04 . 12 . 2018

Snowdonia Winter Mountains

Wales is blessed with some of the country’s finest peaks so come and explore them with our guide to mountain walking. When the tough, dark rocks that make up the mountain ranges of Snowdonia were formed in an ancient era, when most of Wales was submerged under primitive oceans, it would have been difficult to…

29 . 11 . 2018

North Wales Santa Trains 2018

Santa Trains are now as much a part of Christmas as mince pies and twinkly tinsel and they are well-loved by children and parents, as an already exciting adventure on a real train becomes bound with special Christmas childhood memories. Despite today’s fast paced world of computer games and 3D films, the old-fashioned combination of…

27 . 11 . 2018

Historic Hillforts of Wales

Ancient hillforts are scattered across beautiful Wales, evoking a strong sense of history, culture, and mystery too.  If you had a time machine, when would you travel to? Victorian Chester perhaps? Maybe Elizabethan Shrewsbury? Or what about the depths of mid Wales during the bloody 11th century when Edward army rampaged across the country? Or…

20 . 11 . 2018

The Romans in Wales

The Romans left behind many legacies and inventions when they invaded Britain in the 1st century, and the mighty roads that linked important Roman forts and towns are one such legacy that are just waiting to be explored. “All the Britons indeed dye themselves with woad, which occasions a bluish colour and thereby have a…

20 . 11 . 2018

Beautiful Valleys of Wales

Wales is famous for many things – but it’s beautiful valleys have been the stuff of songs and rhymes for centuries. Join us as we explore one of our country’s most awesome features – the beautiful valleys of Wales. Our glorious country is packed full of natural features – ranging from woodlands to cliffs to beaches and…

15 . 11 . 2018

Cracking Christmas Trees

Can we mention the C word yet……….? We’ve been busy thinking about Christmas here at the Oakeley Arms – prepping the menus, organising the parties and of course, getting out all the decorations ready for another round of glitz, glitter and the ultimate in Christmas decorating – the humble tree! The traditional Christmas tree is…

13 . 11 . 2018

A Challenge for Charity

If you fancy a walk with a difference this year then why not try one of the many charity challenges organised? Beat your fitness goals and raise money for a good cause.  There was a time when charities relied on volunteers shaking money tins outside supermarkets to raise precious funds, but these days charities across the country…

10 . 11 . 2018

Centenary of World War I in Wales

November the 11th 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I. 100 years since the guns fell silent and the nation poignantly celebrated the end of a war that should have ended all wars. And although the end of the war was cause for celebration across Wales, the lives of families up…

09 . 11 . 2018

Top Ten Autumn Walks in Wales

Put your best foot forward this autumn The air is crisp and the colours are sharp, making autumn the perfect time of year to enjoy spectacular views and stunning scenery.  Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh Government Environment Agency, has chosen its top ten autumn walks, so whether you’re a seasoned walker or fancy a stroll with…

01 . 11 . 2018

Wild Deer of North Wales

The majestic deer is one of Britain’s most iconic animals. These historic beasts with an air of elegance hark back to the days of kings and queens on their country estates. Deer would originally have been kept at manor houses and estates as reserves of game so that the owners and their associates could head…