This and That

Random bits of my life

Beautiful Wales

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 1, 2014

IMG_4299.jpg

Northern Wales seems to have it all–stunning landscapes, waterfalls, picturesque buildings, placid sheep grazing on green hillsides, slate mountains, friendly people. Yes, it does get a lot of rain, but we were lucky. We experienced about half an hour of rain during a 10-day holiday in the UK in spring. That must be a record! We just missed a couple stormy days and landed when the weather was dry but the water levels were still high. We stayed in Betws y Coed (“Church in the Wood”), Wales’ most popular inland resort.

Betws y Coed’s tourist industry began in the mid-1800s, when an artists’ colony was founded at the confluence of four rivers feeding into the Conwy river (it’s no coincidence that it the railway was built the same year). The river in the photo above is the Llugwy.

We left Manchester Piccadilly station in the morning and took a 2-hour train to Llandudno. Manchester Piccadilly has lovely ironwork, so I took a couple quick shots while hauling a suitcase up the escalator. From Llandudno, it was a 45-minute bus ride to Betws y Coed.

IMG_4263.jpg

IMG_4265.jpg

Souvenir shop with baskets.

IMG_4271.jpg

Even the soccer fields are picturesque. Located across the road from our hotel.

IMG_4285.jpg

Water falls near Betys y Coed, photographed from the Pont y Pair (Bridge of the Cauldron), over the Llugwy river. You can figure out the scale by the people standing on a rock. This was by no means the most spectacular waterfall we saw in Wales, just one of the most accessible.

IMG_4293.jpg

Advertisements

4 Responses to “Beautiful Wales”

  1. Lena said

    So beautiful! I’m planning a trip to Wales ( mostly North, a couple of days in the South ) with my kid next Pesah. Looking at your photos I wish April would come sooner 🙂

    • Avital Pinnick said

      Enjoy! Where are you staying?

      • Lena said

        I’m thinking about Penmaenmawr – we’re planning to visit Llandudno, Bangor, Conwy and Snowdonia . For the southern part of the trip – somewhere around Swansea/Port Talbot, not sure yet, and then Cardiff.

  2. rifestitch said

    Absolutely beautiful country…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: