The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can’t get enough of North Wales! Having lived on Anglesey for several years, the Royal couple recently returned to the region to see the work done by Mind services, the UK mental health charity.
They also had time for a little sight-seeing and fun. Here’s what they did – and how you can follow in their footsteps:
A walkabout on Caernarfon Maes (Square)
Before visiting local charity Gisda, William and Kate stopped off in Caernarfon’s historic square to greet hundreds of well-wishers. Now landscaped in Welsh slate and granite sourced no more than 30 miles from the town, Y Maes is one of the best places to appreciate the splendour of the castle as well as get your bearings before exploring the town. In the summer months cafés put out tables and chairs here, giving the square an almost continental feel. Part of Caernarfon’s World Heritage Site, there really is no other space like it in North Wales.
An abseil in Snowdonia National Park
Later in the day the Princess had a go at abseiling at an outdoor education centre near Betws-y-Coed. The centre is aimed at schools but Boulder Adventures in nearby Llanberis provides climbing and abseiling tuition to the public from £45 per person. They will take you up and around Llanberis Pass, one of the rockiest and – in our slightly bias opinion – spectacular landscapes in the UK. If Kate can do it, so can you!
Tryfan and the Ogwen Valley
The Royals also made time to visit Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team on the A5 between Capel Curig and Bethesda. Earlier in the year, the team lined up on Tryfan mountain’s North Ridge and lit torches, making for a spectacular sight. They presented a photograph to the couple as a memento of their visit.
Rising from the valley like a shark’s fin, 999-metre-high Tryfan is a kind of pilgrimage for many walkers and climbers. It’s known as the only mountain in Wales where you need to use your hands and scramble to reach the summit. So if you’re up for it, park off the A5 and follow the well-worn tracks upwards! If you don’t have a head for heights, or the weather is not favourable, you’re best enjoying the views from below. Hardly a week goes by without “Oggie” rescuers being called out to a walker on Tryfan. Don’t underestimate the climb.