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A dog's eye view of Snowdonia

Forests and dogs were made for each other – which is why we have a range of pet-friendly cabins on each of our locations. Following on from our Dog’s Eye View of Yorkshire, we sent another of our [trainee] canine journalists to our newest location, Beddgelert, for a dog’s eye view of Snowdonia! Over to 18-month-old Robyn!

Robyn in Forest Holidays office

"I’m not the biggest fan of travelling in the car but, after this week, I may have changed my mind! For my first-ever holiday my HuMum, Emma, took me to Forest Holidays Beddgelert for 4-sleeps. With the promise of walks, walks, and more walks, I packed up my favourite toy and we headed off.

Day 1: Forest Holidays, Beddgelert

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The journey from our home in Derbyshire was around 3 hours – although I did manage to sleep through most of it. We checked in early at 2pm in the Forest Retreat and I got to meet some of the team – they were some of the friendliest, best belly rub givers I’ve ever met and I loved the treats they gave me! My HuMum practically had to drag me away but I now knew where to go for more of the same!

Robyn in front of location sign

We then arrived at our home-from-home: a 2-bedroom Golden Oak. After a thorough check in every room – and every place I could get my nose in – I settled next to the huge windows to keep an eye out for any wildlife I could spot.

Robyn in cabin by welcome scrabble

That night, with the log burner lit and after a quick walk to The Bakehouse for dinner, I started to relax and couldn’t wait to see what tomorrow would bring.

Robyn in cabin by log burner

Day 2: Porthmadog and The Saracen’s Head

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After a peaceful first night, it was up at dawn so that Emma could try out the huge bubbly bath-type thing [hot tub] on the decking. I love my baths and was quite upset when I wasn’t allowed in. Instead, I kept watch from the cabin.

hot tub

After breakfast, with HuMum in toe, we all headed out for our first day of exploring. Our first stop: Porthmadog. Around half an hour from Beddgelert, it’s a lovely town with a bustling high street and lots of shops. It was so busy there that I managed to get in some great people watching time while everyone took it in turns to look in the shops. At the other end of the high street is the harbour and it made for a quiet walk down past all the boats – I did try to test the water out but HuMum didn’t let me go for a swim.

Porthmadog harbour

Back into Beddgelert village and, on the way back to the cabin, we stopped off for some lunch at The Saracen’s Head – they welcomed me with open arms and even had a special menu for us woofs! It was so cosy and welcoming in there, I didn’t want to leave! It definitely gets a full paw-some rating of 4 paws from me and HuMum. Top tip: show your cabin key for a discount!

Day 3: Beddgelert

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For our second day of exploring we went into Beddgelert village. As we were staying in cabin 11, the steam train stops just a ball-throw away!

I wasn’t sure of it to start with but, once we were on board (woofs are welcome on the train – we even get our own train ticket for around £3!) I soon settled down. According to HuMum, you can catch the train further up the track to Caernarfon or down to Portmeirion - meaning you and the WHOLE family can explore oodles of places without getting in the car! Make sure to check the train route map and times before you head out though!

Train station at Forest Holidays Beddgelert

Once we got into Beddgelert village, we walked down the small high street and to Gelert’s Grave. Emma told us the Legend of Gelert and Llywelyn, and how that’s where the village gets its name, so we had to make sure we stopped there. It was quite busy with peoples and woofs (and even sheeps!) but, as it’s all outside, I didn’t have to wait anywhere while everyone looked around.

Beddgelert village

After a good sniff back through the village, we (I) decided it would be a good idea to walk back to the cabin instead of catching the train. It’s a longer walk that took around half an hour at a slower pace but we all loved being out in such fresh air and I got the chance to see even more sheeps on the way!

Day 4: Caernarfon

Robyn's paw-some rating: small black paw print small black paw print small black paw print 

Today we made the 30-minute drive to nearby Caernarfon. The weather wasn’t on our side (even though I don’t mind the rain) but it didn’t stop us exploring the seaside town. Parking down towards the harbour, past the castle, is around £4 for the entire day so we had more than enough time to walk around and make the most of our last full day in the area.

Caernarfon castle and harbour from the sky

For lunch, we stopped at a café opposite the castle called Gray-Thomas. After a lot of walking, I was so tired and wanted a nap so was very happy when I found out that I was welcome inside. There was also a large gift shop there too that sold lots of locally produced things – Emma enjoyed looking around and made sure to get some proper Welsh slate to take home.

Robyn in cafe

Day 5: Home!

Home-time came around far too quickly for my liking – even though we had a Late Check-Out we tried to stay for the weekend but all of the cabins were fully booked. I did my best hide-and-seek when I saw the car getting packed up but to no luck. After one last stop at the Forest Retreat for even more belly rubs and treats (we stocked up for the journey home), off we set. Overall, it was one of the best weeks I’ve had and can’t wait to go back!"

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  1. Jane Dalziel

    October 24, 2018 AT 8:41 AM

    That was great to read Robyn. I have 2 cocker spaniels Sheba and Stella and they love forest holidays, they have been to Sherwood Forest 3 times. They loved reading your adventures too especially the steam train ride

  2. Yvonne McConnell

    October 24, 2018 AT 10:50 PM

    Forest holidays are the best thing we have discovered for are family, including our lovely dog Louie who now loves going on his holidays to forest lodges, Can’t wait for our next one! Yxxx

  3. Eleanor

    October 26, 2018 AT 12:43 PM

    Thanks Robyn, I really enjoyed reading your doggie-log!

  4. Tia

    October 26, 2018 AT 2:10 PM

    Glad you enjoyed your time there, can only dream about your adventure