Spring time: Family walks in North Wales

Bethanie Owen

15 March 2017

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As a family of 5, we love going out for adventures, whether it's rain or shine. Letting the kids explore and learn new things is great through childhood. We've been on many adventures around North Wales which are brilliant for all ages, and the kids have always enjoyed themselves. When we plan to take the kids out, we tend to find a place where we can spend all day at. By the end of the day, the kids are shattered and will go straight to sleep at night, most of the time anyway.

Now that the weather’s finally brightening up and the days are getting longer, it’s a great excuse to go on some spring walks. Here are some of our favourites in North Wales…

Newborough Forest

Just outside Newborough in Anglesey, there's a Red Squirrel Forest. If your kids love jumping in muddy puddles and exploring, this walk is perfect for that. The whole family will have fun. However, if you have a baby, I'd advise not to take a pram unless you're planning to just have a picnic near the parking space. You could, however, put them in a baby carrier. The kids are bound to see different kinds of animals through their muddy walk in the forest, and if they are very quiet, they may just see a red squirrel.

Llanfairfechan

Llanfairfechan is a popular place for locals and tourists. It's a beautiful walk along the front near the rocky, sandy beach. The sceneries are stunning, and the kids will thoroughly enjoy feeding the ducks at the big pond. Our girls are a little scared of the ducks, especially our middle. But she loves watching them from afar. Near the pond, there's a play park for kids with swings, a slide, climbing frame and a frame that spins around. The kids have always enjoyed themselves at the park, while they're tiring themselves out playing in the park, we sit down and relax on the picnic benches. During Summer time there is a cafe that opens too, so if you're feeling picky and want something to eat, they serve hot and cold food. 

Little girl on a playground slide at Glynllifon Park

Glynllifon Park

This National Trust Park is one of our favourite places to visit. The kids have always enjoyed themselves when we visit Glynllifon Park. It's only a 10-minute drive from us, which is ideal. As you walk into the park, there is a wooden children's play park, and the kids will have lots of fun playing there. They get a little moody when we tell them we're going. Each time we visit there, we always go through the tunnel that's right next to the park. There's always a lot of giggles when we go there.

Not only is there a play park for the kids, but Glynllifon Park also has some fantastic sceneries. We always take our camera and take many photos of our days there. There's a beautiful historic mansion our your walks. The kids will absolutely enjoy themselves walking along the paths and through the forest. If you're the kind of family who loves exploring, don't mind to get muddy or wet, Glynllifon Park is the perfect place to visit. There's a cafe near the entrance if you fancy a cuppa while sitting back watching the kids play in the park.

 

The National Slate Museum

Llanberis

If you're looking for a full-day out, Llanberis has always been our all-time favourite place to go for a walk and entertain the kid. The beautiful Llyn Padarn Lake gives some stunning sceneries. On one side there is a play park which our kids thoroughly enjoy themselves there. It's a wooden park and although quite on the small side, it's always been a favourite when we visit. During the high-season there are usually things going on in the lake such as conooing, boat rides and huge bubbles you can walk in, perfect for kids who enjoy doing different things.

If you like walking, you can walk to the other side of the lake, if not then you can drive to the other side as there is another Pay and Display car park. On the other side of Llyn Padarn there is a lot to do such as walking along the stunning Llyn Padarn, the kids can throw stones and be sure to bring your camera because the views are beautiful. There is the National Slate Museum where you will go back in time and see old historic workshops. Interesting for all ages. The kids always asks us questions about things when we visit and they keep talking about it when we leave. There are houses that take you back in time, inside each house is styled in a different year. The girls are fascinated by them. 

Make the most of the sunnier days with family spring-time walks. Not only are they easy to plan, they're fantastic for getting some fresh air and give the kids space to run wild!

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Bethanie Owen

15 March 2017

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Beth is a Mum of 3 children aged 7, 4 and six months and a UK Family Lifestyle blogger at www.life-as-mum.co.uk.

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