Tuesday, 18 August 2009

A Day In Wales

Yesterday my family and I took a trip into Wales. We drove to the town of Llanberis where we caught the train to the summit of Snowdon. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and the little trains have been going to the summit since 1896.

This is our train arriving into Llanberis station.
The journey to the summit takes about an hour. The views on the way up were spectacular and we were very lucky with the weather and the fact the it was clear enough to see a long way into the distance.

After getting off the train there is just a little bit of climbing to do before you reach the actual summit. Katherine, Rufus and Mark nearly at the top!

My father Ken, me and Andy at the top of Snowdon.

My mother, Annette and Rufus at the summit. The people in the background are climbing up to the summit Ordnance Survey point.

People who have walked up taking a breather. It is possible to walk up and back down Snowdon in a day.

The building in the background is the new cafe at the summit of Snowdon. It has been designed to blend in with the side of the mountain.

We stayed at the summit for half and hour and after arriving back down, had lunch and then had a look around Llanberis town and saw Dolbadarn castle.

We also walked to Vivian Quarry. This is a disused slate quarry, last worked in 1958. Vivien Quarry is part of the huge Dinorwic Quarry, the second largest in the world until it closed in 1969.

When you come out of the mine tunnel you reach this pool. The water is very clear and very blue because, apparently, slate produces no sediment. The pool is very popular with divers.

Blue water in Vivian Quarry.

Later that day it was on to Llangollen where we had arranged to meet more family. These are the ruins of Dinas Bran Castle overlooking the town.

Finally, a well deserved drink and meal at the Mill pub in Llangollen.


  1. Hi Susie! Beautiful pictures! What a lovely place!

  2. Wow, amazing scenery! That water looks beautiful but I bet it's freezing cold! XXX

  3. Stunning scenery. Thanks for the tour. x

  4. That looks such a wonderful day out!
    Great photos!;-)

  5. Wonderful photos on the top of Snowdon - what clear views you had:) I love Llangollen and the steam railway and horse drawn canal boat - plus the house of the Ladies of Llangollen - looks like you had lovely weather for your day in Wales:)

  6. That one picture of the pool, with that shear rock face, looks straight out of Lord of the Rings to me! No dip in the pool for you? It looked pretty chilly at the top of Snowdon. Thank you for taking me with you to Wales! It's beautiful, and it looks like you and your family had a great time!

  7. Oh Susie! What a glorious beautiful tour that you took us on. It looked like a fun family outing.

  8. Hello Susie, just wanted to say what a wonderful blog you have. Your pictures are stunning and I've really enjoyed having a nose around. Thank you and best wishes !

  9. Wow! What stunning scenery. Glad you had a clear day - not many of those in Wales!!! Your photo's look great.

  10. What a beautiful day for a trip! Your photos are amazing. The one of the lake (with the white rock in the background) is breathtaking. Thank you for sharing!

  11. What a lovely day. The water photos are amazing.

  12. Your blog is so beautiful and fun! I really enjoyed visiting you...I love all of the pictures in your sidebar too...all the lovely cottages are gorgeous. I'll definately be back to visit you again.