17/01/2016

A day trip to: Llangollen

17/01/2016


We decided to wrap up warm on a snowy Saturday and explore the gorgeous area around Llangollen in North Wales! With scenery like this, who could resist? 


Yesterday was my mum's birthday, and all week she'd been looking forward to spending the day up in the Lake District. However, after checking the weather forecast and realising this probably wasn't a good idea (unless we wanted to risk getting stuck somewhere in deep snow), we had to have a bit of a rethink. Living in Cheshire, we're very lucky to have a lot of lovely scenery in day tripping distance. As such, we've explored a lot of North Wales over the years, and Llangollen in particular is somewhere I visited a lot growing. I was surprised, then, when we managed to find some spots we hadn't been to before!

First stop was the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a world heritage site that lies between Wrexham and Llangollen. Built by famous engineer and architect Thomas Telford in the early 19th Century, the aqueduct carries the Llagollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee. We've driven passed signs for the aqueduct so many times and always said we'd take a look someday, but from the road you don't get any clues of just how incredible a structure this is. After short walk from one of the nearby car parks, following the canal, the valley opens up before you and the full scale of the aqueduct is revealed. It really is an impressive feat of engineering - when the aqueduct opened in 1805, it was the tallest canal boat crossing in the world. Even if architecture isn't really your thing, I'll be very surprised if the views from the top don't take your breathe away!

After wandering across the aqueduct and back (and stopping to watch some brave kayakers paddling through the icing water!), we were in need of something to warm ourselves up. So, we drove onwards to the centre of Llangollen, in search of a cosy looking coffee shop. What we found was even better! Llagollen has long been a favourite of tourists and day trippers, so it isn't short of places to eat and drink. While wandering about, we came across The Corn Mill, a beautiful pub with views over the river. The impressive building has been there since the 13th century, and was a working mill up until 1974. What really blew us away, though, was the food. We were only really looking for a snack and a coffee, but everything on the menu sounded so good that we couldn't resist getting full meals. I had a lamb and leek hash, and oh my gosh it was one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten, no exaggeration. We will most definitely be going back.

Full and thoroughly warmed up, we had a bit of a nosy around the town centre before heading back to the car. Just around the corner from The Corn Mill, we found Harley's Vintage Boutique, which had a really gorgeous selection of tweed jackets, printed dresses, skirts and shirts, amongst other items. It was so well stocked, I couldn't belief I'd never been before! I'm still a bit skint after Christmas/New Year, and so restrained myself from buying anything, but I've definitely made a mental note to return when my funds are less scarce.

Next, we turned our attention to hunting down some snow, which didn't prove too hard! A short drive outside of Llangollen is the Horseshoe Pass a mountain road which, I know, sounds a like it belongs in Lord of the Rings. As we rose to higher and higher ground, the snow became a thick blanket over the mountain tops. It was a serene sight, until we rounded a corner and...


...yep, it seemed like all the kids in North Wales had descended on this patch of land! We shouldn't have been surprised, really, as this part of the pass is home to a cafe and a large car park. In other words, it's the perfect spot for families to base themselves for a day of snow-based fun! I remeber going sledging there at least once when I was little, though I don't think it was anywhere near as busy.  On this occasion, we didn't stay too long - partly because it was starting to get dark and we had over an hour-long drive home ahead, and partly because we weren't really dressed for dodging sledges and snowball fights!

I think the moral of today's trip is no matter how well you think you know an area, there's always somewhere new to explore! Do you agree?

19 comments :

  1. There really is always something new to explore! I definitely agree! Wonderful photos! =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  2. This place looks so gorgeous like a winter wonderland! Belated happy birthday to ur mom!
    Thestyletune.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha thanks Chichi! I think that's the first time Wales has been called a wonderland haha, but you're right, it's such a beautiful area! Xx

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  3. aah so nice to see someone blogging about North Wales! My mum's from there and I always visit her in the summer, it's not a part of Britain that gets much attention but its so lovely and got some great scenery. I have visted Conwy castle way too many times haha! Glad you had a fun day! x x
    Following you on bloglovin and cant wait for your next post!

    Katie x x
    www.littlekaatie.com

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    1. Oh awesome! My Dad'sfrom North Wales too so we do get out there quite a lot, lovely to hear from another blogger with connections to the area :) I don't think I've been to Conwy Castle yet actually, I'll have to add it to the list! Xx

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  4. Woaaah, look at all that snow! I really want to go to North Wales, it's just too far to go in a day, I'd need to make a long weekend of it.

    T xx

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    1. I'd definitely recommend finding a good B&B, cottage or campsite and spending a few days there, there's so much to see! Xx

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  5. I love it up there, I always go with my family every summer. It looks beautiful in the winter
    Anna | amppages

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    1. Glad to hear it, North Wales is so pretty in the summer too! Xx

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  6. Breathtaking! <3

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts
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    1. Thank you! I know, the scenery around there is just incredible xx

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  7. Great Post! Enjoyed reading your post! Keep it up Love!

    Kisses Ashon
    http://www.ashonfashionary.com/2016/01/laid-back-minimalist-style.html

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  8. oh wow i've only ever been to Llangollen in the summer but it looks absolutely beautiful in the winter too!

    Sarah
    http://absolutelysarahx.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah it's not normally the kind of place you think to go to in bad weather, but it's beautiful all year round :) Thanks for reading! Xx

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  9. Beautiful photos! I can't believe how many people are in the second picture!! Seems like you had a good time :)

    Laura
    http://www.foxtrailsblog.com

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    1. Thank you! Haha that's not even the half of it, there were so many more people out of shot - must've been the busiest hillside I'm Wales! xx

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  10. I always love exploring places nearby! That's why I'm always trying to explore the UK. I really love North Wales, it is such a beautiful part of the country!

    Jasmin Charlotte

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