Thursday, 5 January 2017

Hotels near Betws-y-Coed

Enjoy a week-end away in  Hotels Near Betws-y-coed.



Visitors just flock to Betws-y-Coed for week-end stays in Hotels.

Why is this little village in Snowdonia so popular ?

It has so many activities and  things to do all year round that it is fast becoming the number 1 resort for Extreme Sports in the whole of Europe.

Lets say a little more about the Hotels in and near Betws-y-Coed. For a start they are all very grand victorian built hotels with masses of character both inside and outside.

Most have been fully refurbished to high standards offering excellent en-suite accommodation , and comfortable lounges and bars.

Some have excellent disabled features such as no steps access and  lifts. Extra accommodation is offered by means of individual chalets in the grounds of the Hotels making them suitable for Self Catering units.

The restaurants offer very good locally produced food from the sweet valleys and mountains of Snowdonia.
Welsh Lamb and Welsh Black Beef are two of the most well known breeds. They survive extremely well on the land and produce the most stunning taste.

 Most Hotels  will provide very good entertainment in the form of live music or the popular Welsh Male Voice Choirs ( summer time specials )

As Betws-y-Coed is so popular it pays dividends to book as early as you can. All the popular bank holiday week-ends will booked well in advance. 

Here to taste your tastebuds are a list of local hotels well worth exploring.

  1. Waterloo Hotel Betws-y-Coed
  2. Riverside Hotel Betws-y-Coed
  3. Ty Gwyn Hotel Betws-y-Coed
  4. Glan Aber Hotel  Betws-y-Coed
  5. The Gwydyr Hotel Betws-y-Coed
  6. The Royal Oak Hotel Betws-y-Coed
  7. The Swallow Falls Hotel Betws-y-Coed
  8. The Meadow Sweet Hotel  Llanrwst
  9. The Princes Arms Hotel  Trefriw
  10. Elens Castle Hotel Dolwyddelan
  11. Maenan Abbey Hotel Llanrwst
  12. Plas Maenan Hotel  Llanrwst    
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Monday, 8 February 2016

The Beautiful Fairy Glen, but for How Long.

If you have been to Betws-y-Coed then you will probably have heard of or even seen the area of river Conwy known as the Fairy Glen just upstream of the famous Beaver Pool known to Salmon fishermen.
It is truly a magical place to visit and is an easy walk in places then becoming a bit steeper before reaching the viewing point. Access to it is beside the  Fairy Glen Hotel following the path to the side of the hotel. Follow the path through fields for a 15 minute walk. There is an entrance fee to cover maintenance costs. 
There are some steep steps to get to the Glen so just be careful in slippery conditions

 It is also a site of  Site of Special Scientific Interest, which makes it an even more important place , because of the future plans in store. And these plans are to build a dam and divert a great proportion of water  to produce hydro electric power from the water. RWE NPower, in association with Dulas (a North Wales renewable energy company) have put in plans to develop this site .

At present the current location of the river provides a lovely wilderness for tourists to visit either  as a fisherman, walker or  photographer. If the proposed works were to go ahead then the water diversions would reduce the flow and also limit the activities for tourists.

(Picture thanks to Stu Worrall Photography)

The natural beauty of  the current Glen would affect the picturesqueness of the area.
Here is an artists impression of the proposed design.

RWE Innogy have defended their proposal for the new £12m project saying it would produce  4.5mw of energy to power 3,000 or so houses  ( Picture by RWE )

The river is also used by enthusiastic Canooeists and Kayakers but most leave the river further upstream to diembark.

How long have we got  before plans are passed?
More than six thousand people put their names to this  petition to have it dismissed..

800 letters have been sent to the Snowdonia National Park   planning dept and hundreds more letters have been sent to Natural Resources Wales with objections to abstracting water.

We can only wait and see the results.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Tourist Information Centre Betws-y-Coed.

Tourist Information Centre Betws-y-Coed.

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Betws-y-Coed Tourist Information

Visitors to our village can get details of where to stay, what to do and various other leaflets on a whole range of interests from the Royal Oak Stables Visitor Centre.

The centre is open at Easter until late Autumn providing tourist information to visitors.

It is staffed by the Snowdonia National Park Authority.The office  displays the parks around the UK and panoramic views of Snowdon There are video talks and activities for kids  and  all the family . Well worth a trip there if you are stuck for accommodation at short notice.

You can also view accommodation providers at <a href=“ Information for Betws-y-Coed</a>

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016


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Eating in Betws-y-Coed

There is a fantastic choice of eateries in our village, and the range of Cuisine is from true Welsh, to Chinese, English and Spanish Tapas.

Most of the Hotels have beautiful restaurants and serve really locally produced meats, cheeses and vegetables.Also with the River Conwy flowing through , fresh caught Salmon and Sea Trout could well be on the menus.

Ever had a meal in an old railway carriage, well you can ,because beside the main line there is a Railway Cafe serving snacks teas and coffees.

The most recent cafe to open is the Garden Centre Cafe which serves up truly mouthwatering home made cakes and sancks. Pop in it iws really worth it and you can also stock up on your garden plants as well..

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Betws-y-Coed Llyn Conwy

Llyn Conwy (SH780462) is a lake in the county of Conwy in Snowdonia North Wales. It is the beginning of the River Conwy which, on running due south out of the lake, cuts around to then flow in a northward way for a distance of approximately twenty-seven statute mile (43 km) to the sea in Conwy . Llyn Conwy lies at an altitude of  1,488 feet, with a utmost depth of sixteen ft, and is far and away the biggest lake of the Migneint upland, a far-reaching expanse of broad peatland with above average rainfall - almost 260 centimetre a year.

Llyn Conwy is  National Trust property and, although a natural lake, is superintended as a artificial lake by Welsh Water.
                                                                                It provides roughly  the water requirements of the upper Conwy Valley, including Betws-y-coed and Llanrwst. Contingency plans for drought also name Llyn Conwy as the subordinate reservoir in the district which, along with its own catchment region, can feed part of the ‘normal’ Llyn Cowlyd (near Trefriw) append area. A compensation outpouring of 0.91 Ml/d would be expected from Llyn Conwy.

The pH scale of the lake is described as pH 7.5257 on the average, with calcium carbonate ranges at 53.7 mg/l, hardness 3 °GH, free chlorine at 0.2853 milligram/l and amount Cl at 0.354 mg/l.

In 2008 the National Trust described that it was working with its tenant husbandmen to improve water storage in the Welsh uplands. In this area staff are beginning to reestablish the Migneint blanket peat bog. Drainage trenches are being barricaded to help hold back water, to cut down erosion, and to cut off the quantity of peat coming into the  water table. Work on the wider Ysbyty Estate aims to amend the calibre of drinking water from the lake without the need for expensive treatment works, and to keep going the Migneint as one of the largest carbon stores in Wales.] Peatland renovation can help heighten wildlife habitats and reinstate species variety.

This expanse is really impacted by acid rainwater and the slight peaty ground is most adept  for sheep pasturing.

Blanket peatland is especially tender to global climate change and this position has therefore been used on a number of occasions for research projects.

Origin of the river Conwy

The fountainhead of Llyn Conwy's northwest feeder-stream. Its lighter-coloured pasture, displaying the wetter ground, leaps out from the heather mixture.

A closer aspect of the header of the stream on Bryn y Bedol. Upstream of the lake, this is one of the two upmost practical origins of the river Conwy.
Whilst the lake is often regarded in a general sense as the beginning of the river Conwy, a great deal of this area of the Migneint blanket peat bog gives water supply to its topmost reachings.

The lake itself dwells in a little basin and is really fed by a small number of other nameless streams within the catchment basin, which measures 175ha and ranges in height from 435m to 530m. The biggest two of these, which enter the lake on its north-western and eastern shores, can be followed for over ¼ mile to the upper edges of the basin, even during drier periods. The heads of these two watercoursesw, where the wet ground creates an identifiable flow - at SH774465 on the slopes of Bryn y Bedol, and at SH783467 on the slopes of Pen y Bedw - should maybe more correctly be considered as the upmost start of the river Conwy.

In times of very strong rainfall some water is deviated from Cwm Lanerch by way of leats into Llyn Conwy.

A small parapet with a water gate, barely suitable of the word "dam", checks the outpouring from the southerly end of the lake, the level of which hasn't altered since the early nineteenth century Ordnance Survey.

In that location are a trio of older shanties on the slopes of the lake. On the northerly shore, there's an older boathouse that was hit by lightning and ruined on 5 July 1881, but was later renovated. On the southerly shore there's a more entire boathouse that is still in use now as there's a boat housed inside that was at one time employed as a lifeboat. As well to the south of that is an old ravaged hut that was once used by nightlong fishermen as an abode .

The lake has two islands, one simply off the easterly shore and more to the south, which is covered by above average waterlines during most of the year. The former sits to the northerly east corner of the lake and has a cairn on it, in addition tomna fairly big grassy/bouldered area.

Llyn Conwy was  previously  owned and looked after by Lord Penrhyn, who kept the lake well stocked. In 2 days in 1880 a party caught 111 trout, and a calendar month afterwards approximately 119 were caught in the small river Conwy between the lake and Ysbyty Ifan.

In recent times, Llyn Conwy has suffered a slump in the number of folks sportfishing there; the sourness of the water supply signifies that fish find it more difficult to inhabit thither, nevertheless a method of counteraction is afoot there as limestone from the banks of the lake is slowly oozing into the water system and evening out the pH degrees so that bit by bit, over a procedure of ten years, the water system will go back to its previous precondition.

The most comfortable approach to the lake is from the B4407, which runs from the A5 by Pentrefoelas to Ffestiniog, near Blaenau Ffestiniog. A right turn from Ffestiniog leads to an older household known as 'Llyn Cottage' (often used for nighttime angling by Lord Penrhyn and his acquaintances), where there's parking and an approach path to the lake. It can also be approached from Penmachno, taking the left hand turn sign posted Ysbyty Ifan. The route from this point, whilst following a Right of Way, is  to a lesser extent well defined.

The catchment basin around the lake, although owned by the National Trust, has a tenant farmer and is Open Access.