As autumn paints the Welsh landscape in a vibrant tapestry of auburn colours, it’s time to embark on a journey to explore the natural beauty of this enchanting region. From rolling hills adorned with foliage of a burning hue to the cosy warmth of fireside inns – like ours here at The Black Boy Inn in Caernarfon! Wales beckons you to experience the magic of autumn. Here are some incredible destinations to consider for an unforgettable autumn getaway.
Coed y Brenin, North Wales
If you’re in search of a crisp walk through leaves crunching beneath your feet, Coed y Brenin offers the perfect setting amidst the sights and sounds of the autumn woodland. Located near Dolgellau and Traswfynydd, this world-class mountain biking spot is a haven for soaking up the season with family walks, gentle cycling routes, waterfalls, an all-access trail, and a visitor centre. The café boasts excellent vistas of the trees in a myriad of autumnal colours, and you can savour one of their sustainable venison burgers, made using fallow deer from the on-site area.
Bodnant Gardens, North Wales
A delight for both foliage enthusiasts and families, Bodnant Gardens in autumn features a breathtaking display of Japanese acers and incredible views towards the Eryri (Snowdonia) mountains from the terraces. The Dell at Bodnant provides a tranquil haven with peaceful walks and a waterfall, perfect for a leisurely autumn stroll. The shrub borders and Chapel Park are also excellent spots to admire the kaleidoscope of autumn colours.
Beddgelert, Snowdonia, North Wales
Nestled within the breathtaking Snowdonia National Park, Beddgelert offers a quintessential Welsh village experience surrounded by the stunning beauty of autumn. Take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the River Glaslyn and soak in the tranquillity as colourful leaves drift by. The village itself is steeped in history and legend, making it a perfect spot to explore on a crisp autumn day.
Llanrwst, North Wales:
Llanrwst, nestled in the heart of North Wales, offers a serene and picturesque setting for your autumn adventure. Begin your day with an invigorating walk along the lush banks of the River Llugwy, near the charming village of Betws-y-Coed. This stroll will lead you to Swallow Falls, a natural wonder where the river cascades dramatically over rocky terrain. As you explore this beautiful spot, you’ll be treated to breathtaking waterfalls and stunning scenic viewpoints that come alive with the vibrant hues of autumn foliage. The rustling leaves and the soothing sound of rushing water creates a peaceful and rejuvenating atmosphere, making it a perfect way to start your day in Llanrwst.
Betws-y-Coed, North Wales:
Just a short drive away from Llanrwst lies the enchanting village of Betws-y-Coed, known for its idyllic autumnal charm. One of the must-visit attractions in this area is ‘Tu Hwnt i’r Bont,’ a quaint tearoom located at Inigo Jones Bridge in nearby Llanrwst. This picturesque tearoom is a hidden gem, especially during the autumn season. The scene is truly magical as the entire cottage is adorned with blazing red ivy, creating a captivating display of colours.
Caernarfon is a fantastic place to base yourself when exploring the outstanding region of North Wales, be sure to take a look at our rooms when planning your trip.