Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Wales - 2016/05

North Wales used to be our favourite destination for a weekend break in the UK for a long time and coming back from Russia we realised that it’s been a long time since our last visit to Wales and we decided to come for a short trip before our travel to Poland. 

As usual we chose Betws-y-Coed as the place to stop and explore from.  After a 4 hour drive from London we stopped for lunch at a café by the Conwy waterfalls and were joined by bird robin.  After visiting the waterfalls we checked-in to our B&B and drove for a short walk round the lake, on the way there passing a real steam truck on the road.

Conwy waterfalls

The walk around the lake is an easy and flat 3km, which we finished within an hour.  Our efforts were rewarded with a local Welsh cream scone, from the café which stayed opened especially for us.


Back at Betws-y-Coed everything was closed as when we returned and after a short walk we decided to have for dinner a customary large portion of fish and chips al ’fresco

Monday was going to be a big day with the Snowdown climb planned and after a hearty English breakfast we headed out into the crisp mountain air for the day’s adventure.  Snowdon 1,085 m (3,560 ft); we opted for our favourite route Horseshoe (12km) starting from Pen-y-Pass, this Snowdonia walk crosses Y Lliwedd to reach Snowdon's summit and the return is the Pyg Track;

View from Snowdown - "Horseshoe track"  which we climbed to get to the top

After a pleasant 3 hours hike we reached the summit.  Snowdown Ale and coffee was waiting for us.

Made it to the top of Snowdon
After some rest and recovery and a couple of glasses of wine we headed out to dinner to our favourite place Ty Gwyn.  The best pint of The Rev. James Ale was followed by the best Lamb Sheppard’s Pie and some more wine and Ginger Pudding.

The following day we were due to travel back and before driving back we went to see the Great Orme near Llanduno with a fabulous mountain railway, nice beach and relaxed atmosphere.

we could take this tram be we chosen to walk (took us only 25min)

On the way back to London we once again stopped at one of our favourites – Ironbridge on the river Severn for a short walk and more Cream Scones

Coming back we realised how much we missed some of these places, the walking in nature and some of the traditional food.  We definitely will not wait another several years to come back.


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