The epic drive with stunning sea and mountain views that’s just an hour from Manchester
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There’s an epic driving route an hour from Manchester that journeys through North Wales, offering stunning views.
The circular route has been likened to the famous Route 66 in America, and will give you picturesque views of North Wales.
Created by Attractions of Snowdonia, the 360-mile route on Snowdonia 360 (Eryi 360) was inspired by the iconic American highway and has just launched officially.
There’s an interactive map plus a printed map of the route.
Those travelling from Manchester can get on the route at Colwyn Bay which is around an hour and a half drive from the city centre.
You can pick the exact journey you want to take on the interactive map before setting off.
It journeys through breathtaking viewpoints and plenty of popular attractions plus hidden gems along the way.
The route takes drivers through Snowdonia National Park plus the gorgeous coastline of Llŷn Peninsula.
You’ll also take in mountainous views across the Gwynedd landscape and enjoy some of the best sea views the region has to offer.
Jonathan Williams-Ellis, Chair of Attractions of Snowdonia and Snowdonia 360 said: “Snowdonia 360 brings something entirely different to those looking to visit and experience North Wales in their own unique way. We attracted huge interest upon launch, however, paused all activity in line with national guidelines.
“With mixed messaging and changing directives re: foreign travel on an almost daily basis, many tourists are choosing to stay within the UK for their annual holiday. We see this as a great opportunity for Snowdonia 360 which will help visitors plan and manage almost every aspect of their journey.
“As a group of leading North Wales attractions, we have each faced considerable challenges and are keen to pull together to promote the region as well as our individual attractions.
“Pre-lockdown, we invested considerable time and effort researching and understanding other successful global touring models and created a unique circular route with bespoke functionality.”
However, with current local restrictions in place in parts of North Wales, and the ever-changing situation, it might be best to embark on your journey when things are a bit more back to normal.
You can create a route for later now though, and people are encouraged to share their path on the website snowdonia360.com.
You can stay in Maldives-style floating huts in the UK from just £30pp
Book a staycation at this heavenly Devon resort
Why pay thousands of pounds for a trip to the Maldives when you can stay in a floating hut in Devon from just £30pp?
These luxury floating pods and lodges, situated amongst unspoilt nature at Clawford Lakes holiday park in Devon, offer a unique and relaxing staycation that won’t cost you the Earth.
The tranquil Clawford Lakes Resort and Spa is located in an 80-acre paradise — just a 30 minute drive from Bude, a popular coastal destination in Cornwall.
The ‘Leisure Lake’ also provides a quality range of luxury leisure options including fishing, fishing lessons, paddle boarding, kayaking, open water swimming and water sports tuition.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive break but still want to experience that VIP treatment, the lakeside pool and spa will be the perfect slice of bliss for you to indulge in.
You’ll find treatments from qualified therapists, a steam room and an infinity pool — where you can look out over stunning views of the lake and surrounding valley.
Treat yourself to the Lake Spa Escape package for an added charge of £99pp, which includes a three-course meal, a 60-minute spa treatment and afternoon tea.
Out of a range of high-end holiday accommodation, all nestled around 17 lakes, the cheapest available is the Orchard Apartment, priced at £429 for seven nights and sleeps two people, working out at around £30pp a night.
The ground-floor apartments have been recently renovated and feature a cosy but stylish vibe, suitable for solo getaways, friends who wish to unwind together, or romantic breaks for couples.
Inside the apartments, you’ll find a kitchen area, a super king-sized bed, a flat screen TV and a patio area.
The ‘Lake Pods’ are located directly on the water’s edge; where you can soak in the beauty of the natural landscape with prime views of the lake.
Prices start from £689 for a week’s stay and they are great for those who wish to do a spot of fishing, or just for a cosy getaway. Each pod sleeps up to two people so prices work out around £49pp each night.
You’ll also receive a complimentary breakfast pack with hot food and drinks. The resort welcomes families, and did we mention some of the accommodations allow you to bring your pets free of charge too?
If you want a peaceful and serene escape to a lodge by a lake then why not book a stay at this luxury resort? To find out more and book your stay click here.
Prices correct at time of publication.
Jet2 coming to Liverpool Airport offering 20 destinations
The airline will operate seven exclusive routes from the city
Jet2 has announced plans to fly from Liverpool John Lennon Airport for the first time, offering 20 destinations.
The travel company will fly out of Liverpool for the first time from next year, operating 54 weekly flights to 20 destinations, including Spain, Greece and Turkey.
The holiday provider will start operating services from the airport in March 2024. Seven of the 20 destinations are exclusive to Jet2, bringing new routes to Liverpool.
Liverpool will become Jet2’s 11th UK airport when the first flights take-off on March 28th.
A fleet of four aircraft will fly customers to a wide choice of destinations.
The airline’s first summer programme will have 565,000 seats on sale. Its seven exclusive summer routes are to Gran Canaria, Menorca, Rhodes, Zante, Madeira, Paphos and Bourgas in Bulgaria.
Flights and holidays are now on sale and can be booked via the Jet2 website, by phoning the Contact Centre, or through a travel agent.
The move is expected create more than 200 new jobs, with positions available across flight deck, cabin crew, engineering and ground operations.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said the move ‘comes on the back of the enormous demand’ coming ‘from Merseyside and the wider region’.
Adding: “The announcement of our 11th UK airport reflects our long-term strategy to continue growing responsibly to become the UK’s leading and best leisure travel business.
“It also means significant investment in the region, with four based aircraft coming into operation and the creation of over 200 new jobs.
“Between now and Summer 24, our focus is on ensuring everything is ready to launch operations, so that from day one we can provide customers from Liverpool John Lennon Airport the same award-winning service which has delighted millions of other customers from across the UK for so many years.”
John Irving, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, CEO called it ‘a great day for the airport and for the region’s holidaymakers’.
Adding: “It’s also great to have seven new routes available that we know will be popular with holidaymakers and for our local independent travel agents to be able to sell, with customers taking advantage of all the convenience and hassle free benefits of flying from Liverpool.”
Disney is hiring staff in the North West to travel on their luxury cruise liners
Save for a deposit while travelling the world — a magical opportunity!
Disney is hiring youth staff members to work on their luxury cruise ships and set sail around the world.
If you love anything Disney and want to travel the world, are looking for a new career path or just simply want to get away from the humdrum of life, this unique role could be right for you. Disney Cruise Line is hiring for youth staff and it’s paying a minimum of £1,872 per month — you could save for a deposit on a house while having the time of your life!
If you’ve had experience and enjoy working with children, love Disney, and love travel, this job could be the perfect fit. Basic qualifications needed to apply for the role include:
- 3+ seasons (3 months each) of overnight or day camp experience
- A minimum of 18 months experience working in a high-volume, fast-paced environment in recreation, resort, day care, classroom, or a before/after school care setting.
- The candidate must be able to command the attention of a large group of children — up to 200 children at one time.
- Must have strong English oral and written communications.
- Bilingual or multilingual abilities are a plus.
As well as travel, accommodation and a decent wage, perks of the job also include: company events, employee discount, free or subsidised travel, private dental insurance, private medical, insurance, referral programme, store discounts, and wellness programmes.
Part of the job description says: “Interacts with and supervises children by providing a safe and entertaining environment. Provides set-up, clean-up and program support to Youth Entertainment Hosts during facilitated programs and activities.
“Extensively cleans youth spaces throughout the day to uphold United States Public Health and company standards. Meets and greets all guests and could assist with onboard registration and check in/out process.
“Preps food trays for children during meal or snack periods. Spontaneously entertains large volumes of children in absence of planned activities.
“Occasionally facilitates and presents smaller-scale activities to groups varying in size, requiring the use of a microphone. Functions as Nursery Counsellor during high volume periods.”
You can set sail on a magical experience and reap the benefits of a ‘supportive team’ and make it your ‘home from home’, as the website says about career life working on the cruise ship: “Join us at sea and receive unique benefits and the opportunities for growth you need to live out your dreams.”
If life at sea sounds exciting to you, you can read more about it and apply for the role here.