A Mini Adventure in Wales: Portmeirion and Snowdonia

A Mini Adventure

When life gives you a four day bank holiday weekend, it’s the perfect time to explore.

So when Easter rolled around last weekend, Marc and I borrowed a fabulous monochrome Mini and took off to North Wales for our own Mini Adventure.

The weather was typically British and rained almost the entire time but that didn’t dampen (like what I did there?) our spirits.

We started by exploring Portmeirion, a colourful, quirky town built between 1925-1875 in the style of an Italian village that became the filming location for cult TV show The Prisoner and is now a tourist attraction and location for Festival No6.

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We ducked and dived into the colourful houses to escape the lashing winds and wandered part way through the forest trail before heating ourselves up with cups of tea at the hotel on the waterfront. (Very expensive but pretty).

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No one lives in the town and there are only a handful of rooms available for anyone wanting to stay the night. We, however, took off to Anglesey and ate at a fab little pub called Ye Olde Bull’s Head Inn in Beaumoris, sat mid-way along the cute high street. Friendly service and hearty, homemade portions – we would definitely recommend.

The following morning was bright and sunny so we quickly scrambled to Trearddur Bay, a beautiful beach with grassy dunes. As Marc and I are born and raised Midlanders we always get excited being by the sea (part of the reason I chose to study at Exeter University!) and it was amazing spending Easter Sunday morning on a largely secluded beach.

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Trearddur Bay

The plan was to head to Snowdonia to climb Mount Snowdon but the weather had other plans for us. Constant rain and bouts of hail made it too difficult so instead we decided to stay in the car and drive around the rugged Snowdon landscape.

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Before heading home ,we decided to swing by Llandudno and try our hand at the penny machines on the pier. Llandudno is one of those typical Victorian seaside towns, so of course we spent our last hour there skimming stones and eating fish and chips on the beach.

Llandudno

Then it was time to end our Mini Adventure and say goodbye to North Wales, ready for the bright lights of London once again.

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