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Things to do in Betws y Coed

Things to do in Betws y Coed

The bustling village of Betws-y-Coed, located among the tree clad hills of the Gwydyr Forest in the Snowdonia National Park has been a popular destination since Victorian times.

Gwydyr Forest is a forest of lakes with many walking paths and trails throughout, many of which are old miners routes. There are many remains through the forest of the former mines.

The beauty of the area is enhanced by cascading waterfalls including the famous Swallow Falls that sits on the Afon Llugwy which Lord Ancaster gifted to the council in 1913! There are also Conwy Falls, the enchanting gorge of the Fair Glen and hill-top lakes such as Elsi, Crafnant and Geirionydd.

The oldest building in Betws y Coed is located on the banks of the river Conwy – St Michael’s Church.  The church was built in the 14th century and is home to the stone effigy of Gruffydd ap Dafydd Goch.  The church is open to the public 10am-5pm Easter – October. 

Pont y Pair Bridge was originally built around 1500, before Thomas Telford built the Conwy suspension bridge, the Pont y Pair Bridge became an important bridge, as people were diverted to cross the river Conwy here. The bridge is still a main crossing point for traffic. There is also the Waterloo bridge, built in 1815 by Thomas Telford. The bridge is grade 1 listed as an example of early iron technology.
 

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  1. Ogwen Falls

    Betws-y-Coed

    Panoramic Ogwen Falls or Rhaeadr Ogwen, as it is known in Welsh, is the site where the Ogwen River, emerging from Llyn Ogwen, begins its journey along the rugged Nant Ffrancon valley to the sea.

  2. Zip World Fforest

    Betws-y-Coed

    Zip World Forest is home to:- the Forest Coaster, Treetop Nets, Zip Safari, Skyride, Tree Hopper, Plummet 2.

  3. Plas y Brenin – National Outdoor Centre

    Betws-y-Coed

    Plas Y Brenin offers a range of outdoor pursuit and activity courses for every level of expertise - hill walking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, orienteering, mountain biking plus much more. Run by the Mountain Training Trust.

  4. Go Below Underground Adventures

    Betws-Y-Coed

    Go Below is a unique adventure activity experience taking people on exciting half day underground trips

  5. Pont y Pair Bridge

    BETWS-Y-COED

    Pont y Pair Bridge was originally built around 1500, before Thomas Telford built the Conwy suspension bridge, the Pont y Pair Bridge became an important bridge, as people were diverted to cross the river Conwy here. The bridge is still a main crossing point for traffic. There is also the Waterloo…

  6. Gwydyr Forest

    BETWS-Y-COED

    The bustling village of Betws-y-Coed, located among the tree clad hills of the Gwydyr Forest in the Snowdonia National Park has been a popular destination since Victorian times.

    Gwydyr Forest is a forest of lakes with many walking paths and trails throughout, many of which are old miners…

  7. Llechwedd

    Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Buried deep under the mountains of Snowdonia lies an extraordinary story: it’s a rock revolution that shaped the look and feel of the world as we know it. A way of life which built communities and defined generations of families in North Wales.

    Discover the extraordinary story of Llechwedd with…

  8. Antur Stiniog Bike Park

    Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Antur 'Stiniog offers seven fantastic downhill mtb trails, graded blue to black and the best mountain bike uplift service in the UK, some even say in the world!

    We also offer mountain bike hire powered by Nukeproof. Please contact us for further info on 01766 238 007.
    We have a state of the art…

  9. Bounce Below

    Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Bounce Below is the first facility of its kind in the world, located at the Zip World Titan site near Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales.

  10. North Wales Active

    BETWS-Y-COED

    We are the only company in North Wales that solely offers completely private and bespoke adventure activities.

    We offer adventure activity courses with your own personal experienced and qualified instructor, meaning we dont mix groups. We use quality equipment and of course the best locations for…

  11. Plas Tan y Bwlch

    Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Plas Tan Y Bwlch is the Snowdonia National Park Centre. As well as welcoming over 5,000 people on courses every year (course brochure available), it is also an ideal location for conferences, events such as birthdays, weddings, funeral teas and many more. The Centre also provides accommodation for…

  12. Tirio Packraft Adventures and Wild living Skills

    Tirio Packraft Adventures & Wild Living Skills, Betws-y-Coed area and beyond.

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Conwy Valley Railway (53.28413,-3.80831)Ogwen Falls (53.12241,-4.02062)20.61
Ogwen Falls (53.12241,-4.02062)Zip World Fforest (53.1009,-3.7874)14.19
Zip World Fforest (53.1009,-3.7874)Seren Ventures (53.08997,-3.80104)1.37
Seren Ventures (53.08997,-3.80104)Plas y Brenin – National Outdoor Centre (53.10163,-3.91805)7.14
Plas y Brenin – National Outdoor Centre (53.10163,-3.91805)Conwy Valley Railway Museum (53.09361,-3.7982)7.26
Conwy Valley Railway Museum (53.09361,-3.7982)Go Below Underground Adventures (53.06517,-3.77612)3.14
Go Below Underground Adventures (53.06517,-3.77612)Swallow Falls (53.10243,-3.84708)5.67
Swallow Falls (53.10243,-3.84708)Pont y Pair Bridge (53.0926,-3.80563)2.68
Pont y Pair Bridge (53.0926,-3.80563)St Michael's Old Church (53.0942,-3.79847)0.46
St Michael's Old Church (53.0942,-3.79847)Gwydyr Forest (53.09269,-3.79966)0.17
Gwydyr Forest (53.09269,-3.79966)Adventure Parc Snowdonia (53.19003,-3.84265)10.09
Adventure Parc Snowdonia (53.19003,-3.84265)Adventure Tour Snowdonia * (53.10173,-3.86582)8.96
Adventure Tour Snowdonia * (53.10173,-3.86582)Llechwedd (53.00595,-3.94064)10.6
Llechwedd (53.00595,-3.94064)Antur Stiniog Bike Park (53.00418,-3.93907)0.2
Antur Stiniog Bike Park (53.00418,-3.93907)Beics Betws (53.09101,-3.80208)11.99
Beics Betws (53.09101,-3.80208)Bounce Below (53.00595,-3.94064)11.93
Bounce Below (53.00595,-3.94064)North Wales Active (53.09285,-3.81056)11.71
North Wales Active (53.09285,-3.81056)Plas Tan y Bwlch (52.94654,-3.99901)18.55
Plas Tan y Bwlch (52.94654,-3.99901)Tirio Packraft Adventures and Wild living Skills (53.09249,-3.80218)18.83
Total Distance *165.52 miles
Estimated Journey Time5.33 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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