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Betws-Y-Coed, North Wales

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Just a short 15 minute drive from Llwyn Onn Guest House is the tranquile village of Betws-Y-Coed (Sanctuary in the Woods). A haven for walkers, cyclists, hikers; Betws-Y-Coed provides a key starting point to explore the surrounding countryside including Swallow Falls and the award winning Tree Top Adventures. Originally called Rhaeadr Ewynnol (Foaming Waterfall) just a short walk from the centre of Betws-Y-Coed is the spectacular Swallow Falls. It turns out the Welsh rain often has its benefits when Afon Llugwy is in full flow, Swallow Falls comes alive. Located on the A5 in the direction of Capel Curig, Swallow Falls is located opposite The Swallow Falls Hotel on the right hand side. Access is by a turnstile gate where you have to pay an entrance fee to view the falls from viewing platforms along the way.

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The reservoir at Llyn Brenig with its 23 km of shoreline is a popular beauty spot and a great place to try your luck at some world class fly fishing at one of the premier fishing sites in North Wales. If fishing is not for you, enjoy a leisurely picnic on the shoreline, walk or cycle one of the way marked cycle trails or walking trails or take to the water and sail, windsurf or canoe on the 920 acre reservoir.

Alwen is a 5 km long reservoir constructed in the early part of the 20th century and located just a short distance from the Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre. The reservoir supplies water to homes across north east Wales producing about 5 million gallons of water a day, but more importantly for visitors, it is a centre for outdoor leisure activities with an extensive network of cycling and walking trails.

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North Wales is the home of myths and legends, vibrant history and culture, stately homes, mighty castles and great gardens, all enveloped by rugged coast and dramatic landscapes. A few highlights in North Wales include the state rooms and award winning landscape gardens of Chirk Castle and Erddig near Wrexham, Penrhyn Castle in Bangor and Plas Newydd on Anglesey. Why not marvel at plants from all over the world grown from seed and cuttings collected over a century ago on plant-hunting expeditions. Created by five generations of one family, Bodnant Gardens are superbly located, with spectacular views across Snowdonia.

The National Trust not only preserve many historical buildings in North Wales, but also sections of our beautiful countryside in Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula.

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