I had some annual leave left to use before the end of the year, and with all the exotic places in the world I could choose from I chose… North Wales in October! And of course, I decided to bring the Mini…
I’m sure North Wales in October makes you think of cold, wet, grey days – but in fact, so far the weather’s been pretty good! A few showers but mainly sunny and not too cold. Also, the Mini is doing pretty well 🙂 Hopefully I haven’t jinxed anything now…
I drove up to Wales on Monday. I stopped at Burton Dassett Hills Country Park for a much needed walk after a few hours of being cramped in the Mini. The Mini did really well, but probably the scariest part was getting down the driveway where I am staying. I made it down though – 4 days in and I still breathe a sigh of relief every time I get to the bottom.
On Tuesday I stayed quite local to where I’m staying. I went via the Horseshoe Pass (fantastic views) and Horseshoe Falls to Llangollen. I wandered around the town and then walked down the canal to the Motor Museum. Unfortunately the Museum was closed but the walk was nice.
I then drove down to the Aqueduct. It was very impressive! I decided to walk along the canalside path across the aqueduct. It was alright at first – the views were great. But when I got to the middle it suddenly became very windy, which is quite scary when on one side you have some ancient metal railings, and on the other 5 foot of water and then nothing. You don’t want to lean into the wind too much because when it stops you find yourself leaning towards to water… I made it all the way across (I couldn’t turn back as there was a cyclist behind me and the path wasn’t wide enough for us both) and then bravely made it back again (there wasn’t another way back to the car!).
I didn’t actually spend much of Wednesday in Wales as I headed into Chester. I had always wanted to visit as I had heard good things. I wasn’t sure if I would find enough things to do all day, but I certainly did. I started by visiting the Cathedral and then wandered around the shops and part of the City’s walls. I also visited the Roman Gardens and Ampitheatre. After a quick wander around the indoor market I then went to the Grosvenor Museum. For a free museum I was very impressed 🙂 I carried the umbrella all day so, of course, it didn’t rain all day!
Today I headed West to Llandudno. I stopped at St Asaph where you will find Britain’s smallest ancient cathedral. Due to the Cathedral St Asaph does have City status – I think it’s the smallest city I’ve ever visited!
I carried on West to Llandudno – a very typical seaside town. I parked quite far away from the town and walked along the beach to the pier. I walked along the pier and had a quick go on the 2p slot machines in the Arcade at the end.
I then drove up to the Great Orme – I drove up the summit and then went for a walk around the farm at the top. I then drove around the Marine Drive to get the bottom – great fun in the Mini. I don’t think I’ve ever been on such a windy road where I haven’t had to worry about what’s coming the other way 🙂 I do have a confession to make though… When I arrived at the Marine Drive I was expecting to pay the toll to go up… however there was noone there and just a single cone in the middle of the road. I was just deciding what I should do when a BMW came up behind me… They told me to go up anyway and I gave in to peer pressure and went up anyway… I wasn’t caught at the bottom so I think I got away with it 🙂
With only 2 full days left I think I’ll head into Snowdonia tomorrow…