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Blwyddyn Chwedlau 2017 Year of Legends - Castell Harlech Castle

Year of Legends – Looking for and Epic short break?

Then there’s plenty of Epic reasons to visit Snowdonia Mountains and Coast. It’s the ideal location with family fiendly beaches, legendary walks, legendary gems with plenty of opportunities to experience our rich culture, heritage and landscape. This year we’re creating new legends. Want to come and find yours? Welcome to our Epic Land.

EPIC Beaches

A visit to the beach is the key to a great holiday. We’re home to 200 miles of coast and more than 35 beaches . Porth Oer (Whistling Sands), Porthdinllaen , Abersoch and Shell Island have been included in the ‘Best British Beaches’ list by The Sunday Times. We’ve also got plenty of Blue Flag, Green Coast Award and family friendly beaches.

Shell Island © Crown coptright (2016) Visit Wales

Mountain and Coastal Walks

There is no bigger legend than Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) the highest mountain in Wales and England at 3,560. If you’re looking for a coastal walk then there’s plenty of options along our 200 miles of coastline. We’ve even got 18 circular walks ranging from 1 to 10 miles that gives you the opportunity appreciate our nature, heritage and culture in the nearby villages and towns.

Visit the epic Cader Idris near Dolgellau where it is known that anyone who spends the night alone on the mountain will become a poet. Or the majestic Cwm Idwal in the Ogwen Valley where a wailing voice can be heard when there is a storm in the Cwm.

Cwm Idwal, Dyffryn Ogwen Valley

Legendary Experiences

For a legendary adventure visit Blaenau Ffestiniog where you can go on the largest zip zone in Europe, zip underground, tour the deep mines, explore the quarries (off-road) or even cycle world class downhill MTB trails!

If you fancy a legendary experience but with a more relaxed atmosphere how about Tŷ Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen (opened originally in 1842) which has been officially named as one of the top ten beach bars in the world!

Traeth Porthdinllaen Beach, Morfa Nefyn

Local stars’ favourite places

Snowdon Mountain Railway, Portmeirion, Barmouth Bridge, Caernarfon Castle, Bangor Pier, Beddgelert and Aberdaron are some of the legendary places mentioned by four of our local stars such as Sir Bryn Terfel, Robin McBryde, Lisa Gwilym and Owain Fôn Williams who’s an international footballer and pasionate painter.

Sir Bryn Terfel

EPIC Legends

Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd, stands as its own legend, representing one of Wales' most famous Bards, Ellis Evans. Hedd Wyn, to give him his bardic name, died six weeks before winning the bard's chair at the 1917 Birkenhead National Eisteddfod.

It's hard to speak of Welsh legends and not speak about Owain Glyndŵr and Harlech Castle. Here is where he was crowned Prince of Wales and where Owain summoned his supporters. Could Owain be waiting here?

Castell Harlech Castle © Crown copyright (2016) Visit Wales

Visit King Arthur's Labyrinth in Corris to learn ancient stories and tales Wales has to offer all while enjoying being underground.

Legendary Castles

Castles of Edward I - Concentric defences; massive curtain walls and towers; massive curtain walls and towers and powerful gatehouses!

Step into the dramatic, historic landscapes of Wales and discover the story of the Princes of Gwynedd, Princes of Gwynedd Wales’ most successful medieval dynasty.

Caernarfon Castle is world famous thanks to its World Heritage status, but have you climed to the top of Eagle tower for yourself?

It's time to #FindYourEpic

Castell Caernarfon Castle

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