Part 4:

On the way home
a short drive in Wales

.It was a beautiful day when we left Ireland, so we decided to spend some time in Snowdonia, rather than confine ourselves to views from the A55.

Y Ddraig Goch

Snowdonia from Gwalchmai
A view of Snowdonia from a lay-by in central Anglesey, near Gwalchmai.

Yr Eyri o Walchmai
Snowdon, from the same location..

Llanfairpwllgwyngyll
Of course we had to stop at Llanfair PG and take a few of the photos every tourist visiting Anglesey feels compelled to take. Unfortunately it's no longer possible to photograph a name board without either a translation into weird English or a basic pronunciation guide, as in the one above.

Llanfair - 2
I remember Llanfair as a sleepy little village on the main road. Its claim to fame was the station where the full 58-letter place-name was spelled out. As a sideline, they sold souvenir platform tickets that were about 6 inches long. Now it's a tourist trap and the station is an unmanned halt.

Between Caernarfon and
				Llanberis
Approaching Llanberis, on the road from Caernarfon.

Nant Peris slate quarries
A mountainside of quarries, in Nant Peris.

Snowdon from Llanberis
Snowdon, from Llanberis. When preparing these photographs, we discovered a speck where the red circle is. It turned out to be a helicopter. We saw it later, but didn't realise we had photographed it here!.

helicopters - 1
We spotted a plume of orange smoke rising from a little below the top of Crib Goch. Then we saw two helicopters hovering above the ridge.

Crib Goch
Approaching Llanberis, on the road from Caernarfon.

Nant Peris slate quarries
A mountainside of quarries, in Nant Peris.

Snowdon from Pen y Gwyryd
Snowdon from Pen y Gwyryd, starting point of the Pyg track, a well known route to the summit. This was my route up Snowdon with several other Boy Scouts, in the Summer of 1948.

Nant Gwynant
Looking down Nant Gwynant from Pen y Gwyryd. It is easy to understand why people want to come here and paint (and take photographs).

Blaenau Ffestiniog
Passing through Blaenau Ffestiniog, one-time centre of the slate industry. A Ffestioniog Railway train train approaching the town.

Ffestiniog Railway
The same train, arriving at Blaenau Ffestiniog station.


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