come and experience

Here in Wales are craggy heights, rock-strewn, heather-clad hillsides, barren moors, bright green valleys, silver rivers, mountain lakes, rocky, storm-tossed coastlines and sublime golden beaches. This is a most beautiful and varied country, one where there is still resistance to cultural change and a strong desire to retain an identity quite uninfluenced by external forces whether invading, subsuming or economic.

The Snowdonia National Park offers 1,479 miles of public footpaths. The popularity of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), the Carneddau, the Glyderau, the Rhinogs and the other mountains has scarcely abated since the first recorded ascent of Snowdon in 1639 by botanist Thomas Johnson. There are few mountain scenes in Britain which surpass Llyn Idwal, beneath the cliffs of the Twll Du, better known as the Devil's Kitchen.

Perhaps you are drawn to Conwy with its famous castle and walls, and a lovely airy stroll on the 'Mountain' above the town. Perhaps explore the regional capital of Caenarfon. Betws-y-coed is in the shadow of the great mountain mass of the Carneddau. A series of pretty valleys spreads like the fingers to that of the much larger Afon Conwy. The landscape here is a delightful tangle of lanes and paths amid small lakes, intriguingly overgrown old workings and ancient hill farms.

To the south of Snowdonia, close by Dolgellau, lies the imposing Cadair Idris. The Clwydian range to the north are of more modest hills and a delight nonetheless. The ascent of Moel Famau from Loggerheads is a classic walk.