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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Caernarfon July 5th 2018

Rob docked at Caernarfon (north Wales) today so we drove to greet and pick him up. He and a long-time friend, Allan, sailed Rob’s newly purchased yacht from Dartmouth in southern England to Caernarvon in north Wales, passing around Lizard Point, Land’s End, across the Bristol Channel, passing St David’s Head, across Cardigan Bay, into Caernarfon Bay to their destination. Rob and Mary have been sailors all their lives so this ‘little’ jaunt was a stroll-in-the-park for a person of Rob’s experience. Many a plan has already been made by both of them with regards to ‘tarting’ the boat up. Sadly, we will not be here to enjoy the fruits of their labour … however … we will return …... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Nefyn June 26th 2018

The day began with an early bike ride by both of us and a wipe-out crash for Jane. ‘Very’ fortunately she escaped injury. Another cyclist came around a blind corner at speed and wide. Applying the brakes on pea blue metal whilst leaning into a corner has only one result … a slide … into the path of Jane who rode over his bicycle before falling and landing on him as he was under both bikes and Jane. After that bit of excitement and having Jane’s heart rate calmed we departed with Rob and Mary for a place very special to Jane, Morfa Nefyn in Wales. We met very close friends of R&M’s who were moored a little off-shore, had lunch from the “Ty Cock”, which celebrates its 50th year owned by the Webley family and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Porthmadog September 23rd 2017

Having decided yesterday that today was the day to go up Mt Snowdon, we breakfasted early and set out. When we got to the station to collect our tickets, we were advised that the train would only be able to go as far as Rocky Valley station, about 5/8 of the way to the summit, because there were 65mile per hour winds at the summit. We were also advised that we would not be able to leave the train as the wind was too strong. We were given the option to cancel, but we decided that we would like to go as far up the mountain as we could. The train was ready to leave on time, and the little steam engine, with a rack took us up the mountain. The first part of the journey ... read more
River beside the track
Sheep up on the mountain
A steep section of track

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Porthmadog September 22nd 2017

After a good breakfast, we left the Grafton Grange Farm to move on to Wales. Before we left Bakewell, we stoppped at Haddon Hall. This hall is a medieval hall,,still used by the family and fairly intact. The weather was not so good, with rain forecast, although it was only grey to begin the day. We walked over a small bridge to the Hall. It was quite large, with some defensive protection, but certainly not a castle. It also had a small, tiered garden, with different levels accessible from different areas. There were some very old tapestries, and also quite a bit of furniture from the medieval times. By the time we had seen the hall, the rain was beginning. We had a three hour drive to get to Porthmadog, so got on our way. A ... read more
The gatehouse at Haddin Hall
The great hall at Haddon
One of the levels of the garden

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Porthmadog September 22nd 2017

The weather forecast was important in our decision making this morning. We want to go up Snowdonia, but the weather needed to be good. It was clear from both the forecast and the sky that today was not the day! Instead we decided to travel on the Ffestiniog railway. We decided to travel from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniogg. We went down to the station early to buy tickets. The carriages were already waiting at the station, we only had to wait for the engine to arrive and couple on. There was also another train to Canarvon, that was due to leave a little after our train. It actually arrived at the station first! There was a bit of consternation as to whether we were on the right train, but the helpful volunteers soon had everyone back ... read more
Coal for the trains
Our engine- David Lloyd George
Out the carriage window

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Snowdonia July 25th 2017

For all the travelling I have done, I've definitely not seen enough of my own island. By island I mean Great Britain and what better way to do it than to go camping?!In July of this year we went camping in Snowdonia over a weekend. Snowdonia is a National park, a mountainous region in North Wales with an area of 823 square miles and is home to over 26,000 people. It’s around 3 and a half hours drive from my home town of Cheltenham but totally worth it. The campsite we stayed in was called Dolgam and it is both a campsite and a B&B. The campsite itself was basic with washing up facilities, electric hook up points ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Dolgellau May 31st 2017

Wednesday was the best weather day so we headed over to Snowdonia to go up Cadair Idris by the Mynffordd path. I've done this was a couple of times before, once with Vicky but it was new to Chavaunne. We climbed up to Llyn Cau and ate lunch overlooking the lake hoping the clouds on the mountain tops would lift. We climbed higher and were contemplating the final ascent of Craig Cwm Amarch when the cloud got lower so since we already had good views & I knew how hard to find the path beyond the summits was we turned back & the cloud followed us down for some way before turning into rain! Lots of inappropriately clothed walkers about though.... We got down before the cafe closed & treated ourselves to tea & cake whilst ... read more
Llyn Cau on the way up
Llyn Cau on the way down
Cloud on the way down

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Llanberis September 14th 2016

Smukke Wales! Onsdag Jeg er åbenbart ikke så heldig med toge. Jeg endte på det forkerte tog, så jeg landede i Liverpool, hvorfra jeg skulle finde ud af, hvordan jeg kom til Bangor, så jeg kunne komme til Llanberis. Det var heldigvis ikke så slemt, jeg skulle først med undergrunden og derefter med et almindeligt tog. Endnu engang hoppede jeg på det forkerte tog, men jeg opdagede det rimelig hurtigt, så jeg kunne komme af på den næste station. Det var virkelig komisk. Jeg var pænt sulten, da jeg ankom i Bangor, så jeg fandt en sød lille café, der havde rigtig mange veganske muligheder. Jeg fik en lækker wrap og derefter en skøn dessert, i form af en pandekage med banan og is! Jeg tog bussen til Llanberis, hvor jeg havde booket et hostel. Hostellet ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Snowdonia August 3rd 2015

Snowdonia national park is home to some beautiful scenery, rolling green hills and the tallest mountain in Wales. Driving the winding roads through valleys and mountains led us to Bala a small town situated on the edge of the park. Here we found our campsite for the weekend. A lush green empty field soon became our base camp. Putting up the tents is always fun especially when the wind is blowing! After pitching three tents and a gazebo it was time for a cup of warming tea. The weather wasn't freezing cold but it certainly wasn't the warmest, that evening we headed to the bar for food and drink... Maybe a bit too much drink! For an activity while being away we were all in hope that the wind would drop and Zip World would be ... read more
Dog on snowdoina

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Snowdon July 23rd 2015

Thursday 23 July 2015 Weather watching in Britain must be the most popular past time. It is certainly the favourite conversation piece. The last day or two has proved this to be true. A brief glance out of the window gave promise of a fine day. Our host offered to provide an early breakfast so we could get on the road for our much anticipated visit to Mt Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales. The forty minute drive to Llanberis, our starting point, was uneventful except for the few spots of rain forecast to fall at 10:00 am. How good are the UK Meteorologists? We hope they are not that good because there is another shower forecast at 4:00 pm. We arrive at destination, park in a large carpark controlled by the nearby hotel, ... read more

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