A day in Betws Y Coed with fairies, dragons and rhinos
Betws-y-Coed is known as the gateway to Snowdonia National Park. Many people stop here before furthering their adventure of hiking, biking or heading into the mountains. In fact, there are apparently more trail shops here per capita than anywhere else!
I like to call it the Banff of North Wales!
Plus, it has a great building with a great name!
And, a bridge that is as old as Napolean’s battle of Waterloo!
Daniel gives a great overview of the town in his video:
Tucked away in behind a farmer’s house, is this amazing gorge where you are sure fairies live!
We had to climb down some steep and slippery slate steps.
The climb down was well worth it, when we realized why it’s called Fairy Glen!
It was so peaceful, sitting and listening to the rush of the water, imaging the fairies fluttering by!
From here, we headed into town.
We first stopped at the foot suspension bridge!
Then for a visit the St. Michael’s Church, dating back to the 13th century.
It is also a memorial to Gruffydd ap Dafydd Goch, a 13th century soldier from the area.
At the train station, we found a row of dragons welcoming us.
Also on the platform is a gorgeous mesh rhino. It is an art installment to remind people of the devastation happening to rhinos in the wild.
Children are to feed it milk caps or bottle lids. We will remember to bring some the next time!
After walking around the lake at the edge of the golf course, and finding this lovely friend,
we headed back into town and found a bakery. Little bakeries are everywhere, and it’s fun to try the traditional types of bread, including this eccles cake made from raisins.
There is plenty more to discover in the beautiful little town of Betws y Coed in the Welsh mountains. We will definitely be back!