Dolgellau - Myfanwes VT Camping weekend...
6 of us (Myfanwe, Mustertal, Gwynfiguy,Gillybob, davesut and myself) visited Dolgellau during Vicki s (Myfanwe) annual VT Camping Weekend.
It was my first time (hopefully not my last) at a VT camping meet, and my second visit to Dolgellau (The previous time which was 'years ago' was also a camping holiday - with my now ex-in laws, who insisted that we were stopping in Dol-ge- loo, which I know understand is pronounced more like Dol-geth- lye)
Dolgellau is an attractive market town located at the foot of the Cader Idris mountain range in south Snowdonia. Narrow winding streets are lined with grey stone and slate roofed buildings, that link up squares around the town.
Many of the shops are independently owned, selling quality food and other goods. Restaurants, pubs and tea rooms cater to locals and the many visitors.
Dolgellau originated as a village in the twelfth century. There is evidence of a Roman settlement, as coins were found by Ffynnon Mair-Marys Spring, over 200 years ago.
The Church of St Marys was built on the site of a 12th Century church around 1716.
'Myfanwes Camping Weekend - Saturday August 21st
"Breakfast -Thanks Rob and Margaret"
Day 2 in the VT camp.....We woke up to sunshine!!! Margaret and Rob had breakfast ready for us- Bacon butties, tea/coffee and juice. These were consumed listening to Radio 2's 'Sounds of the Sixties' (Which I now associate with Gwynfiguy-we were to hear this programme a few weeks later, when we met up again in Halifax)
Vikki had printed copies of 'The Dolgellau Town Trail' for us. So we headed off to Dolgellau.......
"On the Trail...."
This trail is an interesting way of seeing Dolgellau, learning about the history and seeing the different types of buildings.
"Gilly goes shopping"
There are plenty of interesting independent shops in Dollgellau.
Gilly, Dave and myself happened to find something 'quite entertaining' in this music shop-something that provided 'hours of fun' (for us and those that were subjected to our performances back at camp, then later in Halifax)!!!! Yes there are videos - luckily I've not found any yet.
"Time for tea...."
We stopped off for drinks and cakes at a lovely cafe, which was once an ironmongers.
"THE POSE WITH THE VT FLAG PHOTO-SHOOT"
Gilly produced her VT flak outside this former toll house
We found this ancient stone circle .....
"Off to our next stop - Cymer Abbey."
It was starting to rain, so we headed to see the nearby ruins of the Cistercian abbey of Cymer.
After a look around, we decided to go to THE SEASIDE......
"Oh we do like to be beside the seaside..."
We drove to Barmouth, a popular seaside town, with sandy beaches, donkey rides, amusements, shops, cafes and pubs... guess where we ended up??
I'll put pics on my Barmouth page later.......
After filling our lungs with sea air, we headed back to camp