The route takes in 75 miles in total, from Chester across to Anglesey, but there are plenty of loops and diversions to enjoy it in bite-sized chunks. Our recommended journey begins with a drive over the Clwydian Range to Ruthin where there’s a modern craft centre and museum amid photogenic black and white half-timbered buildings. It’s then on to the seaside, first Colwyn Bay, then Llandudno, perhaps combined with a climb to the top of the Great Orme. Conwy brings up the rear of the journey, with the walled market town offering a 13th century fortress at one extreme and Britain’s smallest house at the other.
Wales is celebrating its ‘Year of Discovery’ in 2019 as it beckons the world to get better acquainted with its ancient culture, history and rugged wildness. A short break at Bodelwyddan Castle invites you to relax in a Victorian estate and immerse yourself in it all. You’ll be less than half an hour from medieval Conwy and traditional seaside fun at Llandudno and Rhyl, and you’ll have the heather-tinted Clwydian Range of hills and Snowdonia National Park on the horizon.
Follow the North Wales Way
Sandwiched between sea and soaring peaks, Bodelwyddan Castle’s patch of North Wales is home to some of the country’s most natural wonders and historic attractions. One of the most exciting ways to see them is on a road trip along the famous North Wales Way.
A worthy finalist of the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2019 with 80 acres of hillside brimful of exotic plants from around the world. Created by five generations of the same family, there are 250 years of horticultural history to see, packed into formal terraces, woodland, lawns, glades and water lily ponds. Stay at Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel (14 miles away) in North Wales to stroll the gardens.
Dining at Bodelwyddan Castle
Breakfast and three-course dinners are included in every break and available in St David’s restaurant where the décor takes its inspiration from the local wildlife. The light-flooded Glass Atrium and Mulberry Lounge within the castle are perfect for casual snacks and afternoon tea
Exploring the hotel grounds
Bodelwyddan Castle is privileged to sit within 260 acres of Victorian parkland and our gardeners offer guided strolls through the walled garden and woodland. Brand-new from April is a Deers at Dawn walk, with the early morning being the best time to steal a glimpse of the estate’s legendary white stag and his 70-strong herd
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