After having to abandon our last Welsh break in November due to heavy rain and flooding, we decided to give Snowdonia another shot. To minimise the risk of bad weather, we opted to book a night over the August bank holiday weekend. Feeling brave, we also decided to book something pretty adventurous for us: a Lakeside Cabin with no electricity and no running water (basically a wooden tent!). Surely booking for August would mean the weather would be favourable right? Well, not quite. This is the UK after all….
On our way to the cabin we stopped off in Bala at a great dog friendly pub, Plas-Yn-Dre. The extensive menu was full of hearty favourites. This was perfect as the bank holiday weekend had ushered in a cold snap breaking up the hot summer we’d become used to!
Stomach’s satisfied, we arrived at the camp site to a warm welcome from host Derek. Our Cabin was located near Trawsfynydd in the Cae Adda campsite, in the heart of Snowdonia. It was located on the lakeside and came complete with outdoor seating and fire pit, ideal for barbecuing on. The site had traditional tent camping facilities in addition to two cabins; the Lakeside cabin and the Woodside cabin.
Being unaccustomed to the camping lifestyle, we’d packed a car full of equipment, including a newly purchased airbed and sleeping bags! Alongside this, we (okay, Lee!) had prepped salads and packed steaks in our posh hamper which we received as a Christmas present. Tiger settled in quickly and seemed to love the fact he was able to roam freely in the great outdoors. It was a relief to let him off the lead without us having to worry about traffic or getting in the way of other people.
Internally, the cabin was surprisingly spacious. It is full height (even at 6ft 2 I didn’t feel cramped) and included a log burner which I imagine is much needed in the colder months.
The cabin was a great place for myself and Lee to unwind in nature, without distractions from technology. Without netflix, laptops or a TV we were able to have a full digital detox. Yes we had our phones with us (mainly for photos) but we made sure not to spend much time on them and make the most of quality time together. As usual, that meant a focus on food and Lee did a great job of getting the fire pit started, cooking up two great steaks. The campfire burned for hours and was lovely to huddle around 😊
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I found the cabin on Airbnb. This was actually my first booking I’ve made through the website, but since making it I’ve ended up booking two more (including for our upcoming trip to Singapore). I liked that I was able to compare lots of options, look at guest reviews and the booking process was really easy.
Aber falls, Snowdonia
After a surprisingly restful and well-insulated nights sleep in the cabin, we packed up and headed out into Snowdonia to experience more of the great outdoors. Our original plan had been to reattempt to conquer Snowdon, given we only managed half way up in abysmal weather last time! However, with the weather once again not on our side (even in August) we opted for an easier, lower altitude walk instead.
Aber Falls is a 120ft natural waterfall, situated at the Northern edge of the Snowdonia national park. Only a few minutes drive from the North Wales Expressway, it made the ideal stop-off on our journey home. There are various walks of differing abilities, signposted from the car park (postcode LL33 0LP, £2 to park all day).
The falls can be seen at different points along the walk, but their magnificence is only truly realised when getting up close. The 120ft drop results in quite a lot of noise, which Tiger wasn’t overly keen on (note his uneasy face!)
The area surrounding the falls looks like something straight out of a fairy tale with cute rocky steps and a bridge over the river. Given we visited on a bank holiday the area was, as expected, teaming with visitors. However, it didn’t detract from the natural beauty of the area.
Still not conquered Snowdon!
If you happen to be travelling through North Wales (just past Conwy) or visiting Snowdonia, Aber Falls are definitely worth a visit! I’ve since found out theres even an Aber falls gin. I’ll have to give that a try soon, but in the meantime you can see my top 5 gins to impress your friends.
Overall we had a great weekend away and felt revitalised after all the fresh air and open countryside. We will be back at some point (maybe next summer) to attempt Snowdon once again!