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


A Full Welsh Breakfast at the Oakeley Arms

Posted On: Thu 16 Feb 2017 Posted In: Oakeley Arms Posted By:

We absolutely love good food here at the Oakeley Arms, and breakfast is no exception. We pride ourselves on fresh ingredients, and local ones wherever we can. We think breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially if you're staying with us, so a Full Welsh Breakfast at the Oakeley Arms is one of our favourite dishes! But just where did the idea of eating an array of items all together at breakfast time come from? And how long have we been doing it? According to research, the Full English breakfast is a tradition that dates back to the 14th century. The gentry of the time were ... read the full story

Bracing Beach Walks in Snowdonia

Posted On: Mon 13 Feb 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Walks Posted By:

Along our stunning Welsh coast are hundreds of beautiful beaches – some are wide and long, stretching as far as the eye can see, and others are hidden among the crags and coves of the shoreline. Some are easy to reach, while others take a little more determination to find. Some beaches are scattered with rocks and pebbles, and some are lined with golden sand. We think that every one of our lovely beaches is worth celebrating, so today's blog is a celebration of some of the best bracing beach walks in Snowdonia. The fresh coastal breezes can leave you feeling refreshed and energised, ... read the full story

Beautiful Anglesey AONB walk

Posted On: Sun 12 Feb 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

Last time on the Oakeley blog we delved into the history of the region's AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), so today we thought we'd feature a beautiful Anglesey AONB walk, so that you can explore more of the region's most stunning places...... Where:              Church Bay, Anglesey Distance:          Approx 6 miles Difficulty:          Fairly easy – coastal paths and country lanes Start:                Church Bay Car Park (A55 to junction 3 for the A5, then follow the A5025 through Llanfachreth and at Llanfaethlu follow signs t ... read the full story

Snowdonia’s AONBs

Posted On: Mon 06 Feb 2017 Posted In: Uncategorized Posted By:

The beautiful scenery of Snowdonia is as varied as it is magnificent. Characterised by rolling hills, sweeping valleys, limestone ridges and epic forests, the unspoilt area that defines the National Park is truly beautiful; over centuries its majesty has helped to define the history of the area in which it sits. And thankfully, we’re not the only ones to think so. As well as the National Park itself, Snowdonia is surrounded by AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) - most of Anglesey's coastline as well as much of the Llyn Peninsula, and to the east, the Clwydian Hills and the Dee Va ... read the full story

How to Stay Safe in a Storm

Posted On: Thu 02 Feb 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

As Storm Doris (read our previous blog post for the reasons behind the UK's interesting storm names!) is hitting the UK towards the end of this week, coastal regions being particularly at risk - we take a closer look at how to stay safe in a storm (apart from not going out and hiding under the table!).... Actually, you should avoid going out if at all possible. Indoors is the safest place to be when the wind is howling and the rain is hammering down. If you do need to venture out, then only do so if it is absolutely necessary. Avoid bridges (many will be closed anyway) and anywhere w ... read the full story

Nant Gwrtheyrn Walk

Posted On: Thu 02 Feb 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

Last week on the Oakeley blog, we featured the sad, sad story of the tragic Nant Gwrtheyrn lovers, so today we thought we'd write about details of a fantastic coastal walk - so you can explore the beautiful area more, and delve deeper into the legend. Discover the secrets of tragic lovers at Nant Gwrtheyrn with this lovely Nant Gwrtheyrn Walk Where:             Llithfaen and Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llyn Peninsula Distance:          Approx 3.5 miles Difficulty:          Moderate – good paths but steep hills Start:                Car Park north of ... read the full story

The Legend of Nant Gwrtheyrn

Posted On: Thu 26 Jan 2017 Posted In: Local History Posted By:

Today on the Oakeley blog, we're continuing our journey of discovery into the myths and legends of Wales. Have you heard the legend of Nant Gwrtheyrn? Get your tissues at the ready, because this is a sad one! Now the home of a Welsh Language Centre, Nant Gwrtheyrn is a small bay and community on the northern coast of the Llyn Peninsula, just a short drive from the Oakeley Arms. The legend of Nant Gwrtheyrn tells of a young couple from the village, Rhys and Meinir. Rhys and Meinir were childhood sweethearts who had loved each other for many years, and couldn't wait to be married. They would o ... read the full story

Canal Crazy – a history of Canals

Posted On: Tue 24 Jan 2017 Posted In: Local History Posted By:

To trace the origins of canals, we can float back for almost 6,000 years. In Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq and Syria), enormous irrigation canals were built as far back as 4,000 BC. The Grand Canal of China is not only the longest canal in the world but its origins go back to at least 480 BC. But it wasn’t until the middle of the eighteenth century that Britain fully embraced its own watery transportation system. With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, the country was crying out for a quick, reliable and cost effective method of transporting bulky, heavy goods and raw materials. A ricke ... read the full story

North Wales’ Forgotten Railways

Posted On: Sun 22 Jan 2017 Posted In: Local History Posted By:

Here in Snowdonia, we love a good old fashioned steam train! And Great Britain has enjoyed a love affair with railways since Trevithick’s first railway steam locomotion was built in 1804. And when George Stephenson opened his first public steam railway twenty years later the golden age of Britain’s railways had begun. The railways opened up new means of transport for industry and trade, and later shaped the way a country lived, travelled, worked and even went on holiday. And in rural North Wales in the mid 19th century, the ability to transport precious goods, and later, people, opened up ... read the full story

10 Reasons to Visit the Oakeley Arms in 2017

Posted On: Fri 20 Jan 2017 Posted In: Oakeley Arms Posted By:

So, Christmas is over, New Year has been and gone, and there's nothing but a glum January and February, filled with dark, dreary and cold winter days...... sounds pretty grim doesn't it?! Well, we have the perfect way to cheer up your January Friday morning this week. Now is no time for moping, it's a time for dreaming of your next break away! Why not book a trip now - either as something to look forward to in the spring, or as a last minute break to cheer up those glum days ahead. And here are just 10 of our favourite reasons (although we can think of dozens more....) why you should visit t ... read the full story