After our amazing trip to Betws-y-coed we decided to help you guys out and make a hiking trip simple, from booking the car park to finding a place to camp, and what to take and what not to take so you don’t weigh yourself down with a heavy bag.
What to wear:
- Comfy hiking shoes, or hiking boots depending on the terrain
- I would take a poncho as well you will need something that’s lightweight and waterproof.
- If you’re wearing boots, then wear one pair of thin cotton socks that will absorb sweat, and a thicker (scratchier) pair of hiking socks that you can pull up over your ankles. Wearing two pairs of socks greatly reduces your chance of getting blisters too.
- Comfy trousers, hiking pants, or long shorts that do not clinch your waist in tightly. And which are stretchy enough to bend with you as you climb up steps or over rocks. I cannot over-stress the waist bit – there’s nothing worse than feeling as if you’re confined in a corset when after a few hours’ walking every muscle is screaming for mercy.
- I would now always strongly recommend a long sleeved top that is tightly woven to protect against the sun. If you can’t bring yourself to wear long sleeves, then slap on an indecent amount of sun tan cream. Let’s face it there’s nothing as unflattering as sun damaged skin.
- A Cap. I take a lightweight one that’s a bit like a Legionnaire’s hat … incredibly unflattering but it covers my neck and ears. Again, the tips of your ears are often unknowingly exposed to a lot of UV rays.
- Lightweight waterproof rain coat.
What to pack:
- Small day rucksack or a large one if your stopping for a few days (aldi are selling hiking bag £20 really cheap)
- Camera, spare batteries as well!
- Small note pad, and a pen
- Phone (in case you get lost or suddenly get the urge to Facebook or Twitter or even Instagram)
- Toilet roll and baby wipes
- Sun tan lotion
- Sun glasses
- Hairbrush and make up to freshen up!
- Lightweight fleece
- Head torch and hand torch
- Hat and gloves in-case of bad weather
- Paracetamol and anti-histamine tablets.
- Plasters (band-aids) and antiseptic/antihistamine cream for small cuts, bites or blisters
- Water ( atleast 2 liters a day) , a few nuts, a bit of chocolate.
- Lunch – You could always get yourself a little fire going (in a brick built fire pit) and BBQ yourself some food! or even pop back in to the town and grab some food. But you have come to camp so cook food!.
Have You picked a date to hike and camp yet?
Ok…. So we have the gear sorted now lets talk about the trip your about to undertake!
Where to park:
First of all you will need to know where to park and keep your car safe the last thing you want is your car broken into or even stolen. We left our car at “Pont Y Pair” car park, there was a traffic warden walking around so i was confident the cars were safe.
You can pre book the car park here – click here
TIP – If you do get a parking ticket (like we did) just save it, make sure you take the reference number down from the payment of the parking and call the park back up and they will cancel the parking ticket. (No need to panic)
Wear to camp:
Depending on what your taking to camp in whether its a tent or a hammock or even a bivvy bag. I wouldn’t suggest straying to far from a path or a river so you can follow to find your way back to the town to find your car.
You want to find a place that’s on level ground with 4-6 tree close together so you can put up some tarpaulin up just in case the heavens open it is wales after all.
If your going to have a fire there are a few guidelines. You will need to dig a hole to put it in, you will need to put a brick surrounding so that it doesn’t spread out of control. Keep the dirt for when your leaving and fill the whole back in.
Tip – Take your litter with you! there wasn’t litter when you got there so take it away with you! we want to keep like nature wanted!
When you camped last did you clean up after yourself? Did you think of the implications it has on the wildlife?
In betws-y-coed there a loads of nature trails you can follow some ranging for 2-10 miles depending on how far you want to walk in a single day.
From the map above there are many different trails you can follow, right by the car park “Pont Y Pair” there is a trail to take you the opposite way round Betws-Y-Coed. If you don’t wish to camp there are lots of nice places to sit and relax, plenty of benches you can eat and drink on. There are bins everywhere so put it in there!
Tip – If your taking a dog there are signs everywhere says “Dog must be kept on a lead” please stick to this rule.
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