Wild for North Wales

I can’t say that I’ve ever had this huge burning desire to visit Wales.  But then I never had that urge to visit Iceland either and it ended up being one of the most amazing trips we’ve ever taken.  So when we found that our original plans weren’t going to work out for the kids’ May break, I decided to look closer to home.  We’ve been to England, Scotland and Ireland.  But we hadn’t made it to Wales yet.

I’ve heard amazing things about the countryside of Wales, especially in the north.  I’d read and heard that the south and Cardiff weren’t much to write home about and so our decision was made.  North Wales it would be.  And I’m so glad that we went.  What an amazing long weekend – full of adventure, beautiful scenery and an all around fun time as a family.  We could have easily spent days and days longer and still had so much to explore! Conveniently I found a few itineraries online on the Visit Wales website which was incredibly useful.  Very rarely do we follow a specific itinerary, but in this case, it was a great guideline for some things to do in the area.

In the end, we picked from these ideas based on the weather and the top things we really wanted to do.  We didn’t want to be out straight each day or spending countless hours driving.  Here’s what we ended up with in a nutshell:

Day 1:  Arrive at Liverpool Airport and drive to Llangollen, Wales.  We spent the morning exploring Llangollen and had lunch at this fabulous restaurant, the Corn Mill, set along the Dee River.  We ended up there for dinner one night as well.  Eventually we made our way to the cottage we had rented, aptly named Panorama Cottages.  And OMG the views!

View from the road towards our cottage.

View from the road towards our cottage.

And the opposite - the view from our cottage looking down!

And the opposite – the view from our cottage looking down!

Day 2:  We ventured out towards Betws-y-Coed and Swallow Falls.  It was a quick visit to the Falls and then a little tour around town before heading towards Snowdonia National Park and the King Arthur’s Labryinth.

The boys at Swallow Falls

The boys at Swallow Falls

Day 3:  I think this was our favorite day.  We did a light hike out to Aber Falls (known locally as Rhaeadr Fawr).  This was near the coast in Abergwyngregyn (don’t even ask me to pronounce that!).  After our hike, we went down to Conwy Castle which is in a fortified town.  Absolutely adorable and located right on the seaside!

Almost to the Aber Falls!

Almost to the Aber Falls!

Conwy Castle ahead!!

Conwy Castle ahead!!

Day 4:  Our last day was a short one.  So we stayed relatively local so that it would be a quick drive to the airport later.  We took the Llangollen Steam Train to Corwen.  Our original plan had been to spend a few hours in Corwen but upon arrival it didn’t look like a whole lot so we took the next train back and instead went to Chirk Castle.

The old steam train that takes you from Llangollen to Corwen

The old steam train that takes you from Llangollen to Corwen

Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle

So stay tuned – there are lots of pictures coming and so much to say about this trip!!

Knuffels en kussen,

Julie

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