Former slate quarrying village on doorstep of the dramatic Nant Ffrancon Pass, Ogwen Falls and some of North Wales’s wildest mountain scenery. A new traffic-free section on the Lôn Las Ogwen cycle and walking path now links Bethesda with Porth Penrhyn on the coast – look out for the display boards en route that interpret the area’s local heritage. Recent development is the new gateway visitor centre at Nant Ffrancon to Cwm Idwal and the Ogwen Valley, with interactive interpretation, information and refreshments.
Parking in the valley can fill up very quickly, we advise that you consider parking in village of Bethesda and catch the regular T10 bus up to Cwm Idwal or the new Bws Ogwen. A regular daily (except Wednesday) service between 8:15am and 5:30pm (7:30 pm on weekends) between Bethesda and Llyn Ogwen. The 9 seater bus will make 3 consecutive trips every two hours and is powered by electricity. The scheme aims to reduce carbon emissions in the national park, reduce parking problems at Llyn Ogwen but also to try to get more visitors to support businesses in Bethesda.
Award winning Zip World attraction has attracted a huge amount of interest since it opened back in 2013. It's home to the fastest zip line in the world where you soar over Penrhyn Quarry and travel at speeds of over 100mph while you take in the breathtaking views and feel the freedom of flight.
Look out for the below stickers in areas around the village and scan the QR to see the area covered and access points. To access the free WiFi join the network named Bethesda-Free-Wifi-Am-Ddim and complete the short form.