Anniversary Trip to Anglesey & Snowdonia

Anniversary Trip to Anglesey & Snowdonia

In April this year Luke and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary! I know, big congrats to us.

Our story began in 2008 whilst we were studying at Bangor University, Wales, when our eyes met across a crowded dance floor and we knew we were going to be together for the rest of our lives. JOKES. We actually met at the AGM for the university’s Athletic Union. It’s not as romantic, but we don’t all live in a rom-com.

Anyway, we were umm-ing and ah-ing over where to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, when Luke had the genius idea of returning to North Wales, where it all began. We’ve been back almost every year since we graduated, and there’s always something so special about returning to a place that we once called home; a place that holds so many great memories for us.

We stayed in a lovely Airbnb in Cwm-y-glo, which was just outside Llanberis. We arrived on Friday evening, checked into the apartment, and spent a cosy first night in the apartment.

The plan was to hike up Snowdon on the Saturday, however the weather forecast was absolutely abysmal, so those plans quickly changed. We ended up visiting staying at ground level, and re-visiting some of our favourite spots from when we lived in Bangor.

First up was Betws-y-Coed, which is one of my favourite villages. We had a meander around the unique shops, walked over the pretty bridge, and had lunch at the Alpine Coffee Shop.

A quick word on the Alpine Coffee Shop – you have got to go if you’re in the area. It’s seriously cool. Not only do they have vegan and gluten-free options on the menu, but they have the coolest decor. I spent about 10 minutes taking photos of the lampshades. They were crazy chandeliers all made up of recycled goods. The food was good too.

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A bit later when we were leaving an outdoorsy shop, we bumped into/were intercepted by a man representing RSPB, who told us that the puffins had just returned to South Stack on Anglesey. PUFFINS, GUYS. PUFFINS. 

It was an hour drive to South Stack, but we figured, what the heck. WE’RE GOING TO SEE PUFFINS. Plus, driving across Anglesey ain’t no chore, let me tell you.

As we were driving to South Stack, the weather got nicer and nicer, until there were barely any clouds in the sky and sun was beaming down like a happy little chappy.

We finally arrived at South Stack, and holy crapole. It’s now one of my all-time favourite places. It’s so frickin’ beautiful.

It was so relaxing sitting on the edge of the cliffs watching the waves. It made me feel really calm, and I could have spent the rest of the day just hanging out on the cliff edge. That doesn’t sound as relaxing as it was.

I know you’re probably wondering, “Wait, what happened to the puffins?” I hate to have to tell you this, but we saw no puffins. Sad face. I don’t know whether the RSPB guy had got it wrong, whether they’d popped out for a bite to eat, or whether we just weren’t looking hard enough (pretty sure it’s not the latter), but they weren’t there. It’s okay though, we’ll just have to go back another time.

The next thing we did was visit Bangor. Lovely Bangor. We had a walk through the city centre, and then headed down to the pier. We spent a lot of time there as students, so it’s always great to stroll down the pier and reminisce over the times when all we had to worry about was whether to dress as a ladybird or a bumblebee on Saturday night.

Sunday was the big day. The day we hiked up Snowdon, and our wedding anniversary!

The weather was absolutely beautiful, so we set off early for our mini adventure. Unbelievably, this was our first time hiking Snowdon – we didn’t do it at whilst we lived there. Still, better late than never.

If you don’t know, Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, standing 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) above sea level, and forming one third of the Three Peaks Challenge. It’s described as a “close-knit family of jagged peaks”, offering views of Snowdonia, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and Ireland.

There are six different routes you can take to hike this mountain:

The Llanberis Path
PYG Track
Miners’ Track
Watkin Path
Rhyd-Ddu Path
Snowdon Ranger Path

We chose the Miners’ Track for both the way up and down, but you can mix and match. I honestly can’t think of a better way to celebrate our anniversary. We both love the outdoors, being active, and the beautiful scenery of North Wales. Whilst we were on the way up, we made the decision that every year to celebrate our wedding anniversary we would climb a mountain! Very excited about which one we’ll conquer next year. For now though, here are some snaps from Snowdon.

As you can see, the views are simply breathtaking. If you get the chance, definitely go. You do need to be relatively fit and able to scramble to get to the top, but it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.

Being in nature always clears my busy mind and makes me feel so calm, it’s like therapy. Plus, it’s also a great workout! Some of my muscles were certainly feeling it the day after.

So, any recommendations for mountains we should climb for our second wedding anniversary next year? It doesn’t have to be in the UK, but if it could be Europe, that would be grand. Suggestions on a postcard please!

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