It’s rare that my husband and I manage to have time off work and stay in the UK. With my in-laws living in Tenerife and so many exotic places to see, the moment we book time off we usually plan which country we’re going to visit.
For once, we decided to do something different. I wanted a week away in a lodge with our chihuahua Tiger. The plan was to spend our days walking the beautiful British countryside and finding great pubs for lunch. Then we’d spend the evenings snuggled up in our lodge, cooking great food and drinking wine. Bliss. We managed to make part of that plan a reality, but thanks to the Great British weather, our break lasted only 3 days instead of 5!
When I found a beautiful lakeside lodge in Anglesey online, I knew that was the one. We first visited Anglesey 12 months ago for a friend’s wedding and we’d both said we’d like to go back and explore the island. We found the lodge through Hoeseasons and the pictures looked great. Bonus – It was dog friendly (a must for us).
We set off from Manchester and headed to North Wales. The entire trip is only 1hour 30 mins to Anglesey, but still we chose to stop off at Conwy along the way. A beautiful little town, with an impressive castle and a great dog friendly pub – The Erskine Arms. Our pup loved sitting by the fire while we enjoyed our lunch – mine was a fantastic warming stew. Perfect for this time of year.
After wandering the castle and walls (unfortunately much of the castle doesn’t allow dogs) we carried on our way to Anglesey.
The lodge was everything I’d pictured. Perfect for cozy nights in enjoying good food and wine. Our food order arrived shortly after we did and we were all settled into our lodge. It was nice to be so remote and switch off a little. It was the perfect place to spend quality time together as a couple (and pup).
I spent time on the first afternoon (whilst Lee cooked) reading up from the in-lodge information on the various walking routes up Snowdon. We settled on the Miners’ track (described as ‘leisurely’) and picked the next day to try it, as the weather was the best of a bad forecast!
It was only a 30 minute or so drive from Anglesey to Snowdon, through some stunning scenery. I imagine its even better on clear days. The day we visited was grey, cold, wet and windy. But we weren’t going to let that ruin our holiday! We were prepared with waterproof coats, trousers and hiking boots and off we went.
Like hiking? My favourite walk is in Castleton in the Peak District. You can see my blog post about it here.
Parking in the Pen Y Pass car park is £10 and I understand it gets very busy in summer. We had no problems parking – in fact I think there were perhaps only 5 cars there!
The weather was awful and Tiger refused to walk any further after only 10 minutes, which meant I spent most of the walk carrying him in my jacket. I have to admit he looked really cute snuggled in there with his big eyes staring up at me though! We didn’t make it to the top, but still saw some stunning scenery (including beautiful waterfalls) and had the luxury of barely seeing anyone else on the route (very different to the summer months!).
We returned to the lodge on Anglesey suitably soaked through! Our new ‘waterproof’ hiking boots did not live up to their name, but it was fun nonetheless and we’ve vowed to return in more favourable conditions and make it to the summit.
Unfortunately, the following day Anglesey experienced some of the heaviest rain they’ve had in over 20 years. With the lodge being so close to the lake, we saw the impact earlier than most and had to leave at 5pm, by which time water was surrounding the lodge!
Our few days in Anglesey and North Wales had been really enjoyable and I’d definitely book a lodge holiday again. Anglesey is a beautiful part of the country and it shows you don’t have to go far to see new places and have a good time….though you do have to go far to guarantee good weather!
After somewhere with fairer weather? Why not check out the Palm in Dubai?