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


Capel Curig Snowdonia Walk

Posted On: Fri 14 Apr 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

On the last blog post we revealed some fitness secrets that you can easily incorporate into your walking routine to get you fit and fabulous in no time. Well, today we've got a stunning walk for you to try out - a hill walk in the heart of beautiful Snowdonia. Push those fitness limits and try this Capel Curig Snowdonia Walk this weekend.... Where:              Capel Curig, Conwy Distance:          Approx 4 miles Difficulty:          Strenuous hill walk Start:                Car park at Capel Curig (take the A5 between Betws-y-Coed and Bethesda. ... read the full story

Walk to Fitness

Posted On: Tue 11 Apr 2017 Posted In: Misc Walks Posted By:

So, the sun is out and summer is fast approaching, and you've realised you need to get fit fast if you've got any hope of getting into last year's shorts (or is that just us, ooops!). But, don't panic! We don't think there's any need for hideous fitness regimes or expensive gym memberships to get you into shape. All you need is a walk (or two) to get your heart pumping and those calories burning. We show you how you can work your walk and walk to fitness because it’s perfectly possible to turn your regular walks into fitness boosting sessions without too much effort at all. In seven easy ste ... read the full story

Snowdonia Birdwatching Walk

Posted On: Sun 09 Apr 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

Earlier this week on the blog we featured the best places in Snowdonia to head out with your binoculars and spot some beautiful feathered friends (see here if you missed it....) and today we think it's a perfect day to head out on a Snowdonia Birdwatching Walk. Not only is the scenery absolutely stunning, but you might just spot some gorgeous birds whilst you're out there. The walk starts in Furnace, near Machynlleth, about half an hour's drive, heading South from the Oakeley Arms, and explores the lovely Ynyshir Nature Reserve. Where:              Furnace and Eglwys Fach, Machyn ... read the full story

Cwm Nantcol Walk

Posted On: Fri 31 Mar 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

There certainly has been a lot of rain over the last few days, but our featured walk this week is perfect for the days after rain - the waterfalls will be in full flow! Cwm Nantcol is a steep valley in the foothill of the Rhinogydd Mountains, just above the village of Llanbedr. The valley views are stunning and it's also known for it's beautiful waterfalls. When the rain eases off, try this stunning Cwm Nantcol Walk - just a short drive from the Oakeley Arms Hotel. Where:              Nantcol, near Llanbedr, Gwynedd Distance:          Approx 2 miles Difficulty:    ... 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

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