Adventures with a puppy: Our weekend in Wales

This weekend we went glamping in North Wales. It was our first little holiday where we have actually been able to take Newkee the puppy with us!

Holidays have become rather limited since getting a dog. You don’t realise the impact it will have on your usual life until you get one. If you have a dog, I’m sure you understand what I mean. You can’t just book to go away without finding the right accommodation, making sure there are enough dog friendly places nearby and that you’ll have plenty to do to keep them occupied too.

Besides that, she’s not your average 9 month old puppy.. She’s huge!

You have to be careful with puppies, not to walk them too far. It can have an impact on their health in the future.

So with that in mind, we of course couldn’t climb Mt Snowdon and couldn’t walk her as far as we will in the future. But we will definitely return to Snowdonia again when she’s older and we sure made the most of our time there this weekend.

It was my first time in North Wales and only my second time glamping. We stayed at Bryn Dinas Glamping Pods. It couldn’t have been a more perfect location and I’d highly recommend staying here if you have a dog! I will be writing a piece about this place soon as we will definitely return.

It was our first time sleeping in the same room as the dog so we didn’t know how it was going to be. She was so excited the first night that she was practically bouncing off the walls. We thought we were never going to get any sleep! After finally snoozing off at 2am she woke us up at 6am for her morning tinkle then we got a couple more hours shut eye before we would start the day.

Staying here, less than a 5 minute walk down the road and you’re at the foot of Snowden, ready to tackle the Watkin path. One of the many paths leading to the summit of the mountain!

What a fab location for hikers and lovers of the outdoors. We were really pleased to be in such a good location.

So we followed the path with no intention of walking up the mountain, we just simply wanted to take the dog on a walk and hopefully tire her out for the night.

It was a really great route up through hills, past waterfalls and ruins. I took a lot of photographs and again, will post more about the walk in a seperate post soon. This is an absolutely perfect walk for dog walkers and hikers alike.

I loved the walk and she did too. I even got to see Snowdon for the first time and one day plan to reach the top. You can see its snow covered top glistening in the distance.

After our little mountain walk we headed for the little town of Beddgelert. A cute little place with 2 dog friendly pubs perfect for us with Newkee. Unfortunately for us one was closed and the other had run out of food! Pooch was not impressed. Nevertheless, we stopped for a drink anyway.

Afterwards we walked around the village and met some of the residents. Everyone always wants to talk to us as they try to guess the breed of Newkee!

We even got to do some walking here and visited Gelerts Grave where she met her companion.

There is a sad story surrounding Gelerts Grave and the name of the town but I’ll save that for another day!

After our busy busy day of walking we finally headed for a pub one of the locals had recommended. One where we knew we could get fed and take the dog too.

Cwellyn Arms is a lovely little dog friendly pub in the small village of Rhyd-Ddu. We were so lucky to have been recommended this otherwise I don’t know what we would have done for food!

The homemade almond praline ice cream complete with brandy snap was amazing! We also enjoyed the tiramisu with cappuccino ice cream too!

The best part about our pub dinner was seeing our shattered little puppy finally settled in a public place. Job well done!

The next day we woke up to one very cold and frosty morning!

We went for another walk, this time close to the glamping pods we were staying at. A short walk uphill with far reaching views of Mt Snowdon and the surrounding areas.

I loved how many walks you could just begin from where we were located. Even on a freezing cold winters day it was worth getting out of bed for.

We were really blessed with amazing weather in Wales. I could not have asked for a more perfect winters day.

We even spent our final day visiting Black Rock Sands beach. A sunny Sunday and it was still quiet. Nothing but dog walkers to be seen.

A paradise for dogs. I think Newkee really enjoyed her first time on a beach.

It was particularly nice to see a beach empty even with the sun beaming in the distance.

I loved our little holiday to Wales so much; it was just as good as going abroad. I can’t wait to go back!

Until next time, I’ll just have to hope we get as lucky with the weather in England before then.

Visited Snowdonia National Park in Wales, January 2020.


  1. Looks like a fab little break away. Always interested to learn about dog friendly places as we take our Labrador with us nearly everywhere. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Great first trip of 202, Snowdonia is beautiful isn’t it? SO much to see and so many great walks. Hopefully you’ll get back when Newkee is a bit bigger and be able to really go for it


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