The “not a mile walk” up Moel fammau 

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What I learnt from walking up Moel fammau.

  1. It’s most definitely not a mile like the website says, it’s  way further 
  2. It’s steeper than it looks 
  3. You need appropriate footware 
  4. There are multiple walking routes so go back down the same way you came up (you will get lost)
  5. It isn’t uncommon that some of the routes look empty and like a scene from the walking dead- minus the walkers (when we were there atleast)
  6. The views are amazing 

We finally took the plunge and decided to walk up Moel fammau. The weather looked dry, meaning it hopefully shouldn’t rain and it wouldn’t be too hot.

After parking up, putting our jackets on and deciding on our route we started the “Mile walk”. Once we had been walking for about ten minutes we stopped to take a few photos, like the one below.

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We carried on with the walk but realise how unprofessional we looked due me me wearing a pair of boots and Garry wearing a pair of vans. 

The route continued to change direction quite a few times so after half an hour of walking we saw the path go right and automatically assumed we were near the top… We could not have been more wrong. At this point we had only reached the bottom of what I would describe as a hill!

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This point seemed to be about only half way, meaning, in principle we had to get to the top. 

We powered on through and after one rest, cursing and a mini run when we were a few feet from the top we finally made it! 

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The next challenge was the walk down. 
After thinking our route up was rather steep we though it would be a good idea to use a different one on the way down. This was picked because 1) it was going in the right direction to the car and 2)because other people were using it. What could go wrong? In our case everything! This route was way steeper than the one on the way up and to make it worse it was covered in small stones which made you slide, some may say it was our inappropriate footware, others would say it was just bad look. Yet again, we found ourself at the bottom of another hill but this time with two paths going in different directions. we selected the path that went right as it was the direction where the car was. 

It hit a point where we had been walking for a while and had seen no other people, it felt like a scene from the walking dead before a heard of walkers would attack. We continued walking In the same direction and eventually bumped into and man and his dog so this reassured us that there was a way out somewhere. 

Gladly we were right! Half an hour later, with a few drops of rain we finally made it back to the car and decided to never go back! 

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My return to Barmouth 

For the past few months I have been going on and on about a place in ‘Wales’ I had once visited, but could never seem to fine after deciding I wanted to revisit. I explained to my boyfriend what the location was like and what shops were based there but every time we search I just couldn’t find it.

After a long discussion one morning we took to google (again) to try and find the location, for the final time. I mentioned how me and my friend had previously gotten a train into Porthmadog from the unknown location, so we start by looking at the different train routes that went to Porthmadog. Luckily for us this wasn’t major stopping point for many trains so it only had one route which made things a lot easier. We both started googling images of each town that came up on this route and low and behold I finally found my ‘place in Wales’, it was a small town known as Barmouth. 
After the success of finally finding Barmouth we obviously had to take a trip there that day so I could make my long overdue return! 
We set off from my boyfriend’s house in Flint midmorning and arrived in time to witness sun shining down on the local beech (unfortunately the image below doesn’t show that).

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We started off walking along the sea front and stopped off at Knickerbockers for ice cream. The shop is pretty hard to miss as it’s bright pink. There are so many different flavours of ice cream which all look incredible, so it really was a struggle to pick (I would recommend the coconut and cookie cream, it was by far the best).
We continued walking around the town and ended up in the local arcade, which obviously meant we had to have half an hour playing on the 2p machines. I can gladly say we won three keyring that we will probably never use and a packet of haribo that didn’t last long, so all in all a major success.
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After the excitement of winning we continued our walked round the rest of the town, which lead to me talking my boyfriend’s ear off, as he had the pleasure of me giving him a running commentary about all the shops and what I had done while there on my last visit, luckily he found it funny and laughed. Before heading home we made our final visit to the local fudge shop Fudgeridoo (which smell amazing by the way!), the fudge they sell is perfect and they have so many different flavours to choose from, so you will be umming and arring for quite a while.

Beautiful views of Llandegla 

What did I learn this weekend? Not to go to Wales on a Saturday especially if it’s sunny or in the midst of the summer holidays.

 After looking for another dog friendly location Llandegla seemed like the perfect place, walking trails, lovely views and a lake for the dog to swim in. Shortly after setting off we were quickly stopped by traffic heading into North Wales, which wasn’t the best start. After a quick change on the Sat Nav, we rerouted and took the long way round through the Cheshire countryside which ended up taking us over 2 hours, not the best way to complete a journey that should have taken us about an hour.

 On arrival we took a look at all the routes available around Llandegla which were a mixture of walking and biking routes. Due to having no idea which way was best we attempted to follow the route that looked like it went straight to the lake, which somehow we actually managed to do without getting lost. After wandering around and taking lots of photos we eventually removed the dog from the lake and set off home to roads with no traffic.