"Keep your eyes on the horizon and your nose to the wind..." - Clint Eastwood
Date: 14 May 2017 (Sunday)
Route: Bangor – Penrhyndeudraeth
Distance: 35 mi (1 hr 6 min)
|(A narrow country road)|
|(A wealth of picturesque country sides)|
|(Carefully choosing the correct route)|
Snowdonia is a mountainous region in north Wales and a national park of 823 square miles in area. It was the first to be designated of the three national parks in Wales, in 1951. Snowdonia is concentrated around the mountains and glacial landforms of massive Snowdonia National Park.
|(Entering the Snowdonia National Park)|
|(Delightful varied landscape)|
|(Enjoying the amazing landscape)|
The park's historic Snowdon Mountain Railway climbs to the summit of Wales's highest mountain, Mount Snowdon, offering views across the sea to Ireland. The park is also home to an extensive network of trails, over 100 lakes and craggy peaks like Cader Idris and Tryfan.
|(The Royal Goat Hotel)|
|(Smaller roads on mountain ranges)|
Penrhyndeudraeth meaning 'peninsula with two beaches' is a small town in the Welsh county of Gwynedd. The town is close to the mouth of the River Dwyryd on the A487. The first section of this road is very narrow and rises steeply through Upper Penrhyn. In places it is so narrow that only a single vehicle can pass.
|(A small town in Snowdonia)|
|(A quiet and peaceful mountain town)|
The town has two stations, Penrhyndeudraeth railway station on the southern side of the village on the Cambrian Coast Railway to the north, Penrhyn railway station. Trains call here approximately every two hours on weekdays. Most southbound trains continue beyond Shrewsbury to Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International.
|(Opened in 1867 on the Cambrian Coast Line)|
|(Beautiful surrounding landscape)|
|(Waiting for the train to arrive)|
|(Scenic view all along the way)|
|(A sunny day and a clear blue sky)|
|( Oakeley Arms Hotel and rest area)|
|(Driving through mountainous road)|
|(A good road for bikers and cyclists)|
It was a long journey driving on the country road but we enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Wales may be a small country but they have three national parks: Pembrokeshire coast, Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons national parks. The three Welsh National Parks protect an impressive 20 percent of Wales. The parks include precious landscapes, habitats, villages and heritage sites.
|(Please take your litter home)|
|(A great beautiful scenery)|
|(A lone and lonely road)|
|(Grassland, as far as the eyes can see)|
The Brecon Beacons National Park is one of three national parks in Wales, and is centred on the Brecon Beacons range of hills in southern Wales. It includes the Black Mountain in the west, Great Forest and the Brecon Beacons in the centre and the Black Mountains in the east.
The Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre is opened for recreation activities and mountaineers could enjoy the scenery of the area from the mountain top.
|(The road is busy here on Sunday)|
|(Cars parked by the roadside)|
|(Entering the city of Cardiff, Wales)|