You may or may not know that I live on the beautiful island of Anglesey in North Wales, but our holiday accommodation at Cadair View Lodge is in Southern Snowdonia. There are several routes that I can take – the quickest (and shortest) is via Caernarfon and Porthmadog. A good functional route but it can be a bit slow and although picturesque by most people’s standards not THE most picturesque route.
When I set out yesterday to do the journey it was a beautiful, cloud free morning and so I decided to take a stunning route across the mountains. See my route HERE
I always love the drive up the Nant Francon valley. The mountains tower above you as you climb towards Cwm Idwal and Tryfan. As always, it seems, there was no chance of stopping on the way up to take a photo but once passed Ogwen Cottage I stopped at the lay-by on the left, by the lake and took a few snaps on my phone.
Even at 10am on a Tuesday morning the car parks were getting full and there were lots of people on the hills already.
I continued on my journey along the A5 to Betws y Coed where I picked up the A470 towards the cabins.
Again a stunning drive with the heights of Cnicht looming ahead. Nowhere to stop or too much traffic behind to get photos – sorry.
Climbing up over the Crimea Pass (did you know that there used to be a brewery where the layby is now?) and into the barren landscape of the slate quarries. After a long slow climb up the hill I was glad that the coaches ahead turned off into Llechwedd Slate Caverns. Whether they were going on the underground tour or going to Bounce Below or on the Zip World attractions I don’t know but I was glad that they’d gone. Down and through Blaenau Ffestiniog which is quite pretty (honest) on a bright sunny day.
Once out the other side of Blaenau Ffestiniog, Llan Ffestiniog and Ffestiniog (it carries on for longer than you’d think) I was back out onto the rolling hillsides. Glimpses of the Rhinogau ahead and occasionally the sea, I found a place to stop to look across towards Tanygrisiau and the mountains beyond. Then onwards again.
Turning left though still on the A470 I’m almost there. Trawsfynydd Lake looks spectacular but no time to drop into the cafe today (that was yesterday’s treat). Now driving south with the Rhinogs to my right. The three peaks of Cadair Idris come into view – left turn at Bronaber and I’m there!
A day at work looking over cabins and making notes of things that need to be done… that time of year.
Time for home but far too nice for the inland route… and I needed a cup of tea so decided to head over to Criccieth where I was sure to get a parking space next to the beach – I love to paddle whenever I get the chance, shoes and socks are off… big kid in me!
Then off to Cadwaladers for tea and cake… and managed to get a window seat overlooking the sea again.
All good things must come to an end… well sort of. As I said I live on the wonderful island of Anglesey and when I got home as it was such a beautiful evening we decided to have fish and chips on the beach… so… this is where I had my tea. Overlooking the Menai Straits with the sun just beginning to set on Caernarfon Castle opposite us.
If you would like more information about Cadair View Lodge log cabin accommodation in Snowdonia see our website http://www.CadairViewLodge.co.uk