As we emerged from the green hills and low clouds of Snowdonia and pulled into the service station, it struck me that nothing quite marks the end of a trip into the (relative) wilderness than a Burger King and Starbucks. For three glorious days we had dined on homemade Welsh cakes, bara brith and cream teas, so a feast of processed meat and caffeine from the identikit menus of these beacons of commerciality was a shock to the system. We were on our way home. Bah humbug.
Our three day break had disappeared on the roads and hills of mid and north Wales. We had wound our way to the Seiont Manor in Llanrug near Caernarfon, via the sleepy coastal town of Aberdovey and a one-night stay at the fantastic Lookout apartments.
Both hotel and apartment were just what we needed with plenty of room to sprawl out – and not a floral lampshade in sight. Over the course of the three days, we’d managed to tick off each of our ‘shopping list’ requirements: fresh air, beautiful scenery, exercise, relaxation, good food, good wine, and comfortable surroundings.
We had intended to ‘do’ Snowdon, but the weather really wasn’t on our side for such adventure. With winds of 35mph at its peak and poor visibility from half way up, we reluctantly moderated our plans and enjoyed a gentle stroll around the base instead. Followed by a nice cup of tea in the Pen-y-Pas cafe. Snowdon-lite.