Activities, Attractions & Eating Out
Whether it’s a family break, a trip with friends or a corporate team building course, Crogen won’t disappoint with it’s diverse range of activities – all within walking distance. And if you want to go further afield, there are some additional links listed below.
Get Wet, our sister company, provides a wide range of outdoor activities to suit everyone. They currently have the highest continuous commercially operated ropes course in the UK and a paintball site, all located on Crogen Estate - and they can arrange orienteering days. So whether you are an individual or part of a group, Get Wet can easily tailor activities to suit your needs. If you staying at any of the Crogen properties, a discount will apply. 07909 768950
Located within the enchanting original walled kitchen garden, the setting is simply uplifting, win or lose! (We have heard one or two corks popping from behind the wall…)
River Fishing; Clay Pigeon Shooting
1 mile of single bank is available for 2 to 3 rods per day. The River Dee is famous for Grayling and there are salmon in season. Licences can be obtained from the local Post Office, which is 1½ miles from Crogen. Fishing rods and private tuition are available on request from Gwilym Hughes on 07889 423986. Clay shooting can be arranged with Geoff Hewitt of Teal Sports UK on 07971 445329.
Messing about on the river…
Feel free to make use of the River Dee, perhaps for just a general ‘cooling off’ after a long walk. Children must always be supervised. Our private river barbecue site is also for hire, available by prior arrangement, to include summer house, seating, tables, wood for a campfire and barbecue.
Watch this space…!
Activities near Crogen
Some of the UK’s finest white water rafting is found only 15 minutes away (Grade 3/4 water) at Canolfan Tryweryn 01678 521083. The Tryweryn is a dam-released river so water is often flowing when other British rivers are dry, thus producing a unique year round white water venue. White Water Rafting - raft the steep chutes and boulder strewn rapids of the river Tryweryn whose continuous fast flowing white water leave no time for preparation! You can also take on the championship course in a Tandem Kayak or descend the river without a boat in a canyoning trips! There are also lake water sports available at Bala. Bala Watersports 01678 521059 has highly skilled and qualified instructors for complete beginners, those with some limited experience, and more advanced courses. The activities on offer including canoeing/kayaking, climbing/abseiling, windsurfing, sailing, archery, camp craft, raft building, powerboating, gorge walking, and white water rafting.
Attractions near Crogen
If you want to explore more of Wales, we are privileged to have some truly beautiful places almost on our doorstep. Here are some links you might find useful when planning on coming to stay with us.
Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 705950 www.cat.org.uk
Along with a range of interactive displays, there are working examples of environmentally responsible buildings, renewable energy generation, sustainability in the home, organic growing, composting and waste management, each demonstrating what we can do to reduce our impact on the planet. At a time when news about the environment can be gloomy and pessimistic, we aim to put forward a positive solutions-based approach to looking after our planet. These displays are not just for show; they are part of a thriving, sustainable organisation run on renewable energy generated on site.
Portmeirion 01766 770000 www.portmeirion-village.com
One of Wales' most reknowned visitor attractions, this extraordinary village is surrounded by 70 acres of exotic woodlands with easy to follow woodland trails and coastal walks. There are complimentary guided tours and audio visual shows, six cafes and restaurants, half a dozen shops, gardens and beaches. Portmeirion is open every day of the year from 9.30am to 7.30pm.
Snowdonia National Park www.eryri-npa.gov.uk
Situated on the west coast of Britain covering 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is a living working area, home to over 26,000 people. As well as being the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales, and the largest natural lake in Wales, as well as a wealth of picturesque villages like Betws y Coed and Beddgelert. Snowdonia is an area steeped in culture and local history, where more than half its population speak Welsh.
Llangollen Steam Railway 01978 860979 www.llangollen-railway.co.uk
A mainly steam hauled Heritage Railway Line starting at Llangollen Station located beside the Dee River Bridge in Llangollen Town, the 7½ mile track follows the River Dee upstream to the village of Carrog. Started in 1975 by a group of enthusiasts who saw the potential for a scenic heritage line through the Dee Valley, their original vision grew into what you see today. Younger enthusiasts may even get a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine!
North Wales has an abundance of historical houses, castles and gardens for visiting. Go to the National Trust website to find an amazing variety – something to appeal to everyone.
Eating Out near Crogen
Crogen has a really good range of places to eat close by, from the Michelin-starred to the gastro-pub, and to good local pubs using good local produce. Here just a few to "wet your appetite"...
Tyddyn Llan, Michelin-starred 01490 440264 www.tyddynllan.co.uk
The Corn Mill, Gastro-pub 01978 869555 www.cornmill-llangollen.co.uk
Berwyn Restaurant, Llandrillo, Small-scale dining 01490 440550
Plas-yn-dre, Bala Child-friendly Welsh pub 01678 521 256
The Bryn Tirion, Good family pub, local beers 01678 530205 www.bryntirion.co.uk