If you’re an all-round action man – or woman – then you’ll love North Wales in May. Just a few miles from our Caernarfon hotel – in all directions really – you’ll discover walking and cycling festivals, charity running races and the world-famous Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon. Whether you’re taking part or would like to lend your support, why not pop down for a day or two and enjoy the adrenaline?
The annual Anglesey Walking Week festival has been extended to include those who prefer to move around on two wheels. Anglesey’s flatter terrain and network of quiet country lanes makes it a great place for relaxed road cycling, but there are great off-road trails too. Newborough Forest is one of the best places for car-free cycling and you can extend your ride along the wildlife-haven of the Malltraeth salt marshes as far inland as the market town of Llangefni.
Organised events include Copper Trails and Shipwreck Walks, as well as leisurely “Discover Anglesey” cycle ride and a more grueling 100km cycle trail. There’s also a Mountain Bike challenge on the lunar-like landscapes of Parys Mountain. Wherever you wander (or ride), you’ll find quaint, quiet villages, hidden beaches, mysterious burial chambers and standing stones and tucked-away rural chapels.
There are a number of walks every day, from ambles through low-lying fens to walks up to hill-forts and even a coastal exploration of a church in the sea (yes, you can walk to it at low tide!).
Visit the Anglesey Walking/Cycling Festival website to find out more.
Just a few miles from the Celtic Royal in Caernarfon , Llanberis is the unofficial alpine capital of Snowdonia National Park. It’s here where the famous Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon takes place.
The triathlon is like no other, featuring a swim in a mountain lake, a cycle around Snowdon (including a climb through the Llanberis Pass) and then a run through a massive slate quarry. Last year’s event featured 2,000 entrants and this year is expected to be every bit as popular. Even if you’re not taking part, it’s great fun to come down and cheer these supreme athletes on. Plus there are plenty of smaller events taking place too, such as the Slateman Sprint, which together span the course of the weekend.
Cancer Research UK’s major fundraiser has become a highlight of the annual calendar, with 5km races taking place up and down the country. Few, though, can boast the kind of views that Caernarfon’s race has. Running along the flat foreshore of the Menai Strait, on the opposite side of the harbour from the castle, is enough to inspire anyone – and it’s all for a good cause too. Why not book yourself a weekend break with us and register to run this lovely course?
If all this sounds like exhausting stuff, you’ll need somewhere comfortable to bed down for the night. Our Caernarfon hotel is perfectly placed for all these activities. Come and stay with us and enjoy a soothing relax in our complimentary leisure facilities – the perfect way to wind down!
We visited the Celtic Royal for a couple of nights in March 19 with the objective of walking around Snowdonia. Great hotel with really pleasant and professional staff. Our room was spacious, comfy and adequately equipped. Leisure facilities were good, large pool with sauna and steam rooms, reasonably equipped gym. Breakfast was quality and plentiful. Evening meals were excellent and good value. Varied and interesting menu, generous proportions and superbly cooked.
We had a most enjoyable stay. It was a delight in the restaurant to be served by pleasant waiting staff who had clearly been well trained.