After a fond farewell to our good friends in Greater Manchester, we drove south west to North Wales and stopped for the day at Ty’n-y-Groes, south of Conwy. It was a most scenic drive along the beautiful coastline by Colwyn Bay (as John promised) looking towards Great Orme’s Head and Conwy Castle, which we returned to see the next day.
The weather was very wet during the morning drive, but it stopped by midday, thankfully. We parked in the Groes Inn car park and popped in for a most delicious lunch, treating myself to roast chicken with dauphinoise potatoes and Adonis opting the fish and chips, followed by a very quiet evening and night.
The next morning, we drove up north again to walk around pretty medieval Conwy and its immense castle walls, 1.2 km long and free to visit. Both castle and town walls are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The castle was built for the English king Edward I between 1283 and 1287 and it is still one of Britain’s finest surviving medieval fortifications.
We also walked to Thomas Telford’s Suspensioin Bridge, built in 1826, which we had crossed the day before, for some more picturesque views of the town and port.
Wales happened to be playing South Africa for the Rugby World Cup Semifinal, so we went for a drink at one of the pubs in town to watch the second half of the match, but sadly Wales lost by a last minute penalty. Had they won, the atmosphere in town might have been totally different afterwards, but, despite the street market, it was still pretty quiet.
It was just a morning visit, but we thoroughly enjoyed walking on Conwy’s cobbled streets and discovering little treasures along the way, like the smallest house in Great Britain, but the whole place is an absolute delight!
And, of course, my sweet tooth got the better of me yet again and this local fruit cake got stuck to my hands when walking through the street market!