New Year's Resolutions
The New Year has arrived! New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity for all those who have failed to start making the changes that they said they would make next week, next month, or perhaps when winter starts. Here are 5 suggestions from us here at the Snowdonia National Park Authority . . .
1. Improve your health and wellbeing
The Snowdonia National Park is a special part of the country where people come to relax and enjoy a wide range of leisure activities in spectacular surroundings. Snowdonia is renowned for its walking and climbing but it also has some of the best mountain biking facilities in the world! Water sports and fishing are extremely popular here with plenty of lakes, rivers and coastline to enjoy! Snowdonia National Park contributes to the mental and physical health of the nation. It provides a place for escape, adventure, enjoyment, inspiration and reflection and is used by thousands of people. They provide places to replenish the soul.
Why not take a look at our Walk of the Month feature to explore different parts of Snowdonia as chosen by the expert opinion of our wardens.
2. Buy local
Snowdonia’s locally produced food and drinks are of the highest quality. Some of our local produce – like Snowdonia cheese, Welsh black beef and salt marsh lamb – is famous throughout the world. Wherever you go there’s an abundance of fantastic local produce. From unique village shops to award-winning delicatessens and convenience stores selling a huge range of local produce, you’re never far from something delicious when you visit.
We’re also famous for handmade crafts, we stock most at our Tourist Information Centres, pop in to have a browse!
Many people get great enjoyment from our national parks. If you want to 'put something back' or 'make a difference' why not get involved by volunteering alongside like-minded people of all ages and backgrounds?
Volunteers bring lots of enthusiasm, skills and interests. At the same time, they learn and discover new skills, too.
We have so much opportunities throughout the different seasons, contact us to find out more. Alternatively why not visit the Snowdonia Society’s website, a conservation charity that works with local communities, organisations, businesses and individuals to help look after Snowdonia.
4. Learn a new skill
The new year is the perfect time to learn a new skill or craft. Our Environmental Study Centre at Plas Tan y Bwlch hosts programmes on a wide variety of subjects by new local experts as well as a wide range of other popular courses led by our regular team of enthusiastic tutors who have a wealth of experience and knowledge on different subjects between them.
Another skill to take up could be Astrophotography! Snowdonia is one of only 15 International Dark Sky Reserves and provides perfect opportunities to shoot the stars, all you need is a camera! Take a look at our guide for more information.
5. Protect the environment
We’re all aware about climate change, but why not make 2020 the year to act. There are numerous ways that you personally can take on the challenge. Our Conservation, Trees and Agriculture department regularly plant trees, shrubs and hedgerows with community groups and organisations.
There are also small quirky things you could do yourselves such as wildlife gardening and beekeeping! The Meirionnydd Beekeepers' Association are always on the lookout for new members!
Happy New Year!