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Monday, 1 October 2018

Another Week in Wales: Day Seven

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Day one: Aberystwyth

Day two: Barmouth

Day three: Porthmadog, via Portmeirion

Day four: Y Felinheli, via a whistle-stop tour of Snowdonia

Day five: Snowdon

Day six: Conwy, via a day trip round Anglesey

Day seven: Betws-y-Coed, via Llandudno
There's no point dropping in to read the last post of the series if you aren't up to date with the rest of the feature! If you've missed the rest of the week, check out day six's adventure before you get stuck into day seven.

Our last full day in Wales dawned wet and overcast - somewhat fitting, considering the fact that we were both sad about our holiday coming to an end. After breakfasting and packing up our things, we checked out of the lovely Castlebank Hotel and decided to go for another walk around Conwy in the hope of seeing more of the town.

Dodging rain showers, we popped into a few shops, purchasing some gifts for my family and a wonderful slate door number plate for our new home. We also hopped up onto the old town walls and walked a short section (during the time of our visit, much of the walls were closed for maintenance work) where we were rewarded with lovely views of Conwy.

After exploring a little more of Conwy, we headed off to our next stop of the day - Llandudno. 

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By the time we arrived, the weather had thankfully cleared up a little and although the clouds were still there, rain was holding off. Llandudno is a charming seaside town; a classic example of the traditional Victorian resorts which are dotted around the UK's coastline. Although the great British weather wasn't at its best, it was still clear to see why Llandudno remains a much-loved seaside getaway today.

After strolling through the town, we stopped off for a delicious dessert in Forte's Ice Cream Parlour. It may not have been bright and sunny outside, but Llandudno is the kind of seaside town where it's always ice-cream weather! As it was our last full day in Wales, we decided to push the boat out and treat ourselves to proper ice-cream sundaes, which were absolutely delicious!

Full to the brim with ice-cream, we took a leisurely stroll along the promenade and up the pier, stopping for photographs and to check out the little independent shops that were open on the pier. Although we could easily have spent longer in Llandudno, we knew we were getting tight for time and had to get moving. 

Before we left, we drove up to the top of the Great Orme and had a quick look around before a sudden deluge sent us running back to the car for cover! On our way back down, we vowed that we would return for a proper visit - hopefully in better weather!

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After that, it was on to our final stop of both the day and the whole trip. Right at the foothills of Snowdonia, it seemed somehow fitting that our last night would be spent in the picturesque surroundings of Betws-y-Coed.

Once we had got our bearings in the town, we waited for a dry spell and took a short walk to Swallow Falls, just outside Betws-y-Coed. After visiting the fantastic Henrhyd Falls during the previous year's Welsh adventure, we were excited to see another of the country's best waterfalls. Although you have to pay a small fee to see the falls, Swallow Falls is a definite must-visit. Although perhaps not as dramatic as Henrhyd Falls, Swallow Falls was still awe-inspiring - perhaps due to the day's rain!

Dinner that night was enjoyed in The Stables Bar (Y Stablau), an establishment that was cosy and welcoming despite being packed to the rafters! After eating our fill, it was time for bed in our last night away from home. 

Our night's accommodation was at The Courthouse - the town's former courthouse turned B&B, right in the centre of Betws-y-Coed. Upon arrival, we were greeted by our ever-so-friendly host, who was lovely enough to serve us tea and chocolate cake! After refreshments, we were shown to our room for the night - The Handcuff Room! All of the guest rooms are named in accordance with the B&B's history; at least we weren't in The Cell Room! The breakfast options also followed similar unique names, adding a really nice, quirky touch to the stay. Speaking of breakfast, it was absolutely phenomenal! From the taste to the presentation, the breakfasts wouldn't have looked out of place being served in a five-star restaurant. 

We managed to fit a lot into our week in North Wales, but there's always more to see! Who knows, maybe we'll be back again next year!

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