Words by Lauren Eaton, GLASS UK
When it comes to green laning in the UK North Wales has to be the most scenic area that offers large numbers of green lanes and stunning views. Ok, so I’m a little biased, but that doesn’t stop people travelling from all over the world to sample our Cymraeg delights! Snowdonia, the largest national park in Wales proudly boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales as well as 823 square miles of national park land surrounded by hundreds more that are ripe for exploring.
One of the many joys of laning in Snowdonia and North Wales is the sheer number and variety of terrains and challenges. From gentle open scenic routes, to extremely tight and scratchy squeeze through byways, old roads that skirt the coast delivering stunning vistas and even ancient Roman roads like Sarn Helen, still drivable on the very surface the Romans laid; although it’s somewhat more challenging to traverse today! North Wales has something for everyone to enjoy, whatever your vehicle or off tarmac driving experience may be.
Thankfully you can easily check the legality and even terrain condition of routes using The Green Lane Association’s TrailWise2 laning database; their local area reps are also on hand to give local advice when planning your adventure.
A visit to North Wales will never disappoint, there are always new nooks and crannies to explore and beauty to discover no matter how many times you visit. You could happily and easily fill a week off tarmac in North Wales, but when you do please tread lightly, we’re very proud of our homeland!
The following route takes in 6 lanes over approximately 55 miles of Welsh countryside. It is suitable
for those who are confident with off road driving. As things change in the laning world it would be
sensible to check current designations before setting off.
1 – Corris
2 – Hidden Gem
3 & 4 – Rhydymain
5 – Bwlch Goriwared
6 – Sarn Helen
Campers really do love North Wales. Many of other campsites are set in secluded countryside, the ideal location for an escape. Complementing that seclusion feel are the quality facilities on offer for campers. Campsites now come equipped with all the necessities.
Adding to the popularity with campers is Snowdonia’s status as an International Dark Sky Reserve. This means the stars shine brighter, making your sleep under the stars even more special. All up North Wales is a land of adventure. Snowdonia offers some of the world’s most beautiful and thrilling mountains, with the bustling resort of Betws-y-Coed a great base.
You’ll never be far from the beach either – there are over 250 miles of coastline on offer here, including the famous Colwyn Bay and seaside resorts of Llandudno and Rhyl Click here for more information .