For the final leg of our nostalgia edition photo tour I want to visit Snowdonia.
I lived there at the end of the 80’s. Photography was still all film and way out of my financial reach. I lived for a year in a mountain hamlet, taking the bus into Bangor every morning. The view from my living room window was something like the image below. It could be quite spectacular. I remember that the mist used to really swirl around the mountains that you could see in the distance. On days when it was sunny the mountains would also catch the light in an amazing way.
I didn’t have a car at the time and so even though I lived on the edge of the national park things were tantalizingly out of my reach. Because of that I feel like I missed out on a lot.
So where to go on our tour? My first introduction to Snowdonia was a school trip to Betws-y-Coed so I would like to start there.
With school we went to Betws-y-Coed on a science field trip and stayed at the Draper Field Centre. Betws attracted British artists when they couldn’t travel because of the Napoleonic War and eventually in the Victorian era it became the site of the first British Artist colony. I’m keen to visit the Fairy Glen shown in the image below although I understand this has become a bit of a tourist trap.
After a couple of days to explore the area around Betws – including the gwydir forest park and swallow falls – lets move on to the area around Llyn Ogwen.
The Llyn Ogwen area is what we might think of as a subject rich environment. Here there’s Llyn Ogwen, Ogwen falls, Llyn Idwal and Glydar Fach (if your up for a climb).
There’s a really great walk around Llyn Idwal and across a mountain range called the Devil’s Kitchen if you’re up for it. I probably would’t be but would rather get in a good spot to take photos of the mountains.
One more stop before we head for Bangor and that is to see the ‘Lonely Tree’ at Lynn Padarn Country Park. Let’s have a quick look at the map to orient ourselves.
I was amazed when I saw images of this tree in Llyn Padarn. I thought that I would have to go to New Zealand to see a tree like this. Let’s hope that we have great light when we visit Llyn Padarn!
Finally let’s finish up in Bangor and then head back to Yorkshire.
Here’s the map of our Wales trip. We’ve only scratched the surface and didn’t even visit Snowdon! Lots more to do when we visit next time!