Friday 7 September 2018

Another Week in Wales: Day Two

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Day one - Aberystwyth.

Day two - a short drive along the coast to Barmouth.

If you haven't read the first part of the series yet, now is the time to hop over and get caught up!

Day two dawned warm and sunny, and with our hearts full of excitement and a sense of adventure, we quickly packed up the car and set off along the coast for our second destination.

Like Aberystwyth, Barmouth is another Welsh seaside favourite - and one that I was looking forward to visiting again. Thanks to years of family caravan holidays as a child, I have been lucky enough to explore many different parts of the UK. This knowledge and experience is something that I have always been keen to try and pass on to my other half (starting with his first-ever trip to Wales last year) so I was looking forward to rediscovering all these destinations from my childhood memories with him.

Aberystwyth to Barmouth is only a short drive, so we arrived a little earlier than expected but still went straight to our B&B for the night. Despite arriving before official check-in time, the lovely people at The Sunray Guest House were more than happy to let us into our room at no extra cost.

Situated right on the harbour, The Sunray is a striking art deco-style guest house - it's so noticeable, we were easily able to spot it from the clifftop later on that afternoon! Despite booking as a couple, we were allocated a family room and one of the windows had a lovely sea view, which was a very nice surprise. The room itself was clean, tidy and very nicely done - I would happily stay again.

After depositing our bags, we headed straight out again and took a leisurely tour of the town.

Barmouth is a pretty typical seaside resort - gift shops and fish and chip shops are the main staples supporting the local economy and, in all honesty, Barmouth has little to set it apart from many other similar seaside towns. Despite this, it's still a nice enough place to visit and there is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area.

After a lunch of chips (of course) we decided to tackle the Panorama Walk. Starting out from Barmouth, the walk takes you up an initially very steep set of stairs to the top of the cliffs, where you are rewarded with amazing views over the town and the estuary. Although the town is just below, the walk is peaceful and serene - plus, there are plenty of benches along the route for a rest and a picnic if we'd have thought to bring one.

Later that evening, after struggling to find somewhere that actually had a table free for dinner (handy tip - apparently people like eating out in Barmouth so I'd advise you to book a table in advance!) we ended up at the Barmouth Bar and Grill. Although the bar was quite busy and crowded, service was speedy and we enjoyed some traditional pub grub for our dinner - very welcome after our walk!

We had previously spotted an intriguing-looking ice cream parlour on the harbour, so we meandered down to pick up some ice cream for dessert before calling it a night. Knickerbockers Ice Cream Parlour offers luxury ice cream in a wide variety of flavours - we struggled to decide what to have!

We sat out on a bench on the harbourside, enjoying our ice cream and making the most of the last of the evening sun before heading back to The Sunray to rest and recuperate before day three began.

Have you ever been to Barmouth? Let me know in the comments below!

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