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Wales Holiday – The Final Chapter

After my trip to Dolwyddelan Castle and Bodnant Garden, I decided to try some walking. I’m quite keen on forests and whatnot so I headed off to Coed y Brenin, a forest park owned by the Welsh division of the Forestry Commission.

It wasn’t far, though it took a while by the time I’d made my way through the roadworks. At breakfast (bacon and tomato omelette) I’d joked with the waiter that I’d brought three coats with me just in case, but I hadn’t needed my wet weather one. Obviously that put the jinx on the weather and down came the rain. Fortunately, it settled down to a light drizzle as the day progressed.

Anyway, on with the pictures!

Coed y Brenin

I noticed as I walked round that the landscape is very similar to parts of the Highlands in Scotland, even down to the thistle!

Coed y Brenin

I like the occasional rocky bit, and also parts where the trees have been chopped down allowing a view across the countryside.

Coed y Brenin

My real favourites, however, are streams, rivers and waterfalls. These began at around the half-way point. I went and sat by the river below – it was very peaceful.

Coed y Brenin

Being exceedingly unfit, I was already getting quite tired. Little did I know that I was now down in the valley and there was quite a climb ahead of me!

Coed y Brenin

These last two pictures were taken just before my long climb back to the Visitor Centre. I was too busy trying to breathe to take any more. The breeze and slight rain suddenly became very welcome!

Coed y Brenin

For those of you interested in my food adventures, that evening I had garlic mushrooms on a lightly toasted something-or-other (sorry!) for the starter. This was followed by three large lamb chops with a lovely creamy potato salad and for dessert, a total taste sensation – the best Eton mess I’ve ever tasted! Fresh strawberries, cream, lovely! I almost ordered another on the spot.

And there endeth my little holiday in Wales! I hope you enjoyed the photos.

  1. June 30, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Drali these are such lovely pictures! Totally jealous of your holiday!

    The food adventure? Even more unfair! 🙂 Had to look up what an Eton mess is… I could marry that dessert! Och.. my tummy… 😦


    • June 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      I had such a lovely time, and there’s still so much there to see.
      Eton mess is a particular favourite of mine anyway, but this one was truly spectacular!


  2. June 30, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Most impressed! Great part of the world Dr Aliman – good choice! Guess where we went at Easter….? Stayed by the coast for a week, and did Coed-y-Brenin on a day-trip – It was cold, but brilliant walk!


    • June 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Yes, it’s lovely, isn’t it?
      If you’re ever in the neighbourhood again, grab your evening meal at Cross Foxes – I recommend the Eton mess for dessert!


  3. July 3, 2013 at 3:49 am

    I also had to Google Eton Mess, yummy.
    Your country is ver beautiful.
    We have the PCT, CDT and the Appalachian trails, what is your equivalent there?


    • July 3, 2013 at 6:34 am

      I didn’t realise Eton Mess wasn’t a “thing” in the US – I should have posted a picture!
      I Googled PCT and CDT and found time zones. On deeper Googling I found Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail – is that right? We have various (obviously smaller) trails in the UK. I’m guessing many of the trails in the USA are so long that if they were in the UK you’d fall into the sea!
      In Cornwall we have the “Camel Trail”, named after the River Camel. It’s one of the most well known trails in the UK and is roughly 18 miles long. Also various coastal paths and so on, and in other parts of the country long walks through woodlands, mountains and moorland.


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