An explorer’s weekend in North Wales – Where to go and what to do?

From growing up in north Wales I have developed a love for the outdoor life. Whether I wanted to go hiking [up a mountain, around a lake or just a stroll down the beach], visit one of the many castles or just enjoy a great meal in a cosy country pub, Wales had it all for me, and I’m convinced there is something for everybody if you find the right places.


Below is a short list of my favourite places to visit.

First Stop: Chirk Castle

This stunning Castle is well preserved with something of interest for everyone. Take a guided tour or walk yourself around the grounds, which are well kept and incorporated into a 7-mile walk around the local area.


Second Stop: Moel Famau

Moel Famau is a large hill, not quite tall enough to be called a mountain. This makes is ideal for the family to enjoy; But be warned, there is a steep part that can be a little exhausting. The walk will take 30 – 40 minutes to the peak and is a popular destination for dog walkers.


Third Stop: Rhyl SC2

According to the website this is Wales’ newest and most exciting leisure attraction. Located on the promenade in Rhyl, this £15million waterpark is Denbighshire Leisure’s flagship facility. Guaranteed to be fun for all the family.


Fourth Stop: Conwy Castle

Built by Edward 1 on the mouth of the Conwy Estuary in the most picturesque of settings. Conwy is a historic town set within battlements


Fifth Stop: Surf Snowdonia

Surf Snowdonia is the world first artificial surf pool at Dolgarrog in the Conwy Valley. Read a more in depth review on Karibu’s own Surf Snowdonia review here


Sixth Stop: Wonder around Betws y Coed

What a beautiful place Betws y Coed is. Just a short walk around this town will leave you in love.


Seventh Stop: Hike up Snowdon

Wales tallest mountain peak stands at 1,085m above sea level. Snowdon has 8 routes to the peak to suit all levels of climbers. But if you don’t fancy the walk then you can use the Mountain Railway to the peak.


Eighth Stop: Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon is an immense medieval fortress located in Gywnedd, north Wales. A truly magnificent castle to visit and is still standing strong.


Ninth Stop: Eat in Anglesey

Sosban is a 1 star Michelin restaurant on the isle of Anglesey. You will never be disappointed. The food is the perfect mix of art, taste and attentive service. To compliment the culinary masterpieces is a fantastic wine menu and warm service.


Tenth Stop: Zip World

Amazing adventures across several locations, Zip World is certain to have something for the whole family! Definitely a must do attraction in north Wales!

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