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fartcatcher

Barmouth

Has an almost Mediterranean feel to it. The cottage we rented was up a hill - hence the view. You had to climb up 70 steps to get to it. Which was a bit tiring.





The railway line you can see is the Cambrian railway. This crosses the Mawddach estuary on a beautiful old wooden bridge which is about half a mile long. The railway is a lifeline for the resort as it brings thousands of Yamyams and Yowsers from their homes in Dudley and West Bromwich to the town, where they appear to sit and eat chips all day, but generally have a good time and cause no trouble.

British Rail closed the bridge about 20 years ago because of damage by teredo navalis (the shipworm). It would have killed the resort. Luckily, a brighter than average MEP managed to persuade the EEC to fund the repairs. As a result  the resort survives, although thrives might be too strong a word.

Loads of mountains around as is generally the case in Wales and I was able to appraise myself of current goings on at  Wrexham FC courtesy of the Western Post.

Found a derelict gold mine on one of our walks and mrs fc insisted on filling my sandwich box with gravelly stuff from the bottom of a flooded mine adit so we could could take it back and sift through it. Luckily I had eaten my sandwiches first.
Butts

What terrific pictures. I hope you'll invest the gold wisely.
Dock

That looks amazing FC. Great pics. I know nada about Wales, but its somewhere I really want to explore.
bearing

Love Barmouth, spent many a happy time there sitting and eating chips all afternoon and of course never causing any trouble.

Used to go camping with scouts in nearby Dyffryn Ardudwy and then venture into the mountains for some hikes and wild camping, absolutely top drawer scenery and that bridge you mentioned is an absolute stunner.
bearing

Jones the Steamed

Glad you enjoyed your stay fc.

Don't know which route you took to get to Barmouth, quickest for you would probably been M56, A55, A470 then off to Barmouth from Dolgellau.  There's a few alternatives from the M56 one which takes you off on the M53 towards Chester and on to the A483 (the old main route between Liverpool and Swansea) by passing Wrexham then picking up road signs to Llangollen to join the A5.  

The scenery changes quite dramatically once you head off the A483 towards Llangollen which is worth a stop before you pick up Thomas Telfords A5.  Llangollens touristy, not much there apart from a bridge over the River Dee and a steam train that rips parents off for posing as Thomas The Tank Engine.  Good leg stretching spot nontheless.

Apparently Telford chose the route for the A5 so that the gradient was never more than 5% as it was used as the mail route from London to Holyhead, consequently there's a gradual climb as you approach Snowdonia and the horses didn't get too knackered.  

Once you get on your way once more you  stay on the A5 til you get to the A494 just after Corwen, this takes you through to Bala and on to Dolgellau or from Bala turn right and take the A4212 as your entering the town to take you past a symbol that fuelled Welsh nationalist fires burning holiday homes for a few years and more.  Llyn Celyn.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news...another-nation-water-2108977.html




When the water runs low due to thirsty scousers you can supposedly see the old chapel spire, that's what my nain and taid used to say anyway.

Anyway fc, glad you enjoyed our little part of the world, last tip is to try the boat fishing in the area, sea trout around Conwy's meant to be about the best in the UK.

Nos da am naw.
fartcatcher

Live in the Midlands Jones - so travelled across country through Welshpool. Lovely drive.

it was brilliant - never rained all week

Nearby Coed-y-Brenin has some of the best Mountain bike trails in the country but couldn't persuade mrs fc or the dog to have a go.

Midges a bit of a bugger though. 'Eh lads - here comes a soft skinned Englishman - let's have him'.
Mrs fc never got bitten. As she's half Welsh

bit about Welsh gold

Quote:
The Gwynfynydd Gold Mine in Dolgellau closed in January 1999.[1] In January 2007, the BBC[2] and other news organisations[3] reported that the final traces of "economically extractable" gold had been removed from the mines and surrounding spoil. Even the local road surface had been filtered for traces, marking the end of the current mining operation. Gwynfynydd was discovered in 1860. It was active until 1998 and has produced 45,000+ troy ounces of Welsh gold since 1884.The Queen was presented with a kilogram ingot of Welsh gold on her 60th birthday (April 1986) from this mine. In the 1990s the mine was open to the public and provided guided tours which included the opportunity to pan for gold. The mine closed because Health and Safety issues and because of changing pollution control legislation which would have made the owners liable for the quality of the mine discharge into the River Mawddach had the mine remained open.

bearing

Welsh Gold is extremely precious and well expensive, it's favoured rather by the Royals.

Wales is a wonderful country to visit, I love the place, especially mid-Wales and out to the coast.

One word to sum it up would be 'Magical'

Now I'll stop before I get accused of being Cymry
Plastic Man

A group of us went Llangollen. Among the party was a young lady whose bounteous magnificence could fill the baggiest of jumpers.

She proceeded to disrobe to her smalls to go swimming in the river.

That wondrous vision is still with me.
Jones the Steamed

bearing wrote:
Welsh Gold is extremely precious and well expensive, it's favoured rather by the Royals.

Wales is a wonderful country to visit, I love the place, especially mid-Wales and out to the coast.

One word to sum it up would be 'Magical'

Now I'll stop before I get accused of being Cymry


Being as you're from north of Birmingham I think you qualify as a Cymro if you accept the etymology according to Wikipedia.

Plastic Man's a deffo Cymro.

Quote:
Etymology of Cymru

The modern Welsh name for themselves is Cymry, and Cymru is Welsh for "Land of the Cymry". The etymological origin of Cymry is from the Brythonic word combrogi, meaning "fellow-countrymen".[10] The use of the word Cymry as a self-designation derives from the post-Roman Era relationship of the Welsh with the Brythonic-speaking peoples of northern England and southern Scotland, the peoples of Yr Hen Ogledd (English: The Old North). In its original use, it amounted to a self-perception that the Welsh and the "Men of the North" were one people, exclusive of all others.[11] In particular, the term was not applied to the Cornish or the Breton peoples, who are of similar heritage, culture, and language to both the Welsh and the Men of the North.
Plastic Man

Jones the Steamed wrote:
Plastic Man's a deffo Cymro.


I will take your comment as a compliment.

I love Wales - last year was the first in many that we didn't have a holiday there. Indeed, I'm a regular viewer of the rugby on S4C, though I confess that I switch to the English commentary.

I hope that the fact that I am actually a born and bred 'Lahndahner' will not cloud your opinion of me. Obviously 30 of 49 years spent in Birmingham and points north have smoothed the rough edges.
fartcatcher

I get quite confused with the accents. Mrs FCs mum came from Bridgend and all her relatives from down there sound proper Welsh, but speak in English all the time.

In N Wales they speak Welsh a lot more, but when they speak English they sound like scousers.
Grind

Damn. Should've gone there instead of Bracknell and Leeds.
Jones the Steamed

fartcatcher wrote:
I get quite confused with the accents. Mrs FCs mum came from Bridgend and all her relatives from down there sound proper Welsh, but speak in English all the time.

In N Wales they speak Welsh a lot more, but when they speak English they sound like scousers.


Scousers sound like us, not the other way round.

That's where they get their ch, Ll, laar thing from.

Think the hub cap robbing skills came from the Irish lot who migrated there, we're only responsible for the spittle when they speak.
Grind

Jones the Steamed wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
I get quite confused with the accents. Mrs FCs mum came from Bridgend and all her relatives from down there sound proper Welsh, but speak in English all the time.

In N Wales they speak Welsh a lot more, but when they speak English they sound like scousers.


Scousers sound like us, not the other way round.

That's where they get their ch, Ll, laar thing from.

Think the hub cap robbing skills came from the Irish lot who migrated there, we're only responsible for the spittle when they speak.


Those scousers will steal anything, won't they?  
Late Doors

 'kinel FC ive just spent two hours writing our Welsh trip up including a trip to Barmouth. Earie or what, interesting what we both have to say about the place as well .Ace piccies
fartcatcher

Late Doors wrote:
 'kinel FC ive just spent two hours writing our Welsh trip up including a trip to Barmouth. Earie or what, interesting what we both have to say about the place as well .Ace piccies


spooky.

my report took about two minutes as my concentration span isn't that great.

Agree with you about fish and chips - a lot better than what we get in the Midlands.

The other thing that amazes me about Wales is the number of bloody churches. One of the ones in Barmouth was massive. Like a bloody cathedral.

We went up to Coed-y-Brenin forest one day. There's a fantastic mountain biking facility there. Unfortunately mrs fc and the dog weren't up for it.

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