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Located on the north western side of Wales, Gwynedd is a perfect place to visit. It is mostly located within Snowdonia National Park, and the Snowdonia mountain ranges and Cambrian Coastline. It offers visitors a wide range of attractions from activity programmes to inspirational cultural and historical places to visit.
A harbour town situated on the Glaslyn Estuary, Porthmadog is rich in maritime history and is an excellent base for touring the surrounding area. It has a number craft shops and restaurants. The town was named after W.A. Maddocks whose ambitious "Cob" embankment scheme led to the town's name, which translates as "Madog's Port". In times gone by, it was a vital, busy shipping port for the international slate trade, brought down from Blaenau Ffestiniog. The maritime history depicts its proud past.
A 21km trek through meadows, woodlands, lakes and waterfalls within Snowdonia National Park. It was in 1832 that an Act of Parliament allowed the construction of the railway from Porthmadog to near Ffestiniog and opened to freight traffic on April 20th 1836. Powered by horses initially, the first steam locomotives were put in use of October 23rd 1863 at a cost of £1000 for each of the two engines. Passenger services started in 1865 and carried over 100,000 passengers per year were for the first three years along with 100,000 tons of slate. In the 1880's the slate industry was in decline, exasperated by the building of the slate wharf at Delaney by the London North Western Rail Company. By 1900 the company already relied on tourists to make up the income.
The unique and famous Italianate village built by the architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. The village is reduced in scale, like a diorama, giving the impression of large size in a moderate space. It became famous as the set for the television series The Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan, who was Number 6. Portmeirion is halfway between Porthmadog and Penrhyndeudraeth and located on a rugged cliff top on its own private peninsula overlooking Cardigan Bay and is surrounded by subtropical woodlands and miles of sandy beaches. The walks are well worth the visit.
Located on the outskirts of Porthmadog, the beach at Blackrock Sands stretches for miles and is a haven for beach games and resting. T. E Lawrence, of Lawrence of Arabia fame lived nearby and the 14th century poet Shelley is reputed to have regularly visited.
This coastal resort offers superb views of Tremadog Bay, sandy beaches, fine restaurants and good accommodation. Criccieth Castle, built by Llewelyn the Great in the l3th Century dominates the skyline and hosts an exhibition reliving Gerald of Wales' journey through Wales. Today the town attracts watersports enthusiasts. It is home to the famous Cadwaladers ice cream first produced in the 1920's.
Pwllheli "salt water
pool" is an old market town at the entrance to the Llyn Peninsula which
received the Borough Charter over 600 years ago by the Black Prince.
This mountain village is situated beside the River's Glaslyn and Colwyn in
the heart of the Snowdonia National Park in the midst of Snowdonia's
magnificent walking country.
Wales abounds with magnificent castles. Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech are
all World Heritage Sites and definitely worth a visit. The sheer power and
presence of Wales' most famous castle, Caernarfon Castle, is still awesome
in today’s world. When first built in the 13th century, it must have
presented an invincible image to the people it dominated.
Activity holidays in Wales
Wales provides stiff
competition for other venues in terms of the number and range of
activities taking place within such a localised area. For an adventure and
activity holiday with wide open spaces and breathtaking scenery then
Snowdonia, Llyn Peninsula and the Cambrian Coast are worth considering.
The activities include walking, cycling, climbing, pony trekking, surfing,
water skiing, canoeing, quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, or abseiling.
The Welsh Language and Culture
Welsh is the first language of over a million people, and in the area of Snowdonia, the Llyn Peninsula and the Cambrian Coast around 70% of the population are Welsh speakers. Welsh is one of the oldest living languages in Europe and shares its roots with Breton, Gaelic and Cornish. The sense of community is very strong and Snowdonia's appeal springs from its unique heritage, culture and language, which touches on everyday life, giving this area a truly distinctive character.
Bala is an historic town close to Llyn Tegid - the largest natural lake in Wales. It Welsh name of ‘Gwyl y Gwyniad’ was named after the Ice Age old fish that still lurks within its very deep waters.
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