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UNITED KINGDOM - Wales


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

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

 

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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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 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.traveline.cymru - Wales public transport journey planner

www.nationalexpress.com - National Express coaches cover Britain

 

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