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Best Snowdonia Picnic Spots

Posted On: Mon 26 Jun 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

As the longer (and with any luck warmer) days of summer roll out lazily before us, one of the nation’s favourite pastimes is to pack a picnic and head to the great outdoors to enjoy a feast. And packing for a picnic is a truly personal affair – some won’t mind the usual cheese and tomato sandwich wrapped in foil while others expect a more lavish spread of cold meats, salads, olives, pates, breads and cheeses. Picnicing is often regarded as a quintessentially British pastime, and luckily most of us don’t let a little thing like the weather put us off a planned picnic. The history of pi ... read the full story

Snowdonia Slate Mines

Posted On: Sun 25 Jun 2017 Posted In: Local History Posted By:

A quiet corner of north Wales holds deep buried secrets to the area’s bustling industrial past From a distance, the mountains that surround the little town of Blaenau Ffestiniog are breathtaking in their quiet beauty, but dig a little deeper and there is a treasure trove of secrets to unlock; a glimpse of a noisy and destructive industrial era long left behind and an eerie peek into the hard life of a quarry miner in the mid nineteenth century. Slate was first mined in North Wales as far back as roman times, when the fort at Segontium near Caernarfon was built with local slate. But it was ... read the full story

Abersoch Walk

Posted On: Mon 19 Jun 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

Wow! Are we having a heat-wave or what?! The whole of Britain (pretty much!) is enjoying temperatures into the 20s this week. It would almost be criminal not to head to the coast in this gorgeous weather so we thought we'd dig out one of our favourite coast walks - just along the Llyn Peninsula at Abersoch. Beautiful! That's if you can bear to drag yourself off the sun-lounger.... who needs Spain eh?! Where:              Abersoch, Gwynedd Distance:          Approx 5 miles Difficulty:          Moderate Start:                Beach car park, ... read the full story

Gardens of Snowdonia

Posted On: Sun 18 Jun 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

Spectacular gardens are often revered as much as the grand houses that they belong to, and for centuries stunning gardens have inspired daydreamers, artists and writers. “Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart” declared the twentieth century landscape architect and gardener, Russell Page. His clients included Prince Edward, the Duke and duchess of Windsor, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and the National Gardens at Washington; so it could be said that he knew a thing or two about the power of gardens and the blessing of green fingers. But, worry not if you aren't green fing ... read the full story