TREFRIW WALKING FESTIVAL 2018
Booking for this year’s Trefriw walking festival opens on March 15th and Plas Celyn, as members of the Trefriw “Walkers are Welcome” group are looking forward to hosting returning or new guests for this wonderful weekend of adventure:
Activities include Mountain treks, Lowland walks , wildlife walks, archeological trails and a Cake-fest to finish.
So come and join us for the weekend of 2oth to 22nd May
A short walk from Plas Celyn and you have a direct rail link to the largest Heritage railway in Britain.
Llanrwst North Station
We tried out the route for you: A 20 min flat walk to Llanrwst North to meet the Conwy Valley Line. This is an Arriva Trains and community service that links from Llandudno and Llandudno Junction mainline rail stations via Trefriw and Betws-y Coed right up to Blaenau Ffestiniog, where you can cross the platform to join the world famous Ffestiniog Heritage Railway down to Porthmadog. A selection of food and drink is available on board, and you can even upgrade to First class.
There’s plenty of time to have lunch in Portmadog, or you could take the Welsh Highland Railway along the Aberglaslyn pass to Caernarfon, if your passion for steam is not satisfied already. Sadly Dr Beeching denied us the pleasure of a full loop back via Bangor/ Llandudno, though this might just be possible with a bus link Caernarfon to Bangor; I will update the blog after I’ve scoured some timetables.
We had a pint or two at the Australia Pub ( one of only a handful of pubs run by the consortium of local brewers) and picked up some delicious looking cake from the inviting Big Rock Cafe.
We caught the 1545 back to Blaenau, where the Arriva train kindly waits for the connection (Both services wait for each other as they realise customers might try to connect !)
Snowdon Jan 19th
Cate and Mike on Snowdon
The New Year refurbishments went well at Plas Celyn but we couldn’t resist a day out in the mountains when the white stuff had made Snowdon so irresistible.
We donned our strap on spyder spikes and spent a bright still day above the snowline, all the way up the Llanberis path to Clogwyn Station. Fantastic.
The snow’s melted a bit more since, but there are still lovely days here. We’re fully open now so come and join us here at Plas Celyn for a spring getaway
We’re happy to report that here at Plas Celyn we escaped damage from the terrible flooding that hit North Wales over Christmas. The waters rose to a record level, and many properties suffered damage from water ingress, but the damage was caused by run-off from the mountains, rather from the river bursting it’s banks. The whole of the valley was full of water and Trefriw was cut off on both sides! At the start of the New Year, we are still having rainy spells, but so far at least, the floods have not returned.
During January, Mike and I are doing some maintenance work on the house, so will remain closed. We hope to be open for business later next month, when (maybe) spring will be on the way. Looking forward to seeing some of you here at Plas Celyn.
Happy New Year everyone! Blwyddyn newydd dda i bawb!
Just down the road in Dolgarrog, the Surf Snowdonia wavepark is under construction. With an opening date of August 1st, anyone with an interest in surfing (experienced or beginners) will have the perfect place to come and practice their moves on the water! It’s the first of its kind, and its here in the Conwy valley – we’re so excited here at Plas Celyn and looking forward to trying it out ourselves! Go to www.surfsnowdonia.co.uk to look up all the details and to book your tickets now!
Bluebell woods near Trefriw
We’re only a few weeks away from the Trefriw Walking Festival now, and I have just sent out postcards to some of our previous guests to let them know about the Festival. Have a look at the Festival website, www.trefriwwalkingfestival.co.uk to see all the great walks and other exciting activities on offer over the three days. Trefriw is a brilliant starting point for walks in the Carneddau as well as local walks in the beautiful Crafnant valley above Trefriw. We have stunning lakes to enjoy, both to walk around and even swim in (Llyn Geirionydd) river gorges and waterfalls to explore and gorgeous woodlands, which will be full of bluebells in May!
Currently we have vacancies for the weekend, but hurry and book online; it’s sure to be popular!
Here in the Conwy valley the lambs have begun to appear in the fields; a sign that spring is finally on the way.
The hazel catkins are elongating and early daffodils are blooming. Walking along Gowers Road this weekend, the lines of daffodils alongside are now in bud and hopefully we will see some out for St. David’s Day, which is next Sunday.
There is still some snow on the mountain tops, but the walking is fantastic now in the early spring sunshine, with few people around.
Get here before Easter and enjoy a fabulous walking weekend!
The Tour of Britain peloton passing Plas Celyn
We were all excited on Monday to see the Tour of Britain cycle race whizz past Plas Celyn just after lunchtime on their way to a nail-biting finish of the second stage in Llandudno. Watching the climb up the Great Orme with riders vying for the front, we were lost in admiration for their stamina!
We have had lots of guests in the last few weeks and they have been enjoying beautiful sunny weather. Many of our guests look forward to taking the train up Snowdon, and we would just like to advise that it is a very popular trip indeed, and therefore in order to avoid disappointment it is useful to book in advance. www.snowdonrailway.co.uk
Here at Plas Celyn, in the heart of Snowdonia, walkers and cyclists have always been very welcome and we hope everyone staying has had everything they need catered for and more.
Recently Visit Wales who have just awarded us our 4 Star rating for a third successive year, introduced a scheme to encourage more walkers and cyclists to Wales,
and although I’m not sure Snowdon’s summit could take many more walkers on some days, we have signed up to participate in the scheme and Plas Celyn is now approved as being committed to catering for the needs of cyclists and walkers. This means that on top of excellent bed and breakfast we can offer the following specific services:
Facilities and Services
• A separate space is available for drying outdoor clothing and footwear, so clothes
can dry overnight, we also can provide electric boot dryers
• Lockable undercover area for safe overnight storage of bicycles and panniers, with an
• A water point for washing bicycles and outdoor clothing.
• Emergency cycle & puncture repair kit.
• Local bike shop opening hours and info
• Good range of walking guides and plenty of maps for the use of guests
• Laundry service available on request
• Good range of walking guides and plenty of maps for the use of guests
• Hot and cold drink making equipment
• Early breakfast available on request
• Packed lunches available on request – please arrange in advance.
• Flask filling service available (free service) with tea, coffee or chocolate.
The village a whole is trying to get Cyclist and Walkers Welcome status and membership of the scheme should encourage more walkers and cyclists to visit. Some participants might have a rough and tough approach to their sports, but I’m still sure a comfortable bed and hearty breakfast, are what everyone needs at the end of a great day in Snowdonia.
June whizzed by with hardly any rain and some really lovely weather that saw us busy, but still with enough time to get out on our Kayaks exploring the Great Orme at LLandudno and paddling across from Pwllheli to Llanbedrog on the Llyn peninsular.
July has had a promising start, and with the met office predicting a dry and warm spell, we are looking forward to the rest of the month.
Visit Wales hotel inspectors have been around for their assessment and we have been awarded our 4 star rating once again.
We are currently painting the outside of the property and giving Plas Celyn a fresh new look which we will have pictures of very soon.
Trefriw is about to get another restaurant, Chandlers. Guests will be pleased to know that it is yet another place to eat within a short stroll of Plas Celyn.
Further afield Zip Wire have opened another two attractions at Llechwedd slate quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog. The new Zipworld Titan, and an underground experience Bounce Below.
With Rib Ride a huge success and work begun at Surf Snowdonia, the Conwy Valley is definitely becoming the centre of a new kind of adrenaline adventure here in North Wales. I hope we don’t forget that Snowdonia is still a very tranquil and wild place, if you avoid Snowdon’s summit, and that there is a huge expanse of rugged beauty for traditional and new activities to exist side by side, and help North Wales be the top adventure destination.