I will soon have been living in North Wales for a year and although I have been to many places I know I have just scraped the surface of places to visit and I have come to realise that discovering North Wales needs to be viewed as more of a marathon than a 100 metre dash.
Not surprisingly I have focussed on the area that I live in around Llandudno and of course Snowdonia, although I have made a few forays on to Ynys Mon but one area I have wanted to visit is the Llyn peninsula so as the sun was shining and the forecast was good I decided to head over there.
First stop was Criccieth and if you go to the town website it says:
‘With its unique charm and friendly atmosphere, Criccieth’s picturesque beauty encourages visitors to return time and time again… if this is your first time, we welcome you! Come and enjoy exploring the historic 13th Century castle… the wonderful beaches… the thriving High Street gift shops… the riverside walks… and all the nearby attractions. You won’t be disappointed’
To be honest I couldn’t say it better. A town of independent shops and eateries….you wont find Costa or Cafe Nero in Criccieth but you will find Tir a Mor where the coffee and the cake is fabulous. I’m looking forward to going back both to the town and Tir a Mor!
Next stop was Abersoch and when you see White Stuff, Crew Clothing and Jack Wills you know that you have entered somewhere different to the rest of North Wales but don’t let that put you off.
It has the most fabulous beach with views across to Snowdon. It was a sunny day in March and the town was busy and I can imagine what it is like on a Bank Holiday.
From Abersoch we then went to Aberadon, much smaller than Criccieth and a total contrast to Abersoch. Again some fantastic beaches but a town with a lot of history and the National Trust centre(Porth y Swnt) is definitely worth a visit. Only £2 to enter(£1 for children) and of course free if you are a member (as is the car park) but something there for all ages.
As we entered Aberadon we saw a sign for Whistling Sands and that was our next stop. To be more precise it is called Porthor but it is known as Whistling Sands because if you shuffle your feet in the sands you make it whistle. They also say that you can see seals, porpoise and possibly dolphins. Sadly we didn’t but it just means we’ll have to go back. There is also a great little beach café so you could easily stay there all day and again the car park is free if you are a National Trust member.
So very much a whistle stop tour but it has whetted my appetite to go back for a weekend and discover more. If you have never been then you don’t know what you are missing.
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