Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia National Park Location
Snowdonia National Park covers 823 square miles and boasts some of the highest peaks in Wales, reaching to 1085m at the top of Snowdon.
As well as its impressive mountains, the Park boasts a range of other natural features – rivers, lakes, waterfalls, moorlands, forests, glacial valleys and a stunning coastline.
Mining was once a major industry in the area, nowadays these former slate quarries and gold and copper mines are popular visitor attractions.
Walking is the most popular activity in the Park but climbing, white water rafting, pony trekking and wind surfing are also available.
Several small railways run through the park and provide a great way to take in the scenery including The famous Ffestiniog Railway, Snowdon Mountain Railway and Bala Lake Railway.
There are 17 National Nature Reserves in Snowdonia, more than in any other National Park in England and Wales and some 56 Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
There are several walks direct from Bala including the town walk and a 14-mile walk around the lake using hill footpaths(can be six or eight if you use the Bala Railway in part). Go to Bala for golf, sailing/windsurfing/fishing on the lake. South of Bala Club campsite is Lake Vrnwy, popular with walkers, cyclists (bike hire available) and bird watchers. Head east of the campsite to LakeTrawsfynydd (renowned for its fishing - brown trout, rudd, perch and pike. A valid Environment Agency Rod License is required). Junst north of the site Llyn Celyn is home to the National Whitewater Centre – white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking is available here. There are many cycle routes around Bala on quiet roads. For off roading try Coed Y Brenin Forest Park (great for mountain biking).
Local produce market every 2nd Saturday of the month in Bala, Bala Challenge Charity Walks – May, North Wales Country Fair, beside Penllyn Leisure Centre, Bala – August,
Places to visit
Enjoy a nine-mile train ride around the lake onboard the Bala Lake Railway. The almost 14 mile Ffestiniog Railway from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog is another way to enjoy the National Park. North of Bala Club campsite the Conwy Valley Railway Museum at Betws-y-Coed is a great family day out. Head south to the south west corner of the national park for the Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth - a seven acre site on a former slate quarry CAT is heralded as Europe's leading eco-centre. West of Bala Club Site the 16,000 acre Coed Y Brenin Forest Park is home to world-class mountain biking trails, waterfalls, picnic sites and historical gold mines. Strange happenings have also been recorded in this area from a gold rush in Coed y Brenin and the Mawddach Estuary, to UFO landing in the Berwyn mountains.
Things to do from the campsite
The village of Llanystumdwy is a ten-minute walk from the Club campsite.
Head north east from Llanystumdwy Club campsite for mountain biking in Beddgelert Forest - there are two trails - 4km or 9.5km - and the option to hire bikes). There are also a number of way-marked walking trails too.
Places to visit
Coed Tremadog, Hafod Garregog, Coedydd Maentwrog, Coed Cymerau and Snowdon National Nature Reserves.The Ffestiniog Railway and the Welsh Highland Railway are both narrow gauge railways in the seaport of Porthmadog. Snowdon Mountain Railway north east of Llanystumdwy Club campsite at Llanberis will transport you to the summit of Snowdon and the Hafod Eryri visitor centre.
The delightful Italianate village of Portmeirion is close to Llanystumdwy campsite. Porth Neigwl (Hell's Mouth) on the Llyn Peninsula is a hot spot for surfers.