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UNITED KINGDOM - Wales


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Wales - Cardiff; Population - Wales - 3 million; Currency - Pound Sterling MORE UK - LONDON

I was born and brought up on the North Wales coast at Prestatyn - I really need to add more of home! So I'll be there around Easter 2017 for a gander..

 

uknote20 Pounds Sterling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales10Conwy Castle and its town walls were completed in 1289 under the instructions of the English King Edward I, his idea being to suppress the Welsh - Conwy

 

wales50A view of Conwy Castle and the river from the city walls - Conwy

 

wales35The Castle was built to guard the entrance to the River Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales64eA great view of Conwy Castle and the town, with the Conwy River behind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2The walls, like the Castle, are also from the 13th century - Conwy

 

wales55Climb the steps of Conwy's walls for some excellent views

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales57Conwy River and the town's harbour. On the opposite side of the river is Deganwy - Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales64cConwy River as seen from the town walls - Conwy

 

wales64The River Conwy leads to Conwy Bay in the Irish Sea - Conwy

 

wales61Conwy town centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales64bThe red building on Conwy's quayside is the Smallest House in Great Britain, measuring 1.8 metres wide and 3.05 metres high

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales77aThe Groes Inn, 4km from Conwy, was the first licensed house in Wales, in 1573

 

wales69bOf course I have to include my home town Prestatyn, on the north Wales coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales80The North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm is situated 7.5kms off Prestatyn's north Wales coast.
It consists of 30 turbines providing electricity for 40,000 homes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales103A close up of the North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm from Prestatyn

 

wales296Prestatyn beach runs the whole way along the town's coast, from Talacre to Rhyl - Prestatyn

 

wales69aBurbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm is set in Liverpool Bay close to the Wirral, and seen here from Whitford, near Holywell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales73Dyserth waterfall, a few kilometres from Prestatyn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales297The disused Prestatyn to Dyserth train line is now a popular walking trail. On the left you can just make out a distant Prestatyn plus the wind farm - Meliden

 

wales6513th century Rhuddlan Castle, built by Edward I, stands above the River Clwyd - Rhuddlan

 

wales83Driving down the Great Orme to the popular north Wales coastal resort of Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales84aFrom Llandudno's dry ski run there's good views of the Little Orme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales98The Great Orme (pictured) and Little Orme are limestone headlands at either side of Llandudno Bay

More on Llandudno

 

wales86Llandudno pier, built in 1878, is the longest in Wales at 699 metres

 

wales90Llandudno pier and the Irish Sea - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales96Llandudno's North Shore is fronted by an abundance of hotels and bed & breakfasts - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales97The Great Orme begins on the west side of Llandudno bay

 

wales308Bodysgallen Hall is a manor house and now a hotel/spa mainly dating to the 17th century - Llandudno

 

wales StAsaph14th century St Asaph Cathedral - St Asaph is known as Llanelwy in Welsh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales302The 19th century Marble Church, or St Margaret's Church, has a cemetery of WWI graves, many of them Canadian soldiers who died in a flu epidemic in 1919, after the war ended - St Asaph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales TremeirchionThe Welsh countryside near Tremerchion

 

wales105Betws-y-Coed is one of the main villages of Snowdonia National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales108The Llugwy is one of the tributaries of the River Conwy, Betws-y-Coed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales110As you may have noticed Betws-y-Coed is a lush green area

 

wales112 Pont y Pair is a bridge in the centre of Betws-y-Coed

 

wales114Across from the train station is St Mary's church, Betws-y-Coed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales120The Greenfield Valley Heritage Park is dedicated to the area's industrial past. This photo is of the 19th century Cotton Mills - Greenfield

 

wales313The market town of Ruthin has several historic buildings, this being Nantclwyd y Dre, a 14th century timber townhouse which is now a museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales314The entrance to Ruthin Castle, a medieval castle built by Edward I in the 13th century - Ruthin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales316In the grounds of the castle is a fantastic Welsh dragon painted on Welsh slate - Ruthin

 

wales324The castle is now a luxury hotel - Ruthin

 

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LINKS

www.visitwales.com - Wales tourist board

www.northwales.co.uk - guide to north Wales

www.gonorthwales.co.uk -

www.snowdonrailway.co.uk - take a train up Snowdon, Wales' highest mountain

www.snowdon.com - more info on Snowdon

www.visitmidwales.co.uk - guide to mid Wales

www.tourism.powys.gov.uk - another site focussed on mid Wales

www.southernwales.com - guide to south Wales

www.walestourism.com

www.visitbritain.com - Britain's official tourism website

www.britainexpress.com

www.thetrainline.com - train information across Britain

www.nationalexpress.com - National Express coaches cover Britain

 

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