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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Snowdon August 31st 2023

31st August 2023 Llanberis Pass We set off in the opposite direction to yesterday heading for Llanberis. langollen. Didn’t intend to but went by way of Betys-Y-Coed as the Sat Nav decided that was the way to go. Fortunate really as Sat Nav took us down a road, to save ¼ mile, which we absolutely do not want to take tomorrow with the caravan behind. We should have followed the A5 but took one of Wale’s goat track aka roads instead. The caravan would not have fitted over the bridge at the end before we got onto the A5. Straight through Betys which was full of tourists, some looking a bit miserable as the Welsh drizzle was the wet sort. Then we took a turn to Llanberis as we were nearing some quite dramatic and scenic ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Bala August 29th 2023

Time to leave the Lynn Peninsula and the sea for Bala lake in Snowdonia.. All hitched up and sorted. Getting practicised at checking everything on and in the caravan to be secure before moving off. We have of course always done that in the motorhome but in the motorhome you can see if a door has been left open and leap up to shut it. The caravan interior is out of sight and sound when we are towing it so have to be much for careful before setting off. As usual, car wing mirror extensions were the last thing remembered and fitted just as we left. All good, though really the roads on the peninsula and anywhere else we have been in Wales, really could do with a little widening in places. We passed through one ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Nefyn August 27th 2023

More beach exploration today. This time the West coast of this little peninsula. It isn’t very big, not many miles long and in several spots we have been able to see the sea on both sides and at the foot. But getting along the roads is a different matter. 5 miles can easily take 25 minutes. There are no straight roads and we laugh when the Sat Nav says follow this road straight for the next two miles 😊. Plus, many stretches of road are, if not actually single track, not wide enough for a line down the middle. We have spent many minutes since arriving here, sitting patiently squished into a hedge to let another perfectly normal sized car get past. We are a little disappointed not to find pretty little villages in this area. ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Pwllheli August 26th 2023

We are exploring. Would be easier if we had thought to put the road atlas in the car but we didn’t and are reliant on the incar SatNav and my phone which frequently loses all signal. Today we went to the East Coast, under the pig’s ear so the more sheltered side. We waited for the overnight rain to pass over and hopefully set out in summer wear. All good. The sun did come out, the grey clouds vanished and we had a mainly lovely blue sky day. Pwllheli first. Neither of us have been before so no idea what to expect but we hit a traffic jam as we approached the centre, just cars trying to get from one side to the other. A really strange layout of a place. We drove through a typical ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Nefyn August 25th 2023

Moved on today a little further along North Wales. Not a long drive. Up the few miles to the coast then followed it along via the Menai Straits past Anglesey and down what I always refer to as the Pig’s Ear of Wales, the Lynn Peninsula. Can’t be specific as to where we are as really we are just somewhere surrounded by fields and quite lovely views, including to the sea about 2 miles away. This is a CL, Gwyn Tawel and we are nicely set up with fully hooked up water again. We decided to try attaching the awning and after only a couple of wrong moves managed quite well. We were told it takes 10 minutes and maybe it took us that plus an hour but now we know what we are doing will ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Criccieth July 15th 2023

The rained lashed down, as I parked up on the promenade. It was our final night. The thermometer dipped for a brief spell, whilst the water bounced off the windscreen. In many ways, it was a relief from the scorching hot sunshine and high temperatures of the week. Complain? We shouldn't really, but us Brits always have one eye on the weather. How many times could you spend a week in North Wales and have wall to wall sunshine and temperatures in the mid to high 20s. It was 1976 all over again. We were booked in for a meal at Dylans on the foreshore. The splendid building at the far end of the esplanade has all the hallmarks of an art deco classic - the modernist architecture of the 1930s in the period leading up ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Harlech July 10th 2023

There was little to suggest we had crossed the border, as we skirted Wrexham. The scenery remained unchanged. The Hollywood A listers might have changed the landscape at the nearby football club, but it remains to be seen whether a Netflix documentary and a sniff of success can change things in the long term in this neck of the woods. I note a shirt sponsorship with United Airlines and a new category of membership - the International Dragon - suggests a confused influx of Americans might be just around the corner. Well 75 of them each home game to be precise .... the number of tickets set aside each match for this international brigade. I will watch with interest to see if they are also scrambling for the away trip to Mansfield on a Tuesday night ... read more
Harlech Beach
Harlech Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd June 2nd 2023

Well we have started our journey of the Wild Atlantic Way by staying in Wales in a lovely campsite very near Holyhead where tomorrow we will be crossing to Dublin. The campsite is really nice but you will never guess it though when we booked in the lady who was so lovely told me where the pitch was and also that there is a vending machine which has milk from their Jersey cows and eggs. Well I thought a vending machine really? We got to the pitch and she came down and introduced herself and told us once again about the vending machine. Well really sorry but I thought this lady is probably not well as she introduced herself to me a couple of minutes ago and did not recognise me - so did I think ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Porthmadog October 2nd 2022

After our early night last night we got a pretty good sleep despite the stag and stagette parties roaming the streets. The church bells counting the quarter hour all night were both reassuring (it’s only 2:00 am - no need to get up) and distracting (why are the bells ringing at 2:00 am?). We learned that we have too much luggage so spent some time repack if so we only need to haul one bag in for the next couple of night. We wanted to hit the road early so we could get to our stop tonight to enjoy the facilities. We took a brief bypass down the coast to see saint govan’s chapel. It’s a 13th century chapel built in honour of a 6th century hermit who may have been a knight of the round ... read more
Us at Pembroke .
View from castle wall walk at Pembroke .
Pembroke keep.

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Criccieth September 30th 2022

After a few unsuccessful attempts at trying to persuade the sat nav that there was such a place as Criccieth the only thing left to do was input it manually. Hopefully once in it would remember Criccieth for the future and recognise our attempts at saying the name . The sat nav took us back the way we have come . This surprised me as I could see the coast road up to Maentwrog which seemed a faster option and perhaps a prettier one as it hug the coastline . . However sat nav knows better and took us what seemed like the long way round . Eventually though she brought us into Criccieth . The weather was still wet and blistery but the town looked somewhat more inviting than Barmouth. The sea although rough looked ... read more
Edwards Castle
Pretty bubblegum coloured houses

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