by Menai Holidays
Spring is around the corner in North Wales. As a Mum of three children under ten years old, I think this is the best time of year to venture out for a family walk. The summer crowds still haven’t arrived, the air is crisp, and you are rewarded with some fabulous spring colours and flowers. If this isn’t enough, the promise of returning to a roaring fire and a hot chocolate will entice even the most reluctant mini walkers into intrepid explorers.
Whether you opt for a bracing coastal walk, or a more sheltered wooded path with blankets of snowdrops and bluebells to admire, there are numerous child friendly walks in North Wales to choose from. I am going to share my three favourite walks on Anglesey, the Llŷn Peninsula and Snowdonia. Whether you enjoy a fascinating Welsh folk tale, soaking up the stunning views, or the exhilaration of climbing a mini mountain, I hope there is something for everyone here.
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.
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 half way drink or lunch. Head back to the car park along the cliff top 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.
With the Easter holidays around the corner, now is the perfect time to book a break to North Wales. View our full selection of holiday cottages with availability for the Easter holidays here.
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