Whether you are a seasoned caravanner or plan to experience the activity for the first time, why not explore North Wales? Steeped in history, tradition and lore, North Wales is interesting to visit and features some of the most popular caravan holiday parks in the U.K.
The North Wales caravan parks offer stunning views of the verdant countryside, the River Dee Valley, the Llangollen Canal and Snowdon. Most are open year-round, with access to fishing, hiking, golfing, horse stables and other activities for youngsters and mature travellers. Caravan parks near the town of Wrexham can be used as a hub to explore the area’s fascinating historical and outdoor sites. Amenities include paved pitches, well-appointed bathrooms and showers, disabled facilities, wi-fi, pet exercise areas and restaurants.
The Seven Wonders
The lore of dragons, myths about fantastical figures and feats of legendary Celtic King Arthur are intertwined with the spirit world of the pagan Celts. Later, Christianity had its impact, as seen by the churches from the Saxon, Norman and later periods. Among the many attractions of North Wales are the Seven Wonders of Wales, first described in a rhyme written in the 18th century.
These sites are microcosms of the pastoral countryside, dramatic geography, mythology of the Celts and the influence of Christianity. They are:
- Pistyll Rhaedr, the highest single-drop waterfall in the U.K.
- Wrexham Steeple on the 16th century tower of Saint Giles Church.
- Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, 3,560 feet, located in Snowdonia National Park.
- Overton Yew Trees at Saint Mary’s Church, which dates to the 12th century.
- St. Winefride’s Well, dating to 660, believed to have healing properties.
- Llangollen Bridge, built in 1345, the first stone bridge across the River Dee.
- Gresford Bells on All Saints Church, Wrexham County, known for the purity of tone, dating to 1775.
In addition to the Seven Wonders, Wrexham is near other places of interest. Chirk Castle, built by Roger Mortimer during the time of Edward I, was completed in 1310. A National Trust site, it is still lived in today, continuously occupied for almost 700 years. Its gardens display colourful foliage through all the seasons of the year.
Erddig, a Welsh country house and National Trust site, was voted Britain’s Best Historic House and Best Historic Site in Wales in September 2007 on the popular TV show, “Britain’s Best.” The extensive formal gardens and grounds of the working estate include a horse stable, smithy and saw mill, plenty of space for children to explore.
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, part of the Llangollen Canal, is a World Heritage Site. The graceful arches that carry the canal across the River Dee rise more than 100 feet, truly an engineering feat. The town of Llangollen lies west of the aqueduct and approximately eight miles southwest of Wrexham.
Hiring a caravan
If this is your first experience in caravanning, hiring a van will let you try it out. If caravan holidays are an experience that you want to continue, you may want to inquire about caravans for sale so that you can select the features, size and amenities that complement your style of adventure and fun.
Although the dragons and giants have been slain, the enchanting atmosphere still pervades North Wales. Several of the regional caravan parks are discreetly nestled into the countryside so visitors can enjoy the lands ruled by Arthur so long ago.