The Oakeley Arms Hotel and Self Catering Cottages
in the Heart of Snowdonia


Snowdonia National Park

Posted On: Sun 28 May 2017 Posted In: Local History Posted By:

As regular readers of the Oakeley blog will know, we are absolutely thrilled to live and work in Snowdonia National Park. It is one of the finest natural spaces in Britain and it is an absolutely stunning place to live and visit, and earlier this week on the blog, we found out more about the Snowdonia Giving Project, of which we are extremely proud to be part of. But just what does it mean to live in or visit a National Park? Well, in England and Wales, a National Park is a region of outstanding beauty that are designated as such in order to protect and preserve them. In other parts ... read the full story

Portmeirion Walk

Posted On: Fri 26 May 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

We are still celebrating Walking Month here at the Oakeley Arms, and this is a corker of a walk around the stunning Italianate village of Portmeirion, just a couple of miles from the Oakeley Arms. Happy Walking! Where:              Portmeirion, Gwynedd. Distance:          Approx 4.5 miles Difficulty:          Easy – well marked tracks and paths through gardens Start:                Portmeirion Car Park (Follow the A487 into Minffordd and at signpost turn into road for Portmeirion, then soon turn right to follow narrow road to car park. Post c ... read the full story

Snowdonia Giving

Posted On: Tue 23 May 2017 Posted In: Local News Oakeley Arms Posted By:

Here at the Oakeley Arms we are proud to live and work in the majestic Snowdonia National Park. The region’s breath-taking beauty attracts visitors from all over the world – annually, some 6 million people come and visit us here every year, with over half a million of those aiming high and reaching the top of Wales’ tallest mountain – Snowdon. Whilst all these visitors are very welcome (we love to share!) and indeed are crucial to the local economy, high visitor numbers do have an impact on the natural environment. Footpaths are worn, car parks are busy, facilities like public toilets ... read the full story

National Coast Watch

Posted On: Mon 15 May 2017 Posted In: Local News Misc Posted By:

The National Coastwatch Institution run look-out stations dotted all along the Welsh coastline, and their volunteer work is essential in helping to keep sea and coast users safe. Join us as we find out more. For the thousands of people who enjoy the beautiful waters of the Welsh coast every year – whether sailing, swimming, surfing, boating or simply enjoying an amble along the coast path, there’s an organisation that they may not even have heard of, that is silently keeping a close look-out and watching for their well-being. In old coastguard look-out stations dotted along the coastline ... read the full story

Penrhyndeudraeth Nature Walk

Posted On: Sun 14 May 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

We promised you two walks this week on our blog to celebrate National Walking Month, so here is the second - a gorgeous walk around nearby Penrhyndeudraeth, including a beautiful Nature Reserve on a reclaimed industrial site. Why not make the most of this glorious Spring sunshine and explore our beautiful local area? Where:              Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd Distance:          Approx 4 miles Difficulty:          Easy Start:                Penrhyndeudraeth Car Park (at the northern end of the High Street (A4085). Postcode for sat nav is LL48 6BN ... read the full story

Porthmadog Cob Walk

Posted On: Wed 10 May 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

To continue our celebration of Walking Month this month, this week on the Oakeley blog, we have decided to give you not one, but TWO fabulous local walks!! Today, it's the turn of Porthmadog, a handsome harbour town just a stone's throw from us here at the Oakeley Arms. In the Autumn of 1811, a huge celebration was held at the spot that is now the harbour at Porthmadog. William Madocks, a businessman and MP, had finally finished his ambitious project – to reclaim great swathes of land from the sea and to create a safe route across the perilous Glaslyn river sands. Madocks’ legacy was th ... read the full story

Borth-y-Gest Beach Walk

Posted On: Thu 04 May 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

May is National Walking Week! And so to celebrate we thought we'd trawl through our walking archives (and over the years we've done a lot of lovely walks....) and find our favourites. This week it's a Borth-y-Gest beach walk - an oldie but a beauty. Save it for a sunny day to appreciate the gorgeous beaches and stunning mountainous views..... Where:              Borth-y-Gest, near Porthmadog, Gwynedd. Distance:          Approx 4 miles Difficulty:          Easy Start:                Car park in village centre (follow A487 to Porthmadog, half w ... read the full story

National Walking Month 2017

Posted On: Mon 01 May 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

Regular readers of the Oakeley blog will know that we love a good walk here at the Oakeley Arms. And with stunning surroundings right here in Snowdonia, we'd be hard pushed to find a better place to head out for a stroll. And did you know that this month, May, is National Walking Month? UK charity Living Streets, which aims to get more people out and about walking every day, has designated the whole of May as a walking month, to highlight how easy and effective it is to get on your feet, out of the door and out for a walk, wherever you live. A little bit of walking every day has many benefit ... read the full story