If you remember way back in my February Favourites I received a fabulous blogging opportunity to basically document walking Rufus in Snowdonia National Park. I’d been meaning to take Rufus to Wales for ages and it was one of those things I just never got round to doing. Either the weather was pants, we had plans on sunny days or it was far too warm for him. So, when the opportunity arose, we decided we’d introduce Rufus to Wales and knacker him out in the Welsh valleys.
I was put off taking Rufus up Snowdon. We’d both probably fall off and the weather was looking a little temperamental. I was also worried he’d hurt himself. Nobody has time for a split pad. We decided to settle on Betws Y Coed, a small town on the outskirts of Snowdonia. With a bit of googling, we were promised views of Llyn Elsi and a walk through the Gywndir Forest.
I won’t lie to you; it was bloody hard work. The first 20 minutes were practically vertical and considering I lived in Lincoln for 3 years, I’m still not used to hills. We trudged, sweated and swore up the hill to be met with beautiful views of Llyn Elsie. It was honestly breathtaking and worth every step up the hills.
I know I always say this but it’s the one thing I love about owning a dog; I love the walking. I was ridiculously pants with my old dog, Alfie, (Sorry Mum and Dad). But with Rufus, I love it. Maybe it’s me getting older but there’s something so relaxing about walking off the beaten track, catching up with people or just gathering your thoughts. Especially around water. Llyn Elsi was so still when we went. We literally stood there for about 15 minutes taking in the view. There wasn’t anyone there. It was perfect. Out of all the dog walks I’ve been on with Rufus, this backdrop was my favourite.
From the lake, we walked around the Gywndir Forest taking in the views and headed back to the main town of Betws Y Coed. With a tired hound and tired humans, we stopped off for a cheeky pint and some lunch before going home. Not before we picked up a fridge magnet to add to our collection!
As part of our blogging opportunity, we got to document our walk and it was made into an interactive guide here. There’s currently a vote for Britain’s Best Dog Walk. Each vote means a donation to the Mayhew Animal Trust. Rufus and I would really appreciate your votes. We’re all about saving the animals as some animals aren’t lucky enough to be able to go to Wales or have their own paddling pool. I couldn’t recommend Snowdonia enough for a dog walk. Though it’s a tough walk, the views of this beautiful lake are so worth it!
*This is a sponsored post, however, all dog walking escapades are my own