Gwynedd Off The Beaten Path

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Gwynedd Off The Beaten Path

  • Outward Bound Sea School

    Sent here by my employers Southend Constabulary during late Fall of 1963. A great character building school, although a month here in the dark, cold and wet of a November did not at the time, seem to have been such a good idea

  • Din Lligwy ancient settlement

    Most intriguing, this place. You walk across fields and then up a wooded slope to find the walled remains of what was certainly a Romano-British defended settlement, and quite possibly an Iron Age settlement before that. It's particularly fascinating as it includes both round and rectangular buildings (there were no corners in the UK until the...

  • Bryn Celli Dhu

    A Neolithic site of many phases, this. Originally a 'henge', a band-and-ditched circle, then a passage grave built within, then finally a cairn (though not completed). It reminded me very much of Maes Howe on Orkney.What you see is restored to some extent, of course. and the decorated stone at one end(spirals) is a replica (the real one is in the...

  • Penmon Priory

    This priory has remains dating back over 1000 years. Tucked away at the furthest point of the NE coast, it used to be a place of peaceful exploration for me. Now it's better-known, but the tiny lanes leading to it at least stop too many coaches and cars getting there.The monastery is supposed to have been founded in the 6th century by St Seiriol...

  • Parys seen on Dr Who!

    Weird place this, worth an hour or so of exploration. The mountain has been mined for copper ever since the Bronze age (recent archaeological exploration in the tunnels found further evidence of this) but it really took off in the 1770's. It's an eerie landscape of strange colours (hence featuring as a location in Dr Who and other TV...

  • Presaddfed chambered tombs

    Once at least two Neolithic chambered tombs stood in this field. One has entirely collapsed, and the other has been supported by a wooden stilt (which, when I visited, was no longer supporting anything so beware!).Nice to visit some of the less well-known prehistoric sites, and this one certainly isn't well-known. It was once very important though,...

  • Marquess' Column

    Crossing the Menai Strait onto Anglesey over either of the bridges, you will notice to the left and west a large, slender tower rising to the sky. I had seen this column before on television when I visited the island, and decided to head towards it to see if it was possible to ascend to the top, as I had been led to believe. Parking on a grass...

  • Segontium

    Remains of the extensive auxiliary fort built to guard the entrance to the Menai Straits. The buildings included barracks, graneries, workshops, stables, a bath-house and an underground strong-room. They are National trust property, there is a museum on the site containing finds from the excavation. The ruins are on the south-eastern outskirts of...

  • Bryn-celli-ddu

    We trekked dutifully, on a hot day, across the treeless island of Anglesey to this rudimentary pyramid, thinking of cold drinks and shady woods.After all it was not a great castle we were heading for- only a prehistoric burial mound! But this small and isolated ruin is a sacred place almost as compelling - to anyone who is not afraid of alien...

  • Anglesey is a large island off...

    Anglesey is a large island off the North Wales coast. It is seperated from the mainland by The Menai Straights which can be crossed via the Menai Bridge, built by Thomas Telford in 1826.

  • This is looking across the bay...

    This is looking across the bay to Little Orm. At the town end there is a nice pier and some shops, pubs and restaurants. Nothing so outstanding as to deserve a 'must see', but quite nice and fairly quaint.From here you can get to Great Orm. This is the large mound behind the town. You can get to the top of this via a cable car, a tram or by walking...

  • The North Wales coast has more...

    The North Wales coast has more than it's fair share of dismal and tacky seaside 'resorts', but there are some good ones too. Pride of place goes to Llandudno, which has avoided that 'run-down' and 'cheap' feeling that some of the other resorts have acquired. Set on a very picturesque bay between the mounds of Great Orm and Little Orm, the promenade...

  • ... at the head of the Pier...

    ... at the head of the Pier (so the land end) there was a cafe Pulcinella with some nice outdoor tables. And they served some good vegetarian food and some good beer too. And we could sit here and eat and drink, watch people strolling up and down the pier, and see across to Anglesey. Now THAT part of Bangor was really nice. Nowadays there is also...

  • Bangor is the home of one of...

    Bangor is the home of one of Wales' most important and oldest universities. It's near to the crossing to Anglesy and has a lovely pier, but other than that their is little about the place. It's not a bad place, but I didn't find much to keep me here, except...

  • One of the trains of the...

    One of the trains of the Llanberis Lake Ralway. The line used to be part of the slate mining operations and is narrow gauge. The engines look a little like those from 'Thomas', don't you think?

  • Llanberis is in the heart of...

    Llanberis is in the heart of the Snowdonia national park. It is the setting off point for the railway up Snowdon, the only funicular railway in Britain. It's also a lovely place in it's own right, with a lovely lake (Llyn Padarn), a ruined castle (Dolbadarn Castle) overlooking the lake, the Dinorwic hydro-electric power station (worth a visit,...

  • Swallow Falls lie between...

    Swallow Falls lie between Betws-y-Coed and Capel Curig. They are one of the most famous falls in Wales and lie in a deeo wooded ravine. Close to the falls is 'The Ugly House' (Ty Hyll), built from large rocks of irregular shape and size. Also close by here is the great pub Bryn Tyrch (see earlier on this page).

  • Bodnant Gardens lie just off...

    Bodnant Gardens lie just off the A470 south of Conwy and Llandudno. It is one of the finest gardens in the country and easily the best that we have visited. Amongst its attractions are a Laburnum walk, a landscaped gorge and a magnificent collection of ericaceous shrubs. See the travelogue for a few more details.More Info:Website

  • Penrhy Castle lies close to...

    Penrhy Castle lies close to the town of Bangor (earlier on this page). It is built in mock Gothic style and dates from the Victorian era. Amongst it's attractions are a huge slate beadstead and a fine collection of dolls (well, it's fine if you like dolls!!). The gardens are nice too, with quite a collection of plants and shrubs.

  • A shot of the inside of...

    A shot of the inside of Caernarfon castle. It was built around 1283 as part of Edward I's chain of castles built to maintain English rule in Wales.

  • Furher south down the coast...

    Furher south down the coast from Conwy, and opposite the isle of Anglesey is Caernarfon. This is another town dominated by it's castle, and the renmains of this are every bit as impressive as Conwy.Caernarfon too nestles by a small but busy harbour, and is surrounded by largely intact town walls. The castle was the scene of the Investiture of...

  • Also in Conwy is 'The Smallest...

    Also in Conwy is 'The Smallest House In Britain'. It stands only 6 feet wide by 10 feet tall and has two stories. To be honest, it would think it larger than Bridge House in Ambleside, but maybe I'm wrong about that.

  • As well as the beauty of these...

    As well as the beauty of these ancient remains, there is the natural beauty of the setting of the town, by the river on Conwy Bay.Fishing boats and pleasure craft nestle by the foot of the walls, as well as the former Conwy Lightship.

  • Conwy is one of the lovliest...

    Conwy is one of the lovliest and best preserved medieval fortified towns in the UK. The castle is everything a castle should be, with sturdy round towers surrounding a central keep, set by the edge of the river for extra security. The town walls are still mostly intact and surround the entire town.

  • Portmerion Village was built...

    Portmerion Village was built by Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975. It's basically an Italianate village built amongst landscaped gardens on a peninsula by the sea. It was intended to show that modern design does not need to defile the landscape, something many other planners have still to grasp.The village sprung to prominence when it was...

  • There are a variety of engines...

    There are a variety of engines working the Ffestiniog line, but perhaps the most famous is the 'Double Fairlie', shown here.More Info:Website

  • The Rheilffordd Ffestiniog...

    The Rheilffordd Ffestiniog Railway runs from Blaenau Ffestiniog in the Welsh Mountains to Porthmadog on the coast. It was originally used to transport slate from the mines to the port. This picture is taken as a train leaves Porthmadoc station.

  • Hahaha, Susan and her sister...

    Hahaha, Susan and her sister Gillian in their hard hats underground at Llechwedd!More Info:Llechwedd Slate Caverns,Blaenau Ffestiniog,Gwynedd, LL41 3NBTel: 01766 830306Fax: 01766 831 260

  • What's there to do in North...

    What's there to do in North Wales if it rains? Well you'd best find out, because it rains here a lot, and the hills can be pretty bleak when that happens, and so can the seaside towns (some of them are bleak when it's sunny!).We visited Llechwedd Slate Mines near Blaenau Ffestiniog. There is a lot of slate mining heritage in this part of wales, and...

  • The famous South Stack...

    The famous South Stack Lighthouse on Anglesey. Why is it famous? I don't know, but that's how it was described in my guide book, though they didn't care to elaborate. It's in an isolated position on Anglesey, standing just off the coast on a small islet.

  • Hahaha, what can I say about...

    Hahaha, what can I say about this place. Well for one thing, I can't actually say it's name! It's the longest placename in Britain, maybe in Europe, how about the world? I stand ready to be corrected. It makes much of it's name - that's why the place is famous. If that's reason enough for you to go there, then go - we did. There are some 'woolen...

  • On Anglesey on the shore of...

    On Anglesey on the shore of the Menai Straits stands Beaumaris Castle. This was built for King Edward I around 1295 - it's a typically 'Fairytale' castle, set in it's moat, with rounded corner towers and two-tone stonework. Even it's name sounds lovely and romantic. It remains a very well preserved ruin, on a par with many of the other great...

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