Pretty villages, walks and the majestic mountains of Snowdonia

Hi everyone
After having spent time in both the Brecon Beacons National Park and
Pembrokeshire National Park, we headed north for the last part of our
adventure in Wales, to the majestic mountains of Snowdonia.
We tried as much as possible to take the coastal road so we could see
the sea for as long as possible and it was a truly beautiful drive.
We then headed inland to a place called the ‘Devil’s Bridge’ which was
3 bridges which have been curiously built on top of one another it
was also the site of supposedly some ‘world famous waterfalls’ but to
be honest, we had seen such gorgeous waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons,
that these ones didn’t really compare but nonetheless, they were still
pretty. Visiting this site requires parking in a very small car park
but it does pay off to wait for someone to leave. We waited around 20
minutes and were rewarded with a space. It costs just £2 for entry
and involves a circular route with stop-off points along the way with
viewing platforms. None of the waterfalls here were as big as the ones
in the Brecon Beacons, but we took some nice long exposure shots
anyway. In early evening after some dinner, we found our camp site
for the last 2 nights. Again it was on a farm with good facilities and
plenty toilets. We erected our tent in record time having now had lots
of practice.
The next day after a leisurely breakfast on the shores of a gorgeous
lake with extremely photogenic reflections, we drove along the various
roads through the mountains and of course took a drive past Mount
Snowdon which is Wales’s highest peak at just over 1000m high. There
are lots of roads which pass between similar peaks and with more than
enough viewpoints, it made a really easy but scenic drive.
Just before lunch time, we found a walk which looked like it could be
quite nice. It was up a slight hill and around a lake at the base of a
mountain. It was called Llyn-Idwal Lake. It turned out to be
absolutely lovely. The clouds cleared again for us and we spent just
under 4 hours walking around the lake and its surrounding area.
Heather covered the lower reaches of the mountains, sheep baa’d in the
distance and the fresh mountain air refreshed us, lovely lovely.When
we were done, a little more driving through some picturesque villages
in the area and finally, as it was our very last night, we drove the
surprisingly short distance to the coast to a town called Criccieth
(nope, NO idea how you pronounce that!) and indulged in a wonderfully
fancy dinner in a little restaurant right on the seafront. It was a
fantastic evening. Back to the tent for our last night under canvas.
For photos of our Snowdonia leg, check out the Snowdonia set in
www.Flickr.com/photos/wobblything
It was an absolute fantastic week and I thoroughly enjoyed it. These
are some of my fondest moments:
* Putting up and taking down the tent. (I’ve never been camping before)
* Going to sleep and waking up in the tent
* Eating our first breakfast and drinking tea made from a kettle which
had been plugged into the cigarette lighter in the car, just before
seeing a gorgeous lake with rolling mist.
* Walking behind one of the waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons
* Seeing the incredible coastline from St Govan’s chapel
* Watching 2 incredible sunsets from Whitesand’s Bay even if we did
get soaked the second time in a rain shower
* Seeing the adorable little piglets in the animal farm attached to
our camp site in Pembrokeshire
* Walking around Skomer and seeing the coastline and cliffs against a
brilliant blue sky
* Driving along the coast from Pembrokeshire to Snowdonia
* Seeing a military jet roar through our valley during our walk around the lake
* Seeing the most amazing rainbow across the bay when in Criccieth
after almost getting soaked again
* Seeing Mount Snowdon in full sunshine
* Doing the whole 7 days, 6 nights, all meals and all accommodation
with 10 day car hire and petrol for just £225 per person. Not bad!!
* Enjoying a fancy meal on our last night
* And of course, spending a whole week with my very good friend, Anja.
It’s good to know we can do a week without going crazy with each other
:-)
So that’s it, that was Wales. If you missed the previous posts for
Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire, click on the links below.
Pembrokeshire:
http://colleensetchell.blogspot.com/2011/09/pristine-pembrokeshire.html
Brecon Beacons:
http://colleensetchell.blogspot.com/2011/08/abbeys-and-waterfalls-heading-to.html
I am now in France for 2 weeks partly to relax, partly to visit an old
friend and partly to accompany my brother who is building a camper van
with the help of previously mentioned old friend. Should be
interesting…
Take care, speak to you soon.
Colleen

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