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Rain, Rain Go Away!

Walk Through Coed y Brenin

Walk Through Coed y Brenin

There’s been a bit of rain over the last few days but then it is Wales and we’re known for our lush, green scenery.  That doesn’t happen without a bit of the wet stuff.  Although there are down sides to it the upside is that it makes it the ideal time to put on your waterproof and your boots and go off to visit our local waterfalls which should be in full flow by now.

One of our favourite local walks, which is suitable for almost everybody and is pushchair friendly, is the Waterfalls and Goldmines walk in Coed y Brenin.  Mainly along forest roads this path does go quite close to the edge of the river in places so keep youngsters and dogs under control.

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The walk is circular and up near the waterfalls there are some remains of buildings from the gold mining industry in the area and some interpretation boards.

Take a look at this video posted by our friend WezChef a few years ago showing part of the walk.

There used to be a nice downloadable leaflet showing the route but since Natural Resources Wales have taken over from The Forestry Commission it’s disappeared.  You’ll now need to download the app

There are also waterfalls just outside of Gallwyd – Rhaeadr Ddu which is on National Trust land.  Details HERE.  This one is a more challenging walk.  Also look at Dolgoch Falls.  A little further away but again brilliant after rain.

So, Welsh language question for you.  What’s the difference between a rhaeadr and a pistyll?  Both Welsh words for “waterfall”.  I’ll leave you to spot the difference!

If you’d like to come to stay in Snowdonia to check out these places for yourself then take a look at our log cabins 2 miles from Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre HERE


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Beer Steamed Potatoes For Your Stay At Cadair View Lodge

Beer-Steamed Potato Hobo Pack

Everybody loves special food when they’re on holiday but after a busy day it needs to be something simple too.

Try this slightly adapted Martha Stewart recipe to combine a drink and some easy, tasty food.  Maybe try it using a local Purple Moose beer and accompany it local sausages or a steak?

Ingredients

  • 1 pound baby or new potatoes
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Method

  • Place potatoes on a sheet of parchment-lined foil, and season with salt and pepper. Fold and crimp edges to seal, leaving an opening at the top. Pour in 1/2 cup beer (you’ll have some left over). Crimp remaining edges to seal. Cook pack in a hot oven (200 degrees C) until potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Top potatoes with butter.

We recommend that you drink any of the remaining beer whilst you’re waiting for the potatoes to cook.

Check out Cadair View Lodge log cabin accommodation in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales at http://www.CadairViewLodge.co.uk


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Busy Weekend in Snowdonia

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Don’t get too excited… the Rhinogs don’t look like THIS just yet but with the weatherman saying it’s getting colder this week you never know WHEN it might happen!

We’re heading into a REALLY busy weekend.  There is lots happening on the weekend of 6th – 7th December and we’ve got some great accommodation deals on so that you can come and enjoy the pre-Christmas excitement.

So what’s happening?

2014 December 6th Coed y Brenin – Christmas Market with Father Christmas and local crafts for sale
2014 December 6th – 7th Portmeirion Food + Craft Fair Lots of local food to buy for Christmas plus unusual gifts
2014 December 6th – 7th Betws-y-Coed – “Nadolig Llawen yn Betws-y-Coed”  Lots happening in the Village all weekend.  Click the link for news.
2014 December 6th – 7th Bala Lake Railway – Santa Specials Details HERE
2014 December 6th – 7th Llechwedd Slate Caverns – Visit Santa at Bounce Below (and have a bounce too!) Details HERE
2014 December 6th – 7th Welsh Highland Railway – Santa Trains run from Caernarfon to Waun Fawr Details HERE

What do YOU fancy?  Personally, I would like to see “The Big Man” (and I don’t mean Sean Taylor!) on Bounce Below.  If you would like to join in this fun we have one night stays on 6th or 7th December for £130 per cabin or 2 night stays for £200 per cabin.  See all of the details on our Special Offers Page.

To see what’s happening locally for the rest of December (and into 2015) see our What’s On Page.

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Beach? In Wales? In Winter?

10644959_10152618407192515_2215375162071131024_nWe often suggest that our guests go to the coast (and onto the beach) during Winter stays.  Some people think that we’re out of our minds.  Well the last few days have served to prove what a wonderful experience it can be.

This is a photo of me having a paddle on Saturday 29th November 2014.  The waves were very inviting and the sun was warm.  OK I didn’t stay in very long but long enough to quell the urge and I kept my jeans dry!

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And this photos was taken during a walk on Friday 28th November 2014.  A bit blowy but we were wrapped up enough and again the sun was warm.

I was fascinated by the rainbows that formed as the wind blew the spray off the tops of the breaking waves.

Children love the beach at any time of year.  A pair of wellies and a waterproof with a back-up set of clothes in the car just in case, make for a great day out (and tired children!).  Did you know that dogs are allowed on all areas of our beaches from September until May (usually but check exact dates)?  Most of our local beaches are huge and so there’s lots of space for everybody… but you are likely to have the place to yourself.

Who else will go in for a paddle during their stay this Winter?  Remember to post your photos.

See our accommodation in the mountains of Snowdonia with several beaches within 30 minutes drive HERE.  For details of some of our local beaches CLICK HERE


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Dark Skies + Bright Stars

Starry Sky

Do you know your Orion’s Belt from your Cassiopeia?  Do you live in the middle of a city where even the brightest stars are rarely visible?  On a dark clear night in Snowdonia you’ll see a carpet of stars not just a few dotted about.  I still stand mesmerised by the night sky on a regular basis.

Last night I was looking at satellites passing over – quite clear amongst the stars.  And when it is in our sky, the International Space Station is easy to see.  I’m told that there are lots of shooting stars but I always seem to be looking in the wrong direction and just see the flash out of the corner of my eye as one burns up in the atmosphere.  OK, that’s not true – I have seen a couple of really spectacular ones go across the sky right in front of me.  Makes your heart beat faster – it’s like something out of Disney and everyone turns to each other and says “did you see THAT?”.

Have you ever seen the Milky Way?  When you first look into the sky it is almost like a vague wisp of cloud snaking above you but as your eyes get more used to the dark it becomes brighter and brighter until it is a clear band of light.  Millions?  Billions of stars densely packed together.  You’ll see it if you are somewhere dark enough.

Then, of course, there is the patience bit.  It is said that your eyes need about 30 minutes to adjust properly to the dark and that is when you will see the most stars.  At this time of the year that means being well wrapped up, a comfy seat and a hot drink – well that’s my opinion.  Most of the decks at our cabins have a great view of the night sky.  For something even more panoramic, a short walk up the hill behind the cabins will give you an even greater view of the sky.

Come to stay with us at Cadair View Lodge in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and (depending on the weather and the moon) you should have plenty of opportunity to view the night sky.  Whether you are somebody who will bring their own telescope or just somebody like me who can recognise a few things loves to stare you will it’ll be a great experience.

Have a look at this animation to help you to recognise some of the basic constellations and stars.

See our accommodation HERE.


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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 – about 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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Everything Stops For Tea!

Cadair View Lodge Tea Time

You’ve driven for hours but now you’ve arrived.  You’ve opened the cabin door – it’s warm and welcoming inside.  The promised welcome basket is there waiting for you.  The kettle is ready filled.  Flick the switch, get the cups out, grab some tea bags (or coffee sticks) and the packet of biscuits from the welcome basket.  Boiling water, milk from the fridge, RELAX!

Your holiday has begun!

Open the information pack and the biscuits – the car can be unpacked later.

Welcome baskets containing bread, milk, biscuits, tea, coffee, milk, butter, washing-up liquid, loo rolls, bin bags, kitchen towel and more provided FREE OF CHARGE with all stays at Cadair View Lodge in Snowdonia (even one night stays).  We’ve provided it so that you don’t have to remember it.

Check out what else makes us special at www.CadairViewLodge.co.uk .

You can also call us on 01978 759603 or email info@cadairviewlodge.co.uk

Come to stay for a relaxing break soon