Well, summer is well and truly over now, the last few days have been very windy, wet and quite chilly, definitely Autumnal!
Not that summer has been brilliant. It started well in May, but since then it has been dull and quite wet. Very wet at times!
So I thought now was a good time to post some photos which I haven’t used before, and show that north Wales is beautiful no matter what the weather.
April started off well, sunny but chilly. This is a view cross the Conwy valley to the northern Carneddau, taken from the hills above the village where I live.
May was pleasant, though at times misty. This is a long distance view of Snowdon.
Spring, of course is when wildlife comes to life. This chaffinch was singing away on Anglesey.
The lambs were beside Llyn Tenig, near Bala
During May I spent some time on the Island of Anglesey. This is the lovely village of Moelfre, looking more like a Cornish fishing village than a Welsh one.
The Aber falls are a wonderful sight. It’s a great walk up through woodland, with lots of birds singing as you walk.
The falls’ longest single drop is about 115ft. About 1/2 mile to the right is another fall, Rhaeadr Bach (the small waterfall), well worth the short extra walk.
Llyn Geirionydd is in the hills above the village of Trefriw. There is a picnic site and car park at one end, and it’s a lovely walk around the lake.
As you walk around the far side there are the remains of lead mines which are scattered around these hills. The spoil from the mines has poisoned this lake though, there are no fish in here!
At the far end is a monument to the Welsh bard Taliesin.
The Black headed gull was on the Conwy estuary.
The Chough was at South Stack on Angelesy.
This is South Stack, with it’s lighthouse. In spring the cliffs are alive with nesting Razorbills and Guillemots and Puffins. It is also one of the few places in the UK where Choughs breed.
The marble church is at Bodelwyddan and is well worth a visit.
It is actually the parish church of St Margaret. The steeple is 202ft high.
It gets it’s nickname because of the 13 kinds of marble used in the interior.
This was a July day up in the carneddau hills.
And this was another one! Somewhere in the cloud is Tal y Fan, the most northerly 2000 footer in Wales.
When we do get sun, the sunsets behind Conwy castle are wonderful. I managed to take these from the village in July.
This was Snowdonia one day in August, more cloud rolling down the hills.
Pinnacle Crag is in the cloud somewhere.
A few minutes after the last photo I was looking through a windswept windscreen. Llyn Ogwen is just about visible.
Yet another rainy day in the hills. Low cloud with rain sweeping across the hills and water gushing down them.
Glyder Fach is somewhere up there in the cloud. This was in September.
On the same day I stopped at Llanwrst. The river was very swollen after about 36 hours of heavy rain. In some places the footpath was under water.
A September day up in the hills near the Aber falls.
Wild ponies roam a lot of the western Carneddau.
Low cloud covering the peak of Snowdon today (2nd October). The peak to the right is Crib Goch, with Y Lliwedd on the left.
Llyn Gwynant this morning, between heavy showers of rain and hail.
When I was out the temperature was 7 deg C, but the wind chill made it feel more like freezing.
And to finish…..a picture of the village where I live. A great little place, so handy for getting into the hills. It has a great little pub, a shop and a post office. For some reason there are two ladies hairdressers, not sure what that says!
North Wales is a wonderful place, no matter what the weather. Well worth a visit for anyone who hasn’t been yet.