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Join Us At Cadair View Lodge Feb ’16



Time is flying by… here we are at the end of January and looking towards February half term, Valentine’s Day and… my birthday ūüôā

February in Snowdonia has lots to offer. ¬†As in this photo from 2013, it can be crisp and clear or we could have more snow again (there’s currently just a bit more snow than this on Snowdon but if this warmth continues it could thaw).

Think about walking in the forests if the weather is a bit blowy but it’s also a great time to wrap up and walk on the beach. ¬†Afterwards there’s always time for tea and cake. ¬†See our Facebook page The Great Snowdonia Cake Trail for places to tempt¬†you with their goodies!

Valentines Day is always busy as it tends to fall during February Half Term week.  Even at the busiest time we are always popular for romantic breaks with more than 150 proposals (that we know of) having taken place during stays with us.

The fishing season on Trawsfynydd Lake begins on 1st February.  Trawsfynydd is the 3rd largest lake in Wales at just under 3 miles long.  It has a cycle path around it and a cafe with lake views (and free WiFi) just off the A470.  Fishing permits can be obtained from the lakeside and boats can be hired too.  Kayaking is permitted on the lake and the cafe also have bikes for hire.  The lake is often the venue for international fishing competitions.

At the end of the month Coed y Brenin (2 miles from our log cabins) hosts¬†The Fox Anti Freeze Enduro mountain biking event. ¬†A a multi lap, staggered start, chip-timed challenge! ¬†There is also a Junior Anti Freeze event for youngsters the day before – start ’em young. ¬†The weekend before there is a yoga for mountain bikers session too to stretch the muscles.

Updates on what’s happening can be found on our What’s On page of the Cadair View Lodge website.

If you would like to visit southern Snowdonia during February 2016 (or at any other time) visit our website¬†to see what we offer and also to check out the latest deals on our log cabin accommodation.¬† ¬†Or call me, Sue, on 01978 759603. ¬†There are still some “5 Nights for ¬£200” deals available and “5 Nights for the Price of 2” (¬£270 per 2 bed roomed cabin) for Half Term Week (arrival on 14th February).

Guests staying with Cadair View Lodge during 2016 will (at the activity providers discretion) receive discounts of:

10% at Canolfan Tryweryn National White Water Centre

10% at Go Below Underground Adventures

10% at South Snowdonia Soft Tissue Massage Therapy

Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you soon about a stay at Cadair View Lodge.


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The Fun Doesn’t Stop Here Because It’s Winter – Underground Adventures!

As many tourist areas of the UK wind down “at the end of the season” the fun continues and even ramps up here in Snowdonia.
How about taking a trip underground – out of the rain and the wind? The temperature underground is reasonably constant all year around so what feels cool on a hot sunny day can feel reasonably warm when the temperature outside drops.

Take a look at what our friends at Go Below Underground Adventures offer.

Go Below Underground Adventures

Go Below Underground Adventures

They run activities in local slate mines. ¬†It’s not like pot holing or caving as the mines are vast and there are no tight bits to squeeze through. ¬†Their Underground Challenge is 4.5 – 5 hours long and includes abseiling,¬†climbing up underground waterfalls, crossing underground lakes, ziplines and more. ¬†It is suitable for most adults and youngsters.

Go Below Underground Adventures

Go Below Underground Adventures

Their second¬†activity, Challenge Xtreme, is for the fitter and braver. ¬†It is 5 – 6 hours long and takes in the deeper part of the mines. ¬†Guests staying with us at Cadair View Lodge log cabins often receive a discount on Go Below’s adventures.

Go Below’s adventures begin around 25 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge¬†log cabin accommodation.

Take a trip into Braich Goch Slate Mine with Corris Mine Explorers. ¬†¬†This isn’t a sanitised tourist attraction but a trip into a mine as it was abandoned 40¬†years ago. ¬†The machinery is there as it was left, along with candles and things like cigarette packets – a Mary Celeste type experience. ¬†Various trips are available from a taster up to a half day experience. ¬†See the website for full details. ¬†Braich Goch Slate Mine is about 25 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge¬†log cabin accommodation.

Visit the new Victorian Mine Trail at Llechwedd Slate Caverns.   There is now only one tour at Llechwedd which lasts about an hour.  The tour takes you 100s of feet underground via the steepest cable railway in Britain.  Here you will hear about the life of a slate miner.  You will also see cheese maturing in the caverns.  There is a beautifully lit underground lake where it is possible to get married!  Llechwedd Slate Caverns are at Blaenau Ffestiniog Рabout 15-20 minutes drive from our accommodation at Cadair View Lodge.

Bounce Below

Bounce Below

One of the newest underground activities in the area is Bounce Below. ¬†This is a set of large, bouncy nets suspended in a huge underground cavern. ¬†The cavern which is around 200ft x 60ft, is part of the old slate mine. ¬†Each session lasts around an hour (which is a lot of bouncing) and during the session participants can move over 3 levels via walkways and chutes. ¬†The cavern is lit by Technicolor lighting which enhances the experience. ¬†Guests get to the cavern by travelling on an old mining tram. ¬†The activity is suitable for those aged 7 and over but they must be accompanied by somebody aged 18 or over. ¬†Bounce Below is located within the Llechwedd Slate Caverns¬†complex at Blaenau Ffestiniog –¬† about 15-20 minutes drive from our accommodation at Cadair View Lodge.

Snowdonia Lodge 1For accommodation during your stay see the log cabins managed by Cadair View Lodge.  Guests can stay from 1 night upwards (except for certain dates in November, 24th-25th-26th December, 31st December-1st January).  See our latest deals HERE.

To contact Cadair View Lodge phone 01978 759603 or email us



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