Families are always welcome at Cwm Pennant Hostel!
The hostel has smaller rooms (five 4-bed rooms and one 6-bed room) which can be reserved for families (additional trundle beds are available for children). No sleeping bags required, as we provide all bed linen, which means less to pack into an already full car!
The hostel also offers home-cooked food – something that a lot of parents find really convenient, especially as you’ll have been busy all day visiting local attractions or engaged in some fun-filled outdoor activities. Take a look at our accommodation page for more information.
North Wales is a fantastic place for families to visit whatever the weather. For local attractions and places to visit take a look at our local area page.
If it’s outdoor activities and adventure that you’re looking for then here are a few of our family favourites:
Beddgelert Forest has a large network of forest roads and the rough tracks provide some great cycling, suitable for a family.
The northern part of the forest has two good trails. The Bedwen is 4km long with 175m of ascent and takes you around the picturesque Llyn Llywelyn. The Derwen route is an extended version of the Bedwen. It sweeps around the north west corner of the forest and is 9.5km long with 210m of ascent. Some of the hills are fairly steep and you should expect some uneven or muddy sections. Watch out for pot holes. As these are forestry trails, they also attract walkers and horse riders so take care when passing them.
Lôn Eifion is one of the most scenic cycleways in North Wales. The views are quite spectacular. To the east there are the mountains of Snowdonia, while to the southwest the Llŷn Peninsula stretches away beyond the hill of Bwlch Mawr and across to the west the southern coast of Anglesey catches the eye.
The route is mostly level and is a high quality hard surface. It starts in the historic town of Caernarfon and runs south for 20km to the small village of Bryncir (40km return). For those who are looking for a shorter ride, it is possible to join this route at various points and do as little or as much as you feel comfortable with.
In Nant y Betws, the valley which runs from Caernarfon to Beddgelert, there is a new route that links Rhyd Ddu with Beddgelert. This 7km route leaves Rhyd Ddu and tracks around the edge of Llyn y Gadair on the line of the old railway which carried slate from the Gadair-wyllt quarry during the 1885 – 1920 period. The views of the surrounding mountain landscape are superb.
For more family-friendly cycle routes take a look at Visit Wales website.
Nant Gwynant is one of the prettiest places in Snowdonia and the central feature of the valley is the delightful Llyn Gwynant. The lake provides a great place for a paddle. Access to the lake is easy, as the roadside lay-bys not far from the water’s edge. During the summer season (and on most weekends), single kayaks and Canadian canoes, plus buoyancy aids, can be hired from the Llyn Gwynant Campsite to the north of the lake.
The lake is not stocked with fish, so anglers are uncommon, however do keep an eye out for wildlife, including otters and herons.
Zip World offers a unique range of attractions – from caverns in which you can play, slide, roll, jump and bounce from net to net, to the fastest zip line in the world! This means that families, adventure seekers and everyone in between, can experience world-class thrills at a number of sites across North Wales. Some activities have age restrictions, so always check Zip World website before planning your day.
Ride through quiet country lanes enjoying the beautiful scenery or go trekking up Garn Fadryn mountain and experience the magnificent panoramic views from Snowdonia to Hell’s Mouth and South Wales. With country hacks and trekking for the beginner and beach rides for the more experienced rider, Pen Llyn Lusitano Stud and Riding Centre on the Llŷn Peninsula has something for everyone.
White water rafting
Based on the banks of the River Tryweryn, Frongoch, the National White Water Centre is just outside Bala in the beautiful mountains of Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. This is a fantastic place for a family outing. White water rafting here means taking on the challenging Afon Tryweryn; being swept through the crashing waves and boulder strewn rapids on this fast flowing Welsh mountain river.
All weather activity centre
Just 30 minutes from the hostel is Glasfryn Parc Activity Centre. Here you can try your hand at a wide range of activities including Go Karting, Quad Biking, Wakeboarding, Ten Pin Bowling, Archery, Soft Play Centre and much, much, more! There’s something for all ages and interests – even on wet days!