Woo hoo! My brother and I are once again on our annual tour. Having had such a good time in North Wales last year, and having realised that we needed to spend more time in some of the places that we’d visited briefly, we’ve returned to the same B&B we stayed in last time. But let’s not get too far ahead – we took a scenic route to get here, first going to the Gwili Steam Railway near Carmarthen. We took a scenic ride through some lovely scenery, with a stop for coffee on the way back.
From there, we headed up through more scenery, passing through Devil’s Bridge to Bwlch Nant yr Arian, a Foresty Commission centre which offers a cafe, activities for the energetic and stunning views, including the opportunity to observe red kites. Even though it was an overcast day, we could make out Aberystwyth in the distance, with Cardigan Bay beyond. As the kites weren’t flying very low, the best shots I could get of those were silhouettes against the overcast sky.
After lunch at the cafe, we carried on, with a few pauses to photograph particularly nice scenery. This included a brief stop at Barmouth, where I might have caught a good view of the famous bridge, and finally a visit to Harlech to look at the castle. Last time, the rain drove us away, but today was much better, and I was able to get some pictures of the castle from a variety of angles.
We then went on to Porthmadog before ending up in Penrhyndeudraeth.
Lots of pictures will follow when I’m not on a 3G connection, but here’s one for now. This quite lovely dragon seems to be guarding a caravan site, and is beautifully positioned so Harlech Castle can be seen behind it.
 Hi Geoff!