Travel: North Wales in January (one of my best holidays ever, actually)


I’m taking a new strategy with this blog…. I’m just going to upload stuff when I feel the inclination, no matter about order or any of that. So, here is actually one of my more recent trips – a post-Christmas and New Year get away to North Wales.

So, yes, that would be North Wales in January. That doesn’t sound all that appealing to you, I’m betting, but it was actually one of the best holidays I’ve ever had (and by now I’ve been fortunate to have had quite a few).

We booked this as a little treat to ourselves after the mania that usually is Christmas and New Year. We found a cute little cottage via AirBnB that allowed dogs and the main plan was just to sit around not doing a whole lot apart from watching Line of Duty (that’s bloody great by the way – watch it if you haven’t).

Sort of assuming that, because it’s January and it’s Wales, the weather would be gloomy, we were just happy to be away from everything. But actually, we couldn’t really have asked for better weather…. yes, it was cold, but it was actually sunny most of the time – it certainly almost never rained. Considering when we rocked up it was the middle of a storm, quite the miracle.

Before this trip I’d not spent a whole lot of time in North Wales, but I’m keen to go back and see it some more. It’s beautiful, it’s remote, and everyone’s really friendly (what’s not to like). I took more pictures than I thought I would (on my Olympus PEN F, if you want to know) – and – unusually (and very welcome for me) they were all taken completely for pleasure, not a review or feature in sight.  We had a great time exploring the various towns (and even cities) nearby – there was Conwy, Llandudno, Bangor, Beaumaris, Holyhead, Harlech and Caernarfon (probably somewhere else I’ve forgotten about already too…) 

There was piers, beaches, mountains, castles, pubs, stately homes – including the one on our cottage was on the grounds of (formerly belonging to Lord Snowdon no less). After all that exploring, a soak in the huge cottage bath followed by a Line of Duty marathon and a glass of red wine was the perfect antidote to the hubbub of the weeks preceding.

I’m getting misty eyed thinking about how great it was – maybe it doesn’t sound too great to you, or very exotic, but it was just the tonic I needed, and I can’t wait to go back one day (I’m especially keen to visit the top of Snowdon – on the mountain railway, I’m not mad).

As always, any comments, thoughts, and all that jazz, welcome in the box below. 

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