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


Llyn Mair Walk, Oakeley Arms Hotel

Posted On: Sat 12 Aug 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

This walk is such an old one (we first published it in September 2011) but it has been so popular that we thought it is well-worth re-visiting. And you never know, we might even get some sunny weather to go and explore this beautiful little corner of Wales. You could combine it with a trip on the Ffestiniog Railway or enjoy a refreshing drink and a well-deserved meal back at the hotel when you've finished! It's a fabulous Llyn Mair Walk, straight from the Oakeley Arms Hotel. Leave the hotel and turn right, heading up the hill. Follow this (sorry it's steep!) as it eventually reaches t ... 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

One Mile Walks

Posted On: Thu 01 Jun 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

Are we losing the art of ambling? You don't need to stomp for miles and miles to explore the beautiful landscape and scenery that we have here in Snowdonia. In fact, One Mile Walks are the perfect way to boost your fitness and your senses in just one easy mile. Although walking as a leisure activity or as a sight-seeing exercise is as popular as ever in the UK, the art of walking just for the sake of walking is fast becoming a thing of the past. There is often no time left for a deliberate dawdle, a slow stroll or an amiable amble. Countryside walks are often undertaken with the same speed a ... 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

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

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