Michael and Pam's Travels

On to Snowdonia, Wales. 2017

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: ย Roadside layby at Blaarnau Ffestiniog (free) couldn’t find anything else. N52.98029, W03.95348

 

Up early again. ย It’s a little chilly out of bed but a beautiful morning. ย After coffee we put on the boots and head east on one of Anglesey’s famous coastal paths. ย For the next couple of hours we walk in and around small inlets, around headlands and sections of fern and braken. ย The Irish sea glistens in the morning light making it all the better.

 

It’s a scenic walk however you still need to watch your step here and there.

 

As we walk around a tiny inlet we find this marker. Below which is a pond formed by a circle of rocks. Don’t know what its all about, but it makes for a spot of reflection.

 

By the time we wander back into the carpark and unlock the Hymer we have certainly warmed up. ย We breakfast and hit the road again continueing west towards Hollyhead. ย We visited Hollyhead several years ago with Dave and Jenny on our way to Ireland. ย Before reaching Hollyhead we turn left onto the A55 and start the journy back towards the mainland.

 

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Our next stop is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantwsiliogogogoch just off the A55 in southern Anglesey. ย Its little more than a railway station and some very touristy shops. ย Everyone stops at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantwsiliogogogoch as they travel Anglesey as it boasts the longest name in the world. ย Just a photo and the job done.

 

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantwsiliogogogoch Railway Station in Anglesey.

 

Then on to Bryn Celli Ddu about 8klm further south. ย This small mound in the middle of a farmer’s field is a burial crypt of an ancient people who farmed this land. ย 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.

 

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It’s a lovely afternoon in Wales as we wander along the walking path to the burial mound.

 

The burial chamber is large enough to walk in and explore. ย Note Pam has attempted the triple colour co-ordination, extremely difficult feat under motorhoming conditions.

 

I know what your thinking…wears white in a Neolithic burial chamber ? The sun glasses ๐Ÿ‘“ add a certain ageing rock star appeal… don’t you think ?

 

Saying goodbye to Anglesey, we again cross the Menia Straights. ย Our plan is to drive into the Snowdonia National Park for our next adventure. ย The mountains of Snowdonia loom long before we leave Anglesey. ย We steadily climb in the mountains until we reach Llanberis. ย Hoping to get tickets for the cog railway to the top of mount Snowden. ย But as happens we cannot get tickets for today, so we’ll go tomorrow. ย Its still early so we decide on a drive through the park.

 

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Somehow we stumble upon Swallow Falls, near Betws-Y-Coed. We need a leg stretch anyway, so we pay our money and walk down t o the falls.

 

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Not the most exiting set of falls, but we enjoyed the walk and the parking was free. ย From Betws-Y-Coed we turns south and continued to Blaenau Ffestiniog. ย The slate mines look really interesting so we book at tour for the morning. ย We look for a campsite around town, even asking the Police. ย After finding nothing close by its a truck layby on the edge of town.

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