Places to visit in Wales

This weekend myself and my boyfriend took a little break to Wales, its a place I have always wanted to visit. The lure of the countryside, fresh air, quaint towns had always been in the back of my mind when it came to deciding on a holiday destination within the UK.

After much deliberating over hotels we decided because it was a bank holiday we would stick to what we knew and booked a Travelodge, looking back I now wish we had ventured out and tried a local B&B. We stayed Friday - Monday and planned a few things before we left, including a Zip Wire and a train to climb Mount Snowdon.

Views from a hilltop
On route to Wales, the gorgeous countryside became apparent and I was in awe of its beauty. 

Its a place that is exactly how I expected it to be, natural beauty at its finest every where you look. On the first night we decided to get the train from our hotel in Colwyn Bay up to Llandudno. Now, if anyone is considering venturing to Wales this is probably where I would recommend staying. It has pretty much everything you could need for a base whilst visiting, we went to a local restaurant called Home Cooking. This is highly recommended, BUT make sure you call to book as there is always a queue out the door waiting for a table. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was lovely, there are also plenty of bars along the way to have a drink and watch the world go by, the pier here is also worth a visit. 

Llandudno Pier

Saturday was the best day for me, we were up ridiculously early to get to the Zip Wire site for a 7.40am booking. I thought I would be really nervous having seen all the videos online but the whole experience was amazing! We paid to do the Velocity Zip wire at Bethesda....


""Zip World Velocity, Bethesda is the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe. This adventure takes you on the Little Zipper to build your confidence before you journey up the quarry on our famous red trucks. Take in the stunning views from the Big Top of Velocity, out towards Anglesey with views of the Isle of Man on a clear day! You will then descend down the Big Zipper over the quarry lake often reaching speeds well in excess of 100mph.""

We rented a go pro from the desk and stuck it to the helmet, the ability to upload your videos to an app to find out how fast you were going is a must! We made 80mph on the Big Zipper and the rush was the best feeling ever! There is a lot of anticipation at the top whilst your waiting to be hooked up but the ride down is worth every penny. It really is the nearest thing to flying, looking down over the lake, the wind in your face (making it difficult to catch your breath because your going so fast).  

Loving the suits right!?!

From here we drove to the bottom of Mount Snowdon, a place called Llanberis. From here you can catch a train up the mountain if you do not want to attempt climbing it. Again if this is something your considering BOOK BOOK BOOK!! When we arrived at 10.30 the entire days worth of trains had sold out. Luckily I knew about this and booked weeks in advance! We got the 12 noon train up which takes about an hour to ascend but gives inspiring views of Wales and walked back down taking just over 2 hours to descend. The Llanberis trail is the easiest of the six possible routes but do not be fooled, its still hard work coming back down as the paths are extremely uneven and rocky so be sure to wear appropriate clothes and footwear, it does get very windy and cold at the top.

 It is also VERY busy at the top!!

Descent on Snowdon

It was a very hectic but lovely day and one that I will always remember for a million different reasons, Snowdon is now one of my favourite places and I will be sure to visit again but be sure to walk up next time. That night we stayed local to our hotel and dined at a restaurant called Virgilio's, its a lovely little place and it was easy to see why it gets so busy. The food was delicious and the staff are really friendly. 

       Galinha Grelhada Piri Piri        

Chicken, Ham, Onion and Pepper Pizza
The rest of the trip was spent visiting different places on a whim, we explored the castle at Caernarfon. Again another beautiful place and you can go inside and climb all of the individual towers. Caernarfon is a lovely town and has lots of things to see and do however we decided after the castle we wanted to visit the lighthouse at South Stack. 

Caernarfon Castle

South Stack Lighthouse

 On the way back to the hotel we stopped of at a lovely beach in Rhosneigr, as soon as I was out of the car I wanted to move there. Picture this. Lots of people relaxing on the beach listening to live bands and artists, people canoeing, windsurfing, and a full BBQ going on the beach to buy from. It was so laid back and everyone was talking to one another and it was as though everyone had finished work and thought "I'm off to the beach for the evening" it was to me, perfect. 

I really did not want to come back from Wales, it felt like there was so much more to see, but I guess it leaves an opening to have to go back!

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