Wales Journals

Snowdonia and Caernarfon

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A Circular Walk from Beddgelert

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Snowdonia Photo, Snowdonia National Forest Park, Wales
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Unfortunately we didn’t have too much time to devote to hiking during our recent North Wales visit, and on the morning we set off unfortunately, Wales’ highest mountain at a touch under 3000 feet was Snowden was shrouded in low cloud. Instead of taking our annual hike up the mountain, we parked at Beddgelert village and decided to take a low hike which took us past the copper mine at Sygun on the outskirts of the village, then over the ridge and down to the river, which then allowed us a river walk back round to finish the circle back to the village. While I was disappointed not to tackle Snowden once again, we actually had a fantastic variety of walk, and although it was prob...Read More

Wal Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Good Caernarfon Restaurant"

Wal Restaurant Photo, Caernarfon, Wales
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We had a horrible Friday night drive to our destination in North Wales, Caernarfon (spoken as car-nar-von), so we arrived at our hotel rather late, flustered and keen to hit the mean streets of the town for dinner. 8:30pm on a Friday Evening can be a scary time to look for dinner, as many of the restaurants and bars are either completely empty or completely full. Neither state is very helpful or encouraging for the hungry diner. While wandering around the little town we spotted the little Wal Restaurant which was somewhere in the middle and dived in with the hope that we would find a table. We gave the waiter a winning smile when he told us that he could fit us in. Our table wa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2013

Wal Restaurant
2 Palace Street
Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 1RR
01286 674383

Sygun Copper Mine

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Attraction | "A walk into an old copper mine"

Sygun Copper Mine Photo, Snowdonia National Forest Park, Wales
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As there was quite a lot of low cloud, we decided that our hike would be a fairly low circular trip around the village of Beddgelert. Our route thus took us past a former copper mine opened as a tourist attraction, and as we had the whole day stretching out before us we decided to take the plunge and pay the £8 admission fee. Sygun Copper Mine is perhaps a mile out of the main village area.This part of North Wales was famous for it metal ores since Roman times, and in particular copper, lead and gold. While the rocks are rich in ores there are more productive places to mine, and copper mining ended in the region in the 1930’s.The attraction comprised of the original mine buildi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2013

Sygun Copper Mine
Beddgelert
Snowdonia National Forest Park, Wales

Gelert's Grave

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Attraction | "Lovely story of Gelert (shame it's not true)"

Gelert's Grave Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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The village of Beddgelert (spoken as Bed-Gel-Ert) is one of Snowdonia’s prettiest villages. While Snowdonia itself is beautiful, the villages tend to be rather dour places overshadowed by slag heaps and poor. However, Beddgelert is blessed by a pretty more open location by the side of a river, and because of the story of Gelert the faithful dog of Llywelyn (Loo-Well-In) the Great, a Welsh Price who ruled North Wales for 40 years in the late 1100’s.The tale goes that Gelert the faithful dog refused to go out with Llywelyn on a trip one day. On Llywelyn’s return he was greeted by his dog covered in blood and wagging his tail. Llywelyn then spotted blood around the cradle of his infant son, a...Read More

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Gelert's Grave
Beddgelert, Snowdonia
Wales, United Kingdom

Celtic Royal Hotel

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Hotel | "The Celtic Royal Hotel - plush enough for a treat"

Celtic Royal Hotel Photo, Caernarfon, Wales
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As we have been doing a lot of cheap travelling of late (we can go to more places) and it was my birthday, I decided to splash out just a little and pay for a couple of nights at the three star, but very traditional Celtic Royal on the edge of Caernarfon Town Centre. The rack rate is around £145 a night for a double room in summer, although our deal was half that. I’m sure the coach tours for elderly Brits, Germans and Americans pay even less, but we were quite comfortable with our deal. On entrance we were surrounded by a group of excited young teens on their prom nights; we smiled at the sophisticated grown up looking women against the same aged fluffy chinned boys, looking uncomfortable...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2013

Celtic Royal Hotel
Bangor Street
Caernarfon
01286 674477

Black Boy Inn

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Hotel | "A Black Mark for the quality of the Beer"

Black Boy Inn Photo, Caernarfon, Wales
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We did struggle to find a good real ale pub for our weekend’s stay in Caernarfon, although we know there are some good local breweries around (waves at Great Orme Brewery in nearby Llandudno). We felt our best chance would arrive with the very characterful Black Boy Inn in the old town of Caernarfon. The pub dates back to 1522 and so is one of the oldest pubs in North Wales. The inside of the pub is suitably dark and stone flagged and it is a very atmospheric place. Apparently the ghost of a nun can be seen in the pub (although whether that tale is as "true" as that of Gelert the dog is unknown). In the olden days, the pub was in the centre of the red light district which formed to serve t...Read More

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Black Boy Inn
Northgate Street
Caernarfon
01286 676115