The UK is blessed with some stunning scenery, so why not make plans to enjoy the great outdoors, perhaps challenging yourself to see a part of the country you’ve never seen before, or tackling a walk or climb that you’ve been eyeing for a while? There are few better places to do so than Snowdonia! YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass is the perfect base for those looking to enjoy epic scenery!
Quite simply, YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass is the very best accommodation from which to enjoy Snowdon! Firstly: the view! The hostel’s prominent position high above sea level affords it spectacular views of the surrounding mountainous landscape, whetting your appetite to get out there and explore. Following a recent £1.3m renovation, the hostel is now better than ever, with 27 bedrooms, including 16 well-equipped en-suites. It provides the perfect facilities to relax and recuperate from your adventurous days out in the wilds of the locality. You’ll also struggle to avoid learning about the hostel’s famous past. The hostel’s café is named Mallory’s after George Mallory, the famous Everest explorer, who used the hostel as a base during his training for expeditions to the world’s highest summit. Great for cheap family breaks, this former mountain lodge makes a great base for exploring the local area, walking and activity holidays in Wales!
It might be somewhat obvious, but YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass is a haven for walking and climbing enthusiasts! The hostel boasts three routes to the top of Snowdon from the front door, plus plenty of other walks which provide options for ramblers of all levels! Ascend the simpler Pyg Track and Miners Track or scale Crib Goch, a stunning edge which is more suited to those with experience of such landscapes, particularly in wintry conditions. Alternatively, opt for a scenic six mile hike around the mountain lakes, taking in both Llyn Glaslyn and Llyn Llydaw. If climbing is more your thing, but the weather is putting you off from tackling the crags and faces of the mountain, make the short journey to the Beacon Climbing Centre in Caernarfon, an all-weather venue with climbing facilities to suit a wide range of abilities. It’s a great location for getting kids into climbing and for a few hours of family fun!
If you enjoy a thrill, then you’ll love ZipWorld! With three separate locations, all within a 25 mile radius of the hostel, ZipWorld offers a remarkable, adrenaline-filled adventure in the mountains. Zip World Velocity, Bethesda, is the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe! Both the views and the ride are simply incredible. If this is perhaps a little too high-octane for your tastes, then head for one of North Wales’ best known castles. Caernarfon Castle is vast and impressive and makes for the perfect day out during your half term break in North Wales. The young ones will also enjoy the Model Railway Show, which will take place at the National Slate Museum and includes free rides for children on miniature steam engines. Also taking place in February is the Bangor Music Festival, the town’s annual celebration of new and contemporary music.