Monday, 2 September 2013

Wonderful Week in Wales

Last week I spent a wonderful week in Wales with my 12 year old twins and pooch Winston. It was our first family holiday and as I had never visited Wales before I was really looking forward to it.

The drive there from Derbyshire was surprisingly smooth and straghtforward and I particularly enjoyed driving through the breathtaking scenery of Snowdonia. We stayed in a dog friendly chalet on the Glan Gwna holiday park in Caernarfon which proved to be an excellent base for exploring the local area.

On our first day we took a steam train from Caernarfon to Porthmadog and chose to sit in an open carriage as it was a beautiful day. I would reccommend catching the 10am train as it gives you 3 hours to spend in beauriful Porthmadog before catching the last train home. The journey lasts 2 1/2 hours each way and stops at several stations en route through Snowdonia and the stunning scenery just takes your breath away. Winston enjoyed his first steam train journey.

Porthmadog is a lovely seaside townand we spent a fab few hoyrs there watching activities in the harbour, eating ice creams and playing crazy golf.

Next day we decided to go to Greenwood Forest Park just 15 minutes drive away. This activity park is aimed at children up to the age of 12 and there are lots of things to keep them entertained all day. Dogs are welcome too which was perfect for us. The setting is stunning with fantastic views of Snowdonia.

Caernarfon is a lovely town which boasts the most visited castle in Wales. We spent a day exploring the town and discovered a lively coastal walk that took you all the way to Bangor  8 miles away. We decided to the half way point on the route, the pretty fishing village of Y Felinheli which I fell in love with. The kids skimmed slate into the waters edge as the sun set before we walked back.

Whilst in Caernarfon I asked at the tourist information centre about local dog friendly beaches and was reccommended Dinas. Easy to find only a ten minute drive down the A499 the beach at Dinas Dinlle was easy to find down a narrow, winding country road. In a quiet location with a couple of cafes and a shop  and with a backdrop of Snowdonia this beautiful sandy beach is hard to beat. Winston loved chasing his ball but flatly refused to get his paws wet in the sea which had lovely clear water.

There are so many lovely places to visit in North Wales that we were spoilt for choice and with difficulty decided on Conwy as our final day trip destination. Dominated by its magnificent castle this coastal town also boasts the smallest house in Great Britain. We walked the town walls, took a sightseeing boat cruise and ate the best ice cream in the world.....fact!!!

The bar at the holiday park was the only place on site with wifi access but our favourite night was definitely bingo night. We all enjoyed trying our luck with the balls...sadly no winners but we had great fun playing.

All too soon it was time to pack up the car and return home. We were lucky to have had fantastic weather for our holiday and with so much left in North Wales we will definitely be returning in the future.

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