Take a road trip through Snowdonia
Snowdonia National Park is one of the most scenic and stunning destinations in the United Kingdom. Covering over 800 square miles, the park is home to the highest mountain in Wales, Mount Snowdon, as well as countless lakes, rivers, and valleys. Driving through Snowdonia National Park is an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of the natural world around you.
As you journey through the park, you will encounter a variety of breathtaking landscapes. From rolling hills and valleys to dramatic mountain ranges and rugged coastline, Snowdonia is a region of incredible contrasts.
One of the most popular routes through Snowdonia is the A498, which runs from Beddgelert, North of Pormerion to Capel Curig in a North Eastern direction. This road takes you through the heart of the national park and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. As you drive along this route, you will encounter some of the most iconic sights in the park, including the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed and the stunning Llyn Gwynant.
Betws-y-Coed is like the crossroads of Snowdonia, where the A470 and the A5 connect, taking you up towards the North Wales coast. From here you can pick up the ‘470 and drive all the way up to Llandudno. This part of the route is particularly scenic with plenty of photographic opportunities!
You’ll pass through the gorgeous town of Bullith Wells. Pop in for a coffee at the ‘Cwtch Cafe’ before seeking out Buffalo Bill, and the beautiful river Wye.
In the heart of the park is what we affectionately call, ‘Slate Town.’ More commonly known as Blaenau Ffestiniog, this town was once a thriving slate mine. The hillsides are covered in slate giving the whole place a ‘monochrome’ feel – like a sci-fi town where all the resources had depleted. Actually it is a very popular tourist place with the slate caverns and the Ffestiniog Railway.
Just before you reach Llandudno, there is a chance to stop at the gorgeous National Trust property of Bodnant Garden. Located in the Conwy valley, this 80 acre garden includes the famous Laburnum Arch, covered in yellow flowers during Spring, and a centuries old Magnolia Tree!
Even if you don’t go ‘up’ Mount Snowdon, there is still plenty to enjoy with a road trip through the park.