Further antics in Wales
Just a little further on from Llanfairfechan we saw some signs for Aberfalls. On a bit of a gloomy morning we set out to investigate.
Following the signs we wiggled our way up the winding streets towards a bridge and a small carpark. Passing over this we continued to the larger car park (with a lovely clean toilet block) which was totally empty (but it was only 9am!).
Although cold and a little drizzly we decided that we could make the walk up to the falls as the pathway had been well maintained and could even accommodate pushchairs.
Beautiful, peaceful until...
Yep you guessed it we set off towards the falls and before long it began to snow. It was beautiful, atmospheric only the bleating sheep to be seen. The paths were easy to follow and less than an hour into the walk we were rewarded with a glimpse of Aber Falls.
We were so fortunate, there was no one around at all. We were able to investigate the entire area.
Taking the bridge over the stream we managed to get quite close.
The return journey
On the way back to the car park,we decided to retrace our steps as the weather really had set in, we saw a few people heading up towards the falls. Apart from the odd sheep stuck on brambles (which my husband gallantly helped free!) that was it. The car park was still totally empty. By this point we were getting a little cold... so we decided to go to Conwy and find The Dutch Pancake House.
The Dutch Pancake House was such a find. Much more than just pancakes, with a small nature trail including 'Giant Guinea Pigs' (she wasn't wrong though she now knows they're called Capybara) ducks, chickens and otters.
We continued out of the station and walked along the town walls towards Conwy castle. Where my daughter participated in the Easter trail. We followed the trail learning about the Castle and surrounding area.
We also spent some time at Bodafen Farm, between the Great Orme and little Orme. Not only is there a great cafe and shop here, you can also feed the goats and deer. It is also the home to The Llandudno Owls Trust, who will give you a brief tour of their owls if you inform them that you are visiting in advance.
Phew... I told you that there was a lot to do in North Wales. Finally, we went to Penrhyn Castle. There was a great Easter Egg trail along with a small but great play area. We had a walk around the grounds too and took in the fabulous walled Garden. Inside the castle was terrific too. The children found the kitchens particularly interesting and they enjoyed looking out for the carved gargoyles on the columns throughout the house. They also loved the Rail museum on site, especially as they could play on a real locomotive too. Go explore North Wales yourselves and let me know what you can find!
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