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Review: Snowdonia

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North Wales, United Kingdom

Amazing North Wales

  • By SilverTraveller ASHAMLIWALA

    8 reviews

  • Jun 2012
  • Wife

14 people found this review helpful

We travelled from Clanfield in Hampshire and went to Snowdonia area in North Wales. We spent first two nights in Isle of Angelsy in a Lovely little hotel and the next two days near the Snowdon Mountain Railway area in Lambaris. The weather was fantastic all the four day we were there. The beautiful scenery of lakes and mountains were amazing. Lots of beautiful villages like Betsy Y Coed were just charming and well catered for all types of travelers from back-packers to mature travelers and children. There is and amazing Tea shop right on the rail station which serves so many types of tea that it will blow your mind or even relax it. Driving is a sheer pleasure in Wales as there is not too much traffic and the roads are very well looked after. We visited a few RSBP sites like Short Stark and saw lots of birds nesting on the cliffs at close quarters. We had a wonder full drive to the north coast and the little of Convey and Collwin Bay. At Convey there is a lovely Castle and some of the most beautiful little shops including a local produce shop which sells all the free range meats and bakery products at a very reasonable price and we enjoyed a 'Welsh Oggy' which is made with lamp and vegetables – just too amazing for words. A lovely drive through the mountains to Betsy Y Coed and onto Carnafon Castle area. Lovely area with a beautiful pub right on the sea front. The area around Snowdon is absolutely charming and lots to do. A beautiful lake and wild birds. Little lake Railway and also the Snowdon railway to the top of the mountain – though this was a bit pricey at £25.00 per person and only got half and hour at the top. I guess it made up with all the amazing scenery. The the Slate Museum is a must to visit and its free to enter which was a surprise as it was worth an entry fee to go in. Amusing thing was that people have always told me there are sheep every where in Wales – how true indeed. Sheep all over the mountains and valley and even on the street – just grazing away. I have some amazing photographs to show this. We enjoyed some of the most lovely walks and very good food every where we went. The people are very friendly and accommodating. I can truly recommend a visit to Snowdonia. There are too many places to name here but we have already booked a another visit soon.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 3 Comment(s)

  • ESW
    over 5 years ago
    Watch out for the seagulls when eating your Welsh oggie in Conwy. Husband had only had a couple of bites from his when a seagull swooped down and stole it from out of his hand...
  • ESW
    almost 7 years ago
    There is so much to do and enjoy in Snowdonia - as long as the weather stays fine. The top of Snowdon in the rain isn't much fun!

    We always enjoy Caenarfon and Conwy Castles, Llechwedd Slate Mines are well worth visiting too and there are two rides to go on. The Vivian Quarry trail in Llanberis is a good for getting the lungs and heart going as well as being full of heritage.

    Then there is Beddgellert and the sad story of Gelert's Grave...

    For the railway fans there is also the Welsh Highland Railway running from Caernarfon along the flanks of Snowdon to Portmadoc. The massive South African Garretts make the steep inclines seem easy.

    The Ffestiniog Railway was built from Blaenau Ffestiniog to carry slates down to the wharves at Portmadog. It is still using some of the original locos which are nearly 150 years old. The experience of being behind one of their unique Fairlie locos pulling a heavy train uphill is exhillarating...
  • SylviaML
    almost 7 years ago
    I have only been to Wales on fleeting visits when I went with my husband who was delivering or collecting goods. We passed so many interesting looking places that deserve a proper inspection. Thank you for sharing your experiences and giving me an insight as to what to look out for in the future.