Trains, Castles and Reservoirs: Out and About Around Wales

Those of us who live in the UK don’t always appreciate the beautiful country we live in. We’re often trying so hard to escape the UK for a ‘holiday’ that we neglect our own tourist attractions, yet there happens to be quite a lot on our UK door-step to admire and enjoy.

Did you know?

Wales, hosts more medieval castles than anywhere else in the Europe, and those who live in Wales are outnumbered 4 to 1 by sheep.

Sheep rule!

Author of the BFG, Roald Dahl, James Bond movie singer Shirley Bassey, ‘It’s not unusual’ singer Tom Jones, athlete Colin Jackson and actress Catherine Zeta Jones are a few well know figures who were born on welsh soil.

Wales also holds Europes longest place name, Britain’s deepest cave and oldest tree – interesting facts!

Here are a few more more snapshots from my week in Wales……

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways – Steam train journey from Beddgelert to Porthmadog

New Quay Harbour fishing village Ceredigion West Coast of Wales

Harlech Castle – one of Edward I’s ring of 13th Century fortifications around North Wales

Barmouth Bridge walk Longest whole bridge in Wales

Harlech Castle – one of Edward I’s ring of 13th Century fortifications around North Wales.

The castle capital of the world and land of castles – aka, Wales

Wales has more ancient fortresses per square mile than anywhere else in Europe

Spinach, nut and mushroom lasagne. The rumours are true, the Welsh are very generous indeed with their serving portions!

More books up for grabs whilst eating lunch!

Got a train to catch….

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways – Steam train journey from Beddgelert to Porthmadog

 

The whole experience felt like a scene from a beautiful old film

New Quay Harbour fishing village Ceredigion West Coast of Wales

 

Managed to spot a few dolphins too, but they’re so quick that it was hard to get any good photographs

Walking the Barmouth Bridge 

The longest complete bridge in Wales, built in 1867.

It was such a hot day, I felt like doing the same….

Pembrokeshire Castle

Elan Valley Reservoirs Wales

Who would have thought there’d be so much beauty in a reservoir! On a beautiful sunny day,  driving around the mid wales landscapes of the Elan Valley reservoirs was an absolute pleasure.  The reservoirs were all man made over a century ago, along with their dams.

Since this year’s UK summer has been ‘uncharacteristically’ hot and dry, we didn’t get to see the waters overflowing, but as you can see from the shots below, the views were still perfect!

 

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