Hats, scarves and gloves at the ready, it’s time for long walks amid falling leaves, with breath misting in the late afternoon sun. Autumn is here and with it a new and stunning perspective on the North Wales countryside.
Want to see our region in all its autumnal splendour? Try one of these walks for the finest views and the most fiery colours.
Betws y Coed – 2 hrs
For unforgettable autumn colours, Betws y Coed in the Conwy Valley puts on a display of New England proportions! Wander the village and take in the resplendent forest views or head into the woods and get up-close-and-personal with autumn on a walk to Llyn Elsi, a lake perched high above the village.
Beddgelert – 40 mins
Make the pilgrimage to Gelert’s grave and pay homage to the faithful hound who served his master, Prince Llewelyn, fiercely until death. This popular and accessible walking route attracts visitors all year round but is particularly stunning in autumn when the steep forests of the Aberglaslyn Valley are ablaze in a riot of colour.
Glan Faenol, near Bangor – 1 hr 30 mins
With panoramic views across the Menai Strait, a walk through this National Trust walled woodland is a wonderful place in autumn. Enjoy the changing colours and marvel at the contrast of sea and shore at this time of year. Peek over the wall and see what you can spy in the grounds of Faenol Hall – the estate is home to more than 30 listed buildings.
Happy Valley, llandudno – 30 mins to 1 hr
Created as a pleasure garden to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887, Happy Valley nestles in a sheltered bowl on the slopes of the Great Orme. Here you will find an array of native and foreign species laid out among tumbling waterfalls and rock pools, with stunning views of the Pier and out across Llandudno Bay.