Whether you want a strenuous hike through the mountains or a leisurely stroll along a beach, the region offers an abundance of superb walks that guarantee an outdoor experience to remember.
Wales Coast Path
The Wales Coast Path is famed for being the only pathway that outlines an entire country. 390 miles of the total 870 mile path run along the North Wales Coastline, and all you have to do is step outside The Imperial Hotel’s front door and you are on the Conwy section which spans 34½ miles. The longest route of this section is 18 miles taking in the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno as well as the picturesque and historic surroundings of Conwy with its magnificent castle and over 200 listed buildings dating from the 14th to the 19th centuries.
The Great Orme
The majestic Great Orme is also on the Wales Coast Path and it has many walks that take you up and around the headland. There’s also a Summit Trail, Nature Trail and Historic Trail, as well as a free walking audio trail about the wildlife and shipwrecks, geology and wartime memories with 14 waymarked audio points along the 5½ mile circular route. .
For a more sedate walk we recommend Haulfre Gardens which has a network of paths that lead from Llandudno’s North Shore into the well paved “invalid walk” public footpath to West Shore. Happy Valley Gardens is also on the side of the Great Orme and its paths cross between the small pools, shrubs, flowers and trees of the more formal gardens which are surrounded by the woods and grassland of the headland.
Snowdonia National Park
No visit to North Wales is complete without a visit to Snowdonia National Park. Just a 20 minute drive from the hotel and you’re in the heart of the Park which offers mile upon mile of breathtaking scenery and a network of walking trails to suit all abilities.
Snowdon stands at 3,560ft high offering many popular routes from the easy to the strenuous Pyg and Miner’s tracks.
However, many other mountains within the Snowdonia Mountain Park are just as beautiful and accessible. Cader Idris, the Chair of Idris, is at the southern end of the Park and at 2,930ft is very popular.
Glyderau, known as the Glyders is a mountain group which includes five of Wales’ fifteen summits over 3,000 feet. There’s also Carneddau (the Cairns) which boasts seven of the fifteen highest peaks in the country and Rhinogau (the Rhinogs) which is a Special Area of Conservation and a National Nature Reserve.
Visit the National Park’s website to choose the level of walk (Hard Mountain Walks to Easy Leisure Walks) and the location.
As the region is famed for its beaches and with everyone having their favourite, it is impossible for us to recommend just one, but the closest is Llandudno West Shore. It’s a quiet sandy beach which at low tide reveals a large expanse of sand with views overlooking Conwy Sands.
Many of the Wales Coast Path’s routes include walks along beaches offering spectacular views so we recommend visiting the website to find one that appeals.
Conwy Valley is home to the world famous Bodnant Garden which spans over 80 acres above the River Conwy with views towards the Snowdonia Mountain Range. With two parts to choose from – the upper garden around Bodnant Hall with terraces and informal lawns or the “Dell”, with a steep wooded valley and streams, you can enjoy a walk among the awe-inspiring plant collections.
May is National Walking Month, a campaign to encourage everyone to put their best foot forward and get walking, and during this month you can enjoy a superb walking holiday in North Wales with The Imperial Hotel’s Walking Break.
This fabulous two night Break includes either a cream tea on arrival or a packed lunch on day two and a three course dinner in The Imperial Hotel’s two AA Rosette Awarded Chantrey’s Restaurant on your first night from only £350.00 for two people for the two nights, so book your break now and start planning where you walking adventure is going to take you.