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North Wales Holiday June 2001 - page 1

We holidayed in North Wales, staying in a cosy little cottage in Penmachno near Betws-y-coed and visited the spectacular Swallow Falls, enjoyed a relaxing horse-drawn canal boat trip at Llangollen and climbed up Castell Dinas to admire the view.  At Criccieth we played golf (well, more like pitch & putt).
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Outside the holiday cottage in Penmachno, North Wales
Outside the cottage in Penmachno there was no mobile phone signal so we explored the little Welsh village and found the phone box, pub, shop, and river running through it and hills behind.  Inside...

Inside the North Wales holiday cottage
...the Wales holiday cottage it sure was cosy with TV, video and Sky in the lounge, shower in the kitchen cupboard, toilet under the stairs, bedroom in the converted roof space and a small courtyard.

Showing postcards outside the gift shop in Betws-y-coed
On our first day in North Wales we visited lovely Betws-y-coed and entered the first of many gift shops, the information centre, then looked at the Conwy Valley steam railway and the Swallow falls.  See our UK tourist resources for North Wales websites.

By the River Conwy at Betws-y-coed, North Wales
The River Conwy with its little waterfalls in Betws-y-coed was a very tranquil scene - until Belinda let out a cry when she spotted another gift shop!  After a lovely lunch in a nearby hotel, we looked around the scenic Conwy Valley Railway station then headed...

Admiring the Swallow Falls waterfall nr Betws-y-coed in N. Wales
...a few miles along the A5 from Betws-y-coed to the Swallow Falls, a popular tourist stop in North Wales with its dramatic raging torrents of water.  We took plenty of photos and video!

Saucepan mess after doing scrambled eggs!
Of course kitchen utensils were provided in the North Wales holiday cottage, unfortunately remnants of breakfast's scrambled egg remained stuck to the saucepan all week!

Dinner in the tiny holiday cottage
After the first full day of our North Wales holiday we cooked Spaghetti Bolognese in the holiday cottage, washed down with a good bottle of wine and, erm, one or two beers.

North Wales: relaxing on the horse drawn canal boat trip in Llangollen
Next day at lovely Llangollen we cruised sedately along the historic Llangollen Canal on the scenic horse-drawn canal boat; note the lightweight jacket requirement for midsummer in North Wales.

The notice board on the route to Castell Dinas in Llangollen
We did a short and strenuous walk in Llangollen up the hill to Castell Dinas Brân, an old ruined castle.  There were foot and mouth problems at the time, but fortunately most North Wales paths were now open.

The zig zag path to the top of Castell Dinas
Here's the view towards Castell Dinas Brân up the zig zaggy path to the top.  The day was bright and dry, much better than when last there three years before and climbed up in the wind and rain!

Top of Castell Dinas towards Llangollen in North Wales
From the top of Castell Dinas Brân we could see the steam rising from the Llangollen Steam Railway train as it quaintly snaked its way along the picturesque Dee Valley below.  We enjoyed exploring the old ruins of Castell Dinas Brân.  The Welsh...

Llangollen: At the top of Castell Dinas
...sun even came out for a while and it got quite warm, now steady on there!  Mike needs to stay in more - no sooner does he get up the hill than he runs around like a little kid again, maybe he should stay off the scrambled eggs at breakfast!

Cleaning trainers after visiting Llangollen
Back at the North Wales holiday cottage there were always chores to do after a day's touring, including cleaning our muddy footwear.  Mike left his nearby in the forlorn hope they'd be done but they were ignored.  Ho hum!  Anyway, the following day we went to...

North Wales: golf swing at Criccieth's pitch & putt course
...Criccieth on the Lleyn Peninsula and our first port of call was the putting green, after a coffee in the café. The sun shone warmly all day - the best day for weather during our time in North Wales.  On the next page there's more Snowdonia and North Wales >>>.

We also visited Scotland later in the year and Gower in South Wales in 2008.
We explored North Wales' mining heritage in 2018.