We are just back from a long weekend camp in Wales and cannot wait till we get to go back!
Last weekend we went to Wales, for the first time, on a camping trip. I have always fancied visiting Wales and have just never gotten round to it until last weekend. We had a great time and had a fun-filled weekend and now cannot wait to go back and discover more of this beautiful country. Read on to see where we stayed and what we got up to.
A Weekend Camping
We were looking to do a long weekend camp in Wales this year. At first, we didn’t think we would manage as our trailer is off the road and we now only have a small car. There was no way we were going to fit all our camping gear in the car with 2 adults and a child (we took our niece with us for the weekend).
But, thanks to The Camping and Caravanning Club we were able to book a Ready Camp at their campsite in Bala. This meant we were going to a pre-erected tent and only had to take our bedding, towels, food and for us a little toilet for during the nights.
Ready camps are a great choice if you are limited to what you can take when travelling, are new to camping or want to try it out for the first time or prefer glamping.
We are members of The Camping and Caravanning Club so got our usual discount when booking. You don’t need to be a member but members do get discounts. Our first booking discount normally covers our yearly membership fee so they are worth checking out. Camping with the club never disappoints, the staff are friendly and helpful, sites are well maintained. Amenieties blocks, showers, washing, toilet facilities etc are all kept spotlessly clean. So our stay was at the Bala site was lovely and we would recommend to others.
Day One Activities
On day one we were up and had had some breakfast and got ready to leave and head out for the day. We had booked an activity for the afternoon so decided we would check out Lake Bala in the morning.
Bala Lake is Wales’ largest freshwater lake and was only a 10-minute drive from our campsite. Just as we have Nessie the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, Wales has Teggie, the monster that is said to reside in Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid in Welsh). We were not lucky enough to come across the monster instead we enjoyed a walk along the waterside and a relaxing hour watching various visitors. Many were heading out on paddleboards or boats while a brave party arrived for a quick dip to start the day’s celebrations.
While we walked along some of the shorelines we discovered a little campsite that sat right by the lake. We will be sure to keep this little gem in mind when we go in the future.
As we were leaving we had to wait while the small narrow-gauge railway train passed. This was nice to see and you can purchase tickets that will give you a memorable train journey along the lake and back.
Zip World Fforest
After we ate lunch it was time to go and check out Zip World Fforest. This was the only activity we had booked in advance as we were told that it got really busy during the summer months so didn’t want to take a chance. This was a 40 minute drive from where we were staying. Other activities at this site included – Plummet 2, Treetop Nets, Tree hoppers, SkyRide 2, and the Zip Safari 2. If you love a little thrill seeking adventure then this place is a must visit.
We discovered this site by checking out one of the other Zip Word sites. I had wanted to do the world’s fastest zip line (that was at another Zip World site further away) but that will need to wait till another adventure. Instead, we chose to have a go on the UK’s only forest rollercoaster. Well, 3 shots each really as a ticket for this gets you 3 shots. You can also choose to add a camera to your ticket price and have it recorded for you.
The last stop-off on today’s activity list was Conwy Falls. My wife just loves waterfalls so we really needed to visit at least one waterfall while we were in Wales.
The waterfalls at Conwy Falls Forest Park run through the deep gorge of the Fairy Glen. The park is set in 10 acres of native woodland. Conwy Falls Forest Park won Countryfile magazine’s landscape of the year in 2017. It’s easy to see why. There are lots of paths, viewpoints and glades to enjoy throughout the park.
We parked in the car park at the Conwy Falls Cafe and followed the signs to the falls. You can access the park by putting the suggested donation in the little box just beyond the Conwy Falls Café. The walk down to view the falls takes around 5 mins. This is quite steep in parts with large, steep steps in parts.
We spent around 10-15 mins down at the falls taking pictures and walking over the rocks before our return walk. Once back at the top we bought some ice-creams and drinks from the cafe and sat out on the grass enjoying the sun.
Day Two Activities
On day two we decided to go and drive and see where we ended up. This resulted in us driving to Llandudno. We basically got in the car and let our niece choose which way to go and then pick a sign to follow. We stopped off at Llandudno shore to have a bite to eat and walk along the promanade to stretch our legs.
We could see the chair lifts operating in the distance and decided to look them up as that was maybe something we could do later in the afternoon. We discovered that these were on the Great Orme and there was more to do when visiting. So after our walk, we got back in the car and headed towards The Great Orme.
The Great Orme
We drove round and paid the toll which was around £3. This takes you on the toll road around The Great Orme. About a third of the way round you can cut off and head up to the summit of the Great Orme. There is plenty to see and do by taking this road. At the summit you have access to the cable cars, tram rides, cafe, visitor centre and the copper mines. We also discovered the hill of names (bishops quarry). This was a very interesting site and if we had longer I would have loved to have added our names to it.
On a nice day like we had you could have spent all day here. Plenty to do and see including walking and finding a great picnic spot. We bought some lunch from the cafe, walked over and sat on a hill while we ate and just took in the views while we ate.
On leaving the Great Orme we continued on round the toll road, stopped off at a beach for a paddle before the drive back to the site.
A Great Weekend
We had such a great weekend in Wales and cannot wait until we go back. This weekend gave us a great feel for the country and what it has to offer. I think when we go back it will be for at least a week. We may split this into 2 or 3 different campsites. This way we should be able to see more of the country without spending as much time driving. We returned home with plenty of leaflets and ideas of what we would like to do and where we would like to visit the next time.
The top of that to-do list will be a trip up Snowdon, whether by foot or tram, or maybe a bit of both.
If you have never had the chance to visit Wales I would highly recommend it. You should check it out and all it has to offer. A beautiful country with lovely people and a must for any adventure minded souls.