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UNITED KINGDOM - Wales


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

Bodnant Garden is an easy day trip from Llandudno or Conwy, after which it was a coincidental trip to surprise new I'm A Celebrity location, Gwrych Castle. Also on this page I've weaved in some of my original photos from many trips home to Prestatyn - July 2020.

 

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wales3399A short drive south of Llandudno and Conwy is Bodnant Garden

 

wales3400It's a 60 acre site of formal gardens created in the 19th century - Bodnant Garden

 

 

 

wales3409The Pin Mill stands at the end of a lily pond - Bodnant Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3411The surrounding countryside and hills look superb - Bodnant Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3413The garden is set around Bodnant Hall, also called Bodnant House - Bodnant Garden

 

wales3425Beyond the terraced gardens near Bodnant Hall is a wilder, more open section - Bodnant Garden

 

 

 

wales3432I'm clueless when it comes to flowers but I think these are blue hydrangeas on the right - Bodnant Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3433A 10min walk from the National Trust property are great views of the River Conwy - Bodnant Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3685I'd long seen Gwrych Castle from the coast road and had wanted to visit for some years - Abergele

 

wales3677The castle was built in the 19th century as a country house rather than for defensive purposes - Abergele

 

 

 

wales3679What were the chances of it being selected for I'm A Celebrity?!!! Didn't even cross my mind.. - Abergele

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3675As it was the era of coronavirus the interior areas were closed, but I got this photo from the top of the stairs of The House, the main building containing the entrance hall, library, drawing room and dining room - Abergele

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3673Restoration works have been going on for years, and many locals didn't know it was open to the public. ITV (producers of I'm A Celebrity) ploughed in some cash, and boy oh boy it's going to be popular in 2021 - Abergele

 

wales3664Gwrych Castle (Hedged Castle in English) has relied heavily on donations and volunteers to rebuild the site, so I'm A Celebrity has made huge strides to accelerate this. Congratulations! Abergele

 

 

 

wales3694A bit of a long walk from the castle is Pensarn beach, from where you can see Llandudno's Little (& Great?) Orme, out of picture - Abergele

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3699There's not much to recommend Rhyl, a beach resort further east along the coast. Lots of regeneration money has been spent but the town and seafront still look run down and in need of a boost

 

wales3704Having said that, the beach is very wide, though not particularly soft and inviting - Rhyl

 

 

 

wales3714But this place is cool, Pro Kitesurfing, which offers kitesurfing and wakeboarding lessons and has a small outdoor bar-cafe - Rhyl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3715 Can't escape the Ormes, Little or Great! Rhyl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales69bOf course I have to include my home town of Prestatyn, a little further east again on the north Wales coast

 

wales80The North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm is situated 7.5km off the coast. It consists of 30 turbines providing electricity for 40,000 homes, and may well have expanded since - Prestatyn

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3745Prestatyn is probably best known as the start or finish of the Offa's Dyke Path - signified by the Dechrau a Diwedd sculpture - which largely follows the England/Wales border for 285km from Prestatyn to Chepstow in the south

 

wales3742As a kid we called this disused 18th century lead mine Fish Cave, found off the Bishopswood trail - Prestatyn

 

 

 

wales3737The coronavirus lockdown inspired this COVID-19 snake, which stretches along the Prestatyn-Dyserth Way. People are invited to add their messages painted on stones - 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

 

wales3725Take a trail leading off the Prestatyn-Dyserth Way that rises up to Craig Fawr, a viewpoint with great views of the surrounding coast - Meliden

 

 

 

wales3726It doesn't feel like north Wales if you can't see the Little or Great Orme, here with Rhyl in the foreground - Meliden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3729There's great views of the coast, offshore wind farm and Prestatyn - Meliden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3735The top of Craig Fawr is only a 15min walk from the railway path below - Meliden

 

 

 

wales73Cute little Dyserth waterfall, a 10min walk from the end of the Prestatyn-Dyserth Way path - Dyserth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

wales3748Shortly after Prestatyn is Talacre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3746The beach resort is known for its caravan parks - Talacre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3749The 18th century Point of Ayr lighthouse - Talacre

 

wales3754Birdwatchers might want a visit to the Dee Estuary - Point of Ayr reserve, which is accessed via boardwalks parallel to the water and marshland - Talacre

 

 

 

wales StAsaph14th century St Asaph Cathedral in St Asaph, the second smallest city in Britain and 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 TremeirchionSome lovely Welsh countryside near Tremerchion

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3758The Arc sculpture honours the coal and steel workers - Wrexham

 

wales3759This 2018 mural depicts silhouettes of WWI soldiers and commemorates 100 years since the end of World War I - Wrexham

 

 

 

wales3761A shopping arcade in the town centre - Wrexham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3764 The towering 15th century St Giles' Church - Wrexham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3766That might be Elvis outside the Rock Suite Cafe - Wrexham

 

wales3768A message for the wealthy: Eat The Rich - Wrexham

 

 

 

 

wales3774The National Trust property of Erddig is only 3.5km south of Wrexham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3775Erddig Hall is set within a huge 1,900 acres of estate grounds - Wrexham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3776Only the grounds were open post coronavirus lockdown, hopefully this changes in 2021 - Wrexham

 

wales3777A perfectly manicured tree-lined path within the grounds of Erddig - Wrexham

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitwales.com - Wales tourist board

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

www.eryri-npa.gov.uk - Snowdonia guide

www.gonorthwales.co.uk -

www.snowdonrailway.co.uk - take a train up Mt 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 focused 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.traveline.cymru - Wales public transport journey planner

www.nationalexpress.com - National Express coaches cover Britain

 

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