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UNITED KINGDOM - Wales


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

After a trip to Devon I managed to squeeze in one more 'staycation' before my furlough ended, so i returned home to north Wales to stake out Llandudno (again), Conwy (again) and Wrexham - July 2020.

 

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wales3158Opposite Llandudno train station is Alice in Wonderland! She's part of the Alice Town Trails in the resort town - Llandudno

 

wales3186The main focus of Llandudno is on the North Shore's promenade, pictured here framed by the rocky peninsula known as the Great Orme

 

 

wales3166The Great Orme rises above The Parade - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3178It's a popular Victoria-era resort, which still gets its fair share of holidaymakers - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3207Llandudno's North Shore is fronted by an abundance of hotels and bed & breakfasts - Llandudno

 

wales3179Llandudno pier, built in 1878, is the longest in Wales at 699m - Llandudno

 

 

 

wales3216Llandudno pier, built in 1878, is the longest in Wales at 699m - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3157Continuing the Alice Town Trails, this must be the Mad Hatter sitting on the Promenade - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3250Looking across Llandudno, away from the North Shore towards West Shore and Conwy

 

wales3261West Shore is a wide expanse of beach opposite Conwy - Llandudno

 

 

 

wales3439Keep walking along West Shore towards Deganwy and take in the Great Orme behind - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3282Walk or drive along Marine Drive, which forms a circuit around the base of the Great Orme, taking in views of West Shore and Deganwy (pictured) - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3291You can also strain the eyes for a long distance peek at Conwy Castle - Llandudno

 

wales3307Looking down from the slopes of the Great Orme on the West Shore side. It can be windy up there! Llandudno

 

 

 

wales3297Kashmiri goats have been roaming the headland since the 19th century. I also saw a couple wandering the streets - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3279Across the Irish Sea to the north Wales coast and Anglesey - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3324The coast west of Conwy at Dwygyfylchi and Penmaenmawr - Llandudno

 

wales3311When COVID is a distant memory, the comfortable way of accessing the Great Orme is via the seasonal Great Orme Tramway, and when weather allows there's also the Cable Car - Llandudno

 

wales3313I took the manual way, panting up the steep road for great views of the North Shore - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3316The sweeping arc of the North Shore - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3319 There's a seasonal summit complex at the top of the Great Orme housing a cafe, bar and gift shop - Llandudno

 

wales3333See the rolling hills rise above the coastline - Llandudno

 

wales3317On the north slope is St Tudno's Church, after which the town is named - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3335The Great Orme Ancient Mines were Bronze Age copper mines dating back 4,000 years - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3337Also on the headland is the Great Orme Cromlech, a 5,000-year-old Neolithic burial chamber - Llandudno

 

wales3343The Little Orme, at the end of the North Shore, comes into view - Llandudno

 

wales3345 The pier, North Shore and the Little Orme, as seen from the Great Orme - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3352Walking down into town via Happy Valley Botanical Gardens - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3169The Victorian frontage of the North Shore - Llandudno

 

wales3222See the green countryside surrounding Llandudno

 

 

 

wales98The Great Orme (pictured) and Little Orme are limestone headlands at either side of Llandudno Bay, separated by the North Shore - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3160The scary-looking Queen of Hearts I presume? She's part of the Alice Town Trails in Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3204A soft sun shines on the North Shore and the promenade - Llandudno

 

wales3202I'd guess it was a brisk 40min walk from the Great Orme to the base of the Little Orme - Llandudno

 

 

 

wales3210Wind turbines of the Gwynt-y-Mor offshore wind farm - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3198Next up was a trek up the Little Orme, at the far end of the North Shore - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3359More great panoramas, this time from the peak of the Little Orme looking across to the Great Orme - Llandudno

 

wales3371The eastern view from the Little Orme takes in Rhos-on-Sea and further along the coast, Prestatyn and Rhyl in the distance - Llandudno

 

 

 

wales3365More rolling hills and greenery surrounding Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3380Sailing boats on the Irish Sea - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1426aUnknown to me until 2018 there's a seal colony at Angel Bay at the eastern base of 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

 

wales3385I came back a few months later and got these photos, three on the rocks and one in the water - Llandudno

 

 

 

wales3390There was a playful battle as to who got to lie on the rocks - 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

 

wales3438It's a nice long walk from Llandudno, along West Shore to Conwy

 

 

wales3436Across the bay near Conwy - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3445Keep walking along West Shore to the mouth of the River Conwy - Llandudno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3448After leaving Llandudno the first town to pass is Deganwy, from where Conwy's marina is directly opposite

 

wales3450There's a marina and riverside hotel & spa in Deganwy

 

 

 

wales3457The outskirts of Conwy as seen from Deganwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1424The sun sets on Conwy, as seen from Deganwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3460A short walk past Deganwy, and Conwy Castle comes into view - Conwy

 

wales3467Conwy Castle from across the Conwy River near Deganwy - Conwy

 

wales3475Conwy Castle dominates the entrance to Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3527Continuing past the bridge to Conwy, and along the rivershore towards RSPB Conwy - Conwy

 

wales3531RSPB Conwy is a wetland reserve on the outskirts of Llandudno Junction, on the opposite side of the river from Conwy

 

 

 

wales3530Further upriver is the town of Glan Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3482I crossed the bridge and passed a looming Conwy Castle - Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3489The riverside is a lively one on a warm summer's day - Conwy

 

wales3491Guessing these are lobster baskets sitting on the quay - Conwy

 

 

 

wales3496The quayside is a small area overlooking the Conwy estuary, complete with a pub and a couple of ice-cream and chip-shop stalls - Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3569The red building is the Smallest House in Great Britain, measuring only 1.8m wide and 3.05m high. Cosy! Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3541The town walls, like the castle, are from the 13th century - Conwy

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3474The buildings of the quay continue up to the formidable old town walls - Conwy

 

wales3499A more peaceful side of the castle, on the opposite bank of the River Gyffin - Conwy

 

 

 

wales3504The River Gyffin meets the Conwy estuary - Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3507Behind the castle is the 19th century Conwy Suspension Bridge, built by Thomas Telford - Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales351113th century Conwy Castle forms part of English King Edward I's iron ring, his idea being to suppress the Welsh

 

wales3533Porth Uchaf, or Upper Gate, is one of the old town entrances - Conwy

 

 

 

wales3546The link from the quay to the High Street is through Porth Isaf, or Lower Gate - Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3556The top of the High Street opens into Lancaster Square - Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3562In the town centre is Aberconwy House, a 15th century merchant house. Also in town is Plas Mawr, a 16th century townhouse - Conwy

 

wales3573The attractive riverside trail (at least at the beginning) leads to the marina - Conwy

 

 

 

wales3579Out of picture is the perfectly situated The Mulberry, a pub-restaurant with lots of outdoor seating - Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3581The modern 500 berth marina - Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3587There's a small beach with a jetty next to the marina, opposite Deganwy - Conwy

 

wales3586Lovely scenery on the Conwy estuary - Conwy

 

 

 

wales3595Kids playing on the estuary beach, with sailing boats passing in front of the Great Orme - Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3600Crossing the bridge from Deganwy to Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3606The river is almost a mirror - Conwy

 

wales3611Sunset over the River Conwy and the Great Orme in the distance, middle right - Conwy

 

wales3613It's a beautiful setting - Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3616Maybe too many river sunset photos, but hey I couldn't choose! Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3621A great walk is up Conwy Mountain, called Mynydd y Dref in Welsh - Conwy

 

wales3627It's relatively quick and easy, being only 244m high, but with brilliant panoramic views, including the castle - Conwy

 

 

 

wales3631Conwy Castle forms the backdrop to grazing horses - Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3636In the opther direction is the Great Orme and the Conwy estuary - Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales3645In the foereground is Conwy marina, with Deganwy across the water - Conwy

 

wales3651Llandudno, the West Shore and the River Conwy as it heads into the Irish Sea - Conwy

 

 

 

 

wales3652All is calm on the River Conwy - Conwy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, aka Glan Conwy - Conwy

 

 

 

wales3656Subway murals on my way to Llandudno Junction bus station - Llandudno Junction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 National Park

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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