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…

11 . 06 . 2018

Happy Father’s Day

Father’s Day will soon be here (this year it’s on Sunday 17th June). And we’re wondering if Dad’s getting a little fed-up of the pair of socks, DVD or old crooner CD that usually comes his way on Father’s Day. We’ve decided to think outside the box this year and are doing away with the tired…

09 . 06 . 2018

The Wyching Hour

“A quart of ale is a dish for a king” said William Shakespeare, and who are we to disagree? Good old fashioned British beer is no longer the realm of beer-bellied old farmers with flat caps. It has enjoyed something of a revival in recent years, resurrected from its dreary image and shaken up to…

08 . 06 . 2018

The Mawddach Trail – walk, run, bike

Once part of a busy railway line that boosted the area’s economy and transport links to the rest of Britain, the Mawddach Trail is now one of the most beautiful walks along the Welsh coast line. The point where the river Mawddach spills its contents into Cardigan Bay is widely considered to be one of…

01 . 06 . 2018

Porthmadog Hill Walk

With all this fine Spring weather we’re having, it would be a shame not to make the most of it and head out to explore our beautiful region of Snowdonia and North Wales. Today we’ve got a fabulous walk for you, starting just in the seaside town of Porthmadog  It heads up the hill behind…