Thursday, 27 May 2021

Best Rainy Day Walks in Snowdonia

Don’t let the rain stop you! Get a waterproof coat on, throw a towel in the back of the car for the dog, and off you go! Here are several rainy days walks for the great mountainous land of Snowdonia National Park.

Beddgelert Forest and Quarries

Park up at Rhyd Ddu and walk across the causeway alongside a gorgeous wide-open lake. From here, head into Beddgelert forest, and follow the path south, this will take you to the foot of Moel Hebog, this region is historically quarried out, and provides some stunning views all around to enjoy and explore as you bumble around the mountainside. Remember to be careful as it can get slippy underfoot. 

Gwydyr Forest Park

The gorgeous and famous Gwydyr forest is located in Conwy County and is home to a great many lovely walks for the budding hiker. It is located on the outskirts of the ‘Gateway to Snowdonia’, the town of Betws y Coed. You can explore this woodland in most weather conditions thanks to its sheltered nature in the woods – the mist and the rain has an incredibly beautiful and atmospheric effect here that has to be seen to be properly appreciated. It is well worth the visit.

Aber Falls

This simple walk begins at Aber Falls car park, where you can walk up to the great rushing waterfall. This is among the tallest and most beautiful in Wales and is well worth a look if you are in the area. To get to it, you need only walk up the path across green fields, woodlands and alongside babbling brooks to follow the stream up to the gushing waterfall. This is ideal for photograph opportunities and accessible for the whole family.

Caernarfon Circular

This easy walk of around only 4.5 miles follows the coastline out of Caernarfon, at low tide you can also follow the shoreline, or when the tide is higher, walk along the roadside of this quiet lane. The route then turns inland on various public footpaths and bridleways across the fields and it joins the trail/ cycle path. This follows the Welsh Highland Railway back towards Caernarfon.

It is easy to get into Caernarfon town from the Aber foreshore, you need only walk across the harbour footbridge. Watch out for livestock as you head through the fields, as they shouldn’t be disturbed.

Dinas Dinlle and the Foryd

This lovely beach is among the nicest in the area, thankfully, it’s just a short drive from Caernarfon. While undoubtedly you would have a nice beach day if it was sunshine and clear blue skies, it’s perfectly suitable to enjoy in all weather conditions – a rainy beach walk is often just what the doctor ordered.