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Jun 18, 2013 - traditions caernarvon

There was an Army museum within the Caernarfon Castle; The Welch Fusiliers (spelling Welsh gaelic) I went in to the first room; they had a film which amongst all the usual Army type stuff, had them in parade uniform, lead by their mascot; a goat!! And the men in the front row wore leather aprons and instead of guns carried highly polished tools. I was intrigued. especially when I read that the goat had gone into the trenches with them in world war 1. how crazy is that? SO were did that come from. While the answer especially about the goat...

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Apr 30, 2012 - Wales - Snowdonia

21st April 2012 (Bed No 21) After breakfast we headed for Snowdonia with its striking mountains, picturesque lakes and beautiful coastlines. As the name suggests, we are going to be very cold. The GPS is playing with our minds again! We had programmed it to take us to our hotel but we ended up 3 miles in the opposite direction. Time was not lost, as we ended up in front of the national Slate Museum. What the heck, it’s free, let’s go in. The museum was situated under towering slate mountains in the Victorian engineering workshops of...

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Apr 27, 2012 - Llandudno & Snowdonia Nat. Park, Wales

Shortly after we returned from our trip to the US we remembered we had a living social deal that we bought the weekend following. So without much more than a few days break we were off to the coast of Wales for our first taste of a British beach town. The drive wasn't half bad with only about 2 1/2 hours of drive time and we were treated to the best sunset we've seen since arriving here. The colors and length of it were something we've never seen before and it made the drive quite enjoyable even though it was hard to keep the eyes on the...

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May 15, 2011 - Mt Snowden

We were right, our luck with the weather has finally run out – a steady rain when we awake. Today we drive through northern Wales to Snowden, the highest mountain outside of Scotland. Somehow the weather seems to match the scenery – rolling green hills with steep passes, little vegetation and sheep grazing on the slopes. One area the hills become quite rugged and there is slate everywhere. The villages are built with grey stone and the streets very narrow. We finally reach Snowden and take the little train to the summit (built in 1895 for...

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May 14, 2011 - and on to Northern Wales

Today we make our way to northern Wales. We detour to Devils Bridge where we take a brief walk to see the devils cauldron and the ‘three bridges’. The first bridge built in the 11th century, the second in 1700 and the third in 1901. After lunch we travel through the hills until we reach the Irish Sea and finally the road follows the coast – for once we don’t have to walk! The estuaries are wide and empty as the tide is out – still can’t get used to the tides here. The houses in the villages are quite often painted in pastel colours. We stop...

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Jul 6, 2010 - And now Wales

THE FOLLOWING I WROTE IN ONE GO TO CATCH UP FROM NOT UPDATING IN THE LAST WEEK OR SO. IT STARTS OF FROM WHERE I FINISHED MY LAST BLOG. ENJOY After the Glacier Express we ended up in St Moritz. Nothing much was happening there (maybe because it's the off season - Summer). We checked into out very large room with a view of the lake and surrounding mountains. After freshening up we went for a walk though the quiet streets looking for a good place to watch the football game, Australia vs Serbia. We had no luck so we just ate an expensive...

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Apr 9, 2010 - Expedition Training

Just back from Mid Wales with Explorers and I am off again to Snowdonia with my Ecuador team. In a minubus convoy we head off up the A5 into the Snowdonia National Park for our campsite at Gwern Gof Isaf. Apparently the Hunt, Hillary Everest expedition used the bunkhouses here as their training base whilst climbing in the area. I dont think we are quite of the same standard somehow. We had a great day's walking before making our wild camp near to the reservoir. It was quite hard going today, a lot steeper ground than many of us have...

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Aug 23, 2008 - Getting back to Nature

Early start (6.30am) on Saturday morning for the 4 and a half hour drive to Snowdonia National Park which is in the north of Wales. We arrived at our campsite around lunchtime and had a quick bite to eat. The campsite was actually a paddock on a farm with a barn converted into toilet and shower facilities. The nearest town was called Betws-y-Coed which is a very pretty and quaint village nestled amongst the mountains of the National Park. After lunch we headed into town and hired mountain bikes and followed a trail up into the mountains....

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Jul 26, 2007 - Snowdownia

Friday 27th July: Today we headed for Wales And the national Park of Snowdonia. We stopped off just after Cardif at the big pit. We went down the 90m shaft into the dim lit mine below. We wondered around the mine shaft led by an ex miner, It was incredable to see how they worked in 1880 when the mine was operational. We headed further west towards snowdownia and stopped off at Devils bridge. This was an amazing site there were three bridges built over the top of each other the first was built by the knights templar before 1188, the middle...

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Aug 4, 2006 - North Wales

After quite a busy and hectic day at work all 4 of us finally got our bags in the car and onto the motorway heading towards Wales. The 4 of us are: Erin, Danielle, Desh and myself in Desh's car. We left about 7pm and were all pumped for the 5 hour drive. The traffic wasn't too bad leaving London, the motorways are great - each 3 lanes with speed limit of 70 mph. Every 20 miles or so there is a service area to stop for food and petrol. Had dinnner at one of them. Our destination for the night was Betws-y-Coed. We got to the B&B after...

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May 27, 2006 - Day 2 of Wales tour

Today we started early and made our way to Brecon Beacon National Park. Saw loads of sheep and gorgeous scenary. Next up was Wye valley were we saw a waterfall and did a bit of a hike down a trail that was basically all mud because of course it was raining. Our next stop was Castell-y-bere. A castle ruin with amazing views of the land around as it was high up on a hill. Some sheep were wandering around the area. There was a lot of fog in the air so we weren't able to see very far. Our stop for the evening was Caernarfon. We visited with...

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Oct 2, 2005 - North to Caernarfon

Took it easy today and didn't leave until 10am. Took a scenic route up to the coast at Aberaeron and the followed the coast all the way up. Aberaeron was an interesting place, multicoloured houses, pebble beach and bitterly cold - it was 12C with wind that probably dropped it another 5C. Next stop was Macynlleth for lunch at the Celtica Center. On the way up from there we went through a littel village called Corris - unusual slate houses with coloured trim. Then it was on to Barmouth, which was at the mouth of a river (Strange that!). Took...

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