A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

A day in Betws Y Coed with fairies, dragons and rhinos

A day in Betws Y Coed with fairies, dragons and rhinos

A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

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!

A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

And, a bridge that is as old as Napolean’s battle of Waterloo!

Daniel gives a great overview of the town in his video:

A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.caOur first stop was at Fairy Glen.

A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

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.

A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

The climb down was well worth it, when we realized why it’s called Fairy Glen!

A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

It was so peaceful, sitting and listening to the rush of the water, imaging the fairies fluttering by!

A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

From here, we headed into town.

We first stopped at the foot suspension bridge!

A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

Then for a visit the St. Michael’s Church, dating back to the 13th century.

A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

It is also a memorial to Gruffydd ap Dafydd Goch, a 13th century soldier from the area.

A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

At the train station, we found a row of dragons welcoming us.

A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

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!

A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

After walking around the lake at the edge of the golf course, and finding this lovely friend,

A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

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.

A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

There is plenty more to discover in the beautiful little town of Betws y Coed in the Welsh mountains. We will definitely be back!

A family day in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales by www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

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  1. Mary
    Mary says:

    Hi Daniel – loved your little video. You managed to give folk a taste of what is on offer around Betws y Coed and a good explanation with not too many facts and figure. Just enough! I’m glad you enjoyed your visit. I too love this place, especially Fairy Glen as it is so inspirational for my painting.

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