the Bible into Welsh ensured the survival of the language. Penmachno Forest has a superb network of mountain biking trails. Handy Penmachno and Dolwyddelan Walks guide (including detailed maps) available from Betws y Coed TIC.


Tourist Information Centres 1 Betws y Coed Royal Oak Stables, Betws y Coed LL24 0AH T: 01690 710426 tic.byc@eryri-npa.gov.uk

2 Conwy Castle Buildings, Conwy LL32 8LD T: 01492 592248 conwytic@conwy.gov.uk

helpful links www.betws-y-coed.co.uk www.conwy.gov.uk/countryside www.dolwyddelan.org www.4snowdoniaholidays.co.uk www.visitconwyvalley.org.uk Llandudno

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‘Close by there are tumbling falls, wooded gorges, mountain lakes, high moor and a charming stretch of the North Wales coast.’ Captions: Main image: Conwy Castle/Castell Left to right: Cwm Idwal Betws y Coed Llanfairfechan Trefriw Woollen Mill

7 Penmaenmawr Holiday resort with attractive promenade looking out across Conwy Bay to Anglesey. Sandy beach, paddling pool, children’s playground. Small museum recalls Penmaenmawr’s quarrying past. Good walking locally − take to the hills on one of the historic trails, follow a waymarked ‘quarryman’s walk’ over to Rowen or sample the scenic North Wales Path.

8 Rowen One of the prettiest little villages in Wales. Attractive walks into the hills following the Roman Road. Conwy Water Gardens (otters, flamingos, fishery, aquatic centre and reptile house) nearby.

9 Trefriw Spa village where you can still see the mineralrich waters discovered by the Romans. Trefriw’s long-established woollen mill produces distinctive Welsh tapestries and tweeds. Llyn Crafnant, a fishing lake, and Llyn Geirionydd, popular for watersports, in the forested hills above. Explore the village’s idyllic surroundings by following some of the Trefriw Trails.

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Conwy Valley Bridge View

4F Old Church Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AL T: 01690 710127 E: welcome@betwsguesthouse.co.uk www.betwsguesthouse.co.uk

GOLD

A friendly welcome awaits you in our charming historic home. Hearty breakfast served in former courtroom. Off the main road, 200 yards from village centre. Lounge and garden overlooking the river. Ideal for birdwatching and enjoying the outstanding views. All rooms en-suite with TV and many extras. On-line booking available.

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Bryn Bella Guest House

3F

L7 Lôn Muriau, Llanrwst Road, Betws y Coed LL24 0HD T: 01690 710627 E: welcome@bryn-bella.co.uk www.bryn-bella.co.uk A warm, award winning, eco-friendly welcome awaits you at Bryn Bella. Enjoy spectacular views of Betws-y-Coed and the surrounding area. All rooms equipped to the highest standard for your comfort and pleasure. Highly commended by the AA, we are in the top 10% of places in Snowdonia.

www.betws-y-coed.co.uk Stay in the Gateway to Snowdonia Wales’ most popular inland destination 01690 710426 Aberconwy House

3F Lôn Muriau, Llanrwst Road, Betws-Y-Coed LL24 OHD T: 01690 710202 E: welcome@aberconwy-house.co.uk www.aberconwy-house.co.uk Stuart & Emma Charlton Spectacular views, a peaceful setting, delicious breakfasts, comfortable beds and a very warm welcome awaits you at our five star Victorian guest house. Come and enjoy! All rooms are en-suite and well equipped for a relaxing stay. Walkers and cyclists always welcome.

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Afon View Guest House

3F Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL24 OAN T: 01690 710726 E: welcome@afon-view.co.uk www.afon-view.co.uk Mike & Barbara Williams AA 4 star Highly Commended. An elegant guest house situated in the village with private parking, bike storage and drying room facilities. There is a comfortable lounge with a real Victorian coal fire and free Wi-Fi access. You can view the rooms and book online via our website.

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r5; A5; Open 1–12; B&B pp £30–£35

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Bryn yr Haf – Summer Hill Guest House

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Coedcynhelir Road, Betws y Coed, Conwy LL24 OBL T: 01690 710306 Delightfully situated, recently refurbished beautiful victorian family house. Situated overlooking the river close to all amenities within the village. Hearty breakfast. Packed lunch available. Private parking. Drying facilities. Wi-Fi. r10; A8; Open 1–12; B&B from £30–£38 } ( %k - ] úß* I Canolfan Croeso

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Craig-Y-Dderwen Riverside Hotel 3F Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AS T: 01690 710293 F: 01690 710362 E: info@snowdoniahotel.com www.snowdoniahotel.com Set amidst the dramatic scenery of Snowdonia National Park, this elegant 4 star Country House Hotel makes the most of its tranquil and secluded position within 16 acres of gardens on the banks of the river Conwy. The hotel offers an award winning restaurant and beautifully appointed bedrooms and suites.

r16; A16; Open 2–12; B&B pp £55–£85

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Conwy Valley Fairy Glen Hotel

Glyntwrog House

3F Beaver Bridge, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL24 0SH T: 01690 710269 E: fairyglenho@sky.com www.fairyglenhotel.co.uk Brian and Enid Youe A warm friendly welcome greets you to our small family run 17th century hotel. Overlooking the River Conwy and Beaver Pool, among forests and mountains. Central heating, clock/radios, CTV, hairdryers and beverage tray in all bedrooms. Excellent, fresh, home cooked cuisine. Residents licensed bar. Private car park. AA . Short breaks available.

3F Betws-y-Coed LL24 0SG T: 01690 710 930 E: welcome@glyntwrogsnowdonia.co.uk www.glyntwrogsnowdonia.co.uk Janet & Ian Poole

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A beautiful Victorian house nestling in five acres of woodland. Enjoying spectacular views of the Conwy Valley. You can be assured of the warmest of welcomes and exceptional service from your hosts Janet and Ian Poole. Within easy strolling distance of Betws y Coed centre. All rooms beautifully appointed with en-suite facilities. Wi-Fi throughout.

r8; A8; Open 3–11; B&B pp £30–£34; 2 night D B&Bpp: £96–£100; Weekly: D B&B £315–£330

r4; A4; Open 1–12; B&B pp £32–£37; 2 night B&Bpp: £64–£74

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The Ferns Guest House

Mount Garmon View Guest House

3F Holyhead Road, Betws y Coed LL24 0AN T: 01690 710587 E: stay@thefernsguesthouse.co.uk www.ferns-guesthouse.co.uk The Ferns is a beautifully appointed 4 star guest house situated right in the centre of Betws-y-Coed, the 'gateway' to the Snowdonia National Park. We offer 7 comfortable en-suite bedrooms suitable for individuals, couples and families. All with digital freeview television, tea/coffee making facilities and wireless internet access. 'Which' recommended.

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Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL24 0AN T: 01690 710335 E: welcome@mount-garmon.co.uk www.mount-garmon.co.uk Petra Wing

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Beautiful, elegant Victorian guest house in the centre of Betws-y-Coed. Ideal base for adventures or relaxing in Snowdonia. Rooms extremely comfortable, well appointed, clean and with en-suite or private facilities. Full traditional breakfast included. Large private car park and secure bike storage. Free Wi-Fi access, Fluent German spoken.

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The Park Hill / Gwesty Bryn Parc

4F

Vicarage Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AD T: 01690 710491 E: welcome@garth-dderwen.co.uk W: www.garth-dderwen.co.uk Eifion & Frances Morris

Llanrwst Road, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL24 0HD T: 01690 710540 E: welcome@park-hill.co.uk www.park-hill.co.uk J. Buis

Victorian Guest House located in quiet village centre position, private parking, residents lounge, traditional breakfast. Welsh speaking host, close to local amenities, forest walks, fishing and golf. Ideally situated for touring Snowdonia. Mountain bike hire near-by. Bike storage available. Discounted rates on 3 nights or more.

Our Home is your Castle. Family run. Ideally situated. Breathtaking views. Renowned for its informality, service, cuisine and its teddy bears. Indoor heated swimming pool with sauna free and exclusively for our guests, open 24h/day. Secluded car park. Golf course and village within 6 minutes walking distance.

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4F Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL24 OBN T/F: 01690 710508 www.glenwood-cottage.co.uk Newly modernised accommodation. Five en-suite rooms with residents cosy lounge. Peaceful location and lovely views, yet only five minutes walk from the nearest watering hole/restaurant. Use of large garden with hidden stream. Adjoining is Glenwood cottage, which offers accommodation sleeping eight. Plenty of illuminated off road parking. ‘Croeso’.

r5; A5; Open 1–12; B&B pp £27.50–£32.50; 2 night B&Bpp: £55–£65; Weekly: B&B pp £175–£210

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Conwy Valley Penmachno Hall

Stables Lodge

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Penmachno, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0PU T: 01690 760410 F: 01690 760410 E: stay@penmachnohall.co.uk www.penmachnohall.co.uk Lauraine and Simon Awdry AA Highly Commended 5 star 2009/10 and 2008/9. Awards 2007/8: Best B&B Wales, Les Routiers; Best B&B Snowdonia, The Guardian; Britain's 100 Best B&Bs (No.9), The Independent. This “dashingly-renovated, stone-built rectory” (Holiday Which?) is situated within 2 / acres of river-fronted landscaped gardens. Penmachno Hall offers en-suites with Victorian cast-iron, roll-top baths, panoramic views, award-winning food, fine wines and winter open fires. The 5-star, interiordesigned, luxury, self-catering Coach House has 2 double/twin bedrooms, jacuzzi bath & freeview.

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Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AY T: 01690 710219 F: 01690 710603 E: royaloakmail@btopenworld.com www.stableslodge.net

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r3; A3; Open 1–12 (Closed Xmas and New Year); B&B pp £40–£45 min 2 nights; Evening meals: Welsh suppers, Tue–Fri, £12.50–£15 pp; 5-course dinners, Saturdays only, £35–£37.50. Self-Catering: Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit £350–£650 } C ( % k -] ú ß * I y I s (self-catering)

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Outstanding, affordable accommodation centrally located. All 18 modern en-suite rooms offer hospitality tray, TV’s with selected sky channels, double glazing and central heating. Lift, disabled facilities, bike store and drying room available. The Stables Bistro Bar serves quality food, has alfresco dining and hosts regular music events. Your adventure starts here...

r18; A18; Open 1–12; Room only, per room: £60–£80; B&B per room from £70–£96

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Royal Oak Hotel

3F Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AY T: 01690 710219 F: 01690 710603 E: royaloakmail@btopenworld.com www.royaloakhotel.net Privately owned and personally run picturesque former Victorian coaching inn, overlooking the river Llugwy–centrally located in the delightful village of Betws y Coed. All 27 three star rated ensuite rooms have modern facilities including deluxe 4 posters, jacuzzi bath, family rooms, broadband access, LCD televisions with selected SKY channels, residents also receive complimentary membership of Dukes leisure complex situated a 5 minute walk away. For eating venues, choose from fine dining in elegant surroundings with the acclaimed Llugwy Restaurant highlighting the best of local produce–the contemporary vibe of the Grill Bar or the Stables Bar Bistro which hosts regular music events and also has alfresco dining–the Royal Oak Hotel is the perfect setting for sophisticated socialising or casual gatherings. The perfect base for exploring all of Snowdonias’ wonders or enjoying multi–activity adventures, the village also offers unique shopping with boutiques, galleries and a host of specialist outdoor retailers. It’s all here!

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Conwy Valley Swallow Falls Hotel

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Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 ODW T: 01690 710796 F: 01690 710191 E: swallowfall@btconnect.com www.swallowfallshotel.co.uk

Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0EE T: 01690 720331 E: res@tyn-y-coed.co.uk www.tyn-y-coed.co.uk

Situated just outside Betws-y-Coed opposite Wales’ most beautiful waterfall Swallow Falls Complex has a wide variety of accommodation to suit all tastes. The hotel offers 15 en-suite bedrooms a 76-bedded hostel plus camp-site with shower and toilets. Other facilities include bars, restaurant, coffee shop, landscaped gardens and children’s play area.

Family run, home cooked, local produce. Bars with winter log fires. Relaxed, informal atmosphere, comfortable large beds, some four-posters. Designer showers. One bunk room. Launderette, cycle storage, drying room. Private land, natural river pool. Central for North Wales attractions. Picture of each bedroom and secure online booking via our website.

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r14; A14; Open 1–12; B&B pp £40–£55; Short Break: 2 night B&B: £70–£90; Weekly: B&B pp £225–£275

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Bryn Derwen Guest House

Award winning family run traditional coaching Inn in beautiful Betws-y-Coed in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. Award winning restaurant with varied menu from all over the world. Local fresh produce and some home grown and hand reared produce. Olde worlde 16th century coaching Inn. Beamed ceilings, antique beds and furniture.

Weekly: B&B pp £182–£378

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Best Western Waterloo Hotel

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2F Woodlands, Gyffin, Conwy LL32 8LT T: 01492 596134 E: info@conwybrynderwen.co.uk www.conwybrynderwen.co.uk Andrew Kirkham

London Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0SG T: 01690 710383 F: 01690 710383 E: mratcl1050@aol.com www.tygwynhotel.co.uk

r13; A10; Open 1–12; B&B pp £26–£60; 2 night B&B pp: £52–£120;

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Castle Hotel

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High Street, Conwy LL32 8DB T: 01492 582800 F: 01492 582300 E: mail@castlewales.co.uk www.castlewales.co.uk Peter Lavin 15th century coaching inn full of charm and atmosphere, in the medieval ‘World Heritage’ walled town of Conwy. Antiques and fine paintings by Victorian painter John Dawson Watson decorate the interiors. Close to the quay, ancient castle and ‘Plas Mawr’ Elizabethan mansion house, said to be the finest in Britain. Ideally located for touring all North Wales. Within easy reach of Snowdonia National Park, Bodnant Garden, Penrhyn Castle and only 35 minutes from Holyhead. Short breaks available.

Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AR T: 01690 710411 F: 01690 710986 E: reservations@waterloo-hotel.info www.waterloo-hotel.info Waterloo Hotel is the perfect base to explore and discover the breathtaking scenery of Snowdonia’s beautiful countryside and coastline. Hotel facilities include: Garden Room Restaurant, Bridge 1815 Bistro & Bar and the intimate Lounge Bar. We offer friendly and professional hospitality with excellent cuisine dominated by local fresh produce. Extensive leisure facilities – indoor heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gymnasium. Within easy distance to numerous North Wales attractions and outdoor exhilarating activities. r47; A47; Open 1–12; B&B pp £57.75–£70; Short Break: 2 night D B&B pp: £154.50–£180 F 33 } A C C Œ Z ( % s k - ] ú

r28; A28; Open 1–12; B&B pp £60–£85; Short Break: 2 night D B&B: £150–£190

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Conwy Valley Glan Heulog Guest House

Caerlyr Hall

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Llanrwst Road, Conwy LL32 8LT T: 01492 593845 E: glanheulog@no1guesthouse. freeserve.co.uk www.conwy-bedandbreakfast.co.uk

Conway Old Road, Penmaenmawr LL34 6SW T: 01492 623518 F: 01492 622070 www.caerlyrhall.co.uk Mr and Mrs Warner

Stan and Viv welcome you to their beautiful Victorian home retaining many of its original features, comfortable en-suite rooms, relaxing lounge and conservatory. Quiet location with views, close to town and Conwy castle. Off road parking. Excellent touring centre for all North Wales' attractions. Freshly cooked breakfasts, vegetarians welcome.

Charming country house set in natural amphitheatre with sea and mountain views. All rooms en-suite and centrally heated. Excellent cuisine, fine wines and characterful bar. Non Smoking. Ideal for walkers, golfers, and historic building enthusiasts. Children welcome. Pets by arrangement. Ample parking. r9; A8; Open 1–12; B&B pp £36–£41; Short Break: 2 night D B&B: £100–£110; Weekly: B&B pp £205–£240

r7; A6; Open 1–12; B&B pp £29–£34; 2 night B&Bpp: £54–£62; Weekly: B&B pp £186–£213

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The Old Rectory Country House Llanrwst Road, Llansanffraid Glan Conwy, Conwy LL28 5LF T: 01492 580611 E: info@oldrectorycountryhouse.co.uk www.oldrectorycountryhouse.co.uk Michael Vaughan

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Trefriw Tourism Association

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Idyllically situated in glorious gardens with panoramic vistas of Snowdonia, the Conwy estuary, bird reserve and castle. A luxury AA 5 star “Guest Accommodation.” Antiques and paintings abound. Bodnant Gardens, Llandudno 4 miles. Midway Chester, Caernarfon. Ideal central touring base. Help with touring routes. Three golf courses within 3 miles.

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Plas Maenan Country House 3F

Crafnant Lake – Trefriw

Trefriw - between Betws-y-Coed & Conwy Gateway to the North Wales Lakes Set in the glorious Snowdonia National Park, this friendly village is a world away from the crowds and commercialism of the larger resorts. It offers a wide choice of accommodation, places to eat and two real village pubs, but keeps its atmosphere of peace and tranquillity...a place to forget the pressures of modern life. Trefriw’s Spa and Woollen Mill are popular places to visit. Discover our wonderful scenic walks by visiting www.trefriwtrails.org.uk

For village brochure T: 01492 640013 Or visit us at: www.4snowdoniaholidays.co.uk Crafnant Guest House Plas Maenan Country House, Conwy Valley, Nr. Llanrwst, Conwy LL26 0YR T: 01492 660 232 E: james.burt@btconnect.com www.plas-maenan-hotel.co.uk James & Caroline Burt Plas Maenan sits on a sunny bluff high above the Conwy Valley with spectacular views of the river and mountains. The sumptuous five star country house is filled with well-stuffed sofas, squashy leather chairs, log fires and over-flowing bookcases. Superb restaurant, lovely bedrooms and suites, conservatory, fountain terrace. Coffee shop. Lunches. Afternoon teas. The flock of Neusinger sheep, bat colony and the Cymbidium orchid collection are special features of this much loved establishment.

r9; A9; Open 1–12; B&B pp £55–£75; Short Break: 2 night D B&B: £135–£175

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3F Trefriw, Conwy, LL27 0JH T: 01492 640809 E: crafnanthouse@btinternet.com www.trefriw.co.uk Jan Bertenshaw Whether you’ve discovered the mountain lakes which nestle above our village – conquered Snowdon or strolled around the stunning Conwy Valley–then rest assured of the comfort and warm welcome of Crafnant House–beautifully appointed former Victorian farmhouse, an excellent central base, with traditional pubs and exceptional food on the doorstep.

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Conwy Valley Princes Arms Hotel

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4F 1 Meredith Terrace, Dolwyddelan, Conwy LL25 0NQ E: glen.storey1@btinternet.com www.beckhithecottage.co.uk Susan Storey

Trefriw, Nr Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, North Wales LL27 0JP T: 01492 640592 F: 01492 640559 E: enquiries@princes-arms.co.uk www.princes-arms.co.uk Picturesque National Park location central to Snowdonia’s mountains and coast with beautiful lakes and forests around us. Delightful en-suite bedrooms with fantastic views across the river Conwy. All have colour TV, tea/coffee, hairdryer, room service available and laundry facilities with drying room. Ample private hotel car parking. Our award winning restaurant is the pride of the valley with friendly attentive service complementing the dining experience. Log fire and cosy lounge bar to round off the perfect day in Snowdonia.

Ideally situated in the beautiful Lledr valley five miles from Betws y Coed. Traditional stone cottage in private location on the outskirts of village. Perfect base for sightseeing, walks from the door. Exposed beams, wood burner, oil heating. Pub food five minutes walk. Pretty garden, patio area. Off road parking for two cars.

r9; A9; Open 1–12; B&B pp £45–£55; Short Break: 2 night B&B: £90–£110; 2 night D B&B: £150–£170; Weekly: B&B pp £300–£375; D B&B pp £490–£575

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Tyˆ Newydd Guest House

Open 1–12; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit £285–£470; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £175–£255

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Dolwen & Hafan Bach Cottages

3F Trefriw, Nr Llanrwst, Conwy LL27 0JH T: 01492 641210 E: tynewyddtrefriw@aol.com www.tynewyddtrefriw.co.uk Lil and Allan Jones

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Penmachno, Nr Betws-y-Coed Contact: Mr T Tottle, 3 Newgate Street, Penmacho, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0UT T: 01690 760417

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Two traditional stone-built cottages in Snowdonia National Park. Black-beamed, log-fire,spin-dryer, cycle-shed. Edge of village, quiet lane, wooded valley. Parking, pub, forest, MTB tracks; all nearby. Betws-y-Coed’s shops, restaurants; 3 miles. Clients’ comments: ‘Cosy; comfortable; very clean; well-equipped; quiet; well situated for walking/touring; beautiful scenery; friendly locals; will return’. Brochure available.

Located in pretty village centre within Snowdonia National Park, 4 miles from A5 at Betws-y-Coed, 9 miles from A55 at Conwy. Nearby friendly pubs/restaurants. Easy access to all North Wales attractions, lakes, walks, mountains, coastal towns, Bodnant Gardens, castles, golf, horse riding, mountain zoo, woolen mills and much more. Lil and Allan welcome you.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 4 & 3; Weekly: per unit £141–£390; Short Breaks available, prices on application.

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Bodnant Caravan Park

Betws-y-Coed LL24 0SG T: 01824 704855 E: glennevans2@mac.com www.cottage-snowdonia.co.uk Victorian gentleman's residence (sleeps 8) with adjoining cosy romantic cottage (sleeps 4) (former servants quarters) within walking distance of village. Breathtaking views. Use of leisure facilities included, within walking distance. Properties may be booked separately. Open 1–12; Sleeps 4–8; Weekly: Small house: per unit £307–£856; House: per unit £806–£1862; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £545–£998 }Z ( % -] ß* Z y ÇI

3F Nebo Road, Llanrwst, Conwy Valley LL26 0SD T: 01492 640248 E: ermin@bodnant-caravan-park.co.uk www.bodnant-caravan-park.co.uk Mrs Ermin Kerry-Jenkins

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Pen y Graig, Llanbedr y Cennin, Conwy LL32 8JD T: 01492 660663 E: h.fudge@btinternet.com www.betws-y-coed.co.uk Roberta Fudge Probably the cosiest cottage in the Conwy Valley! This newly refurbished cottage is in an ideal location for enjoying the mountains, sea, ancient towns and glorious countryside of North Wales. Open 3–12; Sleeps 2; Weekly: per unit £235–£425; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £180

Small select site for touring caravans, motorcaravans, tents and 2 holiday caravans, bordered by trees and a stream. Many years winner of “Wales in Bloom”, landscaped with shrubs, flower beds and old farm machinery. Set in our beautiful Conwy Valley, an ideal base for exploring the mountains, lakes and coast of North Wales. Multi-service and hard standing pitches available. Open 3–10; Statics for hire: 2; Pitches: Touring 38, Tents 14; Static Weekly: £250–£340; Touring Daily: £12–£16.50; Self-Catering: Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit £250–£340

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Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis and the villages of Snowdonia If your taste is for rugged, rocky mountains and dramatic landscapes, you’ll want to stay in these welcoming towns and villages. Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh) is a dominant presence, but don’t worry if you haven’t got a head for heights. There are wooded valleys, rushing rivers and mountain lakes too, and an attractive coastline along the Menai Strait and northern gateway to the Llyˆn Peninsula.

1 Abergwyngregyn Otherwise known simply as ‘Aber’. Scenic village at approach to beautiful wooded valley and Aber Falls, the highest natural waterfall in Wales. Traeth Lafan Coastal Nature Reserve nearby.

2 Bangor Small but lively city and university town. Bangor Cathedral has ancient roots − this religious site can be traced back to the 6th century. Art and local artefacts on display at the museum. Lots of leisure facilities, including pool, new Play Centre and delightful pier, restored to its Victorian splendour – take a stroll along it then enjoy a favourite local treat of tea and fresh scones. A good shopping

scene too, boosted by the opening of the new Menai Centre. The National Trust’s imposing Penrhyn Castle is located in beautiful grounds on the outskirts of town. On 13 November 2010 Bangor hosts the Gwyl Cerdd Dant Music Festival.

3 Beddgelert Picturesque stone-built village ideally located for exploring all the classic sights and beauty spots − Aberglaslyn Pass to the south, Nant Gwynant to the east, Snowdon to the north. Go underground at the nearby Sygun Copper Mine. National Trust’s Craflwyn Estate (an activity, special interest and conference centre) also close by. The village is one of the stop-off points on the newly extended Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon. Nearby Rhyd Ddu is a great starting point for walking up Snowdon.

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4 Bethesda Former slate quarrying village on doorstep of the dramatic Nant Ffrancon Pass, Ogwen Falls and some of North Wales’s wildest mountain scenery. On the Lôn Las Ogwen cycle and walking path. Caban near Gerlan is a hostel catering for outdoor enthusiasts.

5 Caernarfon Gwynedd’s county town, home to Wales’s most famous castle (a World Heritage Site).


Tourist Information Centres 1 Caernarfon Oriel Pendeitsh, Castle Street, Caernarfon LL55 2NA (opposite entrance to the castle) T: 01286 672232 caernarfon.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

2 Llanberris 41b High Street, Llanberis LL55 4UR T: 01286 870765 llanberis.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

3 Beddgelert Hebog Centre, Beddgelert LL55 4YD T: 01766 890615 tic.beddgelert@eryri-npa.gov.uk

Tourist Information Point 4 Bangor Gwynedd Road, Bangor LL57 1DT T: 01248 353368

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Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis a Phentrefi Eryri Mighty Caernarfon Castle, built in the 13th century by Edward I as a royal palace and military fortress, was the centrepiece of a medieval walled town. The Romans left their mark too − 1,000 years earlier they built their fort of Segontium on the hill above. Its foundations are still there, along with a fascinating museum. Other attractions include Welsh Highland Railway, Maritime Museum, Galeri (arts complex with theatre and cinema), Hwylfan Fun Centre and Redline Indoor Karting. Waterside Doc Fictoria is home to the Celtica Retail Centre shopping experience. Plas Menai National Watersports Centre on outskirts. Spectacular views of the castle, mountains and Anglesey on Menai Strait Pleasure Cruises. New town guide available from the Tourist Information Centre. Caernarfon hosts the 10th European Golden Oldies Rugby Festival 10–13 June 2010.

6 Dinas Dinlle Seaside village with vast sandy beach and views that seem to go on forever. Attractive promenade and play areas. Home of Airworld attraction and Caernarfon Airport

7 Llanberris Town blessed with superb lakeside location at the foot of Snowdon − and an exceptional range of things to see and do. Two narrowgauge railways (one to the top of Snowdon), Padarn Country Park, National Slate Museum, Dolbadarn Castle (built by native Welsh prince Llywelyn ab Iorwerth, Llywelyn the Great), craft shops and Electric Mountain underground trip. Also a hugely popular centre for walkers and climbers. Follow the self-guided Llanberis Heritage Trails or the choice of paths to the summit of Snowdon and the stunning new Hafod Eryri Visitor Centre.

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Garden Hotel

3D 1 High Street, Bangor LL57 1DQ T: 01248 362189 F: 01248 371328 E: reception@gardenhotel.co.uk www.gardenhotel.co.uk Mr Andrew Lui

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Bangor leaflet To order a copy tel 01286 672232

The Hotel is situated on the high street where it is close to the main railway station. The 10 ensuite bedrooms have all facilities you would expect from a first class hotel.Delicious freshly prepared food, fine wines and a warm welcoming atmosphere where you can feel at home.

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Gors yr Eira Country Guest House

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Mynydd, Llandygai, Bangor LL57 4DZ T: 01248 601353 E:einir@gorsyreira.co.uk www.gorsyreira.co.uk David L. Frodsham Tranquil location with spectacular scenery of Snowdonia. Although away from it all, only 2 miles from the A55 expressway. Renowned for good food. With home made produce and a friendly atmosphere. r2; A2; Open 1–12; B&B pp £30 }CŒ( % k ] ú ß I

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Bryn, Llandegai, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 4LD T: 01248 364591 F: 01248 362666 B. K. Hughes Spectacular scenery, mountains, sea, convenient university, National Trust. Irish crossings, Highlands railways, Anglesey, Bedrooms ground floor. Full facilities. Own keys. Warm Welsh welcome. Colourful garden. En-suite. Secure off-road parking. r3; A1; Open 3–10; B&B pp £27.50–£30 ß*I F} ( %] ú

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Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis and the Villages of Snowdonia Bryn Eglwys Country House Hotel

4E Beddgelert LL55 4NB T: 01766 510260 E: bryneglwys@btinternet.com www.bryneglwyshotel.co.uk Lyn Lambert This Country House Hotel stands in its own grounds and boasts one of the most enviable locations in Snowdonia. Warm and welcoming, the hotel features comfortable en-suite bedrooms, lounge, bar and a picturesque restaurant. Renowned for good food and friendly service. Large car park. Easy access to all Snowdonia’s footpaths and surrounding attractions.

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Tanronnen Inn

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Beddgelert, Gwynedd LL55 4YB T: 01766 890347 F: 01766 890606 E: tanbedd@12freeukisp.co.uk www.tanronnen.co.uk Mr W A Hughes

St Davids Road, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 1EL T: 01286 673840 M: 07775 627299 Mrs Eunice Diana Royle A tastefully furnished Victorian town house with views over the Menai Straits. Bright and pleasant en-suite bedrooms, one with private roof garden. Close to castle and town centre. Ideal location for mountains, lakes and beaches. A warm welcome awaits you in this family run guest house. Alarmed storage for motorbikes and cycles.

Located in the centre of the village, which is situated at the head of the magnificent Glaslyn Pass in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. All rooms furbished to the highest standard. Family rooms available, TV in bedrooms. Mastercard, Visa, Eurocheque, Switch, Delta accepted. Robinsons traditional draught beers.

r7; A7; Open 1–12; B&B pp £55–£65; 2 night B&Bpp: £90–£100; Weekly: B&B pp £500

r3; A3; Open 1–12; B&B pp £30–£32.50

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Bron Menai Guest House

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3D Llanfaglan, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL54 5RE T: 01286 676226 M: 07760461114 E: mari@caerefail.com www.caerefail.com Mrs Mari Williams Tranquil setting with panoramic views of Snowdonia, Menai Straits and Anglesey. Caernarfon only 2 miles. Ideally situated, homely atmosphere in tastefully furnished surroundings. Plenty of good home cooking. Attractive ensuite bedrooms with colour television, tea/coffee, hairdryer. Good access. Ample parking. A warm welcome is assured. Evening meal by prior arrangement + limited availability.

North Road, Caernarfon LL55 1BA T: 01286 675589 F: 01286 673689 E: enquiries@bronmenai.co.uk www.bronmenai.co.uk Mrs V Ashcroft Bron Menai is an old Victorian house which we have refurbished to 4 star quality. With an ambiance of relaxation. Award winning garden. Town centre five minutes walk with the castle and boat harbour. Central for touring North Wales. A day trip to Ireland. Narrow gauge railways. Mount Snowdon, mines. Licensed restaurant.

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Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis and the Villages of Snowdonia Celtic Royal Hotel

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Tyˆ Mawr Farm

3D Llanddeiniolen, Caernarfon LL55 3AD T/F: 01248 670147 E: jane@tymawrfarm.co.uk www.tymawrfarm.co.uk Jane Llewelyn Pierce

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Comfortable well appointed farmhouse with uninterrupted views of Snowdon. Centrally situated between Caernarfon and the mountain range. Fully centrally heated with log fires in two lounges, a separate panelled dining room ideal for that relaxing holiday. Evening meals optional. All rooms en-suite and very spacious with beverage tray and freeview TV. Brochure available on request. r2; A2; Open 1–12; B&B pp £30–£35; 2 night B&Bpp: £120–£140

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Ty’n Rhos Country House and Restaurant

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Bangor Street, Caernarfon LL55 1AY T: 01286 674477 F: 01286 674139 E: reservations@celtic-royal.co.uk www.celtic-royal.co.uk This deluxe hotel offers 110 luxurious en-suite bedrooms, fine dining, art deco bar, stylish conference facilities hosting 300 delegates. 1600 sq feet dance floor, leisure club with 16 mtr pool. Situated in the historical town of Caernarfon by the Snowdonia National Park, near Welsh Castles, gardens, golf courses and beaches. Easy access to Bangor Station, Holyhead Ferry Port and Manchester and Liverpool Airports. Special overnight packages available.

r110; A110; Open 1–12; B&B pp £60–£70; 2 night D B&Bpp: £99–£190; Weekly: D B&B pp £347–£525

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Seiont Manor Hotel

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3D Llanrug, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 2AQ T: 01286 673366 F: 01286 672840 E: seiontmanor@handpicked.co.uk www.handpickedhotels.co.uk

Seion, Llanddeiniolen, Caernarfon LL55 3AE T: 01248 670489 F: 01248 671772 E: enquiries@tynrhos.co.uk www.tynrhos.co.uk Janet James

Seiont Manor is situated in 150 acres of grounds and is surrounded by farmland. The 28 comfortable bedrooms are all spacious, all of which offer a balcony or patio doors. The hotel also offers a 40 foot indoor swimming pool, 2 rosette restaurant and a more relaxed brasserie conservatory.

A beautiful Country House set in idyllic gardens and 50 acres of rolling landscape. Close to the foot of Snowdon mountain. Superb cuisine and wine list. Quality linen bathrobes and courtesy tray. Quality furnishings. Bedrooms individually designed. Stoked lake . Ample parking. Peaceful stylish setting for a relaxing pampered break. Small group bookings also welcome. Packages can be arranged. Close to castles, mines, fishing, sailing, horse riding, walking, bird watching, golf, country pursuits, etc. Fairytale setting for weddings.

r28; A28; Open 1–12; B&B pp £45–£95; 2 night B&Bpp: £90–£190; D B&Bpp: £140–£240; Weekly: B&B pp £45–£95; D B&Bpp: £70–£120

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The White House

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r14; A14; Open 1–12; B&B pp £45–£75; Short Break: 2 night D B&B pp: £170–£220; Weekly: D B&B pp £510–£660. Seven nights for the price of 6.

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Erw Fair

Llanfaglan, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL54 5RA T: 01286 673003 E: rwbayles@sjms.co.uk Richard Bayles

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CAERNARFON

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Come for the castle, stay for the town

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3D High Street, Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4HA T: 01286 872400 E: erwfair@fsmail.net www.erwfair.com Martin & Sally Ross

Large quietly situated country house in own grounds with magnificent views to sea and mountains. All rooms have en-suite facilities, colour TV, tea/coffee makers. One bedroom on ground floor. Guests are welcome to use gardens. Ideal for birdwatchers, walkers, visiting castles and National Park.

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Lovely, elegant 19th century Welsh stone house. Non-smoking, comfortable, friendly, informal relaxation for families and groups. Excellent breakfast, packed lunches, parking. Lounge and drying facilities. Colour TV, tea & coffee facilities in all rooms. A splendid centrally located venue for all wanting to enjoy the beautiful Snowdonia mountain scenery, whether touring, walking, climbing or cycling.

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The Legacy Royal Victoria Hotel

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72 High Street, Llanberis T: 01286 872528 E: glynafon@fsmail.net www.glyn-afon.co.uk A friendly and welcoming guest house, centrally located in the lakeside village of Llanberis, at the foot of Mount Snowdon. A short walk from local tourist attractions of the area. Many walks from the door. An ideal base for exploring the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia National Park and the Llyˆ n Peninsula.

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3D Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4HA T: 01286 870207 E: stay@marteg-llanberis.co.uk www.marteg-llanberis.co.uk Mrs Carol Torr

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We are proud to have been awarded the first WTB 5 Star B&B in Llanberis. Situated in a quiet location overlooking the lake. Bedrooms are en-suite spacious and have superb lake views. Enjoy a delicious breakfast before your ascent up Snowdon. The Llanberis path and Snowdon mountain railway, restaurants and all amenities are within walking distance. Croeso!!

Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4TY T: 0844 411 9003 F: 0844 411 9004 E: res-royalvictoria@legacy-hotels.co.uk www.legacy-hotels.co.uk Ian Stephenson The hotel is set in 30 acres of gardens and woodland, cradled between Padarn and Peris lakes and dwarfed by mount Snowdon. The location is simply breathtaking, with two restaurants, two bars and comfortable en-suite rooms. An ideal base for exploring north Wales. Five minutes walk to Llanberis village.

r3; A3; Open 1–12; B&B pp £32.50–£39.50

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3D High Street, Llanberis LL55 4HB T: 01286 872122 E: reservations@plas-coch.co.uk www.plas-coch.co.uk Jane & Frank Gibson 4-star Victorian house and garden with ample parking. Close to Mountain Railway. Extensive breakfast menu includes a range of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. All meats outdoor-reared: organic ingredients wherever possible. Special diets available. Breakfasts cooked fresh to order are "a blissful affair" ('Visit Wales' inspection). 'Rough Guide to Wales' special recommendation, last three years.

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Walking and The Countryside Code If you are walking in the countryside, please remember: • Enjoy the countryside and respect its life and work • Guard against all risk of fire • Fasten all gates • Keep your dogs under close control • Keep to public paths across farmland • Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls • Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone • Take your litter home

• Help to keep all water clean • Protect wildlife, plants and trees • Take special care on country roads • Make no unnecessary noise Mountain walking is a strenuous outdoors activity which can be dangerous. You should make sure you and your group are fit enough for the type of route and terrain planned and that everyone has suitable equipment. Always check the weather forecast before you go. Our mountains can be very dangerous.

3D Penisarwaen, Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55 3BY T/F: 01286 872444 E: enq@tyddynperthi.co.uk www.tyddynperthi.co.uk Mrs Janice Jones

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A warm Welsh welcome awaits you at Tyddyn Perthi, a high standard accommodation situated in the foothills of Snowdonia. A small, family farm breeding prize winning Welsh Black cattle. There are tastefully furnished bedrooms with beverage trays and TVs, the spacious en-suite bathrooms have cast iron baths and separate showers. Enjoy a wide choice of breakfast. Evening meals by arrangement. Secure Parking. Internet access. r2; A2; Open 1–12; B&B pp £28–£35

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Rhiwiau Guesthouse

2E Rhiwiau Isaf, Llanfairfechan LL33 OEH T: 01248 681143 E: rhiwiau@aol.com www.rhiwiau.co.uk Ruth Carrington

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Family run guesthouse with 4 en-suite rooms. Cosy sitting rooms and a terrace with panoramic views of mountains and sea. Evening meals, enjoy home cooking, drinks licence. Situated 600 feet up in a secluded valley but only 5 minutes from the main A55. Private parking. A warm, friendly welcome awaits you.

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Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis and the Villages of Snowdonia Cil-y-Bont

Bron Meirion Cottage

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Bron Meirion, Nantmor, Beddgelert LL55 4YG T: 01248 450690 E: tony@hirst-hafod.co.uk www.hirst-hafod.co.uk Tony Hirst

Cil-y-Bont is a homely bed and breakfast establishment set in a rural riverside position, midway between Llanberis the village at the foot of Snowdon and the historic town of Caernarfon. An ideal base for exploring Snowdonia mountain range, the Isle of Anglesey and North Wales coastal resorts.

Charming spacious cottage in picturesque hamlet of Nantmor above Glaslyn Valley. Close to Welsh Highland Railway. Walk Snowdonia hills from doorstep. Beddgelert 1.5 miles, Porthmadog 7 miles, beach 9 miles. Pine kitchen with rayburn, dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave. Lounge and study with beamed ceilings, woodburner. Bed linen and towels provided. Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–6; Weekly: per unit £230–£610; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £185–£230

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Ffordd Crawia, Llanrug Gwynedd LL55 4BS T: 01286 675190 E: croeso@cilybont.co.uk www.cilybont.co.uk Mrs Alwena Hughes-Jones

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Coed Gelert Holiday Cottages

3D Llanrug, Caernarfon LL55 4PY T: 01286 673190 F: 01286 671883 E: cerid@plastirion.plus.com www.plas-tirion.co.uk Cerid Mackinnon

Coed Gelert, Beddgelert, Gwynedd LL55 4YQ T: 01766 890880 E: glaslyn.leisure@ukgateway.net www.snowdonia-cottages.net

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Set in beautiful countryside with views towards Caernarfon and Anglesey. Ideal setting for a quiet break. The farm offers a traditional Welsh welcome and provides all that is best in farmhouse hospitality. All en-suite bedrooms have colour TV, beverage tray, hairdryer. Enjoy a hearty breakfast. Packed lunch. Good access, parking.

High quality self-catering cottages in village centre with private parking. Fully equipped, including dishwasher, en-suite facilities, utility/drying room and patio. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included in price. Cottages command views of Glaslyn Valley and surrounding mountains. Ideal for family, active or peaceful relaxing holidays. Open 1–12; Sleeps 1–6; Weekly: per unit £345–£820; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £225–£535

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Read a book on the gallery, barbecue on the patio, play cricket in the field. Enjoy the song of birds, and the swoop of the swallows. Walk along quiet lanes into the hills from your own unique stable cottage. Yet all within three miles of Caernarfon’s shops, pubs and restaurants. Pets welcome. Short breaks available. Walkers, cyclists and climbers welcome, or just come to relax!

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1 Pengarreg, Nant Ffrancon, Bethesda, Bangor LL57 3LX T: 01248 600122 E: jilljones@ogwensnowdonia.co.uk www.ogwensnowdonia.co.uk Mrs Jill Jones Traditional Welsh cottages. Sunny gardens, fine views, comfortable and cosy with free Wi-Fi. Near River Ogwen, cycle path and great walking. Convenient and accessible. Only 15 mins drive to coast.

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For information on special offers, places to visit, free attractions and things to do contact our Tourist Information Centres (see back cover for details).

3D Bontnewydd, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL54 7YE T: 01286 830117 E: eleri.c@tiscali.co.uk www.welshfarmcottageholiday.co.uk Eleri Carrog

Open 1–12; Sleeps 1–5; Weekly: per unit £220–£470; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £150–£250

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Bryn Beddau Cottage

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Bwlch Derwin, Pant Glas, Garn Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd LL51 9EQ T: 01286 660701 E: oldschoolpantglas@talk21.com www.oldschool-henysgol.co.uk GOLD Terry J.Gibbins Beautiful mid-19th century school. Perfectly situated for the attractions of Snowdonia and Llyˆn Peninsula. Set in a peaceful location, off the A487, midway between Caernarfon and Porthmadog. Off road parking. Ground floor rooms, wheelchair accessible, family en-suite. Highly recommended delicious home-cooked evening meals. Full breakfast choice. Sue and Terry offer a very warm welcome. Free Wi-Fi available.

Ogwen Valley Holidays

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Canolfan Croeso Tourist Information Centre

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Walking and cycling enthusiasts should look out for this sign, which includes the ‘boot’ and ‘ wheel’ symbols. Some properties qualify for both symbols, others just the one. The symbols are displayed by properties that have undertaken to provide features which walkers and cyclists always find welcome. They include drying facilities for wet clothes and boots, secure lockable areas for bikes, adequate storage space for rucksacks and packed lunches.


Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis and the Villages of Snowdonia Hafoty Farm Cottages

4D Rhostryfan, Caernarfon, LL54 7PH T: 01286 830144 F: 01286 830441 E: info@hafoty.com www.hafoty.com Elaine Moss Set on the edge of Snowdonia, Hafoty Farm Cottages provide the perfect base for exploring Anglesey, the Llyˆn Peninsula, Caernarfon and the surrounding countryside of Snowdonia. All six cottages have been converted from old farm barns to provide the highest standard in selfcatering facilities. Personally supervised by resident owners.

Bryn Bras Castle

Open 3–1; Sleeps 2–6; Weekly: per unit £215–£690; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £140–£220

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3D Deiniolen, Caernarfon LL55 3LU T: 01286 872478 E: mail@trosgol.co.uk www.trosgol.co.uk Paul Dicken

Bryn Bras is unique in Wales, ‘A Land of Castles’ as one of the few castles within which you can enjoy a stay in graciously appointed apartments of distinctively individual character. The Regency Castle (Listed Building Grade II*) is set in the Snowdonian foothills, in 32 acres with gardens, woodlands and panoramic hill walk overlooking sea, Anglesey and Snowdon capturing the essence of Wales' natural beauty. Centrally situated for magnificent North Wales.

Trosgol Fach, a 175 year-old barn conversion is a quiet, comfortable retreat for two people with stunning views of Snowdonia's mountains. The well-equipped cottage has Freesat-TV, DVD, free WiFi access and central heating. Sunny patio facing attractive garden and Snowdon. Perfect for walkers or just relaxing. See video on website.

Many good restaurants and pubs from a half mile. Bryn Bras is a much loved Welsh home and guests appreciate the historic surrounds, peaceful grounds and degree of care put into the castle apartments (sleep 2-4). Relaxing privacy, in true tranquillity, ideal for couples. No children. Flexible start/depart days, as preferred, for any stay, at any time of the year. Rents fully inclusive with welcome baskets, breakfast cereals and much, much more... Short breaks e.g. from £195 per apartment 2 people for 2 nights. Weekly inclusive rents £500 –£900. Special romantic breaks. Mrs Marita Gray-Parry, Bryn Bras Castle, Llanrug, Caernarfon LL55 4RE Tel/Fax: 01286 870210. Email: holidays@brynbrascastle.co.uk www.brynbrascastle.co.uk

Cae Berllan Holiday Cottages

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Open 1–12; Sleeps 2; Weekly: per unit £175–£325; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £99–£175

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3D Deiniolen, Caernarfon LL55 3LU T: 01286 872478 E: mail@trosgol.co.uk www.trosgol.co.uk Paul Dicken

Cae Berllan, Tyn Lon, Llandwrog, Caernarfon LL54 5SN T: 01286 830818 E: anncaeberllan@aol.com www.caeberllan.co.uk A.M.Owen M.J.Owen

At 1000ft, Trosgol Fawr has breathtaking views of Snowdonia's mountains. All three bedrooms and lounge have mountain views and the property includes dishwasher, Satellite TV, free WiFi access and central heating. See a video of the property on the website. Large fully-enclosed garden for children and dogs. Max 7 adults plus 3 children.

Three stone cottages perfectly placed for beach and mountains plus all north Wales attractions. Spacious cottages with their own gardens 2 acre orchard and childrens play area. Space for everyone to roam. Full central heating, storage for bicycles and small boats. Car parking. Ponies welcome by arrangement. Stables and grazing. Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–7; Weekly: per unit £200–£575; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £120–£210

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T yˆ -Mawr Farm, Llanddeiniolen, Caernarfon LL55 3AD T/F: 01248 670147 E: jane@tymawrfarm.co.uk www.tymawrfarm.co.uk Jane Llewelyn Pierce

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Cil-Coed Uchaf, Clynnogfawr, Caernarfon LL54 5DA T: 01286 660661 E: marie@northwalescottages.co.uk www.northwalescottages.co.uk Ifor Davies

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Delightful Farmhouse and 3 cottages in an idyllic location private peaceful setting, area of outstanding natural beauty, with sea view from all properties, half a mile from a quaint little village which has a pub/restaurant and a magnificent church. Beach 5 minutes by car, Snowdonia, Llyˆn Peninsula close by.

Two luxuriously furnished farm cottages centrally situated between Snowdon and Caernarfon with all its attractions. 4 miles away from Snowdon. Hendre sleeps 4 and Hafod 2. Both with central heating and woodburning stoves. The cottages stand in the spacious surroundings of the farm with ample children’s play area. Gas barbecue. Brochure available on request. Short breaks available. Special rates for couples. Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–4; Weekly: per unit £180–£750; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £90–£200

Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–10; Weekly: per unit £250–£850; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £125–£450

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Snowdonia Tourist Services Ltd

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Marteg, Llanberis LL55 4HA T: 01286 870207 E: stay@marteg-llanberis.co.uk www.marteg-llanberis.co.uk Modern Luxury cottage in a quiet location within walking distance to Snowdon Mountain Railway and all amenities. Two en-suite bedrooms. Towels, linen, gas and heating included. Patio with BBQ. Cycle storage and parking. Open 1–12; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit £255–£495 } A - ] ßI I

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The mountains of Snowdonia are a magnificent spectacle featuring row-upon-row of jagged peaks and ridges; the biggest mountain range in Wales. The walks in this guide take in some of Snowdonia’s most famous features – castles, lakes, legends, forests, valleys and waterfalls. To puchase a copy please complete details on page 75. Also available at our TICs.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–20; Weekly: per unit POA; Short Break: POA

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Caernarfon Bay Caravan Park

3D Glan-y-Bala, Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55 4TY T: 01286 871097 F: 01286 872677 E: glanybala@aol.com www.glanybala.com Mrs S. Handler

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Dinas Dinlle, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL54 5TW T: 01286 830492 E: info@caernarfonbaycaravanpark.com www.caernarfonbaycaravanpark.com

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Breathtaking mountain & lake views. Two quality apartments in secluded Victorian country house plus beamed cottage with feature slate fireplace. 7 acres private woodland gardens. Beautiful furnished terraces, barbecues, drying room, cycle store, laundry and ample parking. Short walk to Llanberis attractions and amenities. Central heating, electricity, hot water, bedding included.

The perfect peaceful holiday retreat with panoramic views and unspoilt countryside. Caernarfon Bay is the ideal base for you. 50 yards from blue flag award winning beach. A small, quiet park offering top quality 2-3 bedroom holiday homes with gardens and parking. Shop & café on site. 80% of our visitors return. Pets welcome.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–10; Weekly: per unit £280–£1095; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £144–£504

Open 1–12; Statics: 15; Statics for hire: 4; Static Daily: £45–£70; Static Weekly: £170–£425; Short breaks available

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3D Penisarwaen, Llanberis, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 3BY T/F: 01286 872444 GOLD E: enq@tyddynperthi.co.uk www.tyddynperthi.co.uk Mrs Janice Jones Charmingly restored 18th century farmhouse set in 3 acres with private driveway. Fine views of Snowdonia. Master bedroom en-suite. Beams, oak flooring throughout and traditional farmhouse furniture. Superb year-round comfort, full central heating, magnificent inglenook with wood-burning stove. Fully equipped kitchen and utility, drying room with washer/dryer, freezer and cycle storage space. All linen, towels, fuel, electricity included in price. Immaculate high standard accommodation. Special rates for couples. Short breaks available.

Mountain Farm

3D Tyn-yr-Onnen, Waunfawr, Caernarfon LL55 4AX T: 01286 650281 F: 01286 650043 E: tynyronnen.farm@btconnect.com Weekly or seasonal site prefered for 2010, the paradise for walkers. 3 self-catering statics available. Donkeys and lamas to feed. Camp fires allowed with care. Path to Snowdon summit. Dogs to sleep in car.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–6; Weekly: £350–£750

Open 1–12; Statics: 4; Statics for hire: 3; Pitches: Touring 20, Tents 20; Static Daily: £30–£50; Static Weekly: £200–£350; Touring Daily £14–£17; Touring Weekly £84–£102; Short breaks: £100–£300

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Sea & Mountain Cottages in beautiful Snowdonia, North Wales. Relax and enjoy the views! All properties are inspected and graded for comfort. They are in excellent locations at prices to suit all. Couple discounts and multi–week savings available. Pets accepted in most properties. Full colour brochure with details of 150 properties available. Or visit our website.

Pathfinder Short Walks. Leisure Walks for all ages – Snowdonia

Glan-Y-Bala Holidays

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Plas Ynys Tywyn, to Madog Street, Porthmadog LL49 9PG T: 01766 513829 F: 01766 513829 E: office@sts-holidays.co.uk www.sts-holidays.co.uk

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Mount Road, Llanfairfechan LL33 0HA T: 01248 680019 E: enquiries@plasheulog.co.uk www.plasheulog.co.uk

Bontnewydd, Caernarfon LL54 7YE T: 01286 672811 F: 01286 673336 E: philplasybryn@aol.com www.plasybryn.co.uk

Four peaceful 1 and 2 en-suite bedroom, south facing bungalows for non-smokers in the extensive grounds above our country house. Relax on the verandah and enjoy panoramic sea and mountain views. Private parking. Excellent walking and bird watching, with reserves nearby. Sandy blue flag beach. Explore castles, Bodnant Garden, Snowdon as A55 only 2 miles,

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This small park is situated two miles from the historic town of Caernarfon. Set into a walled garden it offers safety, seclusion and beautiful views of Snowdonia. Village, pub and shops nearby. Choice of chalets or caravans for hire or sale with two or three bedrooms available on request.

Open 3–12; Statics:18; Statics for hire:13; Static Weekly: £195–£600; Short Breaks: 3 nights £120–£350

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Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis and the Villages of Snowdonia

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Llyˆn Peninsula ‘Snowdon’s arm’, is the dramatically beautiful 24-mile-long finger of land pointing into the Irish Sea. Llyˆn’s status as an official ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ recognises the exceptional qualities of its coastline, along which you’ll find mile after mile of sandy beaches, towering headlands, sheltered coves and open bays rich in wildlife, all interlinked by the Llyˆn Coastal Path. It’s a scenic recipe with a big following – Llyˆn is one of the UK’s ‘top 10’ getaways according to a recent poll by travelsupermarket.com. The peninsula is a stronghold of Welsh culture and language with a fascinating religious heritage. Visitors can trace it all by following the Pilgrim’s Route along the peninsula then taking a boat trip to Bardsey Island, a National Nature Reserve rich in birdlife.

1 Aberdaron Idyllic fishing village, the last stop for pilgrims on the way to Bardsey, the ‘Isle of 20,000 Saints’. Celebrated poet RS Thomas lived in a cottage within the beautiful grounds of Plas yn Rhiw, a small National Trust manor house. Breathtaking coastal views from Mynydd Mawr headland.

2 Abersoch Popular seaside resort and sailing/watersports centre, with fine beaches and sheltered harbour. Busy programme of sailing events

plus Wakestock, Europe’s largest wakeboard music festival (held in July). Good choice of accommodation and attractions including hovercraft centre, pony trekking and activity park. Abersoch is also a base for six circular walks ranging from under a mile to over nine miles (contact Abersoch Tourist Office for details).

3 Llanbedrog Charming little seaside village with superb beach. Good walking centre too. Home to Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, a leading arts centre and gallery.

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4 Llaniestyn Award-winning Pen Llyˆn Lusitano Stud and Riding Centre offering equine demonstrations, trekking and hacking is located here, about a 20-minute drive from Pwllheli,

5 Llithfaen Village set in a landscape full of interest. On Yr Eifl mountains there’s Tre’r Ceiri, an astonishingly well-preserved prehistoric village occupied until about 2,000 years ago. Former slate village of Nant Gwrtheyrn is now a Welsh Language and Heritage Centre. Tucked away on the coast where Yr Eifl meets the sea, it’s more attractive than ever thanks to a recent £4-million transformation.

6 Nefyn Popular seaside village with harbour, Maritime Museum and graceful crescent of sand leading to picturesque Porthdinllaen. Challenging headland golf course. Nearby Tudweiliog also a good base for exploring northern Llyˆn.


Tourist Information Centre 1 Pwllheli Min y Don, Sgwâr yr Orsaf, Pwllheli LL53 5HG (near the railway station) T: 01758 613000 pwllheli.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

Tourist Information Points 2 Abersoch The Vestry, High Street, Abersoch LL53 7DS T: 01758 712929

Pen Llyˆn 7 Porthdinllaen Much-photographed and perfectly preserved coastal settlement with quaint houses and waterfront inn, on a beautiful crescent of sands. Village and beach owned by National Trust − access on foot only.

8 Porth Neigwl Also known as ‘Hell’s Mouth’. Open bay facing south-west with some of the best surf in Wales.

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Otherwise known as ‘Whistling Sands’ − the granules ‘squeak’ underfoot. Beautiful and secluded.

Llithfaen, Pwllheli LL53 6PA T: 01758 750334

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www.abersochandllyn.co.uk www.enlli.org www.aberdaronlink.co.uk

Llyˆn’s ‘capital’ fills many roles − seaside resort with fine beach, and a busy market town. It’s also an extremely popular sailing and watersports centre with one of the finest modern marinas in Wales, giving easy access to the superb sailing waters of Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea. See the wildlife – seals, seabirds and dolphins – on coastal cruises (contact the Tourist Information Centre for details). Excellent leisure centre. Penarth Fawr medieval house nearby.

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Llˆyn Peninsula Gwesty Tyˆ Newydd

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Aberdaron, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 8BE T: 01758 760207 E: gwestytynewydd@tiscali.co.uk www.gwesty-tynewydd.co.uk Iain Roberts

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Llithfaen, Pwllheli LL53 6PA T: 01758 750334 F: 01758 750335 E: post@nantgwrtheyrn.org www.nantgwrtheyrn.org

Gwesty Tyˆ Newydd is situated in the picturesque village of Aberdaron on the Llyˆn Peninsula directly overlooking the bay and sandy beach of Aberdaron. Fully renovated to very high standards throughout with first floor sea facing bedroom having balconettes with breathtaking views. Specially adapted bedrooms with easy access for disabled guests also available as well a lift to all floors. Enjoy meals cooked with the finest local produce at our restaurant. r11; A11; Open 1–12; B&B pp £42.50–£55; Short Break: 2 night B&B: £85–£110; Weekly: B&B pp £80–£105

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Nant Gwrtheyrn is a restored Victorian village with 4 star accommodation (verification in 2010) for up to 75 guests in 33 en-suite bedrooms and 4 selfcatered cottages (2-6 beds). Located in a unique and unforgettable location, with its own beach, coastal and woodland walks and Heritage Centre, the new cafe bar and function room can cater for groups of up to 180 and is popular for weddings, parties, meetings and conferences as well as walkers, families and day visitors. r42; A33; Open 2–12; B&B pp £45–£55 Self-Catering: Sleeps 2–6; Weekly: per unit £250–£950; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £110–£430 Heritage Centre: Months open: 2–12; Days open: Mon–Sun; Hours open: 11am–4pm

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Llˆyn Peninsula Llyˆn Peninsula Farm Holidays

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Llyˆn Peninsula Farm Holidays E: gwynedd@llawrdref.co.uk www.happyhols.com

5B Crugeran, Sarn, Meyllteyrn, Nr Abersoch LL53 8DT T: 01758 730375 E: post@crugeran.com www.crugeran.com Mrs Rhian Parry

For free colour brochure contact: Catrin gwynedd@crugan.fsbusiness.co.uk T: 01758 740873 Annie gwynedd@llawrdref.co.uk T: 01758 712570

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Our guests return. Don't look any further. Our cottages can offer all that you want from a holiday and more, a warm welcome in clean quality cottages with that extra touch. Large communal garden with trampoline in glorious countryside. Walk the coastal path of the Llyˆn Peninsula. Brochure available.

Owner booking cuts cost. Come stay with us on the beautiful Llyˆn Peninsula, area of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy: • panoramic views • boat trips • walking • golfing • surfing • pony trekking Yes! all pastimes are catered for on the Lleyn.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 1–7 (total sleep 16); Weekly: per unit £170–£840; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £120–£350

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6B Porth Ceiriad, Cilan, Abersoch, Nr Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 7DB T: 01829 741068 M: 0781 802 3624 E: jfern@tiscali.co.uk Judith Fernandes Gwyndy is a well equipped, comfortably furnished cottage, in a peaceful setting with lovely views. Porth Ceiriad Beach is within walking distance. Abersoch is 2.5 miles away. Two bathrooms, central heating. Two twin-bedded bedrooms. Sleeps four, Open from Easter to end of October. Plus Christmas. £345–£595.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit £345–£595

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Bodwi Farm Holidays

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6B 3 Ynys Fawr, Abersoch LL53 7LB M: 07802 316337 T: 0151 342 3533 E: rose.hadden@talk21.com www.abersochholidayhomes.co.uk Rose Hadden

Bodwi Farm, Mynytho Road, Abersoch LL53 7SG T: 01758 713631 E: bodwiholidays@btconnect.com www.bodwi.co.uk Mrs Jackie Wynne Griffith Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, views of sea and open farmland. 1.5 miles from Abersoch. Enjoy a relaxing holiday in highly equipped stone cottages, each with own garden. 5 cottages. Brochure tel Mrs Griffith on 01758 713631. Short breaks available. Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–8; Weekly: per unit from £200; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: from £150 F }CZ ( A - ß * jy Ç I

Escape to the stunning Llyˆn Peninsula for an exhilarating break with a great range of activities on offer.

www.adventure-northwales.com Crowrach Bach

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Open 1–12; Sleeps 7; Weekly: per unit £555–£1300; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £390–£890

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Castellmarch Holiday Cottages

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Bwlchtocyn, Abersoch LL53 7BY T: 01758 712860 E: crowrach_isaf@hotmail.com www.crowrach.co.uk Mrs Margaret Cook

Castellmarch, Abersoch LL53 7UE T: 01758 712242 F: 01758 712242 E: helenjones@castellmarch.co.uk www.castellmarch.co.uk Helen Jones

Quality non-smoking accommodation in a peaceful, beautiful, rural, coastal location. Spotlessly clean, well equipped with bed made up for arrival. Full central heating even to the conservatory and additional fire in lounge. Set in 2 acres with private garden and parking. Perfect for exploring the Llyˆn Peninsula or just relaxing.

Castellmarch, dating back to 1628, and once the home of fabled “March-apMeirchion”– a Prince with Horses’ ears. 4 Quality properties – The Stable, Granary, Bryn Beudy and Luxury Log-Cabin sleeping 5-6 persons. Launderette, barbecues etc. Ideally situated opposite Warren beach, and 1 mile from village of Abersoch. Open all year. Croeso.

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High quality spacious house with panoramic views across Cardigan Bay. Short walk to Abersoch village and beaches. Sleeps 7 guests in 4 bedrooms. Lounge (Sky, DVD/ CD, Wireless Broadband), sun balcony, garden room with games, large garden and plenty of parking. Includes bed linen, all utilities, cot, highchair and stairgate.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 5–6; Weekly: per unit £360–£800; Short Break: 2 nights from: £170

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Garreg Lwyd Farm

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Spacious, well-equipped cottage overlooking Porth Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth Bay). Beach 300 yards with private access. Sitting room opening onto patio and large lawn. Three bedrooms, sleeps six. Beautiful coastal walks on doorstep. Surfing, cycling routes, golfing, bird watching. Abersoch 2 miles. Cleanliness guaranteed. Short breaks. No pets. No smoking. Croeso. Open 2–11; Sleeps 2–6; Weekly: per unit £230–£560; Short Break: 3 nights from: £120

Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–5; Weekly: per unit from £160 Short Break: 3 nights per unit: from £120

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Bryncroes, Pwllheli LL53 8ET T: 01758 730767 E: ann.griffith@hotmail.co.uk www.sychnant.co.uk

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Relax and enjoy the views! All properties are inspected and graded for comfort. They are in excellent locations at prices to suit all. Couple discounts and multi-week savings available. Pets accepted in most properties. Full colour brochure with details of 150 properties available. Or visit our website to search and book.

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5B Edern, Pwllheli LL53 8YY T: 01758 720435 E: annwen@nefyncountrycottage.co.uk www.nefyncountrycottage.co.uk

Lôn Goed, Chwilog, Pwllheli LL53 6NX T: 01766 810259 E: enquiries@cefncoedholidays.co.uk www.cefncoedholidays.co.uk Mrs Julie Hughes

Former farm cottage set on a quiet lane surrounded by farmland with views of open countryside and hills, ideal base for exploring the Lleyn Peninsula. Ample parking, safe for children, peaceful for couples. Nefyn Golf Course five minutes drive, as well as many beaches. Great for walkers and cyclists storage.

Get away from it all. Enjoy a peaceful holiday in our comfortable and homely 18th century cottages, open beams, central heating, modern. Bathrooms, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave. Safe play area, enclosed gardens. Quiet countryside. Panoramic views of Cardigan Bay coast. The ideal base to explore Snowdonia. Beds made up. Ideal for romantic holidays. Open 1–12; Sleeps 1–16; Weekly: per unit £190–£690; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £160–£220

Open 1–12; Sleeps 5; Weekly: per unit £250–£650; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £180–£290

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5C Pen-y-Bryn, Chwilog, Pwllheli LL53 6NQ T: 01766 810519 F: 01766 810082 Mrs Ann Jones Relax at our spacious modern detached bungalow with panoramic views of Cardigan Bay and Snowdonia Mountain Range. Ideal base for local attractions. Boating and Marina 5 miles. Seaside, excellent scenic walking country. Highland railway, slate caverns, National Trust. Castles, Snowdon, horseriding, golfing, Portmeirion Italian Village.

Open 5–10; Sleeps 6; Weekly: per unit £280–£520

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Cefn Coed Holiday Cottages

6A High Street, Porthmadog, Gwynedd LL49 9PG T: 01766 513829 F: 01766 513837 E: office@sts-holidays.co.uk www.sts-holidays.co.uk

Rural location situated at the end of a quiet lane, safe for children. Stunning views of the Llyˆn Peninsula. Short drive from many sandy beaches including Aberdaron, Abersoch and Whistling Sands. Ideal base for cycling and coastal walks.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 6; Weekly: per unit £175–£400; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £100–£150

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Morfa Nefyn, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 8UR Contact: M. Davies, Caerwylan, Lôn Isaf, Morfa Nefyn, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 6BW T: 01758 720572 or 01758 720684 Enjoy a peaceful, relaxing holiday in our newly renovated farmhouse near beautiful Llyˆn coast. Ideally situated for mountain, coastal and country walks. 5 minutes by car from beaches, shops, golf, riding and fishing. Extremely comfortable & well-equipped comprising: 3 bedrooms; bathroom; lounge; kitchen/dining. Large garden and parking space. Central heating optional.

Llanengan, Abersoch, Pwllheli LL53 7LG T: 01286 831184 E: enq@tyndon.co.uk www.tyddyndifyr.co.uk Elisabeth Evans

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5C Caernarfon Road, Pwllhelli LL53 5LG T: 01758 613501 E: regandavid@pwll.ndo.co.uk www.brynhyfryd.org.uk Regine and David Evans Brynhyfryd stands in well-kept grounds overlooking marina and Cardigan Bay. Shops, pubs, beach and sailing club are within ten minutes walk. We welcome guests into Bwthyn (two bedrooms) a cottage within our grounds and Brynbach (one bedroom) a self-contained garden flat on ground floor of our house.

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5C Cardigan Court, West End, Pwllheli LL53 5PG T: 01758 613075 E: jane@jane2.wanadoo.co.uk www.onpwllhelibeach.co.uk Mrs Jane Edwards Large, spacious luxurious seafront property. No smoking. Stunning views over Cardigan Bay. Furnished to high modern standards. Golf and leisure centre 2-3 minutes. 1 mile to marina. 3 double beds with TV. 1 en-suite. Underfloor heating. Sit, relax and watch the tide come and go. Spectacular location. Private parking. Catering available. Excellent reports. Winter bargain available.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–6; Weekly: per unit £150–£900; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: negotiable

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Llyˆn Coastal Path Extending from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, the 95 mile long path leads you past hidden coves, rugged cliffs, small fishing harbours and expanses of wildlife.

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Gorwel Holiday Cottage

Gwynfryn Farm, Pwllhelli, Gwynedd LL53 5UF T: 01758 612536 F: 01758 613771 E: gwynfrynfarm@btconnect.com www.gwynfrynfarm.co.uk Proud winners of the WTB's 2005 self-catering award, we live on site so a personal welcome is guaranteed on our organic dairy farm. The cottages, converted farm buildings, are home from home with all mod cons. Visit numerous sandy bays on Lleyn's Heritage Coast or take a dip in our indoor pool. Enjoy our fully equipped fitness room, games barn and picnic wood. Guests constantly return in and out of season. Colour brochure; e-mail or telephone us today!

5C Efailnewydd, Pwllheli LL53 8TP E: stay@llwynbeuno.com www.llwynbeuno.com Miss Meira Jones Comfortable well appointed countryside cottage 10 minutes from Pwllheli and its marina. Centrally situated to explore Llyˆn and Snowdonia. Enjoy country and coastal walks in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Clean cosy accommodation. Three bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, enclosed garden, off road parking and storage for activity tools.

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Broom Hall Road, Abererch, Pwllheli LL53 6PN T: 01758 612805 F: 01758 612272 E: gorwelcottage@tiscali.co.uk www.gorwel.info B. L. Grayson Beautiful stone cottage. Stunning elevated sea views. Very comfortable. Modern kitchen. Luxury bathroom. Detached in two acre grounds. Two patio’s. Gardens. Electricity & linen included. Central heating. Four bedrooms, one en-suite. Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–8; Weekly: per unit £600–£990; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £400 F} Z (A- ] ß * I y I _

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5B The Old Rectory, Boduan, Pwllheli LL53 6DT T: 01758 721519 F: 01758 721519 E: thepollards@theoldrectory.net www.theoldrectory.net Mrs G M Pollard

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Immaculate 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sitting room, Inglenook, fully equipped kitchen. Own sun-trap garden within stunning grounds of The Old Rectory B&B. The perfect place to explore the glorious Llyˆn Peninsula, midway Pwllheli, Nefyn. Safe for children. Parking for boats. Close to marina, sandy beaches, mountains. Laundry room, Barbeque, garden furniture, bed linen. Open 1–12; Sleeps 5–6; Weekly: per unit £250–£700; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £250–£350

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Meillionydd Bach

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4 and 21 West End Parade, Pwllheli LL53 5PN T: 0161 445 4218 M: 07780 703235 E: enquiries@seafrontflats.co.uk www.seafrontflats.co.uk Mrs C. Woski Sea front holiday flats overlooking beautiful beach. Direct access to beach. Well equipped studio. 2 and 3 bedrooms. Flats close to golf course, leisure centre and marina. 10 minutes walk to town. Ideal for golf, watersports, fishing and walking. Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–6; Weekly: per unit £145–£390; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £105 F}CZ ( ] ß* IZ ÇI _

Rhoshirwaun, Pwllheli LL53 8HY T: 01758 780318 E: meillionyddbach@tiscali.co.uk www.meillionydd.co.uk Mrs Lowri Thomas Relax and unwind in a well equipped, tastefully furnished accommodation. Situated in peaceful surroundings within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, near the picturesque village of Aberdaron. Oil c/h and electricity inclusive. Free linen/towels. Lounge with log fire, modern kitchen. TV in bedrooms. Power shower en-suite. Separate bathroom. Croeso cynnes. See our website. Special rate for 1-2 persons. Brochure. Short breaks available.

Public Facilities The scheme aims to get Local Authorities and local businesses such as cafes, pubs, petrol stations and shops, to work together to increase the number of clean, safe and more accessible toilets for the general public. For more details go to www.visitsnowdonia.info

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Open 3–10; Sleeps 1–5; Weekly: per unit £270–£450

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Peaceful and quiet family run park with panoramic views of Cardigan Bay and Snowdonia. Conveniently situated between Pwllheli and Porthmadog and within 3 miles of numerous beaches. Ideal for marina, various golf courses, horse riding and cycle route. Free coarse fishing lake and lovely country walks. 1, 2 & 3 bedroom cottages. 2 & 3 bedroom caravans and chalets. Wi-fi.

Beautiful location, excellent views to sea, beach and Snowdonia. Convenient for all areas. 19th century converted stone cottage with some low beams. Extremely comfortable and cosy. One double bedroom and one twin bedded room. Fully fitted kitchen and bathroom. Brochure on request. Short breaks available out of season.

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Open 3–1; Statics: 70; Statics for hire: 3; Static Weekly: £200–£550; Short Breaks: £POA; Self-Catering: Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–6; Weekly: per unit £300–£750

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5C Chwilog Fawr, Chwilog, Pwllheli LL53 6SW T: 01766 810506 E: catherine@wernol.co.uk www.wernol.co.uk

Pen-y-Bryn, Goleu, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 7RE T: 01758 740741 E: pambrookes.22@tiscali.co.uk www.abersoch.co.uk/ybwthyn Mrs P J Brookes

Open 3-10; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit £225–£450; Short Break: 3 nights: £150–£180

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Criccieth, Porthmadog and the Vale of Ffestiniog This area has a foot in both camps, coast and country, with the handsome harbour town of Porthmadog standing on the dividing line. Sands to the west mark the start of the Llyˆn Peninsula, while inland the wooded Vale of Ffestiniog – the route taken by a famous narrow-gauge railway – is flanked by moor and mountain. This part of Snowdonia is especially rich in history and heritage, reflected in a fascinating choice of places to visit and cultural attractions.

1 Blaenau Ffestiniog The former ‘slate capital of Wales’ is still an exciting place to visit − Llechwedd Slate Caverns are one of Wales’s most successful tourist attractions. Make a day of it and travel to them by narrow-gauge railway from Porthmadog.

2 Borth-y Gest Small, picturesque harbour village, the seaside arm of nearby Porthmadog. Beautiful estuary and mountain views.

3 Criccieth Charming seaside town with two beaches separated by spectacular headland castle. Lots

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of Victorian character – and lots of flowers. Good choice of places to stay, many with splendid views across Cardigan Bay. Treat yourself to some very special ice cream in very special surroundings. Cadwaladers have been purveyors of high-quality ice cream, made to a secret recipe, since 1927. Sample it in their refurbished ice cream parlour, and call in on Thursday nights for jazz. Excellent coarse fishing nearby at Bron Eifion’s six-acre lake.

4 Llanystumdwy Small village near Criccieth, boyhood home of David Lloyd George. Village has a museum dedicated to one of the greatest statesmen of the 20th century – he introduced the old-age pension, led the country as Prime Minister during World War One, and gave women the vote. Also home to Tyˆ Newydd National Writers’ Centre for Wales. Dwyfor Rabbit Ranch Farm and Dragon Raiders Paintball both close by.

5 Morfa Bychan Here you’ll find Black Rock Sands (Traeth y Graig Ddu), a vast golden beach onto which you can drive your car.


Tourist Information Centre 1 Porthmadog High Street, Porthmadog LL49 9LD (near the harbour and Ffestiniog Railway terminus) T: 01766 512981 porthmadog.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

Tourist Information Points 2 Blaenau Ffestiniog 3 Criccieth Post Office, High Street LL52 0BU

helpful links www.criccieth.co.uk www.ffestiniog.org.uk www.llanystumdwy.com www.porthmadog.co.uk www.portmeirion-village.com www.trawsfynydd.com

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Busy harbour town with appealing range of shops and attractions. Ride on two narrowgauge railways − the Ffestiniog, which runs to Blaenau Ffestiniog, and the shorter Welsh Highland Heritage, with its excellent new hands-on railway museum. Take a walk along The Cob, a famous local landmark across the estuary. Good for longer walks too – Porthmadog is at one end of the Llyˆn Coastal Path. For cyclists it’s the start of Lôn Ardudwy cycle route.

7 Portmeirion Another Snowdonia ‘must see’. Unique, dazzling, enchanting fantasy village created by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, as seen in The Prisoner and Cold Feet. Stay at the waterfront hotel, cottages in the grounds or stylish Castell Deudraeth. Enjoys an extraordinary setting too, on its own peninsula amongst thick woods and sandy, rocky shores.

8 Trawsfynydd Good walking and cycling base close to mountains and the trails in the Coed-y-Brenin Forest. Fishing on the lake, plus waterbus boat trips. Visit Llys Ednowain Hostel and Heritage Centre which gives a glimpse into local culture and the Trawsfynydd of old.

9 Tremadog Architecturally pleasing village with elegant town square, created by 19th-century entrepreneur William Madocks (who also built The Cob at Porthmadog). Birthplace of TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia).

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Bodlondeb Hotel

4E Manod, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 4BB T: 01766 830 847 E: info@caedu.co.uk www.caedu.co.uk Arfona Rowlands Price & Idris Price

5D Porthmadog Road, Criccieth LL52 OHP T: 01766 522249 E: enquiries@bodlondebhotel.com www.bodlondebhotel.com Nicholas & Leisha Keane

Arfona and Idris welcome you to their picturesque 16th century former farmhouse. Centrally located, magnificent mountain setting, stunning panoramic views, warm friendly atmosphere, mature garden and ponds. Ideal base for exploring the wonders of ‘our’ Snowdonia – or just simply relax. ‘It’s our home – make it yours”.

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Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3YU T: 01766 590277 F: 01766 590346 E: info@oakeleyarms.co.uk www.oakeleyarms.co.uk Ann Marie Vanstone Located in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. It is difficult to imagine a more impressive and convenient location from which to enjoy North Wales and the beauty it beholds.

r12; A12; Open 1–12; B&B pp £39.50–£60; Weekly: B&B pp £276.50–£350

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Awel Moˆr

5D 29 Marine Terrace, Criccieth LL52 0EL T: 01766 522086 E: awel.mor@virgin.net www.cricciethaccommodation.co.uk Positioned directly on the sea front, close to Criccieth Castle. An ideal base for touring Snowdonia, the Llyˆn Peninsula and surrounding areas. Relax in our well equipped rooms or sit in our comfortable lounge and enjoy a drink from the bar. Start the day with our popular hearty breakfast.

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28 Marine Terrace, Criccieth, Gwynedd LL52 0EL T: 01766 522866 E: enquiries@bayviewsownsite.co.uk www.bayviewsownsite.co.uk Mrs Linda Glover Linda and Keith extend a very warm welcome to our homely, friendly, licensed guest house. Situated on the seafront with spectacular views. A perfect base for touring Snowdonia and Llyˆn peninsula. All rooms en-suite, with multi-channel colour TVs and the usual facilities. Full locally produced breakfast with a full vegetarian option. r7; A7; Open 3–11; B&B pp from £27 C Œ ( % k ] ú ß I

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Pwllheli Road, Criccieth LL52 0RR T: 01766 522101 E: meri2@btopenworld.com www.bronaber.co.uk A warm welcome awaits you at our B&B. We offer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with comfortable rooms. Off road parking. An ideal base for touring North Wales. r3; A2; Open 3–10; B&B pp £30–£35

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Welcome to our non-smoking hotel with comfortable, spacious en-suite bedrooms. Enjoy a drink in our cosy bar or residents lounge. Outstanding breakfasts with award winning Welsh sausages, free-range eggs and only the finest produce. Only minutes from Criccieth Castle and beaches we are the ideal place to base yourself for the Llyˆ n Peninsula and Snowdonia. Magnificent sunsets and spectacular scenery awaits you. Perfect for walking, birdwatching, golfing and total relaxation. No children under 5. Private parking available.

r9; A9; Open 4–10; B&B pp £35–£37; Weekly: B&B pp £245

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Bron Aber

Caernarfon Road, Criccieth LL52 0AP T: 01766 522257 E: clairecriccieth@yahoo.co.uk www.bronrhiwhotel.co.uk Claire Woodhouse & Siân Williams

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Glyn-y-Coed

5D Porthmadog Road, Criccieth LL52 0HP T: 01766 522870 F: 01766 523341 E: julie@glyn-y-coed.co.uk www.glynycoedhotel.co.uk Overlooking the sea, castle and mountains, the Glyn-y-Coed is newly refurbished to a high standard. Five minutes walk from beach, shops, restaurants. Four poster and king size beds available. Superb breakfasts. Relax with a glass of wine on the patio overlooking the sea. Parking. AA highly commended and sparklings diamond awards. Internet access.

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Beach Bank, Criccieth LL52 0HW T: 01766 522547 F: 01248 800100 E: info@caerwylan.com www.caerwylan.com Are you looking for a relaxing seafront hotel, with magical views, comfortable contemporary bedrooms and good fresh locally sourced food? If you are, the Caerwylan could well meet your needs. In 2008 we rebuilt our bedrooms to create 24 individual contemporary en-suite bedrooms. Our spacious Executive seafront bedrooms are ideal for special occasions and have super king beds. All en-suites have showers and many also have baths. We serve morning coffee, sandwiches and afternoon tea in our lounge, which has spectacular sea views.

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The restaurant is open for dinner from 6pm seven days a week. Our competitively priced menu changes every day. On Sundays we also serve a Sunday lunch. The Caerwylan Hotel is the ideal base to explore Snowdonia, the beautiful beaches of the Llyˆ n Peninsula and the many famous steam railways and castles of North Wales.

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Criccieth, Porthmadog and the Vale of Ffestiniog The Lion Hotel

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5D Porthmadog Road, Criccieth LL52 OHP T: 01766 522151 F: 01766 523540 E: info@minygaer.co.uk www.minygaer.co.uk Jan & Tim Davis Friendly family run licensed guest house. Many rooms with views of the stunning Cardigan Bay and of Criccieth Castle. Two minutes from excellent local restaurants and beach. An ideal base for exploring Snowdonia. Private parking. Enjoy a glass of wine in our guest lounge overlooking Criccieth Castle and Cardigan Bay.

r10; A10; Open 3–10; B&B pp £32–£38; 2 night B&Bpp: £64–£76 Weekly: B&B pp £217–£259

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The Lion Hotel dates back to the early 1700’s when it was known as ‘Ty’n y Maes’ (the house on the green). This splendid hotel has the advantage of being centrally situated on the quiet green where it commands spectacular views of the bay, mountains and castle. It has an exceptionally friendly atmosphere and offers excellent comfort and value. A great base for touring and Golf Breaks. Fully Licensed. Varied Entertainment.Voted ‘Best Business in Bloom’. Private parking. 10% discount on B&B rates for three or more nights. r46; A46; Open 1–12; B&B pp £36.50–£42.50; Short Break: 2 night D B&B: £102–£112; Weekly: B&B pp £229.95–£267.75

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23 Marine Terrace, Criccieth, Gwynedd LL52 0EF T: 01766 522453 F: 01766 523556 www.kaironhotel.co.uk Pros Kairon, friendly family-run guest house. Children welcome. Freshly cooked breakfast. Ideal place to stay. Central for Snowdonia’s attractions. Young and the young-at heart. Facing due south, only a few yards from the beach – see if you can spot the dolphins! Croeso, Janet and Billy. r5; A1; Open 3–11; B&B pp £30–£35; Short Break: 2 night B&B: £60–£70 C Z ( % k - ] ú ß Canolfan Croeso

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5D West Parade, Criccieth LL52 0EN T: 01766 522710 F: 01766 523526 E: info@abereistedd.co.uk www.abereistedd.co.uk Enjoy unrivalled sea and mountain views from our seafront position. Relax in the lounge with a drink from our well stocked bar, and hopefully spot a dolphin or two! Enjoy fine food and good company. Ideal location for country or coastal pursuits, or just relax in comfort. Private parking available.

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The Moelwyn Restaurant with rooms Marine Crescent, Criccieth LL52 0EA T: 01766 522946 F: 01766 522216 E: post@marinecriccieth.co.uk www.marinecriccieth.co.uk

22/29 Mona Terrace, Criccieth LL52 OHG T: 01766 522500 F: 01766 522500 E: moelwyn@aol.com www.themoelwyn.co.uk

With its stunning views, situated opposite Criccieth Castle and a 100 yards walk from the sea, a warm welcome awaits you at the beautiful Marine Hotel. Our range of spacious en-suite rooms include suites and large family rooms. All offer television, telephone and drink making facilities. Free Wi-Fi access is available within the hotel. The hotel offers guests plenty of space in which to relax, including our licensed bar, residents lounge, sun lounge, on the patio or in the restaurant.

r15; A15; Open 1–12; B&B pp £28–£45.50; Weekly: B&B pp £168–£274

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Our well established and award winning restaurant has six well appointed en-suit rooms with views of the sea and the mountain beyond. Ideally situated for exploring Snowdonia. We offer freshly cooked produce complemented by a selection of fine wines and a lounge bar in which to relax.

r6; A6; Open 4–11; B&B pp £33–£38; 2 night D B&Bpp: £95–£105; Weekly: B&B pp £210–£235; Weekly: D B&B pp £325–£345

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Criccieth, Porthmadog and the Vale of Ffestiniog Cefn Uchaf Farm Guesthouse

Wenallt Guest House

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Garndolbenmaen, Criccieth LL51 9PJ T: 01766 530239 E: enquiries@cefnuchaf.co.uk www.cefnuchaf.co.uk Malcolm & Kath Severn A warm welcome awaits you at our family run guesthouse. Enjoy the quiet location and relaxed friendly atmosphere whilst being ideally situated for exploring Snowdonia and the Llyˆn Peninsula. Dinner by arrangement.

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Wenydd House

5E Llan Ffestiniog, Gwynedd LL41 4PH T: 01766 762765 E: info@caerblaidd.fsnet.co.uk www.caerblaidd.fsnet.co.uk A completely refurbished Victorian mansion in 4 acres of garden and woodland with unrivalled panoramic views over the Vale of Ffestiniog and Moelwyn Mountains. We want your stay to be a unique experience. Enjoy tranquil surroundings, candlelit dinners, real log fires, abundant wildlife, guided walks and above all a warm welcome.

r3; A2; Open 1–12; B&B pp £37.50; Short Break: 2 night D B&B: £114

Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Nr Porthmadog, Gwynedd LL48 6EF T: 01766 771542 F: 01766 771542 Jean & Colin Rockingham

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Winner of National Hospitality Award. Enjoy a warm friendly atmosphere in a beautiful modern house in attractive gardens close to Portmeirion and Ffestiniog Railway. Comfortable well appointed accommodation with mountain views. Quiet location. Secure private parking. Famous for superb breakfasts with extensive menus. Ideal holiday centre. Ring for more details.

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Royal Sportsman Hotel

5D

The Square, Llan Ffestiniog LL41 4LS T: 01766 762658 E: tyclwb@talk21.com www.tyclwb.co.uk Mrs Lynda Mobbs

131 High Street, Porthmadog, Gwynedd LL49 9HB T: 01766 512015 F: 01766 512490 www.royalsportsman.co.uk Louis Naudi

Amidst mountains, wooded valleys and close to the coast, Tyˆ Clwb offers quality accommodation in a peaceful village. A modernised 18th Century stone guest house with spacious, comfortable, lounge, TV and south facing balcony overlooking beautiful countryside. All bedrooms en-suite with mountain views. A warm welcome and high standards guaranteed.

Porthmadog’s Premier Hotel Home from home, centrally located family run, full-service, quality, hotel with oldfashioned friendly hospitality. Children and pets particularly welcomed. Private parking. Excellent reputation for food and service in our rosette restaurant using Welsh suppliers. King Koil divan beds, luxury pillows, bath sheets, free Wi-Fi, direct dial, hairdryers and flat screen TV's in larger rooms.

GOLD

r28; A28; Open 1–12; B&B pp £42–£48; Short Break: 2 night B&B: £84–£96; 2 night D B&B: £138–£150

r3; A3; Open 1–12; B&B pp £27–£35

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Welcoming B&B, close to Portmeirion and a short walk from Ffestiniog steam railway and mainline stations. Spacious, well-appointed en-suite double, twin or single rooms have comfortable seating and digital TV; ideal base for exploring Snowdonia and Ll yn. ˆ Enjoy delicious traditional or vegetarian breakfasts with views over Penrhyndeudraeth to estuary and mountains.

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Snowdonia Mountains and Coast DVD – Call 01286 679217 to order a copy or go online to view and even download

5E Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd LL48 6PW T: 01766 770321 F: 01766 770321 E: i.hartill@btinternet.com www.wenalltguesthouse.co.uk Sarah & Ian Hartill

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Treforris

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Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd LL48 6LS T: 01766 771884 E: cae.gwyn@virgin.net www.caegwyn.co.uk

Garth Road, Porthmadog, Gwynedd LL49 9BN T: 01766 512853 Dickinson

Warm and welcoming centuries old former farmhouse. Fully en-suite accommodation less than 2 miles from Portmeirion and 3 miles from Porthmadog. Central location for Snowdonia Mountains and coast line. Set in large grounds in a quiet location away from the road. Views of the estuary, mountains and Ffestiniog steam trains. Private parking.

Treforris is a lovely Victorian house with spacious rooms having tea/coffee facilities and hot/cold wash basins in all rooms overlooking the harbour and Ffestiniog Railway. Central for all walking, golf and golden beaches. We extend a happy and friendly atmosphere.

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Criccieth, Porthmadog and the Vale of Ffestiniog Tudor Lodge

Gellilydan Cottage

5D

3 Gellilydan Terrace, Gellilydan, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 4EE judith.osborne@vv3z.co.uk www.gellilydan-cottage.webs.com Judith Osborne T: 01773 746480

Relax in our comfortable and welcoming quality lodge with stylish bedrooms and modern bathrooms, conveniently located just off Porthmadog high street near restaurants and shops. Close to Portmeirion, Ffestiniog railway, black rock sands beach and the mountains of Snowdonia. Single, twin, double and family rooms with complementary continental breakfast buffet.

Beautiful Grade 2 listed beamed cottage in pretty village. Views from cottage and sunny garden, most carefully furnished and renovated. Between sea and mountains, central for Harlech, Portmadog, Blackrock Sands and Portmeirion. The whole area is wonderful for walking and wildlife enthusiasts, all from the doorstep. Please ring for brochure.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit £165–£350

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Old School House

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Welcoming, family owned, historic manor house in 80 acres of beautiful gardens with stunning views. Superb food and wines in our award winning restaurant, terrace and bar. Individually designed en-suite bedrooms, spacious and sunny public rooms. Ideally situated for beaches and all major attractions in the area. Open to non-residents.

7 Mersey Street

r15; A15; Open 1–12; B&B pp £49.50–£100; Short Break: 2 night D B&B: £158–£270; Weekly: D B&B pp £553–£840

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Borth-y-Gest, Nr Porthmadog LL49 9UB T: 01952 462177 Contact: Patricia Kind, Holly Cottage, Church lane, Sheriffhales, Shropshire TF11 8RD E: kind286@btinternet.com www.cottage-borth-y-gest.com Cosy Cottage, near harbour, beach, shop and restaurant. Ideal for walking, sailing and golfing. Central for touring Snowdonia. Full central heating, all modern amenities. Regret no pets. Short breaks available. Open 1–12; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit £185–£450; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £120–£160 }Z ( ß * I y Ç J (

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5E Fron Oleu Farm, Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd LL41 4UN T: 01766 540397 E: stay@oldmillfarmhouse.co.uk www.oldmillfarmhouse.co.uk Mrs P A Osborne & Miss M Roberts

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Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog Tel: 01642 722409 www.oldschoolhouse-snowdonia.com Mrs M. de Wardt Comfortable, well equipped mountain cottage, central Snowdonia. Special visitor's Ffestiniog Railway Ticket. Station nearby. Walking from door. All linen and storage heating. Playground, sandy beaches, castles, climbing, fishing, Portmeirion, gardens. Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–5; Weekly: per unit £195–£410; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £120–£210 }Z ( -] ß*Z y ÇI

Talsarnau, Nr Harlech LL47 6YA T: 01766 780200 F: 01766 780211 E: maes@neuadd.com www.neuadd.com Lynn Jackson

Old Mill Farmhouse

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Tan yr Onnen, Penamser Road, Porthmadog, Gwynedd LL49 9NY T: 01766 515530 E: info@tudorlodge.co.uk www.tudorlodge.co.uk

GOLD

Comfortable attractive converted farm buildings set around a courtyard; each room en-suite with its own front door. Late arrivals no problem! Excellent garden railway in beautiful garden overlooking lake and mountains. Friendly llamas and small animals. Great area for photographers, walkers, cyclists, tourists. Pet friendly and people friendly!

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Borth-y-Gest, Porthmadog LL49 9UD T: 01619 284961 M: 07748 446058 Enquiries: Anne Keating, Borthwen, 14 Sunny Bank Road, Bowdon, Cheshire WA14 3PW E: n.keating@manchester.ac.uk Good centre for Snowdonia. Ideal for walking and sailing. Near harbour and beach. Full central heating, microwave and patio. Well equipped. Open fire. Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–4; Weekly: per unit £240–£485; Short Breaks: 4 nights min: £50 per night }CZ ( ß * I Z (

Borth Y Gest Morfa

5D Borth-y-Gest, Near Porthmadog T: 01926 651624 www.byg.demon.co.uk Tim Stokes Spacious, Victorian cottage in picturesque seaside village, well known for its quaint Harbour and sandy coves. Well situated in quiet residential street with coastal views and easy access to secluded beaches. Fully equipped very well furnished, centrally heated. A perfect base to enjoy Snowdonia. Recently refurbished. Sorry no pets.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 7+cot; Weekly: per unit £250–£680; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £150–£250

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Criccieth, Porthmadog and the Vale of Ffestiniog The Bobbing Boats

Fferm Gaerwen Farm

5D 14 Sea View Terrace, Borth-y-Gest, Porthmadog LL49 9TR Enquiries: Mrs E Everitt 5 Lower End, Swaffham Prior, Cambridge CB5 0HT T: 01638 742974

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5C Pen-Y-Bryn, Chwilog, Pwllheli LL53 6SX T: 01766 810208 E: sulwen.edwards@btconnect.com www.dwyfach.co.uk S. Edwards

GOLD

5D 6 Marine Terrace, Criccieth LL52 0EF T: 01766 523061 E: sue@billandrews.co.uk www.selfcateringhols.com/property-3 Sue Andrews Spacious 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom seafront property on 3 floors in a south-facing 4-storey Victorian Terrace. The lounge/ dining room and 3 bedrooms have panoramic views over Cardigan Bay (watch the dolphins!), Criccieth Castle and West Beach. Station, shops, beach, playground, restaurants, bowling, mini golf, castle all within 5 minutes walk.

Our cottage is set in peaceful, beautiful countryside with stunning views of Cardigan Bay and Snowdonia. It has an enclosed garden and is the ideal place to return home to after savouring the local attractions, visiting nearby beaches or simply walking in the countryside. Golf, fishing, and leisure centres nearby. Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–4; Weekly: per unit £195–£575; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £135–£325

Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–8; Weekly: per unit £250–£1055; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £182–£700

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Rhosgyll Fawr Cottages

GOLD

A warm welcome awaits you at our traditional Welsh farmhouse or modernised cottage. Clean, well equipped and comfortably furnished providing a homely atmosphere. Centrally located to explore beaches, mountains and lakes, or relax in the garden enjoying stunning views of Snowdonia, unwinding in the tranquillity of rural life! Brochure available.

This pretty terrace cottage overlooks Borth-y-Gest’s quiet harbour, and enjoys wonderful open mountain views across the tidal estuary. The rooms are light and pleasantly furnished and there is a sunny garden. Ideal for sandy beaches, sailing and local walking as well as exploring Snowdonia and Llyˆn. Café in village.

Dwyfach Cottage

5D Gaerwen, Ynys, Criccieth LL52 0NU T: 01766 810324 M: 07939 303895 E: gaerwen@btopenworld.com www.gaerwenfarmcottages.co.uk Mrs Mary Williams

5D Rhosgyll Fawr, Chwilog, Nr Criccieth, Gwynedd LL53 6TQ T: 01766 810584 E: enq@rhosgyllfawr-cottages.co.uk www.rhosgyllfawr-cottages.co.uk Colin & Frances Randall

GOLD

A relaxing, carefree holiday is available in three well equipped cottages. Wonderfully situated on a private 25 acre lake and woodland nature reserve with private fishing and country walking directly from the door. Inglenook fireplace, BBQs. Cleanliness guaranteed under the personal supervision of the owners. Close to beaches and Snowdonia. Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–4; Weekly: per unit £230–£550; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £150–£358

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18 Marine Terrace, Criccieth LL52 0EF T: 01248 716245 ian@ianrobert.orangehome.co.uk Ian and Martin Roberts Sea-front. Two superior self-contained holiday flats. Ground floor and second and third floor flats. Sleeps 5. Freeview, bedding optional. SAE for brochure to: 101 Penlon Menai Bridge LL59 5NE. Open 3–11; Sleeps 5; Weekly: per unit £180–£350 F}C ( - IZ ÇJ _

Public Facilities The scheme aims to get Local Authorities and local businesses such as cafes, pubs, petrol stations and shops, to work together to increase the number of clean, safe and more accessible toilets for the general public. For more details go to www.visitsnowdonia.info

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Criccieth, Porthmadog and the Vale of Ffestiniog The Barn & The Stables

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Ynys Pandy Farm

5D Ynys Pandy, Golan, Garndolbenmaen LL51 9YU T: 01766 530256 E: info@ynyspandy.co.uk www.ynyspandy.co.uk Tomos & Brenda Jenkins

Criccieth T: 01678 521480 E: email via website www.cricciethcottages.co.uk Two charming, well equipped stone cottages. Exposed beams, glorious panoramic views with coastal glimpses. Safe private country estate (Lloyd George Connections). Near Criccieth, Porthmadog, sandy beaches and Snowdonia scenery. Pine beds, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer, dishwasher, TV/Freeview/DVD, NSH/CONV, conservatory (Stables). Perfect for families or couples. Colour brochure.

Secluded but not remote. People who know Ynys Pandy tell us it is a special place and we invite you to experience the sense of place and space for yourselves. Comfortably furnished, very well equipped and environmentally friendly, this farmhouse bolt hole is ideal for families seeking a home from home.

Open 4–10; Sleeps 1–6; Weekly: per unit £300–£665

Open 1–12; Sleeps 8; Weekly: per unit £415–£860; Short Break: Min. 3 nights at £272. 4 nights £335

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5D Morfa Bychan, Porthmadog LL49 9YA T: 01902 750732 Enquiries to: Mrs H. L. Smith, 5 Eynsham Court, Clifton Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton WV6 9AR Modern detached centrally heated bungalow situated 300 metres from beautiful sandy beach very near to shops and golf course. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, large lounge, TV, video, DVD. Well equipped kitchen, enclosed garden. Ideal location for exploring Snowdonia. Sorry No Pets.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 6; Weekly: per unit £275–£520; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £175

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London Road, Garndolbenmaen, Near Porthmadog LL51 9NZ E: info@lavendercottagesnowdonia.co.uk www.lavendercottagesnowdonia.co.uk Contact Claire or Siân 01766 522257

77 Cefn Y Gadair, Morfa, Bychan, Porthmadog LL49 9YS T: 0121 4752535 Mr & Mrs G. Oakes

A superior five star non-smoking cottage. It is the perfect place to stay in total comfort. Bed linen, towels and electricity included. Inglenook fireplace with wood burner. Sit in the beautiful garden with a glass of wine and watch the superb sunsets. No pets or children under ten. Brochure available.

Comfortable, modern four bedroom detached bungalow, beautifully appointed, large lounge, fully equipped kitchen, enclosed garden. 400 yards from sandy beach, ideal for touring. Close to Portmeirion, Ffestiniog Railway and Snowdonia.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–3; Weekly: per unit £400–£465; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £185

Open 3–10; Sleeps 2–7; Weekly: per unit £275–£600

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4D Garndolbenmaen LL51 9EZ T/F: 01766 530635 E: elen@whevans.freeserve.co.uk www.cottages-in-snowdonia.co.uk Mrs Elen Evans Situated near the river Dwyfach; within easy reach of sea and mountains. One double room and one twin-bedded room. Sun lounge, bathroom with shower. Lounge with colour TV, kitchen fully equipped, microwave. Children welcome. Cot and highchair available. Pets welcome on request. Pub and restaurant within walking distance.

Open 3–11; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit £180–£400

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Bryn Gauallt Flat

5D Bryn Gauallt, Borth Road, Porthmadog LL49 9UP T: 01766 512153 Mrs G.T. Jones-Morris First floor self contained flat in private house above Borth-y-Gest village, well known for its quaint harbour and sandy coves. Walking distance from Porthmadog with its interesting harbour and sailing history. Perfect for exploring Snowdonia and Llyˆn Peninsula. Well equipped, warm welcome to all. Large garden with car parking.

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Criccieth, Porthmadog and the Vale of Ffestiniog First and Second Floor Flat

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Rhiw Goch Bunkhouse

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146 High Street, Porthmadog LL49 9NU T: 01766 512528 M: 07703503095

Trawsfynydd Holiday Village, Bronaber, Trawsfynydd LL41 4YB T: 01766 540219/555 F: 01766 540305 E: staff@logcabinswales.co.uk www.logcabinswales.co.uk

Recently refurbished comfortable spacious well furnished flat. Centrally heated, television all rooms. Bedding included. Central for beaches, walking, golfing, climbing, sailing, Portmeirion Italian village, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, slate caverns, castles and Snowdon. Walking distance to shops, restaurants, hotels. Spacious patio, rear garden. Parking space. No smoking, no pets.

Located on Trawsfynydd Log Cabin Holiday Village our bunkhouse overlooks the Rhinog Mountains. It sleeps 10–20 people in 5 bedrooms, 4 per room. There are shower rooms, kitchen, lounge, eating area, drying room, bike shed, BBQ area and ample parking. Prices are available for 2 nights upwards on pppn basis.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 6; Weekly: per unit £200–£450; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £200

Open 1–10 & 12; Sleeps 10–20; Weekly: £1000; Short Break: Monday to Friday: £450

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30 Dublin Street, Tremadog, Porthmadog LL49 9RH T: 01766 512553 E: johnjulieo@aol.com www.tynewydd-accommodation.co.uk Mr & Mrs J Otty Two self-catering flats with two bedrooms in each, one double one twin. In the lovely village of Tremadog with three friendly pubs serving good food and ale, a restaurant, spar shop and chip shop, you will be spoilt for choice. Ideal place for exploring the area by car or bus.

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Tyddyn Sianel, Llanystumdwy, Criccieth LL52 0LS T: 01766 522855 Reservations: 0845 130 7633 F: 01758 712888 E: www.campingandcaravaningclub.co.uk/ contactus www.campingandcaravaningclub.co.uk/ llanystumdwy The Llanystumdwy campsite is ideally placed for the magnificent scenery of the Snowdonia National Park and the rolling hills and coast of Lleyn Peninsula. Non-members welcome.

Open 4–9; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit £260–£300

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Cardigan Bay The northern arc of Cardigan Bay – much of it in the National Park – is one of outstanding beauty. Mountains sweep down to the sea in a series of stunning estuaries, and the beaches are some of the sandiest and most spacious in all of Wales. In the hills you’ll find remote beauty spots, mountain lakes and magnificent walking. See it all from welcoming seaside resorts or country villages. Explore it on the convenient Cambrian Coast Railway, which runs along the bay.

1 Aberdyfi Surely one of Britain’s prettiest little seaside resorts and sailing ports, located where the River Dyfi meets the waters of Cardigan Bay. Pastel-coloured terraces front a large sandy beach and quaint old harbour. A popular centre for sailing, watersports and golf (at a famous links course). Local museum dedicated to Aberdyfi’s shipbuilding past.

2 Barmouth (Abermaw) Popular resort on the mouth of the beautiful Mawddach Estuary. Pretty harbour overlooked by the headland of Dinas Oleu, birthplace of the National Trust. Lots to see and do − traditional seaside fun on the promenade and in the small fairground, two miles of superb sandy beach, good choice of accommodation.

Take a walk up into the hills for unforgettable views of sea and mountains. Or follow in Julia Bradbury’s footsteps on the Mawddach Trail along the idyllic old rail route to Dolgellau, which featured in her BBC TV series Railway Walks. Discover the history of Barmouth in the refurbished Sailors’ Institute located around the harbour along with Tyˆ Gwyn’s ‘shipwreck museum’ and Tyˆ Crwn Round House.

3 Dyffryn Ardudwy Traditional village well located for coast and country. Prehistoric burial chamber an important local site. Inland, visit remote Llyˆn Cwm Bychan and the mysterious Roman Steps.

4 Fairbourne Seaside village on opposite side of the Mawddach to Barmouth. Big sandy beach.

‘In the hills you’ll find remote beauty spots, mountain lakes and magnificent walking.’ Take a ride on the Fairbourne Railway, the smallest of Wales’s narrow-gauge railways (with ferry link to Barmouth).

5 Harlech A ‘must see’ little town, not just for the views across the dunes but also for its clifftop medieval castle, a World Heritage Site. Royal St David’s is one of Wales’s top golf courses. Attractions include Theatre Ardudwy and craft shops. Taste Hufenfa Castell’s delicious artisan ice cream.

6 Llanbedr Quaint village on the doorstep of Shell Island (so-called for the variety of its shells). Inland, explore the Rhinogydd, the last true mountain wilderness left in Wales.

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Tourist Information Centres 1 Aberdyfi* Wharf Gardens, Aberdyfi LL35 0ED T: 01654 767321 tic.aberdyfi@eryri-npa.gov.uk

2 Barmouth/Abermaw Station Road, Barmouth LL42 1LU (located on the station platform) T: 01341 280787 barmouth.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk Explore the length of the Cambrian Coast by rail, linking up with many little railways – train tickets available from the centre.

3 Harlech* Llys y Graig, High Street, Harlech LL46 2YE T: 01766 780658 tic.harlech@eryri-npa.gov.uk

Tourist Information Point 4 Tywyn High Street, Tywyn LL36 9AD T: 01654 710070 tywyn.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

helpful links www.aberdyfi.org www.barmouth-wales.co.uk www.harlech.com www.mawddachtrail.com www.tywyn-ctc.org.uk * open seasonally only (March – October)

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8 Tywyn Seaside resort and touring base. Attractions include large sandy beach and narrow-gauge Talyllyn Railway that travels deep into the hills. Many local beauty spots − Dolgoch Falls, Bird Rock, Tal-y-Llyn Lake and Castell-y-Bere, atmospheric stronghold of the Welsh princes.

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BARMOUTH Mawddach Valley & Ardudwy Coast

A European Blue Flag Resort Seaside holidays and activity breaks. Fresh air getaways at any time of year.

www.barmouth-wales.co.uk The Inglenook, Harbour Lane Tel: 01341 280807

Serviced

Bae Abermaw, Panorama Road Tel: 01341 280550 www.baeabermaw.com

Marian’s Bed and Breakfast, Talybont Tel: 01341 247333 www.mariansbandb.co.uk Richmond House, High St Tel: 01341 281366 www.barmouthbedandbreakfast.co.uk

Fairlawns Bungalow, Fairbourne Tel: 0870 321 3628 www.fairbournebungalows.co.uk

Visit our website for your copy of the 2010 Barmouth Brochure

Caravan and Camping Min Y Mor Hotel, Promenade Tel: 01341 280555 www.minymor.com

Llwyndu Farmhouse, Llanaber Tel: 01341 280 144 www.llwyndu-farmhouse.co.uk Wavecrest, 8 Marine Parade Tel: 01341 280330 www.barmouthbandb.com

Cadwgan Hotel, Dyffryn Ardudwy Tel: 01341 247240 www.cadwgan.hotel.co.uk Tal-y-Don Hotel, High Street Tel: 01341 280508 www.tal-y-don.co.uk

Bryn Melyn, Panorama Road, Tel: 01341 280 556 www.brynmelyn.co.uk

Self-Catering Lawrenny Lodge, Tel: 01341 280466 www.lawrennylodge.co.uk

Morwendon House, Llanaber Tel: 01341 280566 www.morwendon-house.co.uk

Ocean Drive, Marine Parade Tel: 01341 280114 www.oceandrive.supanet.com Seashell B&B, 13 Marine Parade Tel: 01341 281180 www.seashell-bb.co.uk The Sandpiper, 7 Marine Parade Tel: 01341 280318 www.thesandpiperguesthouse.co.uk

Marwyn Guest House, Marine Parade Tel: 01341 280185 www.marwynguesthouse.com

Ty Glan-yr-Afon, Bontddu Tel: 01341 242626 www.rowenpark.com/tyglanyrafon Ystumgwern Hall Farm, Dyffryn Ardudwy Tel: 01341 247249 www.ystumgwern.co.uk

Glanmorgan, High Street, Tel: 01785 715 687 www.holidaylettings.co.uk Nant Hafod, Ffordd Pentre Mynach, Tel: 01341 280 540 www.barmouth-breaks.co.uk Sandy Patch, Castell Morfa, Harlech, Tel: 01341 280 540 www.holiday-harlech.co.uk Sunny Bank, Church Street, Tel: 01341 281 111 www.barmouth-holidaylets.co.uk Talarfor, Llanaber Tel: 01341 280069 Email: jclark4@btinternet.com

Tel: 01341 247200 www.byrdir.co.uk

Barmouth Cottages, (1 St Georges and 1 Ger y Mor) Tel: 01341 280 971 www.barmouthcottages.co.uk

Pentre Mawr Farm, Dyffryn Ardudwy Tel: 01341 247413 www.pentre-mawr.co.uk

Deu Ddrws Holiday Cottage, Cambrian Street Tel: 01766 780 719 / 07786 515 636 Email: m.j.k.hemsley@btinternet.com

Byrdir, Dyffryn Ardudwy

Rowen Caravan Park, Talybont Tel: 01341 242626 www.rowenpark.com The Old Mill Park, Talybont Tel: 01341 247366

Hendre Coed Isaf, Llanaber Tel: 01341 280597 www.hendrecoedisaf.co.uk Rhinog Park, Dyffryn Ardudwy Tel: 01341 247 652 www.rhinogpark.co.uk Sarnfaen Holiday Park, Talybont Tel: 01341 247241 www.sarnfaen.com

Dyffryn Seaside Estate, Dyffryn Ardudwy Tel: 01341 247220 www.dyffryn-seaside-estate.co.uk

Hendre Mynach Touring Park, Llanaber Road Tel: 01341 280262 www.hendremynach.co.uk Trawsdir Touring & Camping Site, Llanaber Tel: 01341 280999 www.barmouthholidays.co.uk

Murmur yr Afon, Dyffryn Ardudwy Tel: 01341 247353 www.murmuryrafon.co.uk

Graig Wen, Arthog Tel: 01341 250482 www.graigwen.co.uk

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For general enquiries contact Barmouth Tourist Information Centre, Tel: 01341 280 787 barmouth.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

Ten days of guided walks around the Mawddach Estuary and Southern Snowdonia, led by knowledgeable and experienced local guides. Walks are graded to suit all abilities, from short two hour rambles to full day, high level hikes; all in some of the finest walking countryside in Wales.


Cardigan Bay Llwyndu Farmhouse Hotel

7E Llanaber, Barmouth, Gwynedd LL42 1RR T: 01341 280144 E: intouch@llwyndu-farmhouse.co.uk www.llwyndu-farmhouse.co.uk Peter & Paula Thompson “One of Wales finest farmhouse B&B’s” was how one guide described Peter & Paula’s superbly restored 16th century farmhouse and converted barn which overlooks Cardigan Bay. Large cosy ensuite bedrooms. Savour our imaginative cuisine in wonderful atmosphere of oak beams and inglenook. “A real gem” see for yourself. Good Hotel Guide.

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r6; A6; Open 1–12; B&B pp £45–£57; 2 night D B&B: £143–£153; Weekly: D B&B pp £459–£520

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Pentre Mawr Farm

6D Dyffryn Ardudwy LL44 2ES T: 01341 247413 www.pentre-mawr.co.uk Mrs Susan Owen Relax in the peace and quiet of this working farm centrally situated between Barmouth and Harlech. Inglenook fireplaces, spacious ensuite bedrooms and a homely atmosphere. Village shops, pubs. Cambrian Coast Railway station and beach all within easy level walking distance. Ample parking. Pets welcome. No children under 12. Camping available 200yds from Dyffryn Beach. Phone Sue Owen for colour brochure.

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Cardigan Bay The Old Farmhouse

Dolffanog Fawr

6D Tyddyn Du, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd, LL44 2DW T: 01341 242711 E: jandmmetcalfe@btinternet.com www.theoldfarmhouse.com

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Enjoy the friendly and informal atmosphere within our 17th century renovated farmhouse set in 1.5 acres. Enjoy the panoramic views over Cardigan bay. Large outdoor seasonally heated pool. Hot spa in use all year. Large parking area. Secure parking available. Please call for special offers between October and Easter. Brochure available.

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Gwrach Ynys Country Guest House 5D Talsarnau, Harlech LL47 6TS T: 01766 780742 F: 01766 781199 E: deborah@gwrachynys.co.uk www.gwrachynys.co.uk

Tal-y-Llyn, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9AJ T: 01654 761247 E: info@dolffanogfawr.co.uk www.dolffanogfawr.co.uk Alex Yorke and Lorraine Hinkins

Enjoy a peaceful break in a glorious setting close to the mountains and sea. Excellent base for walking and touring Snowdonia. Near to Harlech Castle, Portmeirion, Welsh Highland Railway, Royal St David's Golf Club and numerous sandy beaches. Warm Welsh welcome awaits you. For special offers visit our website.

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Lorraine and Alex have established a reputation for exceptional home cooking and hospitality. Beautifully furnished en-suite bedrooms with large pocket sprung beds, high quality bedding and fantastic views. Superb food, wine, comfort and hospitality amidst breathtaking scenery are guaranteed. As featured in the Guardian readers top twenty five British B&Bs. r4; A4; Open 3–11; B&B pp £42–£45; Short Break: 2 night D B&B: £130–£140; Weekly Break: 2 night D B&B: £420–£440

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Hendy Farm Holidays

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The Victoria Inn is the perfect base for touring Snowdonia's beautiful countryside with it's mountains, valleys, lakes and beaches all within close proximity. The Inn has many interesting artefacts including original stove and unusual circular wooden settle. Residents and non-residents can use the bars, restaurant and garden with covered terrace and child's play area. r5; A5; Open 1–12; B&B pp £35–£45; 2 night: B&B pp £65–£75; Weekly: B&B pp £195–£205

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Cwrt, Pennal, Machynlleth Powys SY20 9LD T: 01654 791246 E: shana@penmaendyfi.co.uk www.penmaendyfi.co.uk Shana Rees

GOLD

Relax on working farm peacefully situated between sea and mountains. Own halt for Talyllyn Railway. Enjoy B&B or one of our 5 star cottages which are available all year. Half mile from Tywyn.

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Penmaendyfi Country House

8D Hendy Farm, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9RU T: 01654 710457 F: 01654 710457 E: jones@farmline.com www.midwalesholidays.co.uk Anne Lloyd-Jones

Llanbedr LL45 2LD T: 01341 241213 F: 01341 241644 E: junevicinn@aol.com www.victoriainnllanbedr.co.uk Gemma Barry

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You’ll receive a genuine Welsh welcome in this very friendly country house from which you can enjoy superb views over the Dyfi estuary. Our luxury ground floor suite is custom designed for disabled guests with direct external access and its own parking bay. Tennis court and solar heated outdoor swimming pool (during the summer months).

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Chalet 17, Woodlands Holiday Park

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Chalet 17, Woodlands Holiday Park and Country Club, Bryncrug, Nr. Tywyn LL36 9UH T: 01568 780912 www.wiz.to/seventeen Mercedes Morgan Detached elevated cedarwood chalet with magnificent valley and sea views. Sleeps 4 people. Bed linen is provided. Use of heated outdoor swimming pool during the summer months. Clubroom with restaurant and bar. Open 1–12; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit £275–£395; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £165 F}C CZ ( ] Zp* y 5 ÇI


Cardigan Bay Aberdovey Hillside Village

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Cynfal Farm Cottages

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Bryncrug, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9RB T: 01654 711703 F: 01654 711703 E: cynfalfrm@aol.com www.midwalesholidays.co.uk Carys Evans

Church Street, Aberdovey, Gwynedd LL35 0ND T: 01654 767522 F: 01654 767069 E: info@hillsidevillage.co.uk www.hillsidevillage.co.uk Mary Robinson

A perfect holiday location for couples or families seeking something rather special. Three luxury cottages, two with ground floor bedrooms. Talyllyn steam train runs nearby with own halt. Short breaks November to March. Special rates for couples booking out of school holidays. Only two miles from beach. Please ring for brochure 01654 711703.

A small cluster of comfortable, well furnished, self catering cottages and apartments with stunning views over the Dyfi estuary. Only 250 yards from village and sandy beach. Complimentary membership of local leisure centre with use of swimming pool included in tariff. Pet friendly, free colour brochure available, wireless internet free. Open 1–12; Sleeps 4-8; Weekly: per unit £240–£890; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £140–£400

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Dolgoch Holiday Homes

Arthog, Gwynedd LL39 1LJ T: 01341 250892 www.pantycae.co.uk P.R. & E. Thomas

6E Dolgoch Falls, Bryncrug, Nr Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9UW T: 01543 302935/317595 M: 07811 289383 E: holidays@dolgochfalls.com www.dolgochfalls.com

Pant y Cae Organic Farm in the foothills of Cadair Idris. Near the beaches of Fairbourne & Barmouth; we offer a traditional Welsh farm cottage and a eco-friendly solar/wind powered lodge in a quiet natural environment. Excellent walking, mountain biking, bird watching, all from the doorstep.

Four delightful holiday homes situated near spectacular Dolgoch waterfalls and Talyllyn steam railway with breathtaking mountain scenery. These homes provide an ideal base for touring the surrounding Snowdonia National Park and nearby sandy beaches of Tywyn and Aberdovey. All comfortably furnished, fully equipped kitchens, Sky TV. More information on website.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 5–6; Weekly: per unit £280–£580; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £170–£240

Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–8; Weekly: per unit £235–£595

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Bontddu, Barmouth, Gwynedd LL42 1TN E: info@ff-holidayhome.co.uk www.ff-holidayhome.co.uk

6D Beach Road, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd LL44 2HA T: 01341 247652 F: 01341 247652 E: rhinogpark@countryparks.com www.rhinogpark.co.uk

Indulge in the charm of this 18th century self-contained stone cottage which can accommodate up to 7 people in 4 bedrooms. Ideal for groups with children and pets. Fully equipped, 2 bathrooms and tastefully decorated. Located in the Snowdonia National Park, between the 2 historic towns of Dolgellau and Barmouth.

Open 3–10; Sleeps 4–5+Cot; Weekly: per unit £130–£500; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £78–£300; Static Caravans: 25

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Ystumgwern Hall Farm

6E Bontddu, Dolgellau, LL40 2UR T: 01341 242626 E: holidays@rowenpark.com www.rowenpark.com Enquiries: holidays@rowenpark.com Mrs J. L. Williams, Rowen Caravan Park, Talybont, Barmouth LL43 2AD

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An idyllic haven of peace and quiet. Enjoy a warm welcome, staggering mountain views and beautiful ‘Seaside Award’ beaches a short stroll away. Lodges furnished to a high standard. Short breaks and discounts available. Wales in Bloom award winner. Silver David Bellamy Conservation award. The perfect place to get away from it all!

Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–7; Weekly: per unit £345–£695; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £245–£345

Tyˆ Glan-yr-Afon

GOLD

BRONZE

Luxury farmhouse, one mile from Bontddu village, lies in a quiet, peaceful setting overlooking two mountain streams. Completely renovated and refurbished comprising: three bedrooms, two bathrooms, inglenook with woodburner in lounge. Kitchen – dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer. Central heating throughout. All linen, fuel, electricity included in price. Free brochure.

6D Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd LL44 2DD T: 01341 247249 E: ynys@ystumgwern.co.uk www.ystumgwern.co.uk Jane Williams

GOLD

A warm Welsh welcome awaits you at Ystumgwern Farm where the mountains of Snowdonia slope down to the sea. 14th century farmhouse and luxury barn conversions full of their original charm and character. Within 5 miles or less, lakes, mountains, sandy safe beaches, steam train, castle, slate cavern and golf course. Please view our website or ask for a colour brochure. Open 1–12; Sleeps 1–8; Weekly: per unit £280–£1100; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £160–£900

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Cardigan Bay Fairlawns Bungalow

Plas y Nant

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Fairbourne T: 01341 514136 or 0844 5897891 E: enquiry@fairbournebungalows.co.uk www.fairbournebungalows.co.uk Bungalow in Fairbourne, close to beach. Sleeps four adults and two children. Fairbourne is a small seaside village with a long sandy beach, mountain views, golf course and narrow gauge railway surrounded by the Snowdonia National Park. Ideal for seaside and mountain walking holidays. TV's "Railway Walks" Mawddach Trail nearby.

Open 3–12; Sleeps 6; Weekly: per unit £360–£560

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Crown Lodge

6D Ffordd Isaf, Harlech LL46 2PR T: 01766 781927 F: 01766 780169 E: accom@fc.harlech.ac.uk www.harlech-holidays.com

Henblas, Llwyngwril, Gwynedd LL37 2QA T: 01341 250350 E: swancott@henblas.co.uk www.henblas.co.uk Swancott Pugh

Sleeps 19 in en-suite rooms, ideal for larger groups. Owned by Coleg Harlech it is often used for educational purposes. With views over Tremadog Bay this area is a haven for anyone who enjoys walking, climbing, fishing, sailing or cycling. Close to Harlech town, castle, theatre and Royal St David’s Golf Course.

Relax at these comfortable cottages with panoramic views of Cardigan Bay. Magical sunsets have to be seen to be believed. Village shop, pub, café and railway station within walking distance. Enjoy nature walks to the beach or mountains, leisure facilities and attractions nearby. Two Shetland ponies called Sugar and Spice. Secure premises for cycle storage and mountain bikes for hire. Utility room and information point for guests use. Linen and towels provided. All-inclusive price colour brochure.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 19; Weekly: per unit £500–£2,100; Short Break: 3 nights per unit £450–£1,890

Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–6; Weekly: per unit £200–£600; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £200–£300

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Gaerwen Farm

6E Llanfihangel-y-Pennant LL36 9TR T: 01654 782286 E: wendy@jones5686.fsnet.co.uk www.nantcaw.co.uk Mrs Wendy Jones

GOLD

For peace and tranquility, spend a week at the foothills of Cader Idris, glorious walks and cycling routes. Stunning views all around. Children enjoy freedom to play and be adventurous. Spacious refurbished farmhouse, BBQ, garden furniture, Sky TV, well equipped kitchen, linen and towels supplied. Close to Tywyn, Aberdyfi seaside towns. Open all year.

A warm welcome awaits you at these two fine town houses sleeping up to 12 people in 4-6 bedrooms, most en-suite. A short stroll from golden beaches, Harlech Castle, railway station, swimming pool with sauna, tennis court, theatre, the pub and The Royal St David’s Golf Course. Smaller properties also available.

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5D Harlech LL46 2UD T: 01341 247249 E: ynys@ystumgwern.co.uk www.ystumgwern.co.uk Jane Williams

GOLD

Open 1–12; Sleeps 1–7; Weekly: per unit £180–£550; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £120–£180

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Penmaenbach Farm Cottages

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Gaerwen Farm, Upper Corris, Machynlleth SY20 9RF T: 01654 761343 E: info@gaerwenfarm.co.uk www.gaerwenfarm.co.uk Kate Jones

Cwrt, Pennal, Machynlleth Powys SY20 9LD T: 01654 791 246 E: shana@farmcottageswales.co.uk www.farmcottageswales.co.uk Shana Rees

An 18th century cottage situated on the Snowdonia Gwynedd border, 10 minutes from the market town of Machynlleth, the fishing village of Aberdovey and a stone's throw from Cader Idris. Sympathetically restored to a very high standard it adjoins the owner's property which is set in 10 acres of hillside.

GOLD Aled and Shana welcome you to Penmaenbach. Beds prepared, fresh flowers and home-made Welsh cakes await your arrival. We have a laundry and games room. 500 yards away at ‘Penmaendyfi’ our cottage guests are welcome to use the tennis court and solar heated outdoor swimming pool (during the summer months).

Open 1–12; Sleeps 2; Weekly: per unit £295–£395; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £150–£185

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Cardigan Bay Golwg y Mor

Rowen Caravan Park

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Plas Edwards, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 0DA T: 020 7328 0589 M: 07879 867463 E: keith.sweetman@tesco.net www.beachsidehouse.co.uk Keith Sweetman Beach-side house. Direct access to sandy beach. Unobstructed views of Cardigan Bay. Dolphins seen from house. Quiet, comfortable two bedroom house. Central heating so ideal for winter walking. Short breaks available. Open 1–12; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit £150–£590; Short Break: per unit: £135–£250 } Z (] ß * I y ÇI

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Open 4–11; Statics: 35; Statics for hire: 25 Static Weekly: £218–£670; Short Breaks: 3/4 nights £109–£240

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6E Talybont, Barmouth LL43 2AQ T: 01341 247241 F: 01341 247849 E: info@sarnfaen.co.uk www.sarnfaen.co.uk Debbie Ball

Open 3–1; Pitches: Touring 70, Tents 30; Camping Daily £16-£24; Touring Daily £24-£29

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6D Tal-y-Bont, Nr Barmouth LL43 2AX T: 01341 247236 Fax: 01341 242056 E: enquiries@parccaerelwan.co.uk www.parccaerelwan.co.uk Set in lovely landscaped gardens with views of the sea and mountains Parc Caerelwan is the perfect setting for your holiday. A couple of minutes to the Talybont beautiful beach. Caravans and chalets for hire all of an excellent standard. Swimming pool, sauna, steam room, games and soft play room.

Situated just over a mile from the picturesque town of Barmouth, we are the first static caravan park as you leave Barmouth town centre towards Harlech. All our caravans are terraced boasting panoramic view of Cardigan Bay and magnificent sunsets. In addition to our park facilities we have wifi intent access. Open 1–12; Statics: 91; Statics for hire: 10; Static Daily: £45–£115; Static Weekly: £200–£698

Open 1–12; Statics: 149; Statics for hire: 50; Static Weekly: £225–£695; Short Breaks: mini breaks Fri–Mon or Mon–Fri from £127.50

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Award winning site 100 metres from safe sandy beach, 20 mins walk along promenade to Barmouth centre. All modern amenities, with on-site shop, take-away, off-licence and café. Level sites, hard and grass standings. Disabled room. Excellent base for walking, cycling. Public transport nearby. Special offers available spring and autumn. Phone for brochure.

Pitches: Touring 60, Tents 180; Touring Daily £8–£27

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Llanaber Road, Barmouth LL42 1YR T: 01341 280262 F: 01341 280586 E: mynach@lineone.net www.hendremynach.co.uk

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This 5 star family run and maintained park is situated on the Mid Wales coast just 2 ½ miles north of Barmouth, with magnificent views over Cardigan Bay and the Llyˆn Peninsula, and just a few minutes walk away from miles of beautiful sandy beach. Fully serviced pitches. Wi-fi available.

Open 3-1; Statics:109; Statics for hire: 20; Static Weekly: £255–£695

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Llanaber, Barmouth LL42 1RR T: 01341 280999 F: 01341 280740 E: enquiries@barmouthholidays.co.uk www.barmouthholidays.co.uk

Book a Mini Break or a week away at our 4 star family-run Holiday Park. We have a wide range of luxurious caravans available for hire or sale! Leisure club with swimming pool, coffee shop, private dog walk, childrens play area. Close to beach. Accessible accommodation is available.

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A small, quiet family park situated in a tree-lined meadow beside a small mountain stream. Path to the beach, and a short stroll to Talybont village. Excellent very well equipped 2 and 3 bedroomed caravans, chalets and lodges containing all the usual modern facilities. Shop and launderette on site. Free brochure.

Ynysymaengwyn Caravan Park The Lodge, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9RY 8D T: 01654 710684 E: rita@ynysy.co.uk www.ynysy.co.uk This local authority owned site situated in the grounds of an old manor house and woodlands is an ideal base for walkers, cycling, watersports, fishing, one mile from local town.

6E Talybont, Barmouth LL43 2AD T: 01341 242626 E: holidays@rowenpark.com www.rowenpark.com

Tynllwyn is a small friendly family site offering a warm welcome. A paradise for walking, cycling, bird watching or just relaxing. Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway winding gently past site, Rhydyronen Station 50 yards away. Good clean facilities, play area, shop, laundry. Fleet of 7 luxury static caravans for hire. Open 3–10; Statics:56; Statics for hire:7; Pitches: Touring 18, Tents 50; Touring Daily £12–£23; Static Weekly: £250–£440

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Southern Snowdonia These highlands are greener and rounder than those of rocky Snowdon − but they’re still seriously mountainous. Dolgellau’s Cader Idris and the Aran and Arennigs above Bala are lofty outposts, looking down across a landscape of traditional farmland, forest and outstandingly beautiful lakes. Exploring the area is pure pleasure. Quiet mountain roads twist and climb into high country, narrow-gauge railways run alongside lakes and through vales, and in the Coed-y-Brenin Forest there’s world-class mountain biking and familyfriendly walking.

1 Bala A small town that extends a big welcome. Its setting couldn’t be better − on the shores of four-mile-long Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales. Superb location for walking and watersports, including canoeing and white-water rafting at nearby Tryweryn. Excellent cycling territory too, with six waymarked bike routes. Friendly atmosphere,

traditional pubs and inns, and a chance to ride the scenic narrow-gauge Bala Lake Railway. The town is steeped in Welsh culture and history − plaque tells famous story of 16-yearold Mary Jones who walked to Bala across the mountains to collect a Welsh Bible in 1800. Such links continue: the activity centre for the Urdd Welsh League of Youth is located here, and the Canolfan Cywain Centre combines rural heritage with contemporary artworks.

2 Corris Former slate village with a quaint, unconventional beauty set within the Dyfi Forest. The Centre for Alternative Technology, King Arthur’s Labyrinth and Corris Craft Centre are popular local attractions along with Corris Museum and Railway. Underground tours with Corris Mine Explorers, thrilling downhill biking in the forest, excellent fishing at Tal-y-Llyn Lake, challenging walking on Cader Idris.

3 Dinas Mawddwy Village with an Alpine-style setting amongst

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steep, forested hillsides. Large craft centre in former woollen mill is a popular attraction. Take a trip up into the mountains to Bwlch y Groes, the highest pass in Wales. Good walking and fishing centre

4 Dolgellau Handsome, dark-stoned market town set beneath Cader Idris, the legendary ‘Chair of Idris’. Its narrow streets and open main square are home to a good range of inns and shops. Call into Tyˆ Siamas, the innovative National Centre for Welsh Folk Music, and

the Quaker Heritage Centre. Dolgellau is one of the handiest bases for exploring all of Snowdonia Mountains and Coast − but don’t miss the many local beauty spots such as the Mawddach Estuary and Precipice Walk (follow the Mawddach Trail along the waterside for 9½ miles to Barmouth, or the longer, more mountainous Mawddach Way). Cycling and horse riding also available locally − Dolgellau is a specially chosen ‘Cycle Breaks’ centre with a fine range of routes, and for off-roaders there are adrenaline-pumping mountain biking trails in the nearby Coed-y-Brenin Forest.

The forest’s visitor centre has something for everyone, including an adventure playground, family trails, three all-accessibility walks and café. New for 2010 is the exciting Go Ape High Wire Forest Adventure.

Tourist Information Centres 1 Y Bala Pensarn Road, Bala LL23 7SR (located on LlynTegid foreshore next to the Leisure Centre) T: 01678 521021 bala.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

2 Dolgellau Eldon Square, Dolgellau LL40 1PU T: 01341 422888 tic.dolgellau@eryri-npa.gov.uk

Tourist Information Point 3 Corris Corris Craft Centre, SY20 9RF

helpful links www.corris.co.uk www.dolgellau.net www.mawddachtrail.co.uk www.mawddachway.co.uk www.visitbala.org

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Southern Snowdonia Bryn Sion Farm

7G Cwm Cywarch, Dinas Mawddwy, Machynlleth SY20 9JG T: 01650 531251 F: 01650 531251 E: enquiries@brynsion.com www.brynsion.com Mrs Lyn Edwards

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Bryn Sion is a working sheep and cattle farm. An attractive old stone farmhouse situated in the picturesque Cywarch Valley. Paths from farmhouse to popular aran mountains (3,000ft). Ideal location for walking, climbing, bird watching. Within easy reach of beaches, snowdonia and Mid Wales Mountains. Spacious en-suite bedrooms. Children are welcome with farm activities. r2; A2; Open 1–12; B&B pp £25–£30

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6F Dinas Mawddwy, Machynlleth Powys SY20 9JG T: 01650 531289 Eldrydd Edwards

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5G Stryd-y-fron, Bala LL23 7YD T: 01678 520301 E: veronicaandpaul@hotmail.com www.frondderwhouse.co.uk Paul Short A characterful 17th century period mansion with magnificent views across the north end of Bala Lake and the Berwyn mountains. 5 minutes walk from town centre. Ideal base for touring north, mid Wales. The perfect setting for a relaxing break with good food, wine and hospitality from Paul and Veronica.

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Palé Estate, Llandderfel, Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7PS T: 01678 530285 F: 01678 530220 E: enquiries@palehall.co.uk www.palehall.co.uk

B&B pp £57.50–£100

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7F Dolgun Uchaf, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2AB T: 01341 422269 F: 01341 422481 E: dolgunuchaf@aol.com www.guesthousessnowdonia.com M. Eleanor Meredith

One of the finest buildings in Wales, stunning interiors and exquisite features include the boudoir with hand painted ceiling, magnificent entrance hall and galleried staircase. One of the most notable guests was Queen Victoria, her original bath and bed are still in use. Finest cuisine served, guests can sample life in the grand manner. Licensed for civil weddings. Ideal for conferences & house parties.

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Pencefn Road, Dolgellau LL40 2YP T: 01341 423380 E: staylittlefarm@yahoo.co.uk www.staylittlefarm.co.uk Mrs Dawn Jones Farmhouse accommodation with views of Cader Idris range and five minutes walk from town centre. All rooms en-suite with TV/DVD, hairdryer, tea tray, central heating, electric blankets and alarm clocks. Off road parking.

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A warm welcome awaits you at Dolgun Uchaf, a 15th century late medieval hall house full of old world character and lots of history. It is situated 500 metres from the Torrent Walk. An ideal location to enjoy walking, cycling, sightseeing and other activities in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. r4; A4; Open 1–12; B&B pp £27–£35; Short Break: 2 night B&B: £27–£30; Weekly: B&B pp £189–£245; Cottage weekly: per unit £350–£950; Evening Meal £17pp

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Heulwen Guest House

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6F Llanfachreth, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2EB T: 01341 423085 E: heulwenguesthouse@hotmail.com www.heulwen.co.uk Heulwen Watts A warm welcome awaits you at Heulwen. A comfortable and spacious house with panoramic views from all rooms and the south facing patio. Guest rooms have TV, clock-radio alarm and beverage facilities. Ample off-road parking. Bike wash and storage. Ideally situated for exploring Snowdonia National Park and mid Wales.

r3; A2; Open 1–12; B&B pp £27–£31; Short Break: 2 night B&B pp: £54–£62 Short Break: 2 night D B&B pp: £84–£92

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7F Finsbury Square, Dolgellau LL40 1RF T: 01341 422535 F: 01341 422689 E: marg.bamford@btconnect.com www.ivyhouse-dolgellau.co.uk Mrs M Bamford

Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2AG T: 01341 422522 F: 01341 422400 E: welcome@dolserau.co.uk www.dolserau.co.uk Lovely Victorian country house hotel offers peace and quiet, even at the height of season. Set in five acres of well-established gardens. Spacious lounges to relax in lead off the galleried hall. Twenty bedrooms where comfort is a priority with all the little luxuries that make you feel 'spoilt'. Lovely views from every window. AA Rosette restaurant. Children over ten years welcome. Half a mile from the nearest road. A perfect location to explore the local attractions, coast and countryside.

A country town guest house offering a welcoming atmosphere and good homemade food (traditional or vegetarian). All bedrooms have digital TV, hairdryer and beverage facilities. Dolgellau is a splendid touring centre. Safe storage for mountain bikes. Wi-fi available.

r20; A20; Open 1–12; B&B pp £69–£86; Short Break: 2 night D B&B: £182–£216

r6; A4; Open 1–12; B&B pp £31–£36; Weekly: B&B pp £205–£240

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Tan-y-Fron B&B

7F Arran Road, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2AA T: 01341 422638 E: info@tan-y-fron.co.uk www.tanyfron.co.uk Sue Morris

Coed-y-Fronallt, Dolgellau LL40 2YG T: 01341 422822 E: dwy_olwyn@hotmail.co.uk www.dwyolwyn.co.uk Norma Jones Situated in an acre of landscaped gardens, boasting magnificent views of Cader Idris, in a peaceful location – yet only 10 minutes walk to town. Close to all amenities and numerous walks within the Snowdonia National Park. Cycle lockup. Hearty breakfast or continental. Personal attention assured. Ample parking. TV and tea/coffee facilities in all bedrooms.

r3; A2; Open 1–12; B&B pp £23–£28; 2 night B&Bpp: £46–£56; Also self-catering house to let.

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Tyddynmawr, Cader Road, Islawrdref, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 1TL T: 01341 422331 www.wales-guesthouse.co.uk Olwen Evans It’s Paradise! Honestly! 18th century farmhouse. 5 star AA ‘Guest Accommodation of the Year’ award winner. Offers superb mountain views, peace, tranquillity and seclusion. Explore the magnificent ‘Cader Idris’ mountain with waterfalls, slate mines, caves and mountain lakes. AA ‘Best Breakfast’ award winner.

Cyclists welcome Cycling enthusiasts should look out for the‘wheel’ symbol. Properties with this sign include drying facilities for wet clothes and boots, secure lockable areas for bikes, adequate storage space for rucksacks and packed lunches.

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Southern Snowdonia Hen Hafod Nr Bala, Fedw’r Gog Nr Maerdy & MaesmorL7Bala

c/o Penisarmynydd, Maerdy, Corwen, Denbighshire LL21 0NP T: 01490 460448 M: 07890 225907 G. Owen

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7G Dinas Mawddwy, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9AG T: 01650 531330 E: elwyn@nantynodyn.fsnet.co.uk www.nantynodyn.co.uk Elwyn & Megan Jones

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Hen Hafod is a 17th century detached farmhouse situated 1 mile from Bala. Fedw’r Gog cottage is only 2 miles from the main A5 road towards Betws y Coed. Idyllic properties full of charm and character. Maesmor is on the outskirts of Bala, the bedroom overlooks the lake. Pets welcome. Short breaks available.

Four secluded cottages set in private, well maintained gardens, all with oak beams and log fires. Fishing, bird watching and walking on farm land with peaks of Aran Fawddwy and Cader Idris nearby. Bala Lake, RSPB reserve at lake Vyrnwy, steam trains, Coed-y-Brenin cycling centre and safe beaches close by.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–8; Weekly: per unit £150–£490; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £80–£200

Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–6; Weekly: per unit £260–£750; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £210–£300

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Whether you prefer leisurely or energetic holidays, our 4 beautiful, secluded cottages set in five acres of magnificent countryside offer the perfect location. Each is excellently equipped and has its own secure garden with garden furniture/BBQ. You can be sure of a warm welcome with all the comforts of home.

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Stunning spacious farmhouse set in 9 acres with views, provides a perfect base for family, friends, dogs and sports equipment, to explore Snowdonia and glorious coastline, or simply relax and enjoy! 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, CH, woodburner, terrace conservatory and gardens. View our website for full details and special offers. Open 1–12; Sleeps 4–7; Weekly: per unit £360–£760; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £250–£300

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Llanuwchllyn, Bala LL23 7DD T: 01978 812179 E: info@y-stabal.co.uk www.y-stabal.co.uk Susan Jones

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Crynierth Caravan Park, Cefn-Ddwysam, Bala LL23 7LN T: 01678 530324 F: 024 7647 5417 Reservations: 0845 130 7633 E: www.campingandcaravaningclub.co.uk/ contactus www.campingandcaravaningclub.co.uk/bala

Beautiful well equipped riverside stone cottage, large enclosed garden, stunning views. Village location. Local pub/restaurant. Near Bala lake. Accommodation includes 6 bedrooms, 2 en-suites, 2 lounges, large modern kitchen. CH, DG. Suitable for accompanied disabled. Free wireless broadband. Perfect base for walking and watersports. Central for touring our breathtaking countryside. Open 1–12; Sleeps 9; Weekly: per unit £486–£1200; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £350–£465

6E Brithdir, Nr Dolgellau LL40 2SB T: 08700 104478 F: 07006 060475 E: info@holidayinsnowdonia.co.uk www.holidayinsnowdonia.co.uk Mrs S. Jones

Sarnau, Y Bala LL23 7LG T: 01678 530481 or 530413 E: bevianna@btinternet.com www.pencefn.com Mrs Beverley Moss

Open 3–12; Sleeps 2–6; Weekly: per unit £172–£558; Short Break: Weekend 3 nights per unit: £125–£289 (Not Bank Holidays)

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Ardd Fach, Penycefn Road, Dolgellau LL40 2YP T: 01341 422355 Mrs C. E. Skeel Jones Two bedroomed Penty sleeps 5 in spacious twin & family bedrooms. Rhosson with steps leading to it has twin and double bedrooms. Both have parking and panoramic views of Cader Idris Mountains. Small unit "Y Cut" sleeps 2 4'6" bed. Shower and tub bath, four solid hob boiling plates, microwave with conventional oven. Washing machine and dishwasher in Rhosson. Penty has washing machine.

Walk or cycle from your lodge into the Berwyns, fish the Dee or enjoy Snowdonia's sandy beaches, castles, gardens, railways and other attractions.

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like more information? angen rhagor o wybodaeth? If you want to find out more about something that interests you, please complete and return this form to the address below. 1. Please send me FREE information on the following Fishing Guide Amgueddfa Lloyd George Museum Amgueddfa ac Oriel Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery Lonydd Glas Gwynedd Recreational Routes

Lôn Ardudwy Cycle Route (Porthmadog to Barmouth) Golf Guide Activities and Attractions Guide Slate Valley Paths

2. I wish to purchase the following publications: (Price includes P&P) Title of publication Walks

Price (£) No:

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North Wales Path (Bangor – Prestatyn)

£1.50

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Four Valleys Path (Bethesda – Penygroes)

£1.50

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Padarn Country Park Trail Leaflet

£1.50

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A Pocket Guide to Snowdon Yr Wyddfa (R. Russel Roberts) Walks around Bala and Penllyn (David Berry)

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Walks around Barmouth and the Mawddach £5.95 Estuary (David Berry) Walks around the Llyˆn Peninsula (David Berry) £5.95

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Local Walks around Tywyn (Des Marshall)

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Pathfinder Short Walks. Leisure Walks for all ages – Snowdonia (Terry Marsh) Ordnance Survey Maps:

£6.99 Cadair Idris & Llyn Tegid

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Showing part of Snowdonia National Park / Yn dangos rhan o Barc Cenedlaethol Eryri

10 Explorer OL 1:25,000 No. 23 Cadair Idris & LlynTegid 11 No. 18 Harlech, Porthmadog & Bala

£8.50 £8.50

12 No. 17 Snowdon/Conwy Valley

£8.50

13 Explorer 1:25,000 No. 253 Ll yn ˆ Peninsula West 14 No. 254 Ll yn ˆ Peninsula East

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The essential map for outdoor activities / Y map hanfodol ar gyfer gweithgareddau awyr agored

Harlech, Porthmadog & Bala / Y Bala

OL 18

Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa

OL 17

Conwy Valley / Dyffryn Conwy

Showing part of Snowdonia National Park / Yn dangos rhan o Barc Cenedlaethol Eryri

Showing part of Snowdonia National Park / Yn dangos rhan o Barc Cenedlaethol Eryri

The essential map for outdoor activities / Y map hanfodol ar gyfer gweithgareddau awyr agored

The essential map for outdoor activities / Y map hanfodol ar gyfer gweithgareddau awyr agored

World Heritage Site: Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

World Heritage Site: Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

1:25 000 scale Graddfa 1:25 000

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254 Lleyn Peninsula East / Pen Llyˆn Ardal Ddwyreiniol

Pwllheli, Abersoch & Aberdaron

Porthmadog, Pwllheli & Criccieth / Cricieth

15 Dolgellau – Guide and Maps

£3.50

16 Ll yn ˆ Peninsula – Guide and Maps

£3.50

17 Ll yn ˆ Coastal Path Guide

£1.50

The essential map for outdoor activities / Y map hanfodol ar gyfer gweithgareddau awyr agored

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events | digwyddiadau 2010 February

June

6 Pwllheli Triathlon www.triathlon-pwllheli.com

Gw ˆ yl Criccieth T: 01766 810575 www.cricciethfestival.co.uk

March 5 – 7 Llanberis Mountain Film Festival T: 01286 872478 www.llamff.co.uk 14 Mothering Sunday Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk 26 Conwy Seed Fair T: 01492 650851 www.conwybeekeepers.org.uk

May 8 Bala Challenge T: 01678 521109 www.bala-snowdonia.com 9 Harlech Triathlon T: 01766 780457 http://harlechtriathlon.users. btopenworld.com/ 14 –16 Founders Weekend & Tom Rolt Centenary Vintage Transport Display Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk 24 Criccieth Fair T: 01758 704085

17 – 20 Dragon Northern Series Abersoch T: 01758 712338 www.scyc.co.uk 18 – 19 Snowdon Ffidle Festival Nant Peris T: 01286 831762 www.gwylffidil.info

3 The Children’s Duncan Day Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk 10 – 13 Y Gogs Caernarfon T: 01286 672070 www.ygogs.com 10 – 13 Abersoch Jazz Festival T: 01758 712929 www.abersochjazzfestival.com 10, 14, 17 & 24 Victorian Train Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk 12 Rover Retro Gathering Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk 13 Bala Middle Distance Triathlon T: 01987 761582 www.wrecsamtri.org.uk

19 Barmouth to Fort William Three Peaks Yacht Race Barmouth T: 01341 280298 www.threepeaksyachtrace.co.uk 20 Fathers Day Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk 29 Criccieth Fair T: 01758 704085

July Gw ˆ yl Flodau Eglwys Sant Ioan Porthmadog Gw ˆ yl Gardd Goll T: 01286 671938 www.gwylgarddgoll.com 1 – 4 North Wales Bluegrass Festival Conwy T: 01492 580454 www.northwalesbluegrass.co.uk 1, 8 & 15 Victorian Train Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk 1 – 8 Conwy Walking Week T: 01492 575200/575290

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2 – 4 Wakestock Abersoch T: 01758 710000 www.wakestock.co.uk 3 – 4 Have-a-Go Gala & Wharf Garden Railway Open Day Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk 3 – 4 Country Music & Linedancing Festival Barmouth www.barmouth-wales.co.uk/ events.php 4 Conwy Valley Vehicle Rally T: 01492 640640 18 – 24 Conwy Classical Music Festival St. Mary’s Church T: 01492 592166 20 Strawberries, Cream & Steam Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk 23 – 25 Snowdonia Mountain Challenge T: 020 7025 2426 www.breakthrough.org.uk/treks 24 International Snowdon Race Llanberis www.snowdonrace.com 24 Abersoch Dinghy Week T: 01758 712338 www.scyc.co.uk 24 – 31 Gw ˆ yl Caernarfon T: 01286 672589 www.caernarfonfestival.co.uk


For more details and an updated events list visit our website or contact our local TIC’s (see back cover). Please note: This list was compiled during October 2009 and details may have changed so please check the dates and times if you plan to attend an event. Captions: International Snowdon Race/Ras Ryngwladol Yr Wyddfa Abersoch Jazz Festival/Gwˆyl Jas Wakestock

25 Dyffryn and Tal-y-bont Fun Day Barmouth www.barmouth-wales.co.uk/ events.php

30 – 27th of August Fish & Chips Special Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk 31 Pandora Welsh Open Week Abersoch T: 01758 712338 www.scyc.co.uk 31 60th Anniversary G P 14 Nationals Abersoch T: 01758 712338 www.scyc.co.uk

August Welsh Craft Fair Porthmadog www.y-ganolfan.com

10 Floral Train Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk 14 Eglwysbach Agricultural and Horticultural Show T: 01492 650529 14 Abersoch Mirror Week T: 01758 712338 www.scyc.co.uk 14 Abersoch Regatta Day T: 01758 712338 www.scyc.co.uk 21 Rotary Club of Tywyn Race the Train T: 01654 711208 www.racethetrain.com 21 Sioe Wledig Llanrwst Rural Show T: 01492 650847 after 6pm www.sioe-llanrwst-show.com

Sioe Pennal T: 01654 791246

21 Abersoch Keelboat Week T: 01758 712338 www.scyc.co.uk

3 Murder Mystery Train Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk

21 – 22 RS Feva Open Abersoch T: 01758 712338 www.scyc.co.uk

5 Teddy Bear’s Picnic Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk

26 The Children’s Duncan Day Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk

7 SWQUIB Welsh Open Week Abersoch T: 01758 712338 www.scyc.co.uk 7 – 15 Conwy River Festival T: 01492 596253 www.conwyriverfestival.org

28 Our Young Voulenteers Run the Railway Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk

29 Series One Land Rover Gathering Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk 29 Caernarfon 10K Race T: 01286 671202 www.eryri.org.uk

16 Cambrian Rally www.cambrianrally.co.uk 23 – 24 Gwledd Conwy Feast T: 01492 593874 www.conwyfeast.co.uk

September

29 – 30 Halloween Special Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk

4 – 11 Barmouth Arts Festival T: 01341 280392 www.barmouthartsfestival.co.uk

30 Snowdonia Marathon T: 01286 677785 www.snowdoniamarathon.com

9, 16 & 23 Victorian Train Talyllyn Railway T: 01654 710472 www.talyllyn.co.uk

November

12 Bala Standard Distance Triathlon T: 01987 761582 www.wrecsamtri.org.uk

3 – 7 European Shore Fishing Championships Pwllheli T: 01646 686780 www.efsa.co.uk

13 Conwy Honey Fair T: 01492 650851 www.conwybeekeepers.org.uk 18 – 27 Barmouth Festival of Walking www.barmouth-wales.co.uk/ events.php 24 – 25 Llanbedr Beer Festival www.barmouth-wales.co.uk/ events.php

October 8 – 10 Betws–y–Coed Arts Festival T: 01690 710127 www.betwsycoedartsfestival.org.uk 13 – 17 Snowdonia Walking Festival T: 01690 710190 www.snowdonia walkingfestival. co.uk

13 Gw ˆ yl Gerdd-Dant Glannau Menai Bangor T: 01490 420484 www.cerdd-dant.org

December Tywyn Rotary Club Santa Fun Run T: 01654 711208 www.racethetrain.co.uk

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national events | digwyddiadau cenedlaethol 2010 Wales is a stage both for heavyweight cultural festivals and events that are light, frothy and pure fun. So if you’re looking for an eventful 2010, here’s a small taster of what’s happening. For a full listing go to www.visitwales.com May –October

July–August

6 –8 August

Wales is proud to be hosting one of the world’s most prestigious sporting tournaments, The Ryder Cup. The tournament will take place from 27 September –3 October at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. As well as the main event, in the run-up to the tournament Wales will be staging a ‘Summer of Golf’, a top-quality programme of events. Some highlights include: The Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open at Royal Porthcawl (June), The Celtic Manor Wales Open (June) and S4C Wales Ladies Championship of Europe at Conwy Golf Club (August).

Cardiff Summer Festival

Brecon Jazz

Summer in the city can only mean one thing – the Cardiff Summer Festival. The capital comes alive with street theatre, live music, comedy and drama, not forgetting funfairs. It’s the UK’s largest free outdoor festival.

An international festival that attracts some of the world’s top musicians and performers, bringing super-cool jazz to one of Wales’s most historic country towns. The Brecon Beacons have never sounded so good.

www.cardiff-festival.com

www.breconjazz.org

6 –11 July

18 –19 September

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

Abergavenny Food Festival

T: 01978 862000

Tickle your taste buds at one of the biggest events on the UK foodie calendar. Slow food, good food, local food, celebrity chefs, masterclasses, tastings and street stalls are all on Abergavenny’s massive menu.

27 May–6 June

www.llangollen2010.co.uk

www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com

Hay Festival. Hay-on-Wye (Mid Wales)

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www.golfasitshouldbe.com www.rydercupwales2010.com

Britain’s town of books once again hosts its annual literary festival. Bill Clinton calls it ‘Woodstock of the Mind’. An event with a laid-back party atmosphere – and it’s not just about books, you’ll get music, comedy and current affairs crammed into its cosmopolitan programme. www.hayfestival.com

31 May–5 June Urdd National Eisteddfod, Ceredigion Europe’s largest youth arts festival will be held at Llanerchaeron in Ceredigion for the first time since 1999. Celebrating the best talent in song, dance, drama and design. Translation facilities available. www.urdd.org/eisteddfod

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This festival is an international gathering of singers, dancers and musicians from over 50 countries worldwide.

Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells Britain’s most popular agricultural show, but it’s not all about cows and sheep. Live music, stunt displays, craft stalls, food and much more come together to create a bustling mix of town and country.

1st–3rd October 2010

31 July–7 August

‘Wales is proud to be hosting one of the world ’s most prestigious sporting tournaments, The Ryder Cup.’

National Eisteddfod of Wales, Ebbw Vale

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This festival is a massive feast of Welsh culture and heritage, a celebration of the Welsh language. Pomp and ceremony, poetry, dance and comedy are all part of the mix. It is held in a different location each year. Translation facilities available. www.eisteddfod.org.uk

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Snowdonia Mountains and Coast/ Eryri Mynyddoedd a Môr is one of the Holiday Areas within Wales. Each area has its own distinct character. 1. The Isle of Anglesey A place like no other, Anglesey offers unparalleled beauty, amazing adventures, serious solitude and warm welcome. Easily accessible; this unique island, with its coastline, varied beaches and historical towns make it a superb base for all the family. Those that have visited need not be told. They just return… T: 01248 713177 or 01407 762622 tourism@anglesey.gov.uk www.visitanglesey.co.uk 2. Llandudno, Colwyn Bay Vibrant Llandudno, the Victorian seaside gem. World Heritage Conwy. Waterfront adventure at Colwyn Bay. Year-round breaks, filled with fun, good food, great walking and world-class theatre. All within easy reach of Snowdonia. T: 01492 577577 llandudnotic@conwy.gov.uk www.visitllandudno.org.uk 3. Rhyl and Prestatyn Among the best recognised British seaside resorts. Fabulous award-winning beaches with a range of familyfriendly attractions, events and activities. Walk the Offa’s Dyke Path in Prestatyn. An hour’s drive from Merseyside and the West Midlands. T: 01745 344515/355068 rhyl.tic@denbighshire.gov.uk www.rhyl-prestatyn.co.uk 4. The North Wales Borderlands Short journey: very different place. At less than 20 minutes from Chester, we’re just a hop and a skip away from the North West and the West Midlands. From the bustling shops and nightlife of Wrexham to the culinary delights of the Mold Food and Drink Festival to the world-famous Llangollen International Eisteddfod. 100% Wales on your doorstep! T: 01978 292015 tourism@wrexham.gov.uk www.northwalesborderlands.co.uk 5. Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons Step into fabulous walking country, right on your doorstep. Two National Trails and a National Park, charming spa and market towns, outdoor pursuits in outstanding scenery. Home to Hay Literary Festival and Brecon Jazz. Events throughout the year make this a destination for all seasons. T: 01597 825748 tourism@powys.gov.uk www.exploremidwales.com

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1. The Isle of Anglesey 2. Llandudno & Colwyn Bay 3. Rhyl & Prestatyn 4. The North Wales Borderlands 5. Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons 6. Ceredigion – Cardigan Bay 7. Pembrokeshire 8. Carmarthenshire – the Garden of Wales

9. Swansea Bay, Mumbles, Gower, Afan and the Vale of Neath 10. Wisdom and Walks in the Valleys of South Wales 11. Cardiff 12. The Glamorgan Heritage Coast & Countryside 13. Wye Valley & Vale of Usk

Name (please print): Address (please print): Post Code: 6. Ceredigion – Cardigan Bay Some of the UK’s finest coast and countryside. Holiday areas include Aberporth, Tresaith, Llangrannog, New Quay, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Borth, Cardigan, the Teifi Estuary and Valley, Devil’s Bridge and Cambrian Mountains. Popular pursuits include mountain biking, cycling, walking, sailing and angling. T: 01970 612125 brochure@ceredigion.gov.uk www.tourism.ceredigion.gov.uk 7. Pembrokeshire Choose between lively Tenby and Saundersfoot or peaceful St Davids and Newport. No other county in the UK has more Blue Flag Award beaches, all set in the magnificent Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Perfect for outdoor activities or just relaxing. T: 0844 888 5115 tourism@pembrokeshire.gov.uk www.visitpembrokeshire.com 8. Carmarthenshire - Carmarthen Bay Stretching from Carmarthen Bay in the south to the Western Brecon Beacons in the north, discover Wales’s longest beaches, the Botanic Gardens of Wales, the home of Merlin the Magician plus Laugharne, Llandeilo, Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Pendine, Llandovery and the Teifi and Towy valleys. Perfect fishing, cycling and walking. T: 01267 231557 marketing@carmarthenshire.gov.uk www.discovercarmarthenshire.com 9. Swansea Bay, Mumbles, Gower, Afan and the Vale of Neath Unwind in the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, relax on award-winning beaches, and explore unspoilt countryside. Some of the UK’s best locations for walking, cycling, watersports and golf, together with Swansea, Wales’s Waterfront City. T: 01792 468321 tourism@swansea.gov.uk www.visitswanseabay.com

10. The Valleys – Heart and Soul of Wales A stunning landscape perfect for walking, cycling and many other outdoor activities. The Valleys have a unique history, including a World Heritage Site, Wales’s largest castle and Big Pit, the real coal mine attraction. For a true Welsh experience, visit The Valleys, the heart and soul of Wales. T: 029 2088 0011 tourism@caerphilly.gov.uk www.thevalleys.co.uk 11. Cardiff, capital of Wales The capital of Wales has unique attractions, top-class entertainment – and quality shopping with a difference. Cardiff Castle, the Millennium Stadium, National Museum Cardiff and Wales Millennium Centre combined with Cardiff Bay offer indoor and outdoor entertainment for everyone. T: 08701 211258 visitor@cardiff.gov.uk www.visitcardiff.com 12. The Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside – the Most Southerly Point in Wales The dramatic Heritage Coast and popular resorts of Barry Island and Porthcawl are fringed by lovely Vale and Bridgend countryside and green hills. Discover the special character of an area steeped in history – and it’s close to Cardiff, Wales’s cosmopolitan capital. T: 01446 704868 or 01656 672928 tourism@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk tourism@bridgend.gov.uk www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk www.visitbridgend.com 13. The Wye Valley and Vale of Usk Food lovers flock here. Maybe it’s because Monmouthshire’s officially the ‘best food destination’ in Wales. Or it could just be because there are so many ways to work up an appetite. Like the walking. We’ve got more than 1,000 miles of footpath to explore. The flying is good too. Take off on a tandem paragliding flight from the Blorenge Mountain, near Abergavenny, and spot the 11th-century castle. From the ground it’s even more impressive. T: 01633 644842 tourism@monmouthshire.gov.uk www.visitwyevalley.com

For FREE copies of any of the activity guides please tick the appropriate boxes and send to: Visit Wales, Dept H10, PO Box 1, Cardiff CF24 2XN Name (please print):

Wales is the UK’s activity capital. Find out more with the help of these FREE action-packed guides – and take a look at the websites.

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Fishing Wales’s 750-mile coastline and countless rivers and lakes all add up to a paradise for sea, game and coarse fishing. www.fishing.visitwales.com

Golf Wales The secret’s out! More and more players are discovering – and thoroughly enjoying – ‘Golf as it should be’ in Wales. www.golfasitshouldbe.com

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travel information gwybodaeth am deithio Access couldn’t be easier. Snowdonia Mountains and Coast is only a few hours away from most of the UK’s main population centres, with excellent road, rail and coach links. Airport delays, red-eyed flight times and the pile-them-in package mentality have well and truly taken the shine off international travel. There are no such worries here – Snowdonia’s so close you’ll arrive before you know it.

By train Direct train services run to the popular North Wales coastal destinations from most parts of Britain, with inland connections onto the Conwy Valley line (www.conwyvalleyrailway.co.uk) which runs through the Snowdonia National Park to Betws y Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Services from the Midlands through Shrewsbury and Machynlleth link up with the Cambrian Coast Railway. T: 08457 484950 Train tickets are available from Barmouth Tourist Information Centre. Useful websites include: www.thetrainline.com www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk www.nationalrail.co.uk

www.thecambrianline.co.uk www.traveline-cymru.org.uk

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National Express services run to Llandudno, Bangor, Caernarfon, Porthmadog and Pwllheli from London and Manchester. Arriva operate the service from South Wales to Dolgellau, Porthmadog, Caernarfon and Bangor as part of the Trawscambria network.

Irish Ferries and Stena Line operate regular and high-speed services to Holyhead from Dublin and Dun Laoghaire. For southern Snowdonia, ferry services into Fishguard and Pembroke Dock are a handy alternative. Irish Ferries T: 08705 171717 www.irishferries.com Stena Line T: 08705 707070 www.stenaline.co.uk

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There’s quick, straightforward access from the North West along the M56 and A55. Motorway links with the Midlands are good too, and the same roads – the M6, M5 and M1 – also bring North Wales within easy reach of the South of England. For a scenic option from the Midlands, take the A5 through the heart of Snowdonia.

Transfers from the international gateways of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham take less than two hours. An air route between Cardiff International Airport and Anglesey Airport takes just over an hour (T: 0870 777 0915, www.highlandairways.co.uk). Anglesey Airport T: 01407 878056 Caernarfon Airport T: 01286 830800 Manchester Airport T: 08712 710711 www.manchesterairport.co.uk Liverpool John Lennon Airport T: 0871 521 8484 www.liverpooljohnlennonairport.com Birmingham Airport T: 0844 576 6000 www.bhx.co.uk

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By bike If you enjoy cycling why not use pedal power to come to beautiful, bike-friendly Snowdonia Mountains and Coast by following the National Cycle Network. Quiet, traffic-calmed and traffic-free routes create easy access from the surrounding area and further afield. www.nationalcyclenetwork.org.uk

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Local services The Snowdon Sherpa takes you by public transport around Snowdonia and its attractions, with some routes on open-top buses. Whether you are walking or sightseeing, take the green option and leave your car behind. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery from our buses. Some car parks even include a free Sherpa bus ticket in your parking fee (see the Green Key website for more information).

The Snowdon Sherpa service is part of the Snowdonia Green Key initiative which helps people enjoy the National Park in a sustainable way. Green Key is making it easier to see Snowdonia without a car by promoting the sensible management of car parking, with convenient interchanges with public transport at places like Beddgelert, Betws y Coed, Llanberis, Nant Peris and Capel Curig. www.snowdoniagreenkey.co.uk The Freedom of Wales Flexi Pass is just what it says – one ticket that gives you unlimited access to all of Wales’s mainline train services and almost every bus service. T: 0845 6061 660 www.walesflexipass.co.uk

North Wales Rover tickets allow travel for one day on buses and trains. For details of zones and prices: T: 0870 608 2618 www.gwynedd.gov.uk/bwsgwynedd

Local distances Aberdaron – Betws y Coed 1 hour 22 minutes Aberdyfi – Caernarfon 1 hour 39 minutes Bangor – Dolgellau 1 hour 18 minutes Dolgellau – Caernarfon 1 hour 6 minutes Tywyn – Pwllheli 1 hour 23 minutes Journey times supplied by: www.theaa.com

Travel details For more information go to: www.traveline-cymru.org.uk www.gwynedd.gov.uk/bwsgwynedd (includes ‘Real Time’ bus information) For information on public transport in: Gwynedd T: 01286 679535 Conwy Valley T: 0871 200 2233

Journey times by car Aberystwyth – Caernarfon 1 hour 57 minutes Birmingham – Porthmadog 2 hours 58 minutes Bristol – Barmouth 3 hours 50 minutes Cardiff – Bangor 4 hours 31 minutes Fishguard – Bangor 3 hours 34 minutes Fishguard – Dolgellau 2 hours 16 minutes Holyhead – Bangor 34 minutes London – Betws y Coed 4 hours 36 minutes Manchester – Caernarfon 2 hours

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Snowdonia regions rhanbarthau Eryri Each of the six separate areas of Snowdonia Mountains and Coast covered by this guide has been colour coded (see map) and all have helpful gazetteer-style information on towns and villages with details of things to see and do. The advertising pages are also colour coded to correspond with each area and each advertisement has a map grid reference. This pullout section will assist you with your selection process. Cardigan Bay

Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis and the Villages of Snowdonia pages 34 – 43

Llˆyn Peninsula pages 44 –51

Criccieth, Porthmadog and the Vale of Ffestiniog pages 52 – 61

Cardigan Bay pages 62 – 69

Southern Snowdonia pages 70 –74

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Bungalow in Fairbourne, close to beach. Sleeps four adults and two children. Fairbourne is a small seaside village with a long sandy beach, mountain views, golf course and narrow gauge railway surrounded by the Snowdonia National Park. Ideal for seaside and mountain walking holidays. TV's "Railway Walks" Mawddach Trail nearby.

The Lodge, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9RY T: 01654 710684 E: rita@ynysy.co.uk www.ynysy.co.uk

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6D Ffordd Isaf, Harlech LL46 2PR T: 01766 781927 F: 01766 780169 E: accom@fc.harlech.ac.uk www.harlech-holidays.com Sleeps 19 in en-suite rooms, ideal for larger groups. Owned by Coleg Harlech it is often used for educational purposes. With views over Tremadog Bay this area is a haven for anyone who enjoys walking, climbing, fishing, sailing or cycling. Close to Harlech town, castle, theatre and Royal St David’s Golf Course.

Relax at these comfortable cottages with panoramic views of Cardigan Bay. Magical sunsets have to be seen to be believed. Village shop, pub, café and railway station within walking distance. Enjoy nature walks to the beach or mountains, leisure facilities and attractions nearby. Two Shetland ponies called Sugar and Spice. Secure premises for cycle storage and mountain bikes for hire. Utility room and information point for guests use. Linen and towels provided. All-inclusive price colour brochure.

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A warm welcome awaits you at these two fine town houses sleeping up to 12 people in 4-6 bedrooms, most en-suite. A short stroll from golden beaches, Harlech Castle, railway station, swimming pool with sauna, tennis court, theatre, the pub and The Royal St David’s Golf Course. Smaller properties also available.

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Open 1–12; Statics: 149; Statics for hire: 50; Static Weekly: £225–£695; Short Breaks: mini breaks Fri–Mon or Mon–Fri from £127.50

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An 18th century cottage situated on the Snowdonia Gwynedd border, 10 minutes from the market town of Machynlleth, the fishing village of Aberdovey and a stone's throw from Cader Idris. Sympathetically restored to a very high standard it adjoins the owner's property which is set in 10 acres of hillside.

Book a Mini Break or a week away at our 4 star family-run Holiday Park. We have a wide range of luxurious caravans available for hire or sale! Leisure club with swimming pool, coffee shop, private dog walk, childrens play area. Close to beach. Accessible accommodation is available.

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Award winning site 100 metres from safe sandy beach, 20 mins walk along promenade to Barmouth centre. All modern amenities, with on-site shop, take-away, off-licence and café. Level sites, hard and grass standings. Disabled room. Excellent base for walking, cycling. Public transport nearby. Special offers available spring and autumn. Phone for brochure.

Open 1–12; Sleeps 2; Weekly: per unit £295–£395; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £150–£185

6D Tal-y-Bont, Nr Barmouth LL43 2AX T: 01341 247236 Fax: 01341 242056 E: enquiries@parccaerelwan.co.uk www.parccaerelwan.co.uk

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Situated just over a mile from the picturesque town of Barmouth, we are the first static caravan park as you leave Barmouth town centre towards Harlech. All our caravans are terraced boasting panoramic view of Cardigan Bay and magnificent sunsets. In addition to our park facilities we have wifi intent access.

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Open 1–12; Statics: 91; Statics for hire: 10; Static Daily: £45–£115; Static Weekly: £200–£698

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GOLD Aled and Shana welcome you to Penmaenbach. Beds prepared, fresh flowers and home-made Welsh cakes await your arrival. We have a laundry and games room. 500 yards away at ‘Penmaendyfi’ our cottage guests are welcome to use the tennis court and solar heated outdoor swimming pool (during the summer months).

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Llanaber, Barmouth LL42 1RR T: 01341 280999 F: 01341 280740 E: enquiries@barmouthholidays.co.uk www.barmouthholidays.co.uk

Open 1–12; Sleeps 1–7; Weekly: per unit £180–£550; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £120–£180

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Penmaenbach Farm Cottages

5D Harlech LL46 2UD T: 01341 247249 E: ynys@ystumgwern.co.uk www.ystumgwern.co.uk Jane Williams

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Trawsdir Touring Caravans and Camping Park

For peace and tranquility, spend a week at the foothills of Cader Idris, glorious walks and cycling routes. Stunning views all around. Children enjoy freedom to play and be adventurous. Spacious refurbished farmhouse, BBQ, garden furniture, Sky TV, well equipped kitchen, linen and towels supplied. Close to Tywyn, Aberdyfi seaside towns. Open all year.

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Open 1–12; Sleeps 2–6; Weekly: per unit £200–£600; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: £200–£300

Open 1–12; Sleeps 19; Weekly: per unit £500–£2,100; Short Break: 3 nights per unit £450–£1,890

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6E Llanfihangel-y-Pennant LL36 9TR T: 01654 782286 E: wendy@jones5686.fsnet.co.uk www.nantcaw.co.uk Mrs Wendy Jones

Henblas, Llwyngwril, Gwynedd LL37 2QA T: 01341 250350 E: swancott@henblas.co.uk www.henblas.co.uk Swancott Pugh

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A small, quiet family park situated in a tree-lined meadow beside a small mountain stream. Path to the beach, and a short stroll to Talybont village. Excellent very well equipped 2 and 3 bedroomed caravans, chalets and lodges containing all the usual modern facilities. Shop and launderette on site. Free brochure.

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This local authority owned site situated in the grounds of an old manor house and woodlands is an ideal base for walkers, cycling, watersports, fishing, one mile from local town. Open 4–10; Statics:115; Pitches: Touring 20, Tents 60; Touring Daily £20–£25; Touring Weekly £120–£150; Short Breaks: 3 nights for the price of 2 out of main season. C Z 9y 5 Ç ( = _

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Plas Edwards, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 0DA T: 020 7328 0589 M: 07879 867463 E: keith.sweetman@tesco.net www.beachsidehouse.co.uk Keith Sweetman Beach-side house. Direct access to sandy beach. Unobstructed views of Cardigan Bay. Dolphins seen from house. Quiet, comfortable two bedroom house. Central heating so ideal for winter walking. Short breaks available. Open 1–12; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit £150–£590; Short Break: per unit: £135–£250 } Z (] ß * I y ÇI

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Tynllwyn is a small friendly family site offering a warm welcome. A paradise for walking, cycling, bird watching or just relaxing. Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway winding gently past site, Rhydyronen Station 50 yards away. Good clean facilities, play area, shop, laundry. Fleet of 7 luxury static caravans for hire. Open 3–10; Statics:56; Statics for hire:7; Pitches: Touring 18, Tents 50; Touring Daily £12–£23; Static Weekly: £250–£440

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Talsarnau, Nr Harlech LL47 6YA T: 01766 780200 F: 01766 780211 E: maes@neuadd.com www.neuadd.com Lynn Jackson

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Welcoming, family owned, historic manor house in 80 acres of beautiful gardens with stunning views. Superb food and wines in our award winning restaurant, terrace and bar. Individually designed en-suite bedrooms, spacious and sunny public rooms. Ideally situated for beaches and all major attractions in the area. Open to non-residents.

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This descriptive text is supplied by the owners of the property and may include facilities on offer both at the accommodation and the surrounding area.

Facilities symbols. A full explanation of these symbols is on page 82.

The prices given here depend on the type of accommodation and will give an indication of the minimum and maximum prices you will be expected to pay – these should always be checked with the owners at time of booking. Serviced accommodation: All prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room Per night – Daily rate with B&B Short break – B&B 2 nights with B&B DB&B – 2 Nights with Dinner B&B Per week B&B – 7 nights with B&B DB&B 7 nights with Dinner, B&B Self-catering accommodation: Per week – 7 nights, per unit (not per person) Short break – 3 nights, per unit (not per person) Caravan and camping park accommodation: Per night – Daily rate, per unit or pitch Per week – 7 nights, per unit or pitch Short breaks – will be indicated in the adverts descriptive text

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in this publication, the publishers can accept no liability whatsoever for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, or for any matter in any way connected with or arising out of the publication of the information. Please check all prices and facilities before making your booking. When you’ve finished with the brochure please forward to a friend or place in a suitable recycling container.

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Tourist Information Centres Canolfannau Croeso Make the most of your stay by using our Tourist Information Centre network. Staff will be delighted to assist you with: • booking accommodation in advance or whilst here • providing details of places to visit, things to do and attractions to see • places to eat • routes to take • purchase train tickets (at Barmouth TIC only) • information and tickets for local and national events, activities and boat trips Maps, guides, books and local produce are also for sale at TICs. Y Bala T: 01678 521021 bala.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk Barmouth/Abermaw T: 01341 280787 barmouth.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk Caernarfon T: 01286 672232 caernarfon.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk Conwy T: 01492 592248 conwytic@conwy.gov.uk Llanberis T: 01286 870765 llanberis.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

For further details go to: | Manylion pellach:

www.visitsnowdonia.info tourism@gwynedd.gov.uk T: 01341 281485 (24 hours)

Llandudno T: 01492 577577 llandudnotic@conwy.gov.uk

Tourist Information Points

Porthmadog T: 01766 512981 porthmadog.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

Bangor, Gwynedd Road T: 01248 352786

Pwllheli T: 01758 613000 pwllheli.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

Abersoch, The Vestry, High Street T: 01758 712929

Blaenau Ffestiniog Corris, Corris Craft Centre Criccieth, Post Office, High Street Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llithfaen

Snowdonia National Park Aberdyfi* T: 01654 767321 Beddgelert T: 01766 890615 Betws y Coed T: 01690 710426 Dolgellau T: 01341 422888 Harlech* T: 01766 780658 * open seasonally only (March–October)

Tywyn, High Street T: 01654 710070 Please see website for latest list.


Snowdonia Visitor Guide 2010