Saturday, August 13, 2011

Trip Into Wales - Camping - Conwy<>Bala Country Fair

Whilst Aaron was at scout camp Simon and I decided to take a camping trip along the North Wales coast. Our destination was Conwy, this is a beautiful little place set by the seaside with a harbour, castle and lots of local attractions.
Conwy is one of the finest remaining medieval walled towns in Britain. Edward 1 fortress castle was completed in 1287. The walls retain three of the original gateways. Walking the walls you have lovely views of the old town and pretty yacht filled harbour.
Firstly we headed to Conwy Castle from the top of the castle there are spectacular views all around. The views are breathtaking as you look towards Snowdonia and the estuary of the River Conwy and the great Orme. The castle is a ruin but quite a good one ! An historic legend says the Romans were attracted to Conwy by its pearls.

Plas Mawr is an Elizabethan gem, it is said to be one of the finest town houses of its period in Britain. Its owner Robert Wynn, an influential merchant of great repute was particularly fond of grandeur and colour. He also liked entertaining. Lavishly. This grand house was built between 1576 and 1585 in the heart of medieval Conwy`s narrow cobbled streets. A house which more than matched his grandiose ambitions. This is surely a beautiful place to walk around. Reaching to one of the top towers the view`s again are breath taking.

Aberconwy house is now owned by the national trust. The house dates back to the 14th century. It is a fine example of a timbered stone dwelling. It is a lovely little house the oldest in Conwy well worth a look around.

A visit to Conwy isn't complete without a visit to the smallest house in Britain. Built originally as a fisherman's cottage, its last occupant was 6ft 3". Amazingly the house only measures 10ft by 4ft 2". This little house stands at the side of the harbour again not to be missed when visiting Conwy.

Above is The old Conwy suspention bridge. Designed by Thomas Telford and started in 1822 the graceful suspension bridge spans the river and was built to link the Holyhead coach road. Near the bridge stands the toll house which is in the care of the national trust. Until 1958 Telfords bridge was the only road bridge across the river at Conwy. As traffic increased a solution was sought and in 1991 HM Queen Elizabeth 11 opened Britain's first immersed tube tunnel under the River Conwy.

Simon and I camped not far from Conwy at a lovely little site with spectacular views of the Welsh countryside. It was lovely to chill out together, snuggling up in the camper van.

On our way back we stopped at Bala, today was the annual country fayre. It was a lovely relaxed show with lots to see. From birds of prey to working dogs. Tractor show, stalls, fishing stands, monster truck, wood chopping races and ferrets. We wandered around bumping into familiar faces along the way. As time went on we were completely worn out so we headed home. I was looking forward to picking my lovely lad up after his adventure camping trip with the scouts. He had, had a wonderful time cooking on open camp fires and everything else this scouts get up to camping in the wilderness.

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