Weekend break at Maenan Abbey Caravan Park
Arrive Friday Afternoon
Check in times are usually from 4pm in the afternoon but it is always worth ringing the day before to see if there is a chance of checking in early, you never know, the van might be already for you in the morning in which case with an early start you could drop your bags off and make the most of an extra day in north wales.
Other options would be to stop somewhere on the way down and have a day out. Chester is a lovely little city with plenty to see and do.
When you check in you will be greeted by Liz and Graham who have been working for Thornley Leisure at Maenan for over 10 years. They have a wealth of knowledge of the area and would be more than happy to share with you if you ask them.
After a long or not so long journey down to the caravan, nobody wants to cook on the first night so can we recommend a takeaway or Fish and Chips from Llanrwst, which is a short drive from the park. For a small market town described as the capital of the Conwy Valley, the town is blessed with several takeaways and eateries.
You cannot beat fish and chips on a Friday evening, and we recommend you try Tir a Mor which is a few doors up from the Indian restaurant on the square.
Coupled with a nice bottle of wine and a few beers you are set for the evening, try Blas ar Fwyd on the way into Llanwrst, which sells a wide range of locally sourced beers as well as a good selection of wines and an array of other delicacies.
Now you are all set for a nice relaxing first evening in your caravan.
After morning walk of the park to take in the award winning gardens, Maenan Abbey has won Wales in Bloom for the best caravan park in Wales numerous times over the years so it really is worth spending 10 minutes walking the park. Customers also like to get involved with the best garden competition which is judged annually by a member of Bodnant Gardens being a very competitive competion. After this it is time to prepare for the day ahead.
Back to the market town of Llanwrst and breakfast in the square at either La Barrica or Café Conessa.
Now the Conwy Valley is blessed with lots to see and do:
For walking in the Gwydyr Forrest you can find all the information and some suggestions of routes on the following resource:
A walk that is a pericular favourite of mine is around Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionnydd.
Don’t forget to collect a packed lunch form either Scillicorns, Co op or Spar as you could be out all day in the woods with some maing trials and stunning scenery to behold.
For the adrenaline junkie, the Gwydyr Forest is also home to the Marin MTB trail, a 15 mile loop through the woods with challenging climbs and descents with stunning views. You’ll be hard pressed to find a MTB trail that combines such great riding with outstanding scenery, but if you can, please let us know.
We are only a few miles from to other great challenging walks:
Snowdon, the highest peak in wlaes, and Moel Siabod, with views from the top of all the mountain ranges that make up the snowdonia national park (the Snowdon Massif; the Glyderau; and the Carneddau)
Betws y coed is a lovely time to spend the evening all year round with some lovely bars and restaurants. If it is pizza you fancy try Hangin Pizza (https://www.hanginpizzeria.co.uk/) opposite the railway station car park.
Other options include:
The Grill room at The Royal Oak Hotel or The Stables – https://royaloakhotel.net/food-drink/
The Dragon Hotel and Restaurant Chinese – http://www.dragonhotel-snowdonia.co.uk/restaurant-1
You can’t come to the area and not visit The Alpine Café in Betws y coed, one of my personal favourite places to go for breakfast and whilst back in Betws it is worth another wander round the town to look in some of the lovely shops.
Anna Davies has been a main stay in Betws since 1956 selling textiles and clothes from local and traditional mills.
For the outdoor enthusiast we have a very well stocked Cotswolds outdoor as well as Rock Bottom discount store.
Good walking out of Betws includes the stunning Llyn Elsi.
North Wales was voted one of the top destinations in the world to visit and Conwy County has made a name for itself as the adventure capital of the United Kingdom. Why not try out one of the fantastic attractions in the area and make use of one of the vouchers in your voucher book!!
For caving adentures and underground zipwires try Go Below in Conwy Falls.
For more zipwire adventures, tree top swings and nets plus much much more try Zip World and Zip World Forest Park.
Ever wanted t try your hand at surfing in an inland lagoon, we’ve got Surf Snowdonia less than 2 miles as the crow flies from the park.
If you fancy Afternoon tea then we recommend either the picture perfect Ty hunt yr Bont in Llanwrst or the Ugly House Tea room on the road out of Betws up to Capel Cerig.
By this time you are probably shattered, I’d know I would be but we have to recommend an evening in Llanwrst. Drinks at The Eagles Hotel followed by an Indian Meal at the award winning Ty Asha.
Don’t feel a rush to get out of bed too early as check out isn’t until 10am so a last chance to take in our award winning gardens. If you’ve enjoyed your stay you may want to ask Liz or Graham about Holiday Home ownership or even take advantage of booking your next stay with us and getting 10% off.
Don’t let this be the end of your visit, take the chance on your way home to stop into Bodnant Gardens and visit the stunning Labernum woods.
You could also pick up some treats and gifts for friends and family.
Hopefully this has given you some inspiration for your next trip with us and look out for more itineraries in the series.