I love going to Snowdonia for my holidays. Mountains, rivers, lakes, beautiful beaches, historic castles, steam trains and not forgetting the ice-creams, oh yes. You haven’t lived until you try a Choccywoccydoodah. I would describe it but then I might start drooling like Homer Simpson, so you just have to try it for yourselves.
Why do so many people go on holiday in August?
School holidays stupid! I hear you shout. OK I understand that. Taking kids out of school for a family holiday is really difficult. You read about overzealous councils punishing parents with a fine and even in some cases taking legal actions against them. Who wants that?
Not me that’s for sure.
But here is my argument: you do see a lot of couples on holiday in August, with no sign of any kids? Some are too young to worry about children and schooling. Some are too old. They’ve been there, seen it and done it all before and now, perhaps with grown-up kids they are finally free, and yet they are holidaying in August? Why?
All the resorts in and around Snowdon are packed with tourists. Beddgelert, Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Betws-y-Coed, all packed with tourists. If you like to sit at a café and watch the world go by, and if you are interested in the latest Regatta & Low-Alpine (many other brands also on display) colours and designs then you are in for a treat! Alas! that’s not really me, and this is not the Snowdonia that I love.
It will cost you much more as well. Your idyllic Snowdonia holiday cottage, now with obligatory hot-tub (oh please!), will cost you an arm and a leg in August. You’ll need that hot-tub just to forget about how much it is costing you. It is the simple question of supply and demand. Walk into a restaurant on any Saturday night in August and you will be asked ‘Have you booked?’ With a tone that implies you are an imbecile if you say no. Walk into the same restaurant in September and you will be greeted with a smile and a hug.
So here is my tip for all those who don’t have to holiday in August. Don’t. Go in September or October instead. It will be quieter, cheaper, more relaxing and thanks to global warming, you have a fair chance of good weather as well.
Garry you are talking about all the top attractions in a Snowdonia. It is to be expected they’ll be packed. If you avoid the headline acts, you’ll find another Snowdonia without the milling crowds and queues, even in August. Snowdon is the tallest mountain in Wales so all will head there. Try Glyder Fawr or Cwm Silyn on the Nantlle. Very quiet.
We went cycling last year in August, with the kids. Stayed near Rhyd Ddu and it was great. Ate out quite a few times at pubs and restaurants in Caernarfon without having to book.
Went to Cadwaladers for ice-creams. Kids were happy.
Around bank holidays it gets really busy. One easter a few years ago, couldn’t park at Pen-y- pass. Had to park the car at Llanberis and take a sherpa bus. Even the busses were packed. We were ther for the whole week and after the easter sunday, it was a totally different place. The rest of the week was quiet and not busy at all.
I do like September. Tree colours are nice, specially around Padarn and Beddgelert. Yellows and reds merging together. January is really nice too, usually there is snow even down at the bottom. I love climbing snowdon when there is snow.
Had an ice cream similar to chockywokydodah at Cadwalader in Criccieth. Just before you reach the castle. Ice cream was lovely and so was the views of the sea. You can sit inside at the back by the wall to wall window and watch the sun set over the sea.