In a Nutshell
River walks and some light shopping in a charming Snowdonia village.
Parking and Pooping
The village lies on the A5 on the eastern side of the Snowdonia National Park. Where you park depends on whether you want to be in the tourist centre by the shops, or up nearer the bridge for the river walks. By the bridge there is a small car park across the bridge on the left, or if you drive west along the A5 there is plenty of on street parking on the left hand side of the road, with a short walk back to the bridge area.
Nearer the village centre is the main car park, adjacent to the shops and the large green. Both car parks have toilets and grass nearby for pup.
The main A5 can be busy, but the pavements are wide enough and once you reach the centre, the wide green and pedestrian shopping area make for easy walking.
Be careful though as you cross the bridge as it can be a bottle neck of tourists on foot and cars crossing the narrow stone bridge, but once the other side you can quickly get down to the riverside and walk along the purpose built board-walk along the river, or along the riverside paths.
As you walk west along the river, you eventually come out of the wooded area, across a small footbridge and into a wider riverbank area, where you can continue to your hearts content along the riverside. Watch out for sheep in the fields though!
Keeping the Humans Amused
The beauty of Betws is really the stunning riverside walks and the accessibility of the river. By the bridge you'll find people lounging on the rocks by the waterfalls, but as you walk west up the river, it shallows quickly and there are many places where you can perch on a rock at the rivers edge and allow pup to go for a paddle safely. It's a popular spot for dog walkers and you can expect to see a few dogs chasing and fetching sticks thrown into the water.
A couple of minutes walk east takes you into the village centre, along the way passing numerous outdoor clothing shops and a few gift shops. At the centre is the large green and the main shopping arcade, with a range of craft and gift shops. The railway station is here too and there is a rail museum accessed via the station entrance, with a miniature train running for tourist rides.
Near the bridge there are cafe's and a fish and chip shop, if you fancy a takeaway by the river. In the centre, there are numerous cafe's with outdoor seating and canopies for cover and the Best Western hotel across the green is dog friendly too.