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Location - Western Europe; Capital - Wales - Cardiff; Population - Wales - 3 million; Currency - Pound Sterling MORE UK - WALES

I was very lucky to have a fine sunny day on the trip up Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales - April 2017


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wales1315The remains of 13th century Dolbadarn Castle overlook Llyn Padarn - Llanberis


wales1319Snowdonia peaks rise above Padarn Lake. Snowdonia is the name given to the national park covering over 2,300km2 stretching from the north Wales coast down to Machynlleth in mid-Wales. Within Snowdonia is Snowdon the mountain - Llanberis


wales1320A misty day gives a calm, atmospheric feel to the still waters of Llyn Padarn - Llanberis















wales1328 On the other side of Dolbadarn Castle is Llyn Peris - Llanberis















wales1331Through the window of the Snowdon Mountain Railway as it climbs to Clogwyn - Snowdon


wales1335Outside the summer season (but nothing in winter) trains terminate at Clogwyn, three-quarters the way to Snowdon. I've started the walk to the summit and look down on Llyn Padarn in Llanberis


wales1339Close to the summit and a bird's eye view of the waters of Glaslyn and Llyn Llydaw - Snowdon













wales1341Spot the climbers taking the Miner's and Pyg tracks up the mountain, the two most popular routes - Snowdon















wales1342Snowdon only measures 1,085m but it's the highest mountain in England and Wales, and the scenery is stunning, all the way to the coast


wales1354On busy days the queue can be long up those steps - Snowdon


wales1350 The summit! If you're lucky you're rewarded with 360degree views of Snowdonia and the Irish Sea. The lake is Llyn Llydaw - Snowdon















wales1351Climber extraordinaire! But hey I cheated, taking the train most of the way - what a fraud! The legs still hurt though, especially going down.. - Snowdon














wales1361I was a kid the last time I came and from memory it was pure cloud cover (not uncommon!) but this was a fantastic day - Snowdon


wales1367Taking the Miner's Path down Snowdon and heading for Glaslyn - Snowdon


wales1379Snowdon peak is reflected in Llyn Llydaw, to the right of centre - Snowdon














wales1382Cross the causeway over Llyn Llydaw and you'll come to Llyn Teyrn, then the finish line at Pen-y-Pass isn't far away - Snowdon














wales1388Beddgelert is the 'quaint village' of Snowdonia


wales1393It's very small though, but there's opportunities for several walks in the surrounding hills of Snowdonia - Beddgelert


wales1395A very cute bike hire ad next to the River Colwyn - Beddgelert















wales1396 And another! This one's outside the Royal Goat Hotel - Beddgelert















wales1398Attractive countryside near the legendary dog Gelert's grave, 'bedd' meaning burial place - Beddgelert


wales1399In the 13th century Prince Llywelyn, owner of faithful hound Gelert, returned home one day to find his baby missing and Gelert with a blood stained mouth. Believing Gelert to have mauled the baby, he kills the dog with his sword, only to hear the baby's cries next door along with a dead wolf, killed by Gelert. A sorrowful (but fictional) tale I remember as a child.. - Beddgelert


wales1400The bronze statue of Gelert - Beddgelert















wales1394An image of the Welsh dragon, which appears on the Welsh flag, outside a Beddgelert gift shop


















wales1404The Plas-y-Brenin sports centre uses Llynnau Mymbyr for a lot of watersports activities - Capel Curig


wales1410After Capel Curig it was on to Betws-y-Coed, stopping off at Ty Hyll on the way. Ty Hyll, or Ugly House, is now a cafe and promoter of environmental issues













wales1407A little further on are Swallow Falls - Betws-y-Coed















wales1411Betws-y-Coed is one of the main villages of Snowdonia National Park


wales1412It's a place full of greenery and water, as well as souvenir, hiking and outdoor clothing shops - Betws-y-Coed


wales110The Llugwy is one of the tributaries of the River Conwy, Betws-y-Coed













wales114Across from the train station is St Mary's Church, Betws-y-Coed













wales1414There's little to see in Llanrwst with the exception of Tu Hwnt i'r Bont tearooms, a traditional Welsh tearoom set in a lovely 15th century farmhouse



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LINKS - Wales tourist board - guide to north Wales - Snowdonia guide - - take a train up Snowdon, Wales' highest mountain - more info on Snowdon - guide to mid Wales - another site focussed on mid Wales - guide to south Wales - Britain's official tourism website - train information across Britain - Wales public transport journey planner - National Express coaches cover Britain


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