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Hidden Gems – Snowdonia and North Wales

On this page (click to see) – Colwyn Bay, Penrhyn Bay, Rhos on Sea , Coed y Brenin Forest Park, Cregennan Lake, Horseshoe Falls, Llanbedr, Llanfaifechan, Fairbourne, Plas Tan Y Blwch, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Colwyn Bay – Colwyn Bay, Rhos and Penrhyn Bay are quite often missed by the masses that drive past on the A55 on their way to Llandudno and they are missing out.

Penrhyn Bay


Penrhyn Bay is generally very quiet, only accessible at low tide, and it has a stone beach but you can have a quiet walk, watch the birds or maybe the seals.
It is also a good place to start cycling along the coast – why not follow the sea route to Rhyl.


Rhos on Sea

Rhos on Sea is commercial and touristy but much quieter and intimate than its neighbour Llandudno with a promenade that stretches down to Old Colwyn, but you can walk or cycle much further along the coast. A popular area for jet-skiing.

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Coed y Brenin Forest Park / visitor centre – world-class mountain bike trails, family walks, café, cycle shop, all-ability play area and an easy access trail..
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Cregennan Lake

Cregennan Lake high on the northern side of Cader Idris, this is a little known gem. There is a steep single track tarmac road that climbs up through woodland and high farmland to a picture perfect mountain lake, with a steep mountain backdrop and in the other direction the stunning view back down to the Mawddach Estuary, Barmouth and the coast. (clear day required – not for the faint hearted driver) NT – car park and a great picnic spot.

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Horseshoe Falls and Chainbridge – There is a car park and picnic area off the B5103 Nr Berwyn. A footpath / steps take you down to the Chainbridge Hotel and The Chainbridge on the River Dee, from here take the canal towpath upstream, 1/2 mile and you find the Horseshoe Falls (locals picnic spot). – The Road Bridge above the hotel is an excellent place to watch the Steam Trains or take one from the station to Llangollen and walk back along the canal towpath.


Llanbedr un-crowded golden sands, visit Shell Island, the Slate Caverns and childrens farm, endless possibilities for walks along the 2 rivers the Artro and the Nant Col or it is possible to walk straight into the mountains. also Gwaith Powdwr nature reserve
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Llanfaifechan – A Victorian seaside town overlooking the Menai Strait with views of the Isle of Anglesey and the Great Orme’s Head at nearby Llandudno.Good bird watching and walking.

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Fairbourne beach

Fairbourne – A small quiet town, train station, a few shops, a narrow-gauge steam railway and a huge open sandy beach and sand dunes. Ideal for families with young children, or those wanting some sun, sand and a little solitude. Ferry trip across the estuary to Barmouth available. see



Plas Tan Y Blwch – is home of the Snowdonia National Park Environmental Studies Centre in the Vale of Ffestiniog, but it also has 13 acre picturesque Victorian gardens

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Boat crossing aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct


Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – A scheduled ancient monument and a World Heritage site. The aqueduct, takes the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee, it is over 1000 feet long and 126 feet high, and for those with a head for heights you can walk across it. Picnic site, canal boats – and a nice place to watch the world go by, walks below along the river or along the canal.

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Colwyn Bay, Penrhyn Bay, Rhos on Sea , Coed y Brenin Forest Park, Cregennan Lake, Horseshoe Falls, Llanbedr, Llanfaifechan, Fairbourne, Plas Tan Y Blwch, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

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