03 . 10 . 2018

The Wettest Place in Wales

Rain, rain and more rain. After a glorious summer full of sunshine and heat waves, it’s inevitable really that the autumn and winter months here in Wales bring a little more than their fair share of the wet stuff. Wales is synonymous with rainy weather, and it’s not difficult to see why. It does seem…

26 . 09 . 2018

North Wales Reservoirs

Reservoirs are a common feature of our beautiful landscape, and today we celebrate some of the area’s finest. Until the onset of the Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century, man-made reservoirs in the UK were a rare sight. Natural lakes, rivers and streams provided enough fresh water to satisfy needs of small rural communities, and in…

24 . 09 . 2018

Red Kites of Snowdonia

It is a story of fierce survival, steely determination, and a fight for recognition; but it is also one of the most famous success stories of twentieth century conservation, so it’s little wonder that the beautiful Red Kite has been unofficially adopted as the icon of wildlife in Wales. And it is their quiet tenacity…

21 . 09 . 2018

RNLI Lifeboats in Wales

The RNLI is one of the coastline’s most distinctive organisations, with stations, boats and crew members dotted along the shores of Wales.             “With courage, nothing is impossible” was the motto of Sir William Hillary, founder of the RNLI almost two hundred years ago. This inspiring man personally helped to save over 300 lives at sea…

20 . 09 . 2018

Wales’ Stunning Estuaries

All along the 800 miles of beautiful Welsh coastline are wide creeks, craggy nooks and open bays where some of Wales’ hundreds of lively rivers flow gracefully into the open sea. The estuaries of Wales are among some of the most stunning in the Britain, and range from huge and far reaching expanses of coastline…

19 . 09 . 2018

Open Doors Free Entry 2018

This month across Wales, hundreds of heritage, culture and historic attractions are throwing open their doors to the public and offering free entry, in a bid to get the country excited about the wonderful range of history and culture that is everywhere here in wonderful Wales. The Open Doors 2018 event is organised by Cadw,…

12 . 09 . 2018

Ironman Wales 2018

Hands up who saw the amazing footage from this year’s Ironman Wales Triathlon, hosted in the lovely South Wales beach resort of Tenby? And hands up who felt tired just thinking about what the amazing participants had to complete?! A triathlon is defined as a series of swims, cycles and runs and the Ironman Triathlon…

06 . 09 . 2018

Llyn Mair Autumn Walk

Earlier this week on the Oakeley blog we posted about the stunning Autumnal forest colours that are soon to be in abundance all over Snowdonia. And today we’ve got a wonderful walk for you, to explore the very best of this wonderful time of year – right here from the Oakeley Arms. And when you’re…

05 . 09 . 2018

Autumn Forest Walks in Snowdonia

Autumn is one of the best times to witness nature’s magic across the regions as our finest deciduous forests turn from deep greens to riots of rich golds, oranges and reds. “That time of year thou mayst in me behold, When yellow leaves, or none, or few do hang Upon those boughs which shake against…

31 . 08 . 2018

Conwy River Walk

Earlier this week on the Oakeley blog we featured an adventure day out of Gorge Walking in Snowdonia, but if your ideal type of day out is something a little more laid back, then here’s a fabulous river walk near Conwy, at the northern edge of Snowdonia. Where:              Dolgarrog, Conwy Distance:          Approx 3 miles…