16 . 07 . 2018

Tropical Summer Flowers

You may have guessed it already but here at the Oakeley Arms we’re a bit mad about the blooms…. blooms of flowers that is! We absolutely adore seeing them brighten up the outside of the building in our signature hanging baskets, and anywhere we can get some fresh flowers in then we will! They really…

13 . 07 . 2018

Criccieth Sunset Walk

This stunning walk along the Welsh Coast Path in Criccieth is a short drive from us here at the Oakeley Arms. It’s well worth exploring the town too, and if you time it right then the sunset over the west coastline of Wales is to die for! Happy walking 🙂 Where:              Criccieth, Gwynedd. Distance:         …

10 . 07 . 2018

Wild Swimming in Snowdonia

So it looks like we’re having a heatwave!! Hands up who’s loving the sunshine? Well, we think it would be much better if we could spend all day every day in the Oakeley beer garden with a long cold drink!! If, like us, you could do with a coll down then what about a spot…

04 . 07 . 2018

Porthdinllaen Walk

Hands up who’s been to the beach in this absolutely stunning weather?! Isn’t it amazing? And who can resist a beach walk – especially one with a pub half way round! Why not try this lovely walk and make the most of the Great British Summer! And it’s not too long either so it’s a…

02 . 07 . 2018

Pretty Peonies

With its soft and delicate petals, large and full shape and pretty pastel colours, it’s no wonder that the peony is one of the world’s most celebrated flowers. Native to Asia, these beautiful flowers stem from the same family as the humble buttercup. The peony is named after Paeon, who was a student of Asclepius,…

27 . 06 . 2018

Stunning Sand Dunes of North Wales

Impressive sand dune systems are iconic features of the Welsh coast. But what lies within them? We discover the inner life of our dunes and feature two stunning places to visit. The sand dune is one of the coast’s most prominent contradictions. These vast areas that dominate the coastline of Wales are home to sprawling and…

25 . 06 . 2018

Barefoot Walking in Snowdonia

The barefoot movement is the latest outdoor trend to hit Snowdonia. Along Snowdonia and the Welsh coast are miles of glorious footpaths, just waiting to be explored. They lead across sandy beaches, smooth pebbles, rough gravel, silky grass, soft heather, spiky gorse and muddy paths. But most of these terrains are trodden over by boots,…

22 . 06 . 2018

Snowdonia Novel – “The Gift”

It’s a week of books here on the Oakeley blog! Earlier in the week we delved into one of the most fashionable travel books of the nineteenth century – George Borrow’s Wild Wales. And today, we’re exploring a more modern work of fiction, although the novel itself spans many decades and generations. A few weeks…

20 . 06 . 2018

George Borrow’s Wild Wales

Even today, George Borrow’s journeys and rambles through Wales in the 1850’s are some of the most famous tales of Welsh travels, culture and history. He chronicled them all in his book Wild Wales, so join us as we travel in Borrow’s footsteps. “Wales is one of the most picturesque countries in the world, a…

13 . 06 . 2018

The Power of Flowers

Here at the Oakeley Arms this week we are totally head over heels in love with flowers. This beautiful spring weather that we’ve been blessed with for weeks now has done wonders for our gorgeous flowers – both cultivated ones and the wild ones that surround us. We love having as many different blooms around…

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