24 . 10 . 2018

Waterfalls of Snowdonia

Earlier this week on the Oakeley blog we delved into the watery world of some of Wales’ most beautiful waterfalls. And today we’re taking a closer look at some of the magnificent waterfalls of Snowdonia, and wow, are there plenty to choose from! Wales is a mountainous country with a wet climate and so is home…

23 . 10 . 2018

The Wonderful Waterfalls of Wales

Waterfalls are often known as “wonders” of nature, and are symbols of the power, strength and force of nature.  “I never saw water falling so gracefully, so much like thin, beautiful threads as here[1]” says George Borrow in his nineteenth century travel guide to Wales. He journeyed through the village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in Mid Wales…

21 . 10 . 2018

Autumn Foraging in Wales

Foraging for food is a trend that’s on the increase across the country, and there are plenty of fantastic foraging spots here in Wales…… If you’re feeling uninspired by the contents of your kitchen cupboards or the packaged groceries on offer at the supermarket, then you’re not alone. Foraging for food is one of the…

16 . 10 . 2018

North Wales Wildlife Trust

Snowdonia and North Wales is teeming with wildlife, birds and a huge variety of different plant species; join us as we discover some of the region’s finest Nature Reserves. The stunning landscape of our beautiful region is packed with a huge variety of wildlife, plants and birds, all making their homes in wild spaces, woodlands, meadows,…

14 . 10 . 2018

Bara Brith Championships

Who doesn’t like a slice of rich and fruity Bara Brith with their afternoon cup of tea? It’s the delicious and traditional Welsh fruit cake that has fans all over the world. And if you’re a Bara Brith fan and have your own secret recipe, here’s your chance to showcase it to the world and…

12 . 10 . 2018

National Album Day 2018

This weekend we’re joining in with the rest of the country as we celebrate something special – the great music album. Who doesn’t remember leafing through vinyls or CDs as a teenager in the local record shop, looking for albums from your favourite band or waiting patiently for a new release. However, the way that…

05 . 10 . 2018

Wet Weather Walking

Don’t let rain stop you exploring the great outdoors here in Snowdonia. If you wait for a dry day in the Autumn and Winter you may be waiting a while! Here’s our handy guide to choosing a brilliant waterproof coat and clothing to help keep you dry in all of our glorious Welsh weather, and…

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…