Sunday, 7 August 2016

Snowdonia and the Dee valley

This was the day for climbing Mt Snowden which is situated in the north-west of Wales as part of Snowdonia national park. It is Britain’s highest mountain. We should have been more prepared. It was sunny, a weekend and the school holidays. The number of people was overwhelming: car parks full, climbers everywhere. As a last resort we think of taking the train to the top (yes, there is an easy option) but even that was booked out until late afternoon. Go to Plan B – Caernarfon.

Caenarfon Castle
Wonderful. No crowds at Caernarfon - at least not at 10am. The well-preserved castle has a museum dedicated to the history of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. The old town outside the castle walls is a quaint crisscross of narrow streets and interesting little shops and cafes.

Snowdonia national park
 We drive from Caernarfon through Snowdonia national park. The road passes through heathland with stunning views.
Ruins of Valle Crucis abbey (built 13th century) near Llangollen
 The next day we walk a circuit closer to Llangollen taking in views of the Dee valley. The day starts cloudy but is soon sunny. Every scene is picture postcard perfect.

Horseshoe Falls, Llansyllio

The beautiful Dee valley near Llangollen

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