Best family-friendly walks in North Wales

5 best family-friendly walks in North Wales

Are you planning on enjoying a hike with your children but are worried about steep and challenging paths or—worse!—having to walk for a few more hours just to find an ice cream? Don’t risk it: pick one of the best family-friendly walks in North Wales!

From waterfalls to caves and sandy beaches, you really won’t have to compromise on the charm of nature in order to enjoy a pleasant walk all together.

5 of the best family-friendly walks in North Wales for a day out with your children

Let’s start with a family-favourite: the popular seaside town of Llandudno, or, as it’s known as, the Queen of Resorts!

While you’ll find plenty to do in town where you can also retrace the steps of Alice in Wonderland, don’t miss out on its stunning Victorian promenade.

Dip your toes in the sand and take in the majestic view of the hills towering behind the town. What better way to reward your kids after a long walk than to end it on a bustling pier? Full of surprises, leisure activities and refreshments, this Victorian pier is also an impressive structure to admire before stepping onto it.

Since you’re here, why not enjoy the Great Orme too, one of the best coastal walks in North Wales?

Were you actually hoping to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Then we recommend the peaceful path from Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert, one of the best family-friendly walks in North Wales to discover the great outdoors all together.

Starting from the village station or its practical car park, you and your family will be immediately plunged into nature by following this quiet path. You’ll be able to enjoy the sight of the peaceful Llyn-y-Gadair, a delightful mountain lake, while looking at all the Snowdonian peaks surrounding you.

You’ll then cross the Welsh Highland Light Railway and make your way into the Glaslyn valley until you reach the little village of Beddgelert.

Perfect for a well-deserved snack or meal!

How about following a charming, disused railway track? Even better: a charming, disused railway track along a stunning river estuary!

Start your walk in the market town of Dolgellau, perhaps after an energy-boosting lunch in one of its cafés or pubs, and follow this clearly marked trail along the Mawddach river.

This 9.5-mile walk is mostly flat, peaceful and full of green. By following the river’s course, you’ll eventually reach its estuary and find yourselves in Barmouth, a charming seaside resort. The Mawddach trail ends with its iconic railway bridge which dates back to the 19th century.

After spending some time in this delightful town, you can all make your way back to Dolgellau but, instead of retracing your steps, you should turn it into a circular walk by following the river upstream along the opposite bank.

Circular walk along the Mawddach Trail

If you’d like to impress your children with something special and perhaps show them the wonders of the offline world, there’s a real treat waiting for your entire family, not too far from the north coast.

Around 2 miles away from the quiet village of Abergwyngregyn, Aber Falls consist of a 120 feet drop that’s bound to steal your breath.

You can reach this monumental waterfall by following a pleasant circular walk surrounded by mountains, green, and even a few Bronze Age settlements. Obviously, you’re also likely to bump into some curious sheep!

Thanks to the main Aber Falls viewpoint, you can all get really close to the actual waterfall and admire it from both sides.

One thing’s for sure: you’ll head home with one of your new favourite family pictures!

If you’re planning on spending a day out in the vibrant market town of Bala, you really can’t miss out on this walk!

This circular trail should take you between two and two and a half hours to complete, and it’s perfect to reconnect with nature all together as a family.

It’s got everything you could possibly think of: the view of the river, a lake, mountains and Craig-y-Fron, better known as ‘the caves’. These limestone mines used to provide stone for the local college and now consist of large caverns with impressive pillars of rock.

We bet your children can’t wait to hear their voice echo against their dramatic walls!

 

As you’ve probably guessed by now, this part of the country is rich in paths and hidden gems to discover. As well as making the most of the best family-friendly walks in North Wales, try the rest of the 25 best walks involving coastlines, mountains and much more.

Investing in a holiday lodge is a great way to make the most of Wales with your entire family as often as you wish: a new home away from home, surrounded by nature!