Travelled: 171 kilometres from Amlwch, Anglesey to Blaenau Ffestiniog, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Visited: The village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantwsiliogogogoch, The Neolithic Tomb at Bryn Celli Ddu, The Swallow Falls at Rhaeadr Ewynnol then Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Stayed: Roadside layby at Blaarnau Ffestiniog (free) couldn’t find anything else. N52.98029, W03.95348
Up early again. It’s a little chilly out of bed but a beautiful morning. After coffee we put on the boots and head east on one of Anglesey’s famous coastal paths. For the next couple of hours we walk in and around small inlets, around headlands and sections of fern and braken. The Irish sea glistens in the morning light making it all the better.
By the time we wander back into the carpark and unlock the Hymer we have certainly warmed up. We breakfast and hit the road again continueing west towards Hollyhead. We visited Hollyhead several years ago with Dave and Jenny on our way to Ireland. Before reaching Hollyhead we turn left onto the A55 and start the journy back towards the mainland.
Our next stop is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantwsiliogogogoch just off the A55 in southern Anglesey. Its little more than a railway station and some very touristy shops. Everyone stops at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantwsiliogogogoch as they travel Anglesey as it boasts the longest name in the world. Just a photo and the job done.
Then on to Bryn Celli Ddu about 8klm further south. This small mound in the middle of a farmer’s field is a burial crypt of an ancient people who farmed this land. There is a lovely little carpark and if it was later in the day we would stop here. But its not mid-day yet so we put on our boots again and take the path across the fields to the mound.
Saying goodbye to Anglesey, we again cross the Menia Straights. Our plan is to drive into the Snowdonia National Park for our next adventure. The mountains of Snowdonia loom long before we leave Anglesey. We steadily climb in the mountains until we reach Llanberis. Hoping to get tickets for the cog railway to the top of mount Snowden. But as happens we cannot get tickets for today, so we’ll go tomorrow. Its still early so we decide on a drive through the park.
Not the most exiting set of falls, but we enjoyed the walk and the parking was free. From Betws-Y-Coed we turns south and continued to Blaenau Ffestiniog. The slate mines look really interesting so we book at tour for the morning. We look for a campsite around town, even asking the Police. After finding nothing close by its a truck layby on the edge of town.