BETWS Y COED
In earlier days stage coach and pack horse travellers would stop on the A5 at Betws Y Coed on route from London to Holyhead for food and a bed for the night. Today travellers stop at Betws Y Coed for food, drink, shopping and rest on route to the mountains of Snowdonia or the beaches of the Llyn or Anglesey. Others choose to stay in the Betws area and enjoy local activities and days out, making the most of all Betws has to offer. It is also a popular destination for people living locally and people visiting for the day. It is especially good for wet, windy and cold days when the mountains and beaches are not so endearing.
Betws is the centre of mountain biking activities in northern Snowdonia. The Forest of Gwydyr, offers many miles of forest track, lakes, streams and walking and has one of the original single track bike trails in the UK, the Marin Trail. Now the trails in Penmachno , offer some of the finest trail riding in the UK attracting visitors worldwide. At Blaenau Ffestiniog the Antur Stiniog downhill trail has black red and blue downhill trails to add to the excitement!
If cycling is not your thing there are miles of walking trails, lakes , streams and rivers to explore and lots of hidden gems all from your doorstep. The new way marked long distance path The Slate Trail starts and ends in Betws. There are numerous walking guides to the area to help you explore and get the most from your stay.
The Conwy Valley train connects Betws to the coastal resort of Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestioniog, via the Ffestiniog and Welsh Railway light you can travel to Caernarvon via Porthmadog by steam train for a day out with a difference.