Thrill seeker vs Chill Seeker. Whether you’re searching for adrenaline or relaxation, the North Wales Way has got you covered.
Let’s start from the top along the Northernmost tip of Wales. There are several faces to this uniquely cultured landscape and it’s up to you to decide which one you wish to discover.
Tranquillity, Relaxation and Rejuvenation or Hustle, Bustle and Buzz?
This is Wales your way.
Whether you’re visiting Wales to get away from it all, or if you’re thrill-seeking your way around our country – The North Wales Way is the perfect way for you!
Below are the towns of the North Wales Way – but not as you know them. This is our guide on what to do along the way – whether you’re a thrillseeker or a chillseeker.
The North Wales Way: Ruthin – Llandudno – Conwy – Caernarfon – Anglesey
Ruthin town is packed full of character, where you’ll find buildings dating back to the medieval times still in their original use today. The town is alive with history and stories tell of its links to King Arthur and Henry VII.
Ruthin Castle is built on a red sandstone ridge 100 feet above the Clwyd Valley. It’s part of Edward 1st ‘Iron Ring’ Castle’s along with Caernarfon, Conwy, Beaumaris, and Harlech – which enjoy World Heritage status, this often overlooked castle is a real gem, tucked away from the crowds – it’s even possible to enjoy a treatment at the spa, which rests beside the rustic woodland grounds of the castle moat, and relax with a view of ancient history.
Coed Llandegla just outside Ruthin is one of the most accessible mountain bike areas in North Wales. Adventure seekers, it’s time to get your rocks off on a mountain bike adventure! From picturesque green trails around the reservoir right up to intense black downhill tracks, it offers something for all ability levels. There are also hire facilities, a workshop, a bike shop and an award-winning cafe – perfect for when you’ve worked up an appetite.
The beautiful Victorian Resort Town has been delighting visitors for generations. Stroll along the promenade, sample some fish and chips on the historic pier. The Great Orme headlands are a Country Park, Special Area of Conservation, Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Heritage Coast.
For a rejuvenating day out, take a ride on the Tramway. Britain’s only cable-hauled public road tramway is a delightful journey that has been running for over 100 years! So, breathe in that fresh sea air; admire the views; take a walk through the stunning countryside; explore the iron age fort or just stop for a well-deserved cuppa in the summit cafe!
Thrill Seekers can take a self-guided tour of the Great Orme Copper mines! Don your hard hat as you make your way through the largest prehistoric metal mine ever discovered in the world. A whopping 5-mile tunnel network has been uncovered since the mines were discovered in 1987.
This Royal town is famous for its impressive castle, where Prince Charles received his investiture in 1969. It’s the perfect base from which to explore Snowdonia National Park, the mystical Isle of Anglesey and the North Wales coast.
People of all ages and abilities can access the highest summit in England and Wales thanks to the Snowdon mountain railway which takes visitors to the summit. This narrow-gauge railway travels almost 5 miles from its home in Llanberis to the top of Snowdon or halfway to the Clogwyn for stupendous views across the Snowdonia mountain range.
If you like adrenaline adventures, you’ll have heard of Blaenau Ffestiniog, home to Zip World and the world’s fastest zipline. Velocity 2 speeds thrillseekers headfirst through the valley at over 100mph. The out of this world (or under it) Bounce Below is an enormous underground trampoline adventure located in the dark and spooky disused mines. This experience is certainly not for the faint-hearted!
Head to the magical island of Anglesey, home of druids, Cetlic myths and legends, and Halen Môn Welsh sea salt. The island is teeming with wildlife, beautiful views and rare birdlife including Puffins and Kittiwakes.
No trip to North Wales is complete without a stop off at Europe’s longest place name, llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (Llanfair PG to the locals)
You’ll notice that the light on Anglesey is different somehow. A drive along the winding country roads take you to windmills, castles and ancient burial chambers and ancient sacred ground.
Head towards the North and Holy Island to watch the sun set out far beyond the South Stack Lighthouse, and one of the world’s most awe-inspiring views.
Rib Ride – Get your blood pumping with a water adventure that travels ‘at the speed of scream’ through the Menai Strait between North Wales and Anglesey.
With speeds of up to 75mph, Velocity is the world’s fastest passenger boat and an amazing way to see the area from a different perspective…if you can keep your eyes open!
So, there you have it, plenty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ancient lands packed with myths and legends, the highest peak in Wales and some of the most incredible vistas in the world.
Cambria Tours offer guided and self-guided tours along The North Wales Way.
We tailor our packages to give you exactly what you’re looking for. Whether you want to relax in style in a room with a view, or just need somewhere to crash out after a hard-days hiking our experts will work with you to create your dream tour of Wales.
Get in touch with our friendly team for more information and start planning your perfect tour of Wales today.