Betws-y-Coed and Snowdonia National Park Travel Guide
Betws-y-Coed in north Wales provides visitors with a base for exploring some of the country’s most beautiful and breath-taking landscapes. Situated within the Snowdonia National Park, this village and resort was largely built in Victorian times to take advantage of the beautiful setting and nearby natural wonders. Forests, mountains, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, and ancient bridges, Betws-y-Coed offers the perfect outdoor holiday destination.
Betws-y-Coed is known as the ‘Gateway to Snowdonia’ for good reason, as you can reach some of its best walks and landscapes with ease. You can drive to the lakeside town of Llanberis in just half an hour, from where you can catch the Snowdon Mountain Railway up to the very peak of Snowdon for some breath-taking views – and a nice lunch in the cafe. Or you want the full experience (and you have a good pair of boots), you can take one of the hiking paths to the top, such as the popular Pyg Track which starts from Pen-y-Pass.
Things to do in Betws-y-Coeg
Near the village itself you’ll find Swallow Falls, one of the most picturesque natural sights in north Wales, where the river Llugwy cascades over steep rocks in its deep gulley. Also starting from Betws-y-Coed are the Marin Trail for mountain bikers, and a walk to Llyn Elsi where you can enjoy some spectacular views. Back in Llanberis you also have the Dinorwig Power Station, more popularly known as the Electric Mountain. One of the most innovative power stations in the world, this hydro-electric generator is used to provide extra power to the UK grid during peak times.