Destinations, United Kingdom, Wales 25

Photo Essay of our time in Wales – Castles, beaches, forests and Snowdonia National Park!

This post is a continuation of our wonderful travels in United Kingdom and why we are such a huge fan of the national parks and countryside here. Over the last 10 years our travels have taken us across Scotland, England and Wales and here I highlight why we are such a huge fan of Wales 🙂


We have been to Wales several times and did our first camping trip with 11 month old Shahaar in Aberystwyth. We did a long forest hike, saw lovely waterwalls and visited Aberystwyth Castle (we think this is the castle we went to, could be wrong)

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First Camping trip!

We have been back many times, and still haven’t covered a third of all there is to do there! One of the times we went camping in Betws-y-Coed which is a lovely village in the Conwy valley. We visited the majestic Conwy Castle and drove the Great Orme Marine Drive from Llandudno North shore to west shore – Irish Sea on one side and the estuary of the River Conwy on the other, spectacular coastal views with plenty of places to stop and take pictures.

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There are several lovely beaches in Wales, there was this one time when we went camping in Snowdonia and spent a family day by one of the green flag award beaches. I must say the weather in Wales is very erratic, can never guarantee a warm day, even in the summer and it rains a  lot! But we still made the best of our seaside time, even if we hardly got to swim here any of the times we have been!

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Our most recent trip to Wales was earlier this year when we went to Snowdonia National Park with a large group of friends. We stayed in two lovely cottages in Llanberis, a small village just outside the National Park. We had the worst, and also the most erratic, weather ever! In three days we had severe thunderstorms, snow, as well as bright sunshine and clear skies on the last day. We didn’t get to climb Snowdon and our hiking was very short-lived as there were high chances of being blown away in such strong gales! It was good thing we had such a huge cottage and made the most of our time by feasting, drinking and playing board games.


A few snaps of the times we did get to go out and explore the nearby attractions, we could see Mount Snowdon which is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands.  We went to visit Dolbadarn Castle, which was more in ruins than other castles we have been, but had stunning view of the lake and countryside nearby.


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snow capped Snowdon from a distance

The last day we had bright clear skies and beautiful sunshine. We went to Llandudno again, did the marine drive and enjoyed the sunshine by the coast. The funny thing was, we all left Llanberis same time, few of us heading north, enjoying the sunshine and beach. The rest were on their way back to London and they faced really bad weather, got caught in snowstorm!


Enjoying the warm sunshine on a cold February day


First time on the beach sitting on sand 🙂

This Snowdonia trip was the third one we did as a big group this year – First was in Lake District, Norwich and now in Wales. We had several others in Sheffield as well. We are excited about moving to New Zealand in 3 weeks time but we will definitely miss all our travels with friends and family here in the United Kingdom..Looking forward to new experiences, always remembering old wonderful ones!


Group Selfie!

This post is linked to #weeklypostcard hosted by Travel Notes and Beyond #SundayTraveler hosted by A Southern Gypsy  Mosaic Monday #weekendwanderlust hosted by  A Brit and a Southerner and Nature Notes hosted by Ramblingwoods




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  • galanda23 says: December 29, 2014 at 3:00 am

    I think you are lucky to have been able to visit England and the neighboring Wales and Scotland. I’ve only been in London so far, but would very much like to visit Wales. There is a lot to see in this beautiful national park.

    • samselim says: December 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Thank you! You should definitely try and venture out into the countryside around UK, some lovely national parks 🙂

  • Vlad says: December 29, 2014 at 10:26 am

    What a beautiful national park! I would love to visit Conwy castle (and the rest of Wales too!), it looks great! 🙂

    • samselim says: December 29, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Thank you, Wales is quite special 🙂 Conwy castle is one of the most impressive castles we have visited in UK

  • Cynthia says: December 29, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Wales looks fantastic! I have seen and heard absolutely nothing bad about it 🙂

    • samselim says: December 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Other than the erratic weather, we love everything about Wales 🙂

  • Judith @ Lavender Cottage says: December 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I don’t recall anyone posting about Wales before and I enjoyed your photos. Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday and all the best for 2015!

    • samselim says: December 29, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Happy new year to you too 🙂

  • Donna@GardensEyeView says: December 29, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    What a fabulous trip…such a beautiful spot that I am glad you shared! Happy New Year!

    • samselim says: December 29, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you 🙂 happy new year to you as well!

  • Eileen says: December 29, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Wow, the castle is beautiful. And I love the waterfalls.. Wonderful series of photos, thanks for sharing your visit.. I wish you and your family a very happy & healthy New Year!

    • samselim says: December 29, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you 🙂 wishing you a wonderful new year as well!

  • bettyl - NZ says: December 30, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Wonderful photos!! That looks like a happy family!

    • samselim says: January 4, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you very much 🙂 we do tend to be a happy family especially when we are travelling and outdoors!

  • Linda Bibb says: December 31, 2014 at 1:44 am

    I’ve been to Wales before and must say, it’s a totally underrated destination! Sorry to hear you had miserable weather but it sounds like you all had a wonderful time anyway. Love the photos of the kids; they obviously had a fab time.

  • Adelina // PackMeTo says: December 31, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely time with the family. The castle ruins look so cool!

  • Esther says: January 3, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Oh, it’s been years since I was there. But I loved Snowdonia as well!

  • Lauren says: January 3, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    It looks like you had an amazing time and created some awesome memories!! 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #WeekendWanderlust!

  • Rachel says: January 4, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I’m so glad I came across this! My best friend and I are heading to Snowdonia in March to climb Snowdon and visit Bardsey Island, so your photos have started to get me in the mood for some Welsh weather and adventures 🙂 Happy New Year!

    • samselim says: January 4, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Happy new year to you too 🙂 hope you guys have an amazing time in Wales and climbing Snowdon too! Best of luck and have a blast!

  • Rambling Woods says: January 14, 2015 at 6:10 am

    I am so happy to have met you via Nature Notes. You are an amazing and accomplished family.I went and looked around to get to know you as I do all new blogs. Your children are quite the travelers which makes me laugh as I think of one trip we took which was quite tame, but my daughter was concerned about getting her clothes dirty as she had reached that teen stage. I will remind her of this as she awaits the birth of her first child.

    The post made me smile and is such a fun retrospective. I have not been to Wales, but we were there when my Mother was working on her Ph.D but at the time I was interested in looking at boys and missed out on most of the really interesting things to see.

    I had seen a program on MoyaMoya a couple of years ago and I am so glad that you daughter is doing well. Thank goodness for MRIs and the ability to see what is really going on in the brain. She is beautiful.

    I hope to see you again in Nature Notes especially given your degree and interests…. Michelle

    • samselim says: January 14, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Your lovely message just started the day on such a bright note for me, thank you 🙂 I too was very excited upon stumbling on your blog and Nature’s Notes. I love discovering blogs on nature/wildlife – writings, photographs, awareness..ever since I started blogging about 8 months ago, I am always delighted to find people like yourself and I look forward to taking part of Natures Notes a lot more in the future 🙂

      I too have been going through your blog, loving so many of the posts..I keep struggling sometimes to bring that component of myself and my passions for nature and wildlife into my travel blog, not so much because I don’t have material to write about, but just hesitant about sharing my interests and chasing away people who might only be interested in the travel information..but now that I think about it, that’s really silly and I should write about what I want to, readers who are interested would still be back. In fact I think I will start doing that from now on actively..thank you for helping me to realize that 🙂

      • Rambling Woods says: January 14, 2015 at 5:47 pm

        Hi..I have been blogging for 8 years, but I recently took all the past years of blogging posts and made them private. There are people stealing posts and not that mine are valuable, but it bothered me so I think I keep a month up at a time.

        I don’t have a huge readership and I am OK with that as I have made friends and have had those same blog friends for years now. I write about what I want which is nature as I don’t see people being that interested in my daily life, but I do share that too.

        I am a retired special education teacher and I still have the teaching bug and the learning bug. I have learned so much in the last ten years here on the pond..

        Write what you want. You have a nice style and people will enjoy it….Michelle

  • cvail says: January 31, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Love it. We’re planning a camping trip in the summer. Wales here we come!

  • Priya says: December 15, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Beautiful, we were in London and Scotland last year but didn’t get to explore Wales, thanks for sharing theses wonderful pictures and memories!

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