Although you can find the wettest capital of the UK in Wales, there is always this bit of hope to explore its nature during rainless days. Prepared as you are you packed your little hand luggage with a rain coat, boots and all. Just in case. But what if it suddenly appears to be sunny?
Well, there is nothing to worry about. I do believe in Wales you should have at least one day of rain, just to experience the stereotypical panoramas from the summit of a mountain or along the coastal cliffs. Let’s worry about that when the weather forecast doesn’t show any rain at all. But first, let me show you three day trips – with or without rain – in Northern Wales.
Climb Mt. Snowdon’s peak faster than sheep
Being the highest peak of National Park Snowdonia Mt. Snowdon (1085m) is a very popular day hike. We followed the Miner’s track from Pen-y-Pass, which grants you with picture perfect views over the lakes and mountain ranges of the area. The sunny weather brought lots of other families along with us to the summit, but even with the crowd the views are definitely worth it. The hike is easy and takes around 2.5 hours from Pen-y-Pas to the top, but if walking is not your thing you can always take the train from Llanberis (yes, there really is a train to the summit).
Snowdonia is full of other great sights; driving through the region will give you an experience of very narrow roads surrounded by rocky walls, big lakes and breathtaking views.
Fight dragons in King Edward I’s medieval castles
Wales has more than 100 castles to fight dragons in and lots of them are located in the north. We visited the castles of Caernarfon and Conwy and drove to the castle of Beaumaris, which didn’t persuade us to go in. Another castle – Dolbadarn – we could see while relaxing at LLyn Padarn next to Llanberis. Caernarfon and Conwy both are impressive castles, inviting enough to climb the little towers for great views over the castle and the surrounding towns. Both castles are really aimed at children with animation and some games, but with a bit of imagination you can feel the medieval vibe.
Do(n’t) look down from the coastal cliffs on Holy Island
Holy Island is known for its edgy coast line and the viewpoint on the South Stack lighthouse. Walking from Port Dafarch to South Stack takes you around 1.5 hour along the coast. Enjoy the power of the waves, the rocky cliffs and finally be surprised by the picturesque lighthouse at the end of your route. If you’re lucky – and we were not – you can even see puffins. And for this part: hope for a bit of rain.