Today we bring to you our trip to Snowdonia, Wales from London. This was a special occasion considering my parents were visiting for two months and what a delight it would have been to take them to a trip to Scottish Highlands. We travelled to this place in August 2017 when our daughter was 3 years old.
Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 meters above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. It is in Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd.
Shri Venkateswara Balaji Temple, Birmingham
We started early morning from London and the drive was for 6.5 hours. We made our first stop at Shri Venkateswara Balaji Temple. We had yummy meal here of lemon rice and yogurt rice( it was free).Its very soothing to visit this temple.
Next stop was Woodhenge. Woodhenge is a Neolithic Class II henge and timber circle monument, very close to the Stonehenge. We stumbled upon this location totally by chance while driving through. It is a beautiful location (no ticket required) and very peaceful that we totally recommend it. We stayed for about 30 minutes enjoying the beautiful scenery around.
We stopped at various places to enjoy the natural scenery before reaching our stay at Haven Holiday Park.
Haven Holiday Park
Booking Link : https://www.haven.com/parks/accommodation
This is a holiday park with caravan holiday homes falling into 4 main categories: Standard, Deluxe, Premium, and Platinum. This place is huge and have many indoor activities like an indoor pool, play area for kids, bar, games, and entertainment at night. There are different eatery outlet like Burger Kind, Pizza Hut etc, also there is a small grocery store to buy your groceries in case anyone want to cook.
Now you must be wondering, why would anyone be interested in this while you are in the lap of beautiful nature. The argument here is that since the weather in Wales is very unpredictable, so if you get a rainy day, you will not miss on the fun!!! You can entertain yourself and your kid with various activities. This place is beautiful, and our cottage/caravan was very roomy. Definitely a recommendation.
With parents, after a long drive, we had Burger`s as dinner and looked forward to an early night. On the contrary, we went to various attractions inside the park at night. There were so many eateries around and the dance floor.
Llanberis Village walk
Today we started with a walk around this beautiful village. There was lot of open green area and few shops having all the right gear for good hikes across trails. Though we did not buy anything, we just went ahead walking on simple trails in the village.
Hafod Eryri: Britain’s Highest Visitor’s Centre
Next, we got on a 100-year-old Snowdon Mountain Railway to go all the way to Hafod Eryri. We pre-booked our train tickets in advance. Though the train is slow, but it has large windows to get the best views of mountains outside.
When we reached at the top, we were above the clouds, and we could hardly see anything beyond few meters. This moment is not so beautifully captured in photos, but it was indeed a beautiful experience to be on top of this mountain. Also you can go trekking to climb this mountain, and we could see so many trekkers from the window. It wasn’t possible at this stage for us, considering our daughter was very small at that time.
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Train Ticket Price: – 29 Pound /adult, 20 pound/child
Ceunant Mawr Waterfall
Once we were back at the starting point, we went to the Ceunant Mawr waterfall. It is a beautiful waterfall, hidden behind large natural stone doors. Totally worth to watch. Sadly we did not take any picture there.
Content with a good day, we went back to our Holiday Park Stay.
Haven Holiday Park
We got up in the morning, went for a walk around Hafan-y-mor park. With our hearts content, we drove back to London with a stop at Services to re-fuel our Stomach and Car!!!