A weekend getaway in Snowdonia National Park

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We are back from our first glamping experience. We had a wonderful 4 days during Easter in Snowdonia National Park. As it turns out there is lots to do, so we will definitely be back.

What is glamping? It is a more luxurious form of camping. You can stay in a bell tent or a glamping pod. These have proper beds and more space than traditional tents. There is normally heating inside as well to keep you warm even during the colder months.

Accommodation: We stayed at Dinas Camping, Glamping & Caravan Park and loved our experience. Our bell tent came with its own wood burning hot tub (first session free, then £10 per session) The tent had an electric heater and electric bed heater, so we stayed warm in the tent. Thanks to the electric hook up, we could easily charge our phones and use the kettle provided for our morning coffee.

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The camp site itself was really nice. A bit tricky to get to due to the narrow, steep country roads and there is no reception at the campsite. However that is the case for most of Snowdonia. There is wifi at the campsite, which worked most of the time, but not always.

This place is perfect to getaway from all the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy nature and the sound of birds and sheep. We had access to a kitchen, which had a gas burner, microwave, fridge, freezer, pots, pans and cutlery. There is also a possibility to have a campfire and cook your food that way.

It’s a really nice romantic getaway for couples, who can enjoy a nice hot tub session while watching the stars (unfortunately we had cloudy nights, so can’t speak from experience)
I would also recommend the place to families. Chicken and sheep roam free on the camp site, which I’m sure the kids would love. There are swings and a trampoline set up for them as well. The camp site also has a hidden gem, a small lake, where you can use a canoe free of charge.

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Climb Snowdon: Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales. It’s about 6 hours round trip hike and there are 6 different routes you can get to the top. Arrive early as it can get busy and the parking lot fills up quickly. We saw many cars with fines, who parked next to the road. Unfortunately the day we planned the hike for was rainy, so we only did a section of Watkin Path, which was really pretty.

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Bounce Below: One of the coolest places I’ve ever been to. They turned a mine into a huge playground with trampolines and slides for adults and children aged above 7. It was really fun and exhausting to jump around. It’s a proper workout. It might be a bit chilly at first when you head down to the mine, but after a few minutes you will warm up for sure. Make sure you take a mat for the slides (it is provided) as it works really well with them, but not at all without. You will need to book ahead as places fill up quickly. It’s a fun activity and as it’s indoors perfect on a rainy day as well. There are other cool stuff in the area, like the fastest zip line in in the world and the longest in Europe, a forest coaster, indoor cavern so lots to do if you can afford it. 😛

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Cadair Idris: We parked at Dôl Idris Car Park and did a short walk around the lake, which was really nice. As it was rainy and a bit foggy we didn’t attempt Penygader. Another reason to come back to Snowdonia.

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Lake Trawsfynydd: It’s a nice lake to walk around. There are a few walking paths. Unfortunately the walk bridge that goes across the lake was under construction at the time of our visit, but we still managed to have a wander around. We met the most adorable baby sheep on our walk, which was perfect around Easter and also encountered with some bulls.

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Barmouth Beach: Barmouth is a cute, little seaside town with shops and cafes. We had a nice stroll on the beach along the sand dunes and enjoyed a hot chocolate.

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I highly recommend visiting Snowdonia if you love nature. Make sure you have waterproof equipment, as we know it can be rainy in the UK. Having the right clothing will make sure you have a nice time even if it’s raining.

Have you been to Snowdonia? What did you like best?

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  1. Diana
    June 7, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I’ve wanted to go glamping!!! I didn’t know it was a thing in england too! Those tipis look so cute and cozy.
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  2. Christibe
    June 7, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    This looks amazing! I have been dying to go glamping! May have to consider this next time I visit Europe!

  3. Katherine
    June 7, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I’m afraid that if I try out glamping, I’ll never want to camp again. And I’m not sure how the Mr would feel about it. It’s kind of like cheating (THE BEST KIND). I’d do it in a heartbeat. It looks like there’s lots of things to keep you busy in Snowdonia National Park as well!

  4. Kris
    June 8, 2017 at 12:47 am

    This sounds so cool. I grew up camping, and I like the idea of having fancy tents like that. The Bounce Below place looks incredible. I don’t think I’d every want to leave. It looks like a giant underground playground where grown-ups are allowed to join in, and I firmly believe that there should be more places like that in the world.

  5. Harmony, Momma To Go
    June 8, 2017 at 2:25 am

    I totally want to go clamping! Plus that mine looks amazing! Never been to wales!

  6. Bri
    June 8, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Okay, that Bounce Below place just got added to the top of my bucket list – it looks so amazing!!!

  7. jin
    June 8, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Loving how this mini getaway is so full of lush nature and relaxing moments. And there’s glamping! My kind of camping!

  8. Anna
    June 8, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I’ve never been glamping, but wow, that hot tub is a game changer! This looks like such a fun experience and those animals are so cute.

  9. Rosemary
    June 9, 2017 at 1:36 am

    What a wonderful getaway and fun place. The bounce below idea looks like a lot of fun. Like the fact that it’s for adults as well. I’m not a huge camping fan, but glamping is indeed the way to go. Snowdonia national park looks gorgeous. Will check it out the next time I’m in Europe.

  10. Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad
    June 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    I really want to try glamping! There is so much cool stuff to do in Wales too!

  11. Jollies and Jaunts
    July 22, 2017 at 8:02 am

    I climbed Snowdon last year but didn’t see much else of Snowdonia – looks like there’s plenty to do. I also love the idea of a wood burning hot tub!

  12. Hayley
    July 22, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Bounce Below looks amazing! I’d love to visit

  13. jin
    July 22, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    I’m definitely a huge fan of glamping and try to do it as often as I can when traveling! Looks like you found a great glamping spot – the place looks peaceful and serene. Adding Snowdonia to the bucket list!

  14. Victoria
    July 22, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    So I have been “glamping” before but it looks like your version was much better than mine lol that Bounce Below looks exciting! I would visit just for that haha

  15. Gem
    July 22, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve never been glamping. It looks so much fun though.

  16. Yasmina Zimmer
    July 22, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Sitting in a hot tub while star gazing sounds awesome! Sorry, your nights were too cloudy 🙁 I’d love to go glamping sometime.

  17. Tasha Amy
    July 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I love the tepee you stayed in glamping, reminds me of one I slept in while in Cambodia. The landscapes in Snowdonia look amazing, love it!

  18. Stephanie
    July 22, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I’d love to visit Snowdonia National Park and go hiking!! And I’ve always wanted to go glamping and this looks like the perfect place to do it!

  19. Sierra Dehmler
    July 22, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I’d never heard of Snowdonia before but your post makes me want to go visit! Glamping and that awesome trampoline park both sound so fun.

  20. Deni
    July 23, 2017 at 12:26 am

    I’ve never even heard of Snowdonia before, but your post has definitely put it on my radar! Firstly, the glamping seems heavenly and that hike looked incredible! I would definitely be right there with you with that trampoline park as well- that seems like a blast! Thanks for the awesome round-up! I’m pinning this so I remember it the next time I’m in Wales!!

  21. Amanda
    July 23, 2017 at 6:47 am

    That looks like a beautiful site to stay in, did they have places you could put a camper van too? The mine looks great but the idea of going down there does freak me out a bit. thanks for sharing 🙂

  22. Anna
    July 23, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I love glamping 🙂 It’s so much fun and Snowdonia looks like a wonderful place to do it! I’m thinking of hiking Machu Picchu in the coming years so need to do some training – I’ll definitely head to Snowdonia to do those peaks!

  23. Sapna
    July 23, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Beautiful landscapes captured well. I like the idea of glamping, there is so much to do.

  24. Chloe
    July 23, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I’ve never glamped before but it seems like it’d be my kind of thing! That hot tub sounds great!!! Also I love to canoe. Must visit this national park, great post!

  25. Lucy
    July 23, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Lovely to read about your time in Snowdonia. I went there as as child!

  26. Amanda
    July 23, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Looks lovely. So green and beautiful. Reminds me of here in Northeast TN minus the sheep

  27. Jean
    July 23, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    What an epic adventure!! I love me a good weekend of glamping

  28. Aga | worlderingaround
    July 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Snowdonia is on my list to visit, but it’s a bit far from where I stay. This looks very nice though, so gotta need to go 🙂

  29. Marisa Market
    July 23, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I would camp anytime with a tent like that.

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  30. Jessica Bradshaw
    July 23, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    So fun! We are actually glamping tomorrow night and I cannot wait. This post made me even more excited.

  31. LC
    July 24, 2017 at 3:37 am

    I love glamping AND Wales so this pretty much looks like the perfect getaway. Shame about the clouds at night – looking at the stars from a hot tub sounds like an amazing experience!

  32. Sonja
    July 24, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I’ve been wanting to go here for so long! I love the idea of glamping there as well. Definitely bookmarking this and planning a trip soon 😀

  33. Laura Harris
    July 24, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Ahh those glamping tents look familiar, my friend had a wedding in a field down in Dorset and hired some of those! And thanks for the reminder that I want to visit that underground trampoline place, I’d almost forgotten it existed 🙂

  34. Sally Howard
    July 25, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Great little roundup here! Love your pics. Came across your article on Pinterest 🙂

  35. Kathi
    July 27, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    How cozy (and romantic) do these tents look!!! I’ve hiked up Mt Snowdon before, but would love to return to Wales and see more. The trampoline park looks like so much fun – but isn’t it claustrophobic?

  36. Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad
    August 3, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    So many awesome things to do there!! I love the idea of glamping, we’re hoping to do it in a couple of weeks (in Scotland) so I’m really excited!

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