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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

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

South Stack Anglesey Walk

Posted On: Fri 13 Jan 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

If you read our last post "How to Walk 10,000 steps in a day" with interest, then this walk will be right up your street - just completing this gorgeous 6 mile walk will see you smashing your 10,000 steps target in one fell swoop! Anglesey is about an hour's drive from the Oakeley Arms Hotel, but this stunning walk is absolutely worth it. And you'll find lots of other attractions nearby to make a whole day out. So this weekend, why not discover the stunning Anglesey coastline with a walk around the gorgeous South Stack, near Holyhead? Where:              South Stack, Holyhead, ... read the full story

How to walk 10,000 steps a day

Posted On: Tue 10 Jan 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

So, if one of your new year's resolutions involves getting fitter, healthier and losing weight then the sheer number of diet plans, weight-loss schemes, gym work outs and "lifestyle changes" that we're all bombarded with every January could leave you totally confused and dumbfounded as to which is the best route to better health. Well, the 10,000 steps a day challenge is one of the simplest ideas to get the nation fitter, leaner and healthier in 2017. The idea is pretty simple - aim to walk at least 10,000 steps every day, because walking more is a brilliant way to be more active, burn more ... read the full story

Cardigan Bay Walk

Posted On: Thu 05 Jan 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

Last time on the Oakeley blog we delved into the hidden secrets of Cardigan Bay - the legend of the lost lands of Wales. So today, we thought we'd feature this lovely walk along one of the most gorgeous beaches in Cardigan Bay. It's about an hour's drive from the Oakeley Arms, but the journey will take you through some stunning landscapes, so it's well worth it! Where:              Ynyslas, Ceredigion Distance:          Approx 3.5 miles Difficulty:          Easy Start:                Ynyslas car park (leave the B4353 at north of Borth at b ... read the full story

King Arthur Snowdonia Walk

Posted On: Thu 15 Dec 2016 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

Earlier this week on the blog we delved deeper into the legend of King Arthur - one of the most famous stories of all time, and just how closely linked the tales are to the wonderful and historic landscape of Snowdonia. If you've ever wanted to explore the legends of Arthur further, then Snowdonia is a great place to start. And today on the blog, we're featuring a fantastic walk at the heart of Snowdonia. Llyn Ogwen is said to be the final resting place of excalibur, Arthur's trusty sword. Arthur's Knight Sir Bedivere threw the sword into the lake after Arthur's final battle - the battle of C ... read the full story

South Stack Walk

Posted On: Thu 01 Dec 2016 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

Following on from our post earlier this week about the beautiful South Stack Lighthouse being up for rent, here's a wonderful walk around the area that will give you a chance to explore. From the car park, the route heads south east towards Porth Dafarch beach, but if you wanted to explore the lighthouse at the beginning or end of the walk then just turn left out of the car park and head west to the South Stack headland where you'll find the Lighthouse and Visitor Centre. You can find out details of opening hours, prices and how to get there here. Where:              South Stac ... read the full story

The legend of…… Gelert’s Grave

Posted On: Wed 16 Nov 2016 Posted In: Misc Walks Posted By:

Today on the Oakeley blog we're going to delve a little deeper into one of the most famous local legends..... the tale of Gelert's Grave. The pretty village of Beddgelert is best known for this sad, sad, legend - the story of the faithful dog Gelert. Gelert was slain in rage by his owner, Prince Llywelyn, who thought that the hound had murdered his baby son. Llywelyn was in fact mistaken - brave Gelert had defended the prince's son from the jaws of a hungry wolf, but it was too late. In repentance, Prince Llywelyn buried his faithful dog in a grave by the river, which still stands today. Here ... read the full story

Anglesey Menai Bridge Walk

Posted On: Sun 02 Oct 2016 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

Earlier this week we celebrated the gorgeous island of Anglesey, so for anyone keen to find out more, here's a stunning walk around one of Anglesey's highlights - the town of Menai Bridge. Menai Bridge, or Porthaethwy as it's known in Welsh, overlooks the beautiful Menai Straits that separates Anglesey from mainland Wales. It has  a small population of just over 3,000 and the High Street maintains it's charm with independent shops, cafes and restaurants. The English name of Menai Bridge, of course comes from the suspension bridge that was opened in 1826. Where:              M ... read the full story