I am no expert in travelling Wales at all, however, I do know that it has a LOT to offer. I lived and studied there for two years and during my road trip of the UK i thought i would show my Australian friend how beautiful it is.
Snowdonia National Park: home to Mount Snowdon
Whilst we were there the rain clouds decided to hang around the entire Snowdonia Mountain range which was a big shame as we only had one full day there. If you do head to North Wales, then of course Snowdonia is a must see and do. The National Park is beautiful and a mountain range like no other. The mountains are made of slate, the sheep wonder the roads like they own the place and if you head to Llanberis (the village at the base of Snowdonia where you can get the train up to Mount Snowdon) you get a beautiful view of the lake with the mountain range in the background, reflecting on the lake. It is all pretty gorgeous, even when the storm clouds are there (as shown below..).
We drove through Snowdonia, stopping to take photos in the rain (stop, jump out of car, take photos, jump back in, dry camera, drive, repeat…), then headed off to Beaumaris.
Beaumaris: the beautiful coastal village.
Beaumaris is a quaint, small village with lots of character and stunning views. Facing the ocean with the mountains in the background it is the perfect place to sit out and enjoy some lunch, but beware of the seagulls… they are out for your food and they aren’t afraid of the consequences. Maybe you’re best off eating in a nice cafe or restaurant (there are many) overlooking the ocean instead, or if you like a Chippy or ice-cream just look out for the seagulls, ha ha! It is a great spot though; you won’t be disappointed.
Note: I didn’t get any pictures because I forgot my camera! But Google will help you out I’m sure 🙂
Leaving Beaumaris behind, the weather was looking beautiful and our parking time was up so we headed to the beautiful Newborough Beach.
Newborough Beach: time for a stunning coastal walk.
It’s funny. I lived in Menai Bridge, Anglesey, for two years and visited this beach numerous times. Little did i know that there was an absolute gem sitting right at the tip of the beach. With the sun shining brightly (and storm clouds lingering over Snowdon still) we took a walk along the beach. The tide was out and the rocks in the distance had always left me curious but I had never been that far down before, for reasons i have no idea. I think it’s just the natural beauty of Newborough; it is so distracting. The ocean is calm, the stretch of beach is golden, far and wide, the Snowdonia National Park stands bold in the horizon and the lush forest sits parallel the beach.
Days when I used to visit here we just used to sit and admire it, relax after hours of studying, take a swim in the water, just do the normal student things (whatever that may be…). This time however, we were going to walk and explore, see what lay ahead.
This, is what we discovered.
The beautiful, coastal walk; absolutely breath taking. I still can’t believe it. How did i not know about this?
The tide was out which was great, meaning this walk was easily accessible. When the tide is in i am not so sure how accessible it is? But anyway, the path is fairly flat and many people of all ages were walking it. It’s about a 30-minute walk from the start (not the car park), but allow an hour for stopping and taking photos etc. As you come out of the carpark onto the beach, turn right and curry on to the end. You can’t miss it…
The walk is amazing and you’ll get some cracking photos. I’ll let the photos do the explaining but if you are ever up this way, do not miss out on this. If you can only fit in one thing to do in North Wales then of course do Snowdon but even if you can squeeze this in just for a visit to the beach at least, it is well worth the visit.
Side Note: every time i had visited here we didn’t have to pay for parking, this time however we did and it was 4 pounds for all day so be prepared just in case.