Snowdonia area – (North Wales Trip 2/3)

A trip exploring the best of North Wales was this months spontaneous adventure, a place I have never been to, even though I live just over an hours drive away! Taking in Chester too, we visited Llandudno, Caernarfon, Betws y Coed & Snowdonia. Start from Day 1 here

Caernarfon was where we started todays trip; A small town and port opposite Anglesey where the dominating Caernarfon Castle lies. A couple of hours was spent looking around the docks, shops, town walls and the Castle, no time to enter the castle today (£7.95 for adults), though walking the perimeter was just as impressive.

A drive through Snowdonia took us to our next destination – Betws y Coed, but what a drive it was! The A4086 takes you straight from Caernarfon into  Snowdonia National Park, where incredible views of the mountains ahead can be seen as you drive by the lakes. At Llanberis, the road tightens and snakes uphill  as you pass the Highest mountain in England and Wales – Snowdon which like the name suggests has plenty of snow on top! On the right side there is some giant drops as you travel through the heart of Snowdonia and the A5 takes you into Betws y Coed. The drive itself was a brilliant experience and the views were incredible, see if you can spot tiny people climbing the mountain. I would love to wander up myself, but maybe when i’m more prepared and on a warmer day! Additionally, there is the Snowdon Mountain Railway that can take you to the peak without the effort.

Upon arriving in Betws y Coed we stopped for lunch at Spinnakers Fish Café which have an extensive menu and brilliant Cod & Chips. We stayed in the scenic village centre providing great views of the surrounding hills, however, there is a variety of walks and attractions further out. We strolled around Betws y Coed Station which contains a railway museum, mini steam railway and a static train coach café. The Museum has a shop including some great miniature items for sale such as the Cutty Sark , a London Bus and a mini roller coaster which I would love to have! Next, we ventured around the local shops and restaurants serving traditional Welsh produce, cakes and souvenirs.

When returning to Llandudno, the Cambrian Rally was in town and cars were zooming around the area and finishing on the promenade. The final stage was taking place at the Great Orme (The dominant headland overlooking the seaside resort, more on this later) so headed to see some of the action before it finished. Climbing the hills to a get a closer view I managed to see the start of the stage with spectacular views overlooking the pier and Irish Sea, although the climb to get there was a very steep and scary one and not a place to go for people scared of heights!

 

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The very Snowy Snowdonia!

 

Highlights – Not to be Missed!

  • Caernarfon’s cute village & beautiful scenery
  • Driving through Snowdonia

 

Our last day was spent exploring more of Llandudno, Click Here!

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