Wales

North-Wales  – Summer 2010

If you want be in some beautiful scenery, visit castles, walk on windswept sandy beaches, take the kids on a real life Thomas the Tank Engine and eat a lovely shank of lamb, then North-Wales it is.

The beaches in North Wales are lovely even if the weather isn't always!
The beaches in North Wales are lovely even if the weather isn’t always!

We rented this fantastic cottage for a week and sat back to enjoy the view of the kids, who were fresh from the Arabian desert, run after sheep in amazement.

Our cottage in Harlech was A1
Our cottage in Harlech was A1
The cottage in all its splendour
The cottage in all its splendour
After some serious sheep chasing the boys finally realise they are not going to catch any
After some serious sheep chasing the boys finally realise they are not going to catch any

We could have spent the entire week pottering around the cottage, and cooking up some of the local fish we managed to find in Harlech but there were loads of things to drag us into the car for a look see, not least Harlech Castle where we spent a couple of hours running around before we went for the aforementioned lamb shank roast in the pub….

Harlech Castle is a winner every time
Harlech Castle is a winner every time

Our 4-year-old Tommy was in a serious Thomas the Tank Engine phase when we were in Wales so we couldn’t miss the Ffestiniog narrow gauge railway leaving from Porthmadog, which is also worth a visit in its own right as a traditional bucket and spade destination.

The real Thomas
The real Thomas

And a holiday in Wales wouldn’t be complete without at least one rainy day. When we had ours we went to Llechwedd Slate Mines, which is a day out I remembered from my own childhood. The only problem was that most of North Wales had the same idea as us, so things were a bit crowded…

Slate mines bring out the crazy eyes in me
Slate mines bring out the crazy eyes in me

I really would recommend North Wales for a trip with young kids, the only downside is like everything else in the UK it’s on the expensive side. But if you’re based in the UK then you do save on transport. We were travelling from the English Midlands so it took under two hours in a rental car to get somewhere peaceful, green but still action packed (if you’re 4).

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