Snowdon-lite

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.

Aberdovey

With this view, it's easy to see why they call it 'The Lookout'.

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.

Aberdovey Breakfast

No Starbucks here. Breakfast in Aberdovey.

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.

Snowdonia

Moody Snowdonia.

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2 responses to “Snowdon-lite

  1. I’d really like to visit Snowdonia one day… I’m given to understand there are wild ponies there, though I know they’re not quite the same “wild” as we get here in the States. I visited the Cardiff area a few years ago and I’ve been dying to explore all of Wales ever since. Thanks for the photos to allow me to live vicariously through you for a few minutes. 😀

    • Snowdonia is beautiful, and there are plenty of sheep, but I’m not sure about wild ponies. The New Forest in the south of England is a good place to see wild ponies and other wild animals. Pleased to hear you liked the photos – although they really don’t do the area justice!

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