Walk this way to North Wales, staying at National Trust Hotel, Bodysgallen Hall
26 Aug 2016
- North Wales Coast Path is perfect for both gentle and energetic walks
- North Wales Path winds for 60 miles along the coast taking in Victorian seaside resort
- Stay at 17th Century National Trust Bodysgallen Hall with over 200 acres of gardens
The Wales Coast Path has proved a huge success and autumn is a great time of year to head out and explore Wales on foot. North Wales is a great place for short walking breaks. Bodysgallen Hall, a National Trust hotel is the ideal base and its grounds cover over 200 acres meaning walkers can continue to explore once back at base! To this part of North Wales itself, the Wales Coast Path offers both flat and mountainous walks ideal for all levels of walkers.
For a flat walk close to some cliff edges, walkers should take the ‘Little Orme’ walk which takes about 2 hours and is around 3.2 miles. This is a circular walk starting from Llandudno promenade and taking walkers to the summit of the Little Orme (141 metres) for full views of the coast, mountains and rural Conwy. The paths include pavement, grass and rocks and surfaced tracks. This is a wonderful walk for those looking to discover wildlife plus fascinating historic sites with the resort town of Llandudno as a backdrop. Detailed instructions for this walk can be downloaded here:
Llandudno is the gateway to the famous Great Orme, a prominent limestone headland rising up from the Irish sea, best known for its stunning beauty and spectacular views. There’s a fortress-like Lighthouse built in 1862, whose beacon can be viewed at the Visitor Centre on the summit of the Great Orme.
For an altogether more relaxed walk, visitors should head to Wales’ largest Victorian seaside resort. The whole of Llandudno retains much of its 19th century grandeur whilst offering classic British seaside charms such as the pier that was much admired by Sir John Betjeman, the promenade, donkey rides along the sandy shore and Punch & Judy shows. The period architecture features many new dining spots and independent shops, open throughout the day.
The perfect base for walkers is National Trust hotel Bodysgallen Hall. The 17th century house with views across to Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, is well placed for both walking and visiting the castles, coasts and mountains of North Wales. Bodysgallen Hall is home to just 31 bedrooms split between spacious bedrooms in the house and cottages with their own outdoor space. The hotel’s award-winning chef John Williams prepares Welsh cuisine with much of the produce picked from the local vegetable gardens within the hotel’s grounds. The restaurant at Bodysgallen overlooks the stunning gardens and was recently awarded 3 AA Rosettes.
Walking fans need not stop as Bodysgallen Hall is located in 200 acres of gardens and parkland, ideal to end a day of walking at a slower pace. These include award-winning restored gardens featuring several follies, a walled garden, lily-pad ponds and a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with colourful sweet herbs. For total relaxation, the Bodysgallen Spa includes a spacious swimming pool with steam room and sauna and a sun terrace. There are also treatments by Darphin and Environ.
Escape to the country break:
Two-night break available until 31st October includes: accommodation, an allowance of £43 per person towards dinner per night, daily breakfast, use of the spa and admission to a local property of interest, such as Bodnant Gardens, Caernarfon Castle, Penrhyn Castle, Plas Newydd, Harlech Castle and Conwy Castle. From £520.00 for two nights based on two guests sharing.
For a mix of gentle hill walks, seaside walks and calmer walks in the grounds of Bodysgallen Hall, the North Wales coast offers the ideal environment for walkers.
www.bodysgallen.com Llandudno, North Wales, LL30 1RS Tel: +44 (0)1492 584 466
B&B priced from £180.00 per night based on two sharing