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Recent trip to North Wales.

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A few weeks ago,we journeyed up through Wales to stay in a peaceful and picturesque village called Gwytherin in Conwy.The Lion inn nestles at the foothills of the Snowdonia National Park.It dates back to the 17th century and boasts 6 bedrooms.

Our journey started from Chepstow.We decided to take a longer route rather than wizz through on the fast roads.The weather was sunny but cold with no snow expected.
The tapestry of colours of Gwastedyn Hill was not to be missed.Our next few stops included Mynach Falls below Devil’s Bridge and the Dam wall at the head of Nant-y-Moch Reservoir.
Occasionally sudden curtains of frozen ice would appear by the roadside and the same could be said for the local “residents”!!!!

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Next port of call was Barmouth which took us back in time to how the original beach resorts looked.The time of day was just right to show the Old Iron Rail bridge crossing the Mawddch Estuary.
Near to Portmeirion,where our eldest son was married,we had our first sight of the Snowdonia range.Snow capped and with the sun striking the mountains,it was breathtaking.

A long journey,but so worth it…..on previous occasions the weather has often been against us……The Lion Inn was.of course,our final destination.The sat nav was NOT so reliable at this stage and directed a very long way through farm tracks etc!The gates to be opened and closed appeared quite often!! Guess who had to do this? Eventually we were there and had such a friendly and inviting welcome from Tim and Fiona(the owners).A roaring fire with that pleasant aroma of burning wood.We had chosen “Parsley” for our bedroom,all were named after herbs.There was a small balcony too.Although,not the weather for using.
Opposite the Lion was the church dedicated to St Winifrede in 1869 where there are 4 ancient Yew trees.
1500 years ago,Gwytherin was a major destination for early christian pilgrims.Sadly,the church is now closed.

Having been well watered and fed over the next few days,we were quite sad to have to return to a busy life again!!Well,that’s just about it.
Hope this blog hasn’t been too long for you.I was never very good at precis in school!!!

Of course,we obliged!!!

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What a great place, Julia, and wonderful colours in your photos. The second one of Snowdonia is spectacular! Love the icicles too :))

Still bitter today, but I've enjoyed pricking out White Honesty seedlings in the greenhouse. I know what you mean about the lovely aroma of burning wood - now I'll just have to light the log fire early - bliss!

3 Mar, 2013

 

Thank you Sheila......I can smell the log burner from here!!Sometimes a complete change of scenery does uplift you.

3 Mar, 2013

 

I love North Wales, and your mention of Barmouth and Portmeirion brought back some very happy memories. Fab photos, glad you had a good time and thanks for the lovely blog!

3 Mar, 2013

 

How lovely Julia, looks such a nice place and a place for good walks too. I also can smell the wood burning, such an evocative smell, such beautiful scenery and great photos.

3 Mar, 2013

 

Glad you had a good time J. I've not been to N.Wales. Snowdonia is beautiful! Those icicles are incredible...brrrr!

3 Mar, 2013

 

Have never seen Snowdonia in the winter, we have been many times in the summer and really love it around there and do recognize where you stayed, its lovely looking at your photo`s and brings to mind all the grand views, I know how they disappear on wet days and also can be eerie in the mist, so thankyou for sharing your winter scenes, they are lovely......

3 Mar, 2013

 

Beautiful views even in winter time ,Medowland
Thanks for sharing.

3 Mar, 2013

 

Lovely...and some spectacular scenery!

3 Mar, 2013

 

It looks a very picturesque place, and it's nice to have a few days away. I'm pleased you enjoyed :o)

3 Mar, 2013

 

A grand trip and some great scenery. Did you have time to stop at Devils Bridge? Next time you go you might visit Bodnant and put on some photos of that too!

3 Mar, 2013

 

Bodnant is awesome, my very favourite NT garden, especially in the spring.

3 Mar, 2013

 

Spectacular views of the Snowdonian Mountains... and those icicles are wicked! Hope the Welsh-Wales air blew away the cobwebs and you returned home nice and relaxed ML ;o)

4 Mar, 2013

 

Thanks all for taking the time to look.....YesTracey,feel ready to tackle the garden!!!x....Did call into devil's bridge Stera.Must become very crowded in the summer.Only us and the kiosk man there!

4 Mar, 2013

 

Lovely photos Julia and the Inn looks very pretty. I remember having holidays in Barmouth years ago with mum and dad :o)
Any news from Karen yet?

4 Mar, 2013

 

Thank you,Annella.....no news at all.I checked the last communication was in October......strange??

4 Mar, 2013

 

I love the snow topped mountains and the icicles. It all looks very welcoming and very beautiful. I am so pleased that you had such a good time there. How did you cope with those stone walls that run alongside nearly every road!?

4 Mar, 2013

 

Thanks,Chris.Not too bad with the walls......a brief break always seems to do the world of good.

4 Mar, 2013

 

At least those stone walls are more attractive than the tall hedges we have down here!

5 Mar, 2013

 

Why do you dislike stone walls Wildrose? I think they have such a peaceful look about them, and at least you can see over them. Round here you can't see the fields behind the banks at all!

5 Mar, 2013

 

I agree,Chris! The same with the hedges around Marazion.I can always remember learning to drive there!!

6 Mar, 2013

 

Thanks for sharing your trip :o)

6 Mar, 2013

 

Great blog Julia. I would love to go back to visit north Wales sometime. Thanks for sharing with us all.

6 Mar, 2013

 

Sorry Steragram, I think you misunderstood me.
I DO love stone walls but I was referring to negotiating some of them when in the car - they do tend to stick out a bit on some roads in North Wales!

6 Mar, 2013

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