North Wales: Exploring the views with kids
As a family of 5, we love to venture out and find new places to explore. Finding these places to go can seem difficult at times as some places cost a bomb, but if you're like us, then you will just venture out in your car or for a walk and find somewhere to go for the day with the kids, for free. We have lived in a North Wales all of our lives, and it sure does have the most breathtaking scenery of mountains, rivers and lakes. If you live in Wales or thinking about visiting North Wales soon, here are just a few places we recommend you visit to take in those views.
We love walking and visiting places where the kids can run free, easily making Beddgelert one of our favourite places to visit in our area. With breathtaking scenery, this small village of Snowdonia is very popular each year and is attended by thousands of people. Our girls absolutely love throwing stones in the river and having a picnic during the summer. If your kids love being able to run free, have a paddle in the water and watch the railway train go by now and then, Beddgelert is the perfect place to visit, and it won't disappoint.
Another one of our most favourite places to visit is Llanberis, the village of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. This village is visited by thousands each year and is very popular. Padarn Lake, in welsh 'Llyn Padarn', is just some part of Llanberis' breathtaking scenery. Our girls love playing in the park which is on one side of the lake. To walk to the other side there are two ways, but we love taking a little shortcut through the field, which has a path and is safe for kids, so your kids are free to run around. On the other side of the lake is a National Slate Museum and if your kids are anything like mine, then they will love the museum by going back in time and learning about the industrial workers. Near the museum is Padarn Country Park, again, breathtaking scenery. Every time we go on this walk along the lakeside, the girls are tired and sleep like a log at night -perfect!
3. Red Squirrels at Newborough Forest
The first time we visited the Red Squirrel forest in Newborough, we fell in love. Our four year old isn't that good at being quiet but when we've visited this forest she tries her best to be quiet to see if she can find any red squirrels. Anglesey has a strong population of red squirrels and so you are bound to see some in this beautiful forest. We love putting our wellies on and going for a walk if it's been raining as the kids love jumping in muddy puddles! If your kids love getting muddy and love exploring to look for these gorgeous creatures, this forest is perfect for your family. Remember to take your camera to capture them!
4. Dinas Dinlle
Our four and seven-year-olds absolutely love visiting Dinas Dinlle during winter and summer seasons. The miles of sand and a pebbled beach is perfect for kids who love beach day outs. We have spent the whole day on this beach, along the promenade with the kids playing in the park, followed by a walk on the path and up the mountain which our kids love. Another reason we love visiting Dinas Dinlle is the kids can play and run around freely on the beach. If the kids don't like sand, then they can stay nearer the top and play with the pebbles, if they wanted to.
5. Menai Straits Wildlife and Woodland Walk
The three main reasons I love walking along the Menai Straits are; the serene views of the tides, sunsets and two bridges, Menai Bridge and Britannia Bridge. My Second reason, our kids can run freely and enjoy the fresh sea air, and my third reason is that the kids always have a good night sleep after having a walk along the Straits. It's a beautiful and stunning place to visit during the day and evening. The
kids love watching the sunset go down when we visit in the evenings. If your kids are like ours, then they'll love to play classic games such as 'eye spy' and 'tag'. Each time we have walked along the menai straits we all play the game together. If you're looking for a lovely, fun and peaceful (kind of) walk, Menai Straits is perfect.