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North Wales is Named as One of Lonely Planet’s Best Regions to Visit in 2017

We are pleased as punch to announce that North Wales has been awarded one of the top spots in Lonely Planet’s top ten list of regions to visit in 2017. Lonely Planet are a travel guide company who specialise in curating the world’s hottest trends, experiences and destinations for the year ahead. They are the go-to company for travel guides and are seen as the world’s best authority on travel with employees that are self-confessed travel geeks! Between them, they rack up thousands of travel miles each year and come up with a list of places that are buzzing right now or are underrated destinations. They have many discussions, often going late into the night, and then whittle them down to a top ten list of countries, regions and cities that travellers must see.

As one of the leading caravan parks in North Wales, we are so excited to see North Wales as number four in Lonely Planet’s Top Ten list of regions to visit in 2017. Our beautiful surroundings sit in a list that also includes Choquequirao in Peru, Taranaki, New Zealand and Aysén, Chile – the Lonely Planet employees obviously have a thing about mountains! In fact, they say that: ‘Each destination is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor. We don’t just report on the trends; we set them – helping you get there before the crowds do.’

Lonely Planet themselves say that North Wales has earned its place as a must-see destination for 2017 thanks to the region’s reinvention. “Once upon a time the mountains and valleys of North Wales gave up a bounty of slate, copper and even gold; now this landscape, ringed with hills and rich with mythology, is a playground for hikers, mountain bikers and rock climbers.” And as you know, one of the many benefits of staying at Plassey is our closeness to a lot of the places where you can experience things like this and enjoy some amazing days out in Wales.

The places that influenced Lonely Planet’s decision to choose North Wales as a must visit the region for next year, include the LLeechwedd Slate Caverns, Zip World, Snowdon, the Snowdonia National Park, the vast array of Mountain Biking Routes, and Surf Snowdonia. It is great to see that they picked up that a stay in Wales is an exciting thing to do as there are so many activities to take part in! As we have witnessed ourselves, there has been a massive investment in our local area in recent years with many people taking advantage of the beautiful natural scenery and building businesses around that. Although this sounds like a tick-list of activities for adrenaline junkies only, there is in fact something for everyone, as families and groups of friends can get involved too.

Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s Editorial Director, said, “we included North Wales in this year’s list of top ten regions, because it deserves to be recognised on the global stage. It’s a stunning area with a vast array of activities on offer to keep travellers entertained. North Wales has also become a haunt of in-the-know foodies, so however visitors get their kicks, once they’ve worked up an appetite, they’ll also be well catered for. North Wales is a gem and should be on every traveller’s radar.”

We couldn’t agree more! So why not come and see for yourself? Just give us a call on 01978 780 277 or send us an email to enquiries@plassey.com and we will be happy to help.


Explore North Wales by Bike

One of the things that Lonely Planet mentioned as a reason for choosing North Wales as one of their top ten regions to visit next year, was the abundance of cycle routes there. In fact, the staff at Lonely Planet have identified ‘bike packing’ as a mini-trend for next year – and it happens to coincide with the bicentenary of the invention of the bike. Off-Road cycling is nothing new to us; we are well aware of the abundance of cycle routes in North Wales and have many cycle paths on site. If cycling in North Wales appeals to you, then come and stay with us, as there are loads of opportunities for you to dig out your helmet and explore the area.

Whatever time of year you are staying at a North Wales caravan site, cycling offers you a fantastic opportunity to have a fun-filled family day out.  North Wales offers lots of different cycling options for you – from road cycling to the best of off-road mountain biking. From easier routes designed for the whole family, to more challenging black routes, the scenery of the area makes an amazing backdrop regardless of your chosen route.

The Clwydian Range between Prestatyn and Llandegla is classed as an Area of Outstanding Beauty, and it contains a network of quiet roads, trails and spectacular climbs. The Alwen Trail, for example, is a perfect family friendly circular route that winds around the Alwen Reservoir. It is 7.5 miles of forest tracks and paths along the water’s edge, and there are several information boards also dotted about containing information about the area – a perfect place to stop for a breather! It is also close to the Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre where you can treat the family to some tea and cakes afterwards!

For those of you who are after something a bit more challenging, how about the classic Marin Trail? This was one of the first single tracks mountain bike trails in the UK and features both big climbs and big descents! With amazing views of Snowdonia along the way, most of the riding is on forest roads and tracks. The single track itself varies widely from open and flowing to tight and technical and crosses both exposed ridgelines and dark forest – so it will certainly keep you on your toes!

For a road cyclist, one of the nicest routes in North Wales is the ride from Brickfields Pond in Rhyl to the sea front. The majority of the route does use the Prestatyn cycle way before heading inland, but there are some points where you will have to ride on the roads so care must be taken at all times. This is a fairly easy route though, which is suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness.

It is important to note, that the Welsh landscape changes with the seasons (like everything else) and so do a little bit of research before setting off!

If you like the idea of cycling in North Wales and want somewhere convenient and relaxing to come back to, then why not book a short stay with us? Give us a call on 01978 780 277 or send us an email to enquiries@plassey.com and we will help you with any queries you have.

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