If you’re a student at Bangor university, you’ll be aware of how many beautiful places lay on its doorstep. Bangor and its surrounding areas are filled with stunning scenic views and there are plenty of hidden gems for you to enjoy.
Since the pandemic, we’ve all relied so much more on walking as a form of fitness, to relieve our mind of any stress and maintain an overall good mental wellbeing.
As well as being an enjoyable social exercise, getting your daily steps in couldn’t be more enjoyable with the surroundings of Bangor. Here are our top 3 walking routes, all starting in Bangor itself.
Ogwen Trail - Porth Penrhyn to Bethesda
You may be familiar with the extraordinary Penrhyn castle since your time at Bangor, but you may not know about the walking and cycling route that commences there. Down by the Penrhyn Dock, you’ll find a route that mainly follows an old railway line. It will take you along a secluded woodland path before eventually entering the stunning Snowdonia national park in Bethesda. You won’t be disappointed or short of views here.
Treborth Coastal/forest path - Treborth to Y Felinheli
You’ll find the beginning of this footpath by Treborth Botanical Gardens which will lead you down a forest route and alongside the wonderful Menai Strait. The distance takes you to the spectacular town of Y Felinheli where you can enjoy a drink or lunch in the sun before you head back to Bangor. Here is an are guide of places to eat and drink in Y Felinheli to help you decide (https://www.dafyddhardy.co.uk/articles/places-to-eat-in-y-felinheli). This tranquil walk is perfect for those Sundays strolls and if your lucky you may even see a red squirrel along your way.
Bangor to Menai Bridge
Last but not least is a walk were sure many of you have already done since your time at university. Starting from upper Bangor and heading towards the Isle of Anglesey, you can walk across the magnificent Menai Suspension Bridge where you will experience breathtaking views of the Menai Strait and the equally impressive Britannia Bridge. Continue your stroll into the town of Menai Bridge and head under the structure itself and around the Belgium Promenade. If you don’t want to end your walk here, you can continue along Holyhead Road towards the Britannia Bridge and even stop at the viewing point midway.