A rainy few days in North Wales

The weather might have been pretty grim thanks to Storm Doris but Amy and myself spent an enjoyable couple of days in North Wales.

On the way to our B&B (near Talsarnau) we went via Betws-y-Coed and paid a visit to the Conwy Valley Model Railway and Museum. Sadly, I found the shop a bit of a let down but Betws-y-Coed was nice enough. 

Next we headed over to Porthmadog, following the Ffestiniog Railway down from Blaenau. Although there didn’t seem to be any trains running we still had a porter about the station where the 009 models called out to me. However I left with wallet intact!

Our next stop was a wander around the coast to Borth-y-Gest, a lovely cove. Yet, despite the overcast weather, we had the beach to ourselves for an hour or so before heading back to our car and then on to the B&B. 

After a good nights sleep and a super fry up we headed down to Harlech and visited the castle. The new visitors centre was most impressive but again, with the poor weather, the view wasn’t what it could have been. Still, at least it was reasonably dry and we spent an hour or so walking the walls.

Finally we headed to Barmouth, but as we got closer the weather deteriorated so after a quick leg stretch I pointed Clara (my car’s name!) in the direction of home and we headed back across Wales. 

As we hit Welshpool we decided to make a quick call in at Powys Castle. This was quite a find for a last minute call. An excellent castle, superbly preserved, and the most lovely grounds. We only had time for a couple of hours before leaving sadly, but still managed to have time for a Powys Hot Chocolate… well worth the price!!

After deciding Powys was worth another visit in the summer – and that we could tie in a visit to the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway – we made our last journey, heading home to Shropshire. 

All in all, a wet but busy and enjoyable two days. 

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