North Wales – More Places to Visit by Car or Coach

North Wales – More Places to Visit by Car or Coach

North Wales  - More Places to Visit by Car or Coach

North Wales – More Places to Visit by Car or Coach

Betws-Y-Coed is a mountain resort on the popular Conwy valley railway from Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog, a wooded village where three rivers come together. The Swallow Falls and Miners Bridge are its best-known beauty spots. A nature trail through the valley, woods and by the falls is available. It claims to be ‘The Beauty Spot of Wales’. It has the much painted Bridge of the Cauldron, Pont-y-Pair, at one end of the village and the Y Pont Haiarn at the other. Y Pont Haiarn is better known as the Waterloo Bridge because it bears the legend across its long arch ‘Constructed in the same year as the Battle of Waterloo was being fought’.

Blaenau Ffestiniog is a slate-quarry town at the head of the valley in the mountains. Llechwedd Slate Caverns have underground rides, a theatre which has a history of slate quarrying and Tramway exhibition. Change here from British Rail to the narrow-gauge FfeStiniog Railway for a marvellous picturesque journey by buffet car train to the Cambrian coast at Portmadog. Caernarfon, where Prince Charles was invested as Prince of Wales in July 1969. Another of Edward’s constructions, it is open to the public.

Capel Curig is one of the oldest resorts in Wales and again attracts the fishermen, with the lakes particularly good, as are the tributaries to the Conwy and Llugwy. Climbers come for the mountains.

Colwyn Bay is a seaside holiday town. The promenade is three miles long, has sandy safe beaches and a first-class Welsh Mountain zoo.

Lianberis south-east of Caernarfon. The North Wales Quarrying Museum, and Padarn Country Park, also an interpretive centre of the National Museum of Wales are nearby. Llanberis Lake Railway runs along the old single track of the narrow gauge line. Snowdon Mountain Railway starts at Llanberis and chugs up to the peak of Snowdon, 3,560ft above sea level.

Lleyn Peninsula is where you will hear Welsh spoken. Abersoch, Pwllheli, Criccieth and Nefyn together with Porthmadog are all resorts you will discover around the coast and at the end of the peninsula is Portmeirion.

Pentrefoelas has a working watermill where you can buy the bread and cakes made from the ground wheat, oats and barley. There are interpretive centres for visitors at Alwen and Brenig reservoirs.

Prestatyn is a holiday camp centre with holiday village life, miniature railways, dancing, cabaret, cinema and theatre. It is served by the North Coast main rail as is Rhyl, another very well-established, big resort.

Rhyl is a breezy sort of place which, like others along this coast-line, has sprung into prominence only during this century, but it is a very go-ahead, energetic resort, full of activities. The beaches are good, and so are the great, wide promenades where, when the weather is rough from the north, the breaking waves provide spectacular waterspray displays – but that is seldom in summer. Gardens, parades, cycling tracks, boating lakes, pleasure grounds, skating, paddling, you name it, Rhyl has it. The tropical Floral Hall, Marine Lake Leisure Park and the Sports Centre have more recently been joined by the Sun Centre along the promenade, which rules out any weather problems. Indoor Tropical Lagoon, a great water splash, wave-making machine, rooftop monorail, sun beds, bars and dance floors are all under one roof. Rhyl sets out to make itself the ‘Suncentre of North Wales’ – even if the sun does not shine when you are there. Snowdonia National Park covers an enormous area. Get infor-mation from The Information Officer, Yr Hen Ysgol, Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog. There are residential courses at the National Park Study Centre for climbing, walking etc. Snowdon itself can be reached by the Mountain Railway out of Llanberis, by car or by walking.