by Luke Edwards
North Wales has an abundance of fantastic scenery and walking routes. Exploring the area with little ones might seem like a daunting challenge, however, there are still numerous child-friendly walks in North Wales to choose from.
Whether you opt for a bracing coastal walk, or a more sheltered wooded path with blankets of snowdrops and bluebells to admire, we have gathered our favourite walks on Anglesey, the Llyn Peninsula and Snowdonia.
This relatively easy walk in Beddgelert is about a mile long and should take less than an hour. In the Snowdonia National Park, this child and dog-friendly walk is in the heart of the stunning North Wales countryside. It follows the banks of the River Glaslyn to the famous stone monument of Gelert’s grave.
Gelert is a legendary dog associated with the village of Beddgelert (which means Gelert’s Grave). You can find out more about this tragic story on the walk. You might even spot the Welsh Highland Railway in the distance, as well as dippers and herons on the river.
Once you arrive back in Beddgelert you can visit Glaslyn ices and Glandwr cafe where you will find 24 different flavours of ice cream. Or for those chillier days, a cup of something warm and a piece of cake!
Menai Holidays has a range of charming holiday cottages in the beautiful mountain village of Beddgelert. For more walks in Snowdonia National Park, check out our 8 favourite Snowdonia walks.
The stunning views, salty sea air, and miles of unspoilt coastline makes this one of my favourite child-friendly walks in North Wales. This circular walk, which starts at Morfa Nefyn car park, is about two and a half miles long and will take between one and two hours. The sheltered beach and clear calm waters make it a perfect spot for a paddle, or to find some mini beasts in the rock pools. Keep an eye out for grey seals, or even dolphins if you are lucky!
As you reach the hamlet of Porthdinllaen you will find the Ty Coch – arguably North Wales’ most famous pub – with the most spectacular views across out to sea. You can only access the Ty Coch by foot or boat and it is the perfect spot for a halfway drink or lunch. Head back to the car park along the clifftop path via a quick visit to the lifeboat station.
If you fancy exploring a bit more of this lovely part of the Llŷn Peninsula why not stay in one of our holiday cottages in Nefyn.
A trek up Holyhead Mountain is about a 4.5 mile round trip that will take about 2 hours. Whilst this walk is a bit more challenging, at just 220 metres above sea level, it is a relatively easy ‘mountain’ to conquer for any young adventurers who are up for a bit of a challenge.
You will be rewarded at the summit by stunning views of South Stack lighthouse and Holyhead harbour. If the kids have a small pair of binoculars take them along and try and spot some of the numerous different birds that live in the sea cliffs.
At the end of the walk visit the café at the South Stack RSPB reserve which sells freshly prepared and locally sourced food and drinks. There is also a lovely shop, an information centre and nature trails here – for anyone who still has extra energy to burn off!
If you would like to explore more child-friendly walks along this beautiful part of the North Wales’ coastline you could stay in one of our holiday cottages near South Stack, Trearddur Bay or Rhoscolyn.
North Wales is the perfect location for the whole family. If you would like more info on what to do with your kids, read our guide of the top things to do with children in North Wales.
We also offer a great collection of family-friendly holiday cottages in North Wales ideal for you and your loved ones.
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Interests/hobbies: Spending time with my two little boys, I am a HUGE sports fan. Love food and craft beer.
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