2023: explore Wales, by trails

Visiting Snowdonia this year? Find out more about Wales's Year of Trails!

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If you love Snowdonia, it's safe to say you love the Great Outdoors. This year Wales's tourism governing body, Visit Wales, is encouraging visitors and locals alike to get out and explore Wales, by trails.

This year, Visit Wales want you to go out and follow or create your own epic trails around our beautiful country. Whether it's on foot, two wheels or four, in the saddle or on the water... anything goes!

Speaking at the launch of the Year of Trails 2023, Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, said: “This year is all about finding forgotten treasures, embracing journeys of the senses and making memories along pathways around attractions, activities, landscapes and coastlines. 2023 is a call for us to celebrate Wales’ trails, from the well-trodden to the brand new, and to open our country for all to enjoy. We look forward to encouraging visitors to different corners of the country throughout the year ahead.”

On the trail of North Wales

In upcoming blogs we'll be exploring some of North Wales's best-known trails including the Snowdonia Slate Trail, the Wales Way, the Mawddach Trail, the North Wales Pilgrim's Way, the Brailsford Way and Wales Coast Path to name but a few! We'll also share some of our favourite local and, perhaps, lesser-known trails. You can try them for yourself on your next stay at The Royal Victoria Hotel.

Of course, explorers need pitstops so we'll also be letting you in on the best landmarks, attractions, things to do and places to eat and drink along the way. We think immersing yourself in the landscapes of Snowdonia and North Wales is the perfect way to experience the heritage and culture of Wales firsthand. From the heady heights of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) to the shimmering sands of Ynys Mon (Anglesey), there are literally miles and miles of trails waiting for you to take your first steps. It doesn't matter if its an epic hike or a gentle stroll; everything counts as you explore Wales, by trails in 2023.

Great outdoors, great for you

Getting out into the Great Outdoors comes with so many health benefits too. It's great for body and mind and has been proven to reduce anxiety and stress as well as increase physical health, such as improving cardio fitness and reducing the risk of heart disease. You don't need to be a super athlete to enjoy these benefits either. Spending as little as 30 minutes a day moving in the Great Outdoors will begin to deliver these health benefits and many more! If you're new to all this, why not take a look at our blog Hiking For Beginners?

Stay with us

Every explorer needs a basecamp and what better place than The Royal Victoria Hotel? We are perfectly situated at the foot of Yr Wyddfa in the beautiful village of Llanberis; you can set out on one of the many trails up Snowdon right from our doorstep! Just a short drive will take you into the Snowdonia National Park or to the coast and all the trails, sights and attractions North Wales has to offer. What better way to forge a trail in 2023 than by staying with us? Book your stay today.