North Wales …
Our introduction to Wales was not that of the “Green Valleys”, but mile after mile of static caravan sites !!
Prestatyn and Rhyl are not what you would call “Easy on the Eye” … A destination for thousands of holiday makers to enjoy a seaside holiday, but not what we were looking for..
Llandudno soon put things back on an even keel tho..
A picturesque Victorian seaside village located between the Orme and Great Orme..
We parked up and took ourselves to the Pier which juts out into the Irish Sea.. Following that we decided to venture up the Great Orme.. We took the Tramway up, which was great value for the money, and spent an hour looking out over the stunning views.. We walked back down and stopped at a pub near the bottom and enjoyed another delicious meal, before jumping back into the “Hotel du Van” and heading off in search of our first campsite of the adventure..
We decided that we liked the look of the Caravan Club site at Betws-y-coed, so we set the sat nav and off we went..
Bit of a problem… The site was full, and the town is not what you would call “Motorhome Friendly” well not to lets say “wild or free campers”.. It was getting late by this time and searching for an alternative, was not an option.. Were not that big a unit at 5.4m , and many have said “quite a sexy looking camper van” so we probably get away with more than a larger van would, so we settled in overlooking the green and went in search of a pub meal..
Our walk around left us a bit gobsmacked at the amazing little village we had stumbled upon.. A rocky waterfall and twisting river runs through what is what must be one of the prettiest villages we have ever been to (Well done Wales) ..
We shopped at the local store for provisions and had a lesson of the shop assistant in how to pronounce the name of the village.. A quick call to “Pops on the way back to the van confirmed that he had been here many times as well..
We settled in for the night waiting for a polite knock on the door to ask us to move on, but we slept sound and left early the next morning..
We headed back up to Conwy, which is another great town, with a castle and lots of streets to wander around.. There was an advertisement for a concert by the local Welsh Male Voice Choir, which is one of the stranger things to do on my lifelong tick-list … Unfortunately it was sold out 😦
WE decided on a bit of a pub Crawl for the evenings entertainment and by the third pub we had made friends with a lovely local couple called Greg and Lisa.. I mentioned my disappointment about missing the choir and they said if we hung around a while we may be in for a treat..
About an hour later the pub was filled with men wearing matching green blazers.. We were treated to several songs as they downed a pint or three and it was indeed a truly MAGNIFICENT experience..
New friends and another life experience ticked off the list, ended a great intro to Wales :)))