Sunday, 11 September 2011

Snapshots from Betws-y-Coed, Wales

Betws-y-Coed Station Clock

Betws-y-Coed (pronounced “bettus-uh-coh-ed”) lies in the Snowdonia National Park in Conwy, north Wales.  I remember announcing in January that we were going to visit Betws-y-Coed this summer but I can tell you now, you have no idea how beautiful it is until you visit there. 

I thought Alan from Master Clock might appreciate the photo of the station clock above.

Betws-y-Coed Station

There is a railway station at Betws-y-Coed and I would definitely like to travel there by train one day.  It was a very long drive to get there and our car had a flat tyre too!

We spent many mornings relaxing in the numerous cafes around the railway station.

Horse drawn postal express

There was a film crew there the one morning, filming a special on the old horse drawn Royal Mail express in the area.  The horses did not think it was all that much fun to stand there and wait while the film crew organised themselves!  Still, I love that about the United Kingdom.  Wherever you might be, there is always a little bit of history or intrigue around the corner.

Betws-y-Coed is a great area if you are in to climbing, hiking, canoeing or other outdoor activities.  We did a lot of walking and a lot of appreciating the exercise other people were embarking on.

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22 comments

  1. Oooh, how exciting. A real Welsh person has confirmed that it is “bettus-uh-coyd”.

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  2. It looks nice. And the horses are special enough to me:-)

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  3. I love the clock!!! Thanks! I'm going to add it to my list of places to visit :)

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  4. Welsh is such a strange-looking language but so beautiful when spoken. I look forward more from this trip!

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  5. Beautiful post!..I would totally love it there Emm! Fabulous!

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  6. What an amazing wee place, it looks like you've been transported back in time.

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  7. I can see buildings with similar design over here.

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  8. Great photos Emm, I lived in Wales for a time, which now seems a million years ago. I agree some parts are really beautiful. I experienced some really warm and friendly Welsh folk too. Which was wonderful esp if one is an ex-pat and feeling a bit lost :) We lived a few miles from the village of Usk. It is really pretty there too. Thanks
    Dawn

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  9. stunning place...would love to visit here someday!

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  10. Greetings from Malaysia!
    Yes, I'm having my summer break here in Malaysia.
    It's so hot and humid!
    Wish you were here. ;)

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  11. I love this sort of stuff as well.
    Just caught up with comments. Love to meet up for coffee when I'm next over by London Bridge. Email me your mobile and I can txt you when I'm planning on coming by

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  12. What a piece of luck to see the film being shot. That's a lovely picture.

    Yes, train is sometimes better - but then there is the problem of getting around with lousy public transport - although I know a lot of people go hiking and horse riding, so it might be an option.

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  13. I'm currently reading "A Writer's House in Wales" by Jan Morris and am thoroughly enchanted with it. I hope to visit someday in the near future as it looks so beautiful and the history is so rich with hope.

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  14. @ Spiderdama: They were lovely and well kept too! Just hot, bothered and bored.

    @ Alan: I thought you might like the clock! You have me looking for new clocks now wherever I go. Definitely go! Wales is awesome.

    @ Kathy: I was actually most disappointed not to meet more Welsh people. And they all sounded like they were Liverpudlian to me. I guess it is safe to say that the Swansea accent (south) is nothing like the Conwy accent (north).

    @ Victoria: Thank you!

    @ Ryan: Definitely. It is a lovely little town and very peaceful.

    @ Rainfield: There must be some lovely Victoria architecture in Malaysia, I am sure.

    @ Dawn: Really? That is so interesting!

    @ Explorerminded: you must try visit one day! I would recommend to people visiting UK that if you have a chance, definitely try visit Scotland, Wales, York, Bath or Kent.

    @ Lily: Agreed.

    @ Malaysia: I wish I was there too!! I love hot and humid.

    @ Mo: Definitely look forward to seeing you again!!

    @ Jenny: You are absolutely right. I loved getting up to Scotland by train but we would have had a pretty miserable week if we'd had no car. (We felt it a bit far to put five of us in a car from London so two of us caught the train and met the other three there).

    @ Sonia: Hello there! Wales is spectacular, i hope you enjoy my other posts.

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  15. Looks and sounds like a real step back in time, which is definitely the sort of place I would appreciate visiting.

    A flat typre is a real pain in the bottom, but at least it is someting that can be solved fairly easily...

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  16. Thanks for your comments on my travel post, Emm!

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  17. Betws-y-Coed looks beautiful. I think it is always best to go by train, if possible.

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  18. Betws-y-Coed looks like an awesome place to spend the day. the clock looks extremely gorgeous against the sky.

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  19. @ William: Yeah, we don't usually have flat tyres of anything like that but we drove over a nail!

    @ Jessica: It was, it was lovely!

    @ Jenny: it's a pleasure!

    @ Jim: train is definitely the preferred option but you always have to consider how you'll get around then! We did a lot of driving to see all of the sites and castles!

    @ Life Ramblings: It was lovely and we were lucky enough to spend 4 nights!

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  20. I like the clock, it is so British:)

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