Snowdonia is an utterly magical region, and there is absolutely nowhere anything like it on earth. It is a very well-known fact that the beauty of Snowdonia is so very unique, tourism is a trade that lasts all year. Hotels and B&Bs in Betws y Coed and other areas are kept busy throughout all seasons, even the very worst weather-wise. Snowdonia in particular is a rather unique beast, with truly beautiful hills, headlands, and of course mountains best viewed in the winter months.
The low light that winter affords makes the foothills of the region unbelievably graceful – and the low cloud that the winter months affords Snowdonia, if anything, attracts photographers of all levels to the region because it makes the gigantic landmasses seem almost incalculably massive – almost straight out of a fantasy novel than a British holiday. Little things like the colours of the region in the darker months are also very difficult to replicate anywhere else in the world, making this an absolute treat for the eyes.
Snowdonia has yet another side to it. Believe it or not, the region has even more going for it than show stopping natural beauty. Take the fact that the region was granted Dark Sky Status in 2015, for instance. Snowdonia at night is the ultimate place to view the stars – offering outstanding quality of night air, as well as little to no light pollution, which means that viewing comets and planets is very possible (and great fun!).
Welsh culture and Welsh history is in abundance in this region, too. There’s so many stories, everywhere – from the monster of Llyn Tegid to the ill-fated Cantref Gwaelod– doomed to sink into the sea due to the actions of the drunkard and carouser, Prince Seithenyn. It’s said that the church bells still ring in the evacuation alarm. There are a wealth of local legends and flights of fancy of all shapes and forms around and about the Snowdonia national park.
From vengeful spirits to Arthurian legends, to fairies to cannibals – Welsh culture is very much that of song and story, and it is certainly reflective in the excellent pubs and restaurants throughout the region, which are primed to refresh and rejuvenate you before you go out adventuring again.