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I was very lucky to have a fine sunny day on the trip up Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. On this page I've weaved in some of my original photos from many trips home to Prestatyn - April 2017


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wales1315The remains of 13th century Dolbadarn Castle overlook Llyn Padarn - Llanberis


wales1319Snowdonia peaks rise above Padarn Lake. Snowdonia is the name given to the national park covering over 2,300km2 stretching from the north Wales coast down to Machynlleth in mid-Wales. Within Snowdonia is Snowdon the mountain - Llanberis


wales1320A misty day gives a calm, atmospheric feel to the still waters of Llyn Padarn - Llanberis















wales1328 On the other side of Dolbadarn Castle is Llyn Peris - Llanberis















wales1331Through the window of the Snowdon Mountain Railway as it climbs to Clogwyn - Snowdon


wales1335Outside the summer season (but nothing in winter) trains terminate at Clogwyn, three-quarters the way to Snowdon. I've started the walk to the summit and look down on Llyn Padarn in Llanberis


wales1339Close to the summit and a bird's eye view of the waters of Glaslyn and Llyn Llydaw - Snowdon













wales1341Spot the climbers taking the Miner's and Pyg tracks up the mountain, the two most popular routes - Snowdon















wales1342Snowdon only measures 1,085m but it's the highest mountain in England and Wales, and the scenery is stunning, all the way to the coast


wales1354On busy days the queue can be long up those steps - Snowdon


wales1350 The summit! If you're lucky you're rewarded with 360degree views of Snowdonia and the Irish Sea. The lake is Llyn Llydaw - Snowdon















wales1351Climber extraordinaire! But hey I cheated, taking the train most of the way - what a fraud! The legs still hurt though, especially going down.. - Snowdon














wales1361I was a kid the last time I came and from memory it was pure cloud cover (not uncommon!) but this was a fantastic day - Snowdon


wales1367Taking the Miner's Path down Snowdon and heading for Glaslyn - Snowdon


wales1379Snowdon peak is reflected in Llyn Llydaw, to the right of centre - Snowdon














wales1382Cross the causeway over Llyn Llydaw and you'll come to Llyn Teyrn, then the finish line at Pen-y-Pass isn't far away - Snowdon














wales1388Beddgelert is the 'quaint village' of Snowdonia


wales1393It's very small though, but there's opportunities for several walks in the surrounding hills of Snowdonia - Beddgelert


wales1395A very cute bike hire ad next to the River Colwyn - Beddgelert















wales1396 And another! This one's outside the Royal Goat Hotel - Beddgelert















wales1398Attractive countryside near the legendary dog Gelert's grave, 'bedd' meaning burial place - Beddgelert


wales1399In the 13th century Prince Llywelyn, owner of faithful hound Gelert, returned home one day to find his baby missing and Gelert with a blood stained mouth. Believing Gelert to have mauled the baby, he kills the dog with his sword, only to hear the baby's cries next door along with a dead wolf, killed by Gelert. A sorrowful (but fictional) tale I remember as a child.. - Beddgelert


wales1400The bronze statue of Gelert - Beddgelert















wales1394An image of the Welsh dragon, which appears on the Welsh flag, outside a Beddgelert gift shop


















wales1404The Plas-y-Brenin sports centre uses Llynnau Mymbyr for a lot of watersports activities - Capel Curig


wales1410After Capel Curig it was on to Betws-y-Coed, stopping off at Ty Hyll on the way. Ty Hyll, or Ugly House, is now a cafe and promoter of environmental issues













wales1407A little further on are Swallow Falls - Betws-y-Coed















wales1411Betws-y-Coed is one of the main villages of Snowdonia National Park


wales1412It's a place full of greenery and water, as well as souvenir, hiking and outdoor clothing shops - Betws-y-Coed


wales110The Llugwy is one of the tributaries of the River Conwy, Betws-y-Coed













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













wales1414There's little to see in Llanrwst with the exception of Tu Hwnt i'r Bont tearooms, a traditional Welsh tearoom set in a lovely 15th century farmhouse


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














wales1420Looking at the map I think the town across the Conwy River from the Groes Inn is Llansanffraid - Conwy













wales1423Conwy Castle from across the Conwy River at Deganwy - Conwy


wales1013th century Conwy Castle forms part of English King Edward I's iron ring, his idea being to suppress the Welsh - Conwy


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














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













wales55Climb the steps of the town walls for some excellent views - Conwy


wales64cConwy River as seen from the town walls, with Deganwy across the water - Conwy


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















wales64bThe red building on the quayside is the Smallest House in Great Britain, measuring only 1.8m wide and 3.05m high. Cosy! Conwy














wales1424The sun sets on Conwy, as seen from Deganwy


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














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













wales86Llandudno pier, built in 1878, is the longest in Wales at 699m - Llandudno


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


wales1426aUnknown to me until last year there's a seal colony at Angel Bay on the Little Orme. I didn't have my good camera but you can see two seals on the shore in the middle , another two just in the sea to their right, two more near the big rock at the bottom and several at the top of the beach - Llandudno


wales1426eMy Dad takes in the north Wales coast from the Little Orme - Llandudno














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














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


wales69bOf course I have to include my home town Prestatyn, 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 - 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


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












wales73Cute little Dyserth waterfall, a few kilometres from Prestatyn - Dyserth



















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


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 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



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