Picture this: exquisite coast lines, rugged waterfalls, dramatic mountainous landscapes, medieval architecture and friendly beach towns. This dreamy image may sound too good to be true, but along the north stretch of Wales, these striking scenes are a stunning reality.
For those of us lucky enough to already live in North Wales, all of this can be found just beyond our doorstep. If however, you live further afield, the following guide around North Wales’ (many) highlights may persuade you to relocate…
Just twelve miles from Chester city centre, and with rail access from multiple UK cities, North Wales is easily reachable. With all the practical amenities any home hunter needs to tick the boxes, from outstanding schools, road links and an array of shops to suit every need, we wanted to focus on the aesthetic aspects that will make all prospective buyer fall in love with North Wales.
Home to the highest mountain in Wales, at 3560ft with a fantastic conservation area, Snowdonia is nature’s haven, and attracts both tourists and locals. For walkers, the Pyg track ascent and Miners descent is the most popular route. A seven mile long hike with varying steepness, the route treats walkers to breathtaking cliff views, natural lakes and an abundance of history – the name is rumoured to come from its mining past as it was a key route for workers to transport ‘pyg’ (black tar) to the mines on Snowdon.
If walking is not your preferred way to explore Snowdonia scenery, there are a number of alternatives. We’d recommend Paddleboarding! An experience like no other, visitors can paddle the mountain’s tranquil lakes and soak in the surroundings from the cooling water. For an extra magical experience, add in an astronomical twist and paddleboard at twilight; the views of the night sky and possible sightings of shooting stars from the water are for many the highlight of exploring Snowdonia.
For a less physical challenge, a ‘slightly’ smaller peak (perhaps we’re exaggerating here, its summit only reaches 666ft so is significantly smaller!), but equally as stunning, is the Great Orme, a limestone headland in Llandudno. Similarily to Snowdonia, there are a variety of ways to explore the cliff-face, from cable car to tram, skiing and tobogganing! Take a look at some of the options here.
Just 4.5 miles away is the neighbouring town of Conwy. The walled market town boasts a number of attractive tourist spots, including the ‘Smallest House in Great Britain’. At just 3.1 metres high, the building dates back to the 16th century as the home of a particularly tall 6ft 3 fisherman, although it remained habitable until the 1900s, despite the upstairs only containing a bed and bedside cabinet. Although it is no longer lived in, it makes a great visit and photo opportunity, with most guests taller than the doorframe!
Along with the miniature house, the town also has a number of medieval architectural sights, from Aberconwy Abbey to Conwy Castle, an authentic fortress with breathtaking views of the mountains and sea from the height of its battlements. From here, more of small town’s rich history and culture can be seen with the full circuit of the town’s walls viewable.
But there is more to this town than man-made structures; just beyond the harbour lies a naturalist’s paradise, Puffin Island. Bordering Anglesey, the uninhabited island is a protected wildlife area, and as a result is home to approximately 300 puffins and colonies of Grey seals. The public can enjoy the wildlife up-close too, with a boat service running around the island throughout the summer months.
Believe it or not, the above is only a small snippet of what North Wales has to offer. Given all its stunning aspects, who could possibly say no to living in such a beautiful part of the UK? If you already live within the region, let us know the highlights of your home by tweeting us, and if you’re currently on the hunt for your dream home and have now been persuaded to explore the north side of Wales, click here to take a look at the properties we have to offer in the area.