Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Mountain walks and steam train rides

We're back home, rested and raring to go, well, sort of, lol  
It doesn't take long to get back to normal routine after a holiday does it.

We unpacked as soon as we got in, before we even put the kettle on, and I had some washing on the line in the afternoon, the rest of the washing was done and hung out on Sunday morning, and as Mark put it, stretched as far as the eye could see, lol

And so normal service was resumed.

We had a great week though and visited some lovely places, the scenery in Wales is just stunning and I think even though Mark would have liked to go somewhere warmer that involved getting on a plane, he enjoyed it and was able to have a proper rest from working.

We were quite lucky with the weather really, we did have one day when it rained more or less all day, but we just stayed in the flat that day and watched films, (something we don't really do) and I got a whole day's uninteruptedbyhousework, stitching done, which is unheard of!

We saw and did everything that we intended t, Snowdon is 1,085 metres (3559 feet) above sea level and is the highest point in the British Isles, it has been on my list of things to do for a while, I would love to try walking up Snowdon but Mark wouldn't be up for that so I booked us on the Snowdon Mountain train.
Actually when I booked this trip It didn't register how far it was from where we were staying, which turned out to be a 90 minute drive, Ops!  Still the drive there was through the most beautiful scenery and it was a lovely day, so that was ok.

I only found out about Talyllyn Railway through a google search and although neither me or Mark are steam train enthusiasts we thought it would be a nice trip out.  The trip takes you through some of the wonderful Welsh valleys and some beautiful scenery.  You can get off at a couple of the stops and we had intended to get off at Dolgoch and walk the falls, but then decided to just go to the end of the line and then do the return journey and have something to eat in the station cafe.

We decided to drive to Dolgoch Falls in the afternoon, it wasn't far and we would be able to spend more time than if we had got off at the train stop.
This is such a beautiful place, neither google images or my photos do this place justice, it was a lovely sunny day and the light through the trees was just amazing.
Surprisingly we only saw three other people while we were walking.

Looks like someones been having fun building a camp :-)

When I post about holidays or trips out I'm doing it for my own record to look back on more than anything else but even so, I hope you have enjoyed a little bit of the Welsh scenery too :-)

See you soon



Dee said...

Such beautiful photos. The views from up on the mountain are stunning. And, how cute is that little train??? Glad you had such a great trip.

MartinaM said...

Oh what beautiful pictures, so much untouched nature, such a wonderful view over the mountains and the landscape. I'm excited.
And the little train - that would have been fun too. And the beautiful forest pictures with the small waterfalls - somehow magical.
Thank you for allowing me to participate.

Manuela said...

Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing.

butterfly said...

Hi Maggie ,
Looks like you had a fab holiday and a good rest ,we use to go to Wales allot
when my aunts lived there , I have always loved Wales great photos thanks for sharing.

Poppypatchwork said...

I'm married to a Welsh man, so we both love the different landscapes, we are off to The Gower coast for a week in September, but we are talking about going up Snowdon.

Jo said...

We were really taken with North Wales when we visited a couple of years ago, the scenery around Snowdonia National Park is just amazing, it's somewhere we'd definitely like to visit again and your post has just confirmed again why.

Sandy said...

Gorgeous!! Wales has been on my list of places I would love to visit for some time, perhaps one day I'll get to see some of this myself. Looks and sounds like you had an awesome time. Welcome home.

Tina said...

Lots of lovely scenery, glad you had a great time xx

Barb said...

I absolutely loved your pictures. I will likely never get to Wales so seeing your pictures was a treat! It looks like a beautiful country.

Gill - That British Woman said...

Stunning photos, and when I think of Britain I think of those scenes. Everything is so green and lush. You were lucky with the weather and the views from the top of the mountain, just gorgeous.

Julie said...

I remember these places well from our stay in Tywyn just along the coast from Aberdovey. Dollgoch is so pretty and quiet. Of course we rode the Tallylyn as DH is a steam train fanatic. You can get the normal train at Aberdovey station through Tywyn to Barmouth and cross the beautiful estuary, that's a great sight to see. You can walk over the estuary too on foot.

Lowcarb team member said...

It was so nice seeing all of your photographs.
What a lovely break you had.

All the best Jan