Showing posts with label Snowdonia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Snowdonia. Show all posts

Thursday, 14 March 2013

What we did last Summer!

As we look forward to a gr8 summer this year, we thought to reflect on some golden moments in 2012. Which started with gr8trails filming its first video in the cold and crisp Dark Peak, Derbyshire. You can watch the fruits of our labours on our very own YouTube channel.

Pre Easter we managed to get out walking in North Wales to experience the most spectacular cloud inversion around Snowdon and the Glyders. We experience cloud inversions quite rarely, but to walk along the top of the Glyder range above the clouds and look across at Snowdon, Crib Goch & East/West Peak as if they were islands in a sea of cloud, was something special.
April, saw us return to Scotland with some beautiful  snow covered tops. Walking with stunning views over Loch Tay and down Glen Lyon. We found a great little hotel on the shores of Loch Tay, the Ben Lawers Hotel, which made some fantastic full Scottish breakfasts, gr8 for a full days hill walking.
Somehow we managed a quick bike round the North Face trail at Grizedale with its wide fireroads and tight technical singletrack and northshore, this is a mountain bikers playground, whatever your ability and experience. And from the tops of the forest you are rewarded with views across to Coniston and over Lake Windermere.

Late April, caught us walking a well known route round the valley of Nidderdale, Yorkshire Dales, which is also gr8 mountain biking territory. With some cool views of the dam at Scar House Reservoir. If you ever head that way, there’s a remote walk around both this and Angram Reservoir.

Early May saw us in the Lake District for a spot of walking and mountain biking. We know a great little route round the Elterwater and Langdale Valleys which we just thoroughly enjoy. Add to that a little wander up the ridge onto Coniston Old Man from the 3Shires Stone for some awe inspiring views over south Lakeland and the Irish Sea.

At the end of May we came back to one of our favourite haunts in the Lake District; Waterhead and Ambleside. From there we walked the Fairfield Horseshoe and got the bus back into town! (after rehydrating at a local establishment at the bottom of Heron Pike. A well earnt dinner in the Priest Hole, Ambleside was much appreciated by all.

The Island of Skye beckoned us in June, and we were blessed with the weather. To be honest, we’ve never experienced such consistently good weather on this Isle in all the years we’ve been visiting (and the midges weren’t biting too bad then either!)

We were headed Wales direction also in June, staying at the lovely hotel the Gwesty Gwernan Hotel and Fishery. We can’t recommend this little, hidden, boutique hotel enough. From its doorstep you can walk the slopes of Cader Idris or bike down the estuary from Dolgellau to Barmouth.

We returned to more local hills and the Peak District in July, with an easy walk from Jane Eyres Hathersage. This is a history rich, beautiful area within easy reach of a lot of the UK’s population but sadly most people don’t make the most of what they have on their doorstep – we guess that makes it more special for the people that do visit! gr8 for walking, biking, climbing and caving.

High Summer at the end of July, we ventured back to the Lake District. This time staying in the hidden Newlands Valley at the working Littletown Farm Guest House. From here you can venture straight onto Catbells and High Spy to look down on Derwent Water & Buttermere. A days biking at Whinlatter Forest (which also has Go Ape high ropes), finished the weekend away. Don’t forget the sensational ‘thunder and lightening’ homemade ice cream you can get with their homemade chocolate brownies at Littletown Farm (which has since been renovated).

Our Autumn months had us biking back in the Lake District around Rydal & Loughrigg Terrace, the Yorkshire Dales up and down Wensleydale before turning north again to Scotland, for some early winter walking in the Cairngorms over the New Year.

We hope that a little of this has inspired you to get out there this Summer to enjoy what truly is our green and pleasant land. Or, if you don’t have the confidence as to what to do, where to stay or where to go, then join us at one of our recently announced Summer 2013 weekends, on our events blog, clickhere.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Award winning hotels in Betws-y-Coed join with gr8trails to offer quality, guided, outdoor adventure weekends in the Snowdonia National Park.

For our short breaks and outdoor activities in North Wales and Snowdonia, gr8trails can now recommend our guests stay at the AA3star former coaching Inn, the Royal Oak Hotel, and the local Waterloo Hotel and Lodge, set in the Welsh village of Betws-y-Coed.

Surrounded by the magical Gwydyr Forest at the foot of the Snowdon mountain range, this is a great base for a weekend mountain biking, hill walking, shopping and other activities.

The 2008 Routiers award winning Royal Oak Hotel has 27 well equipped, en-suite, contemporary rooms set in a traditional period design, maintaining the character of the hotels Victorian heritage. After a long day on the hill or for that special occasion you could stay in one of their deluxe 4 poster feature bedrooms or request a Jacuzzi whirlpool bath!

Once you have freshened up from your day out, you can join us in one of the three hotel restaurants. The acclaimed Llugwy River Restaurant, uses the finest Welsh ingredients in it’s extensive a la carte menu. Alternatively, locally sourced food is also available in the Grill Room and Stables Bistro.

For a more contemporary atmosphere the AA3star Waterloo Hotel and Station Leisure Spa offers good quality rooms including all modern conveniences with the added bonus of full membership to the on site Leisure facilities and Spa – great to relax in after a long day out.

Once you are sufficiently relaxed and rested we can join you for evening dinner in Bar 1815, an ideal place to eat, drink and relax.

Whichever style of accommodation suits your pocket, we can guarantee that the owners of both our preferred accommodation partners in Betws will make you feel very welcome to this stunning area and will ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay with them.

Post dinner, at either location, kick back and relax with your friends, family or group, as the sunsets in the beautiful valley around you and enjoy sharing your experiences of the day, whether that be guided mountain biking, walking or various other activities gr8trails can provide.

Both hotels are located within walking distance of the local train station (3-4 hours travel from either Manchester or London mainline stations). Alternatively, Betws is 5 hours drive from London & under 2 hours from Manchester.

On behalf of gr8trails, Royal Oak Hotel and Waterloo Hotel, we all look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful mountains of Snowdonia.