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family friendly North Wales walks

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April 8, 2024 · 10 MIN READ

Make the most of the warmer months with this list of family friendly walks around North Wales, perfect for your next visit.

Since five of our resorts are located here, we like to think we know a thing or two when it comes to our knowledge of North Wales and the incredible walks on offer. Whether you own a holiday home with us, are looking to plan a self-catering holiday or you live in North Wales, this list will be the perfect thing to look back on. We’ve put together a range of walks that will suit families of all ages, from beach side wandering to historic adventures there is something for everyone. Have a read and see which walk you want to do when you are next in North Wales.

Aber Falls

Abergwyngregyn, Llanfairfechan, LL33 0LP

Located in the village of Abergwyngregyn, Aber Falls is a 120-foot waterfall within the foothills of the Carneddau range and one of the most impressive in Snowdonia. It’s a perfect walk for families of all ages with plenty of open spaces, picnic areas and benches along the path from the village to the waterfall. There is also plenty of parking, but it is advised to get there early, either park in the free parking just off the A55 or follow the road up into the village and there are two car parks that cost a small fee. The walk itself is around 4.5km and will take roughly 1-2 hours but if you have time, you can continue exploring further past the waterfall where you will find another smaller waterfall.

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Newborough Forest & Beach

Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, LL61 6SG

Offering a completely unique experience with both a forest and a beach on the west coast of Anglesey, Newborough is the perfect day out for all. With 2,000 acres of green pine forestry and plenty of mapped out trails to explore you will be able to find the perfect route to suit your family. The forest is also one of the best places to see red squirrels and they have a Red Squirrel Walk that takes you on the best route to see them. As well as the forest there is a 3-and-a-half-mile long beach that goes along the forest and out to Llanddwyn Island which makes a great walk too as you can explore the ruins of the ancient church that was dedicated to Dwynwen, the patron saint of lovers in Wales.

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Llyn Brenig

Cerrigydrudion, Conwy, LL21 9TT

Llyn Brenig has over 2,500 acres of forest, moorland, and lakes to explore and is an extremely popular spot for walking, mountain biking, sailing and other water sports. Across the 2,500 acres there are plenty of walking trails to choose from to suit all ages and abilities, whether you are after an easy 4km route or want to be out all day and try out the full Brenig walking trail which is 15km long. All the walks cover lakeside, forest, and moorland paths and don’t have too many inclines. There is a visitor centre by the car park where you can get a bite to eat or drink whilst you’re out too.

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Moel Famau

Mold, CH7 5PH

Known for being the highest hill in the Clwydian Range, Moel Famau is a great hike that is perfect for families. It is 555m high and has the iconic Jubilee Tower at its summit which is visible in the distance almost from the start of the climb. There are plenty of different paths that take you up to the summit but the two most popular are from the top car park which goes directly up the hill, or the bottom car park which takes you through some woodland on the way up and is steeper at times. The walk itself takes no longer than an hour to reach the top and you can enjoy plenty of incredible views on your way up and down.

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Betws-y-Coed, LL24 0AE

The picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed is a great place to visit during your time in North Wales. Located in the Conwy valley in Snowdonia National Park with plenty of places to eat, shop and explore. Betws-y-Coed has a great selection of long and short walks that either start from the village or from nearby. The first one being Llyn Elsi which starts behind St Mary’s Church, with this route you can enjoy incredible views and a picturesque lake to walk around. You can also do the river walks where you can either do a short look along the boardwalk or keep going through the meadows. Another beauty spot just a short drive out of the village is Fairy Glen, which is a rocky, tree-lined ravine with paths perfect for exploring.

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Llyn Padarn

Gwynedd, LL55 4TY

Llyn Padarn and Padarn Country Park are somewhat of a hidden gem the heart of Eryri in Snowdonia National Park and offers everything from water sports, industrial heritage, woodlands, mountain views and plenty of walking routes. The main walk you can follow here takes you around the whole lake and although it is an 8km loop it is an easy walk to complete with your family. Along the walk make sure you look out for the waterfall, Dolbadarn Castle and The Lonely Tree (one of the most photographed spots in Snowdonia). You can use two different car parks for this walk, one opposite the Snowdonia Water Sports Centre or the other which is by the National Slate Museum.

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Gelert’s Grave Walk

Beddgelert, LL55 4YA

You have probably heard about The Legend of Gelert, the faithful hound of the Welsh Prince Llewelyn the Great. You can visit the statue and tombstone that is dedicated to Gelert and his story in Beddgelert. The walk is only around 1.6km and will take around an hour to complete. The footpath takes you along the river bank and is a family friendly scenic walk with plenty of places to stop and take in the scenery. If you are wanting to make a day of the trip to Beddgelert you can explore its many shops, cafes, and traditional pubs.

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