There is something for everyone in this part of North Wales. Whether you love being active in the great outdoors, relaxing on the beach or just enjoying the many views.
Snowdon itself, at 3,560 feet (1,085m), (40 minutes away from Bwlch y Fedwen by car) is obviously the prime destination for many.
The most popular routes to the summit are the Llanberis Path, which runs parallel to the Snowdon Mountain Railway and the more strenuous Pyg and Miner's tracks.
There are however a number of other mountain ranges that are equally as beautiful and challenging, such as Y Carneddau, Y Glyderau, Y Rhinogau and Cader Idris.
Walking: Llyn Coastal Path
The development of the new Llyn Coastal path gives you an excellent opportunity to experience open and rich country that is the Llyn Peninsula from one of it's most remarkable features - it's coast. Extending from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, the 95 mile long path leads you past hidden coves, rugged cliffs, small fishing harbours and expanses of wild life.
A leaflet detailing the walks is available from Tourist Information in Porthmadog.
This is popular biking area with on and off road routes from the front door. The excellent Coed y Brenin centre just 25 minutes away is a bikers paradise.
For more information on cycle routes in the area go to www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk.
If golf is your thing, then Porthmadog Golf Club at Morfa Bychan is an ideal links course. This 18 hole, par 71, course stretches out either side of the main road, bordering Borth y Gest and Black Rock beaches in one direction and the foot of Moel y Gest in the other. Criccieth Golf Club and Harlech's Royal St Davids Golf Club are also a stones throw away.
The renowned Llyn Trawsfynydd, where many competitions are held, is 15 minutes away from Bwlch y Fedwen. The Eisteddfa fishery at Pentrefelin is also only a couple of miles away. Only a little further is the Glan Morfa Mawr fishery on the Morfa Bychan Road.
Sea fishing trips are available from Porthmadog Harbour during the season.
The many natural lakes, rivers and estuaries provide a large choice of fishing spots in coastal or mountainous scenery. Local information and permits are available from the Tourist Information Centre or the tackle shop in the village.
The marshlands created at the Glaslyn estuary when the cob embankment was built has become a haven for water birds, with resident swans, waterfowl and heron, plus a number of migrating species passing through.
A couple of miles upstream at Pont Croesor is the Glaslyn Osprey Project. Back in 2004 a pair of Ospreys caused great excitement by being the first to nest and breed in Wales for over a century. They have returned every year since and are again busy this year raising another brood.
Whether you prefer sandy beaches for sandcastles or scrabbling in rock pools and exploring the coves, then you are spoilt for choice. There are many beaches to be found within a few miles of Bwlch y Fedwen; Black Rock sands, Criccieth and Harlech are just a few within easy reach.
A short car ride can find you on the most stunning sandy beaches of the Lleyn Peninsula, with views that take your breath away.
Castles & Museums
Our nearest castle is about four miles away in Criccieth. Larger strongholds at Harlech and Caernarfon can be found about 30 mins away. For more information please see the Cadw website.
The area also has a number of museums relating to the history and past industries. These include the National Slate Museum at Llanberis (see the Museum Wales website) and there are also a number of mining attractions including the Llechwedd Slate Caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog and the Sygun Copper Mine Attraction at Beddgelert.
Railways: Little Trains of Wales
The Great Little Trains of Wales are the perfect means of seeing some of the best scenery in Snowdonia, and each one is so different in character to the next.
The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways and the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway are on our doorstep in Porthmadog. The well known Snowdon Mountain Railway and the Llanberis Lake Railway are less than 45 mins away in Llanberis. A little further afield are the Talyllyn Railway and Bala Lake Railway. There's also a programme of regular steam train services along the Cambrian Coast Railway during the summer running from Machynlleth to Porthmadog or Pwllheli.
Gardens and Other Attractions
The world famous Italianate village at Portmeirion which featured in the 60's television series 'The Prisoner', is a leading attraction. As well as the famous ceramics, Portmeirion offers unique architecture, lovely garden walks and great views across the bay to Harlech.
Gardens and Houses: There are many houses and gardens to visit, including a number of National Trust properties, notably the gardens at Bodnant and, further afield, Plas Newydd on Anglesey.
Younger & Young At Heart Visitors
If the trains, beaches and outdoors aren't enough there are also some great family and play activity attractions nearby, including The Fun Centre in Caernarfon, Greenwood Forest Park which has fun rides and many other activities, plus Ropes and Ladders a high ropes activity centre in Llanberis.
There's so much to do - why not come and visit? Please contact us for more information or to make your booking. We look forward to seeing you soon.