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UNITED KINGDOM - Wales


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

It was back along the coast heading west to Caernarfon, followed by the Welsh Highland Railway to Porthmadog and along the Llyn Peninsula, before venturing south - April 2017.

 

uknote20 Pounds Sterling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1431Hotels, bars and restaurants edge Victoria Dock - Caernarfon

 

wales143313th century Caernarfon Castle is probably the most impressive castle I've seen in Wales, with a beautiful setting overloooking the Seiont River and Menai Strait - Caernarfon

 

wales1445A picturesque Seiont River leading to the mountains of Snowdonia - Caernarfon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1444Boats at low tide on the river below the houses of Segontium Terrace - Caernarfon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1449The reconstructed old city walls of Caernarfon running alongside the Menai Strait

 

wales1451A fishing boat sails down the Menai Strait. Head over the sand banks of Anglesey, pictured, and you'll end up on Newborough Beach - Caernarfon

 

wales1453Caernarfon Castle is another of English King Edward I's iron ring of castles, together with Beaumaris, Conwy, Harlech and others. It's the most complete of the forts - Caernarfon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1464The Seiont River and Snowdonia peaks - Caernarfon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1475Shops and market stalls on Castle Square - Caernarfon

 

wales1484A Welsh flag flies over Castle Square. Caernarfon is the heart of Welsh-speaking Wales, with the majority speaking it as their first language, with English second. Much of the Llyn Peninsula is the same, as well as Bangor, Snowdonia, parts of Anglesey and the Cambrian Coast - Caernarfon

 

wales1480Moored boats on the Seiont River - Caernarfon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1483The 16th century Black Boy Inn is a hotel with bar and restaurant - Caernarfon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1488The Welsh Mountain Railway is a steam train running the scenic 25mile journey from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, via Rhyd Ddu and Beddgelert - Caernarfon

 

wales1493Surprisingly there were hardly any passengers so there was plenty of space for a lovely ride through Snowdonia National Park - Welsh Highland Railway

 

wales1496 Cwellyn Lake lies within the slopes and green fields of Snowdonia - Welsh Highland Railway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1503On the left is the peak of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, at 1,085m - Welsh Highland Railway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1507lThe green field on the back right is the site of Gelert's grave at Beddgelert - Welsh Highland Railway

 

wales1518Another view of Snowdon, back left, as we come into Porthmadog - Welsh Highland Railway

 

wales1531An overnight snow flurry meant the mountains looked far more impressive - Porthmadog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1524The harbour at Porthmadog with snow-covered mountains behind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1536Snowdon is the last mountain on the far left - Porthmadog

 

wales1534Boats in the harbour. To the left, out of picture, is the station that serves both the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog railways - Porthmadog

 

wales1537bThe Purple Moose is a Porthmadog-based brewery whose tipples can be found all over Wales and beyond - Porthmadog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1540Borth-y-Gest is just a 15minute walk from Porthmadog, on the Glaslyn estuary

 

wales1544The Glaslyn estuary and Snowdonia on the evening before the snow - Borth-y-Gest

 

wales1549Most visitors to Porthmadog come to see the museum village of Portmeirion. Castell Deudraeth is a hotel that marks the boundary, though the village and ticket entrance begin a few hundred metres further on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1548Portmeirion is famous as the location of 1960s cult TV series The Prisoner. An annual convention is still very popular to this day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1551Sir Clough William-Ellis wanted to create a village in a beautiful setting without spoiling it, and chose this site, carrying out work between 1925 and 1976 - Portmeirion

 

wales1557He borrowed heavily from Italian styles, with the result that you feel as if a colourful Mediterranean village has been dropped in the middle of Wales - Portmeirion

 

wales1558Sir William-Ellis also collected many sculptures, statues and other decorative paraphenalia - Portmeirion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1559He strenuosly denied that Portmeirion was based on the Italian village of Portofino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1560On Battery Square is St Peter and the Sheep, next to The Prisoner gift shop - Portmeirion

 

wales1561There's several self-catering cottages dotted around the village, though I've no idea if these are some of them - Portmeirion

 

wales1565A huge chess set in the main square - Portmeirion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1568I love the colours and design in this picture - Portmeirion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1576Portmeirion overlooks the Dwyryd River, just over 3km from Porthmadog

 

wales1580Also on the banks of the Dwyryd River is Hotel Portmeirion, built around 1850. Noel Coward, George Bernard Shaw and HG Wells have all passed through its doors - Portmeirion

 

wales1585A 'boat' built into the promenade - Portmeirion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1573Through bright blue and across the river - Portmeirion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1590A large part of Portmeirion is dedicated to woodland walks and gardens, this area being set around the Japanese Bridge

 

wales1631The 13th century Criccieth Castle stands atop a hill with commanding views of the Cambrian Coast and Tremadog Bay - Criccieth

 

wales1596Criccieth Beach is the main beach in town, on the eastern side of the castle - Criccieth

 

wales1607On the western side is Marine Beach, running alongside Marine Terrace - Criccieth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1602Standing among the ruins of Criccieth Castle facing Tremadog Bay and Harlech - Criccieth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1637A fine, clear day meant Harlech Castle and the beach was visible from Criccieth

 

wales1618Taking in the sun's rays on a warm April afternoon at Criccieth Beach - Criccieth

 

wales1616The distant sands you'll see (on a clear day!) are Black Rock Sand Beach and Harlech Beach - Criccieth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1639The coastline of the Llyn Peninsula leads to Pwllheli and Abersoch - Criccieth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1653Colourful huts at Abersoch Beach - Abersoch

 

wales1646Fishing boats at Abersoch. But if it's surfing you're after, head to Porth Neigwl just over 3km south west

 

wales1671Porthdinllaen is a short drive heading north from Pwllheli across the Llyn Pensinsula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1657 The village is set on a small peninsula near Morfa Nefyn - Porthdinllaen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1667It's a former fishing village and has a natural harbour - Porthdinllaen

 

wales1670Access to Porthdinllaen - and the locally famous Ty Coch pub - is either via the golf course or when the tide is favourable, along the wide stretch of sand

 

wales1672Storm clouds set to kick in - Porthdinllaen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1675Back on the southern side of the Llyn Peninsula at Marian y De, the main beach in Pwllheli

 

wales1680Tremadog Bay - and maybe Harlech again - a reproduction of the view from Criccieth - Pwllheli

 

wales1686I headed to the southernmost point in my trip at Machynlleth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1688Machynlleth is the site of the Owain Glyndwr Centre where parliament crowned him Prince of Wales in 1404. Owain Glyndwr was the last native Welsh Prince of Wales and leader of revolts against the English in the late 14th/early 15th century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1698Dolgellau is a market town at the base of Cadair Idris, a 893m peak in Snowdonia

 

wales1691The peak of Cadair Idris (centre right) rises above Dolgellau and the River Mawddach

 

wales1700Many of the 18th/19th century buildings are heritage-listed - Dolgellau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.traveline.cymru - Wales public transport journey planner

www.nationalexpress.com - National Express coaches cover Britain

 

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