Our Top 4 reasons to go wild for North Wales!
9 Feb 17
Here we give our Top 4 reasons why the Great Outdoors in North Wales is exactly that...GREAT!
1. Dark Sky Status in Snowdonia
Have you ever been outside past dark in Snowdonia, or anywhere in North Wales for that matter? If not, then I suggest stepping outside on a clear evening and tilting your head towards the sky - you will be amazed at the amount of visible stars and the brightness of the moon! I grew up outside of Manchester - with much more light pollution - so I am still amazed that I can look to the sky and see so many twinkling stars! For this very reason the night sky above the Snowdonia National Park has been given ‘Dark Sky Status’. Amazingly it is only the 10th place in the whole world to have been granted this award! It will help future-proof the chance of residents and visitors to appreciate the stars in the sky for years to come, by preventing light pollution and protecting the nocturnal habitat for the Parks plentiful wildlife. It’s also worth mentioning that for the month of February stargazers will be spoilt for choice with the chance to see two comets, the brightest asteroid along with Venus, Uranus and Mars!
2. Diverse wildlife
One thing that is unique to North Wales is the diversity of the wildlife you can come across whilst exploring the region. From Red Squirrels to Seals, Puffins to Peregrine Falcons or Porpoises to Polecats - there really is incredible variety! With numerous nature reserves across North Wales, bird reserves and plenty of protected areas - the wildlife here is able to thrive. We love nothing more than capturing North Wales’ wildlife on film, whether it be Puffins clinging to the South Stack Cliffs or wild horses braving the elements on Conwy Mountain, you’re sure to see an abundance of animals and insects ready to pose for pictures!
3. Terrific terrain
In North Wales I think it’s safe to say we have it all. From fantastic forests to mountains galore, brilliant beaches to miles of rolling countryside; factor in the seasons too and you’ll be amazed at the differing landscapes! From snowy peaks in the winter months to tropical coves and turquoise waters in the summer, the region always has something to offer and makes taking a fantastic photograph easy work! With an island, a peninsula and a National Park too, all sitting within North Wales, there is a fantastic choice of locations when thinking of coming to stay. The Isle of Anglesey offers up island life, surrounded by stunning coves and beaches with rolling countryside at it’s heart. The Lleyn Peninsula is surrounded almost entirely by dramatic coastline, dotted with golden beaches and has a stunning mountain range as it’s backbone. The Snowdonia National Park invites exploration of its many lakes, craggy peaks and of course its famous summit - Snowdon! Full of forests and quaint villages with pubs that make the perfect pitstop after a walk - if you like the outdoors Snowdonia is for you!
4. Birdsong in Snowdonia
Have you taken a stroll and noticed the sky and tree branches seem alive with music? Of course I am talking about the delightful sound of birdsong! Amazingly, the birdsong in Snowdonia made it onto The Sunday Time’s list of the best 100 ‘Wild forces of Nature’ holidays in 2017. This came at no surprise to us as there are so many feathered friends across the region due to the varied habitats like wetland, moorland, forest areas, coastline and not forgetting those clever cliff-clinging birds! Plenty of extra birds flocking to North Wales from Springtime too as the region sits on many migration routes, so you’ll always see more than a seagull! There are also more rare species which are a real favourite amongst bird spotters here, such as the chough - known for its bright orange beak and feet, it’s sure to bring a smile to your face. Just make sure you bring your binoculars!