Activity Breaks

Activities, Attractions & Eating Out

Whether it’s a family break, a trip with friends or a corporate team building event or residential conference, Crogen won’t disappoint with its diverse range of activities – all within walking distance. And if you want to go further afield, there are some additional links listed below.

Outdoor Activities


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

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 Trevor Heyliger.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay pigeon shooting can be arranged with Trevor Reece at Game On Shooting or call him on 07968 074445/01939 220116.

Enjoy the River

Feel free to enjoy the Dee for beautiful riverside walks, taking in the plentiful bird life and stunning scenery.

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 at the lower Tryweryn & River Dee - 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, paddleboarding, climbing/abseiling, windsurfing, sailing, archery, camp craft, raft building, powerboating, gorge walking, and white water rafting.


The challenging courses of both Bala and Llangollen are only a short drive away.

Mountain Biking

Locally available within 20 minutes!

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
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.


01766 770000
One of Wales' most renowned 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 The fastest zip line in the world, boasting amazing views of the slate mines and Snowdonia National Park. Surf Snowdonia is packed full of adventures including the worlds first surfing lagoon, or why not relax in their wave garden spa.
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
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!

National Trust

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 fine dining to the gastro-pub, and to good local pubs using good local produce. Here just a few to "whet your appetite"...

Palé Hall, Fine dining 01678 530285
Tyddyn Llan,
  Michelin-starred 01490 440264
Berwyn Restaurant, Llandrillo, Small-scale dining 01490 440550
The Bryn Tirion, Good family pub, local beers 01678 530205
The Dudley Arms, Home cooked and hearty food, 01490 440223
The Corn Mill, Gastro-pub 01978 869555
Plas-yn-dre, Bala Child-friendly Welsh pub 01678 521256
Y Cyfnod, Bala Italian style restaurant/café 01678 521260

Perfectly Located

  • Within 2 hours from Manchester, Birmingham or Liverpool
  • A wealth of activities to enjoy at Crogen and in the local area
  • Welcoming, open & friendly estate - enjoy and explore Crogen with us
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