Sitting in a beautiful valley in the Snowdonia National Park, the beautiful village of Betws-y-Coed is one of North Wales most popular tourist destinations. On one of the hottest days of the year in July we ventured for a day of soaking up the sun and walking along the riverbank.
On the way we stopped for some lunch at Bodnant Welsh Food which is home to a farm shop, restaurant and cafe.
We both had the welsh rarebit (if you’re not sure what this is, it’s just another word for fancy cheese on toast) – really tasty if you haven’t tried it.
The main street in the village, Holyhead Road has lots of accommodation and food options with lots of pubs and inns dotted along the road. This is a great place to base yourself if you are planning on climbing Mount Snowdon. On this occasion we weren’t but the village is a busy hub for climbers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Thomas Telford’s iron Waterloo Bridge was built in 1815 and spans the River Conwy. It has an inscription that reads ‘This arch was constructed in the same year the battle of Waterloo was fought.’
The river seemed like a popular spot to be as lots of people were walking, cycling and relaxing as well as dipping in and out for a swim.
Betws-y-Coed is a great area to base yourself for climbing Snowdon or even if you’re not it’s a great standalone destination. There are many other attractions in the area including Swallow Falls and the nearby village of Beddgelert.
I’d love to know if you’ve ever visited this part of the world. Leave me a note in the comments if you have.
Betws-y-Coed really is one of the nicest villages to visit in North Wales so if you’re planning a visit to the area I’d encourage you to put it on your list.