Llangollen to Manchester

Trip Start Sep 12, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

We woke up to such a spectacular view from our window- the hills were covered in fog and everything was so green. We headed down for breakfast in the dining area. There were cereals, fruit salad, yoghurt, toast and juice to start with. Then we were served our cooked breakfast of bacon, eggs, hash browns, sausages etc. We still didn't have our full appetites back so we struggled to get through the cooked breakfast!

We packed our bags and then walked around the grounds of the B&B. They had some apple trees which were heavily laden with ripe apples! The B&B was right on the canal so we had a quick look at them. Then we headed off on our way to Snowdonia. It was really hard to leave the B&B as it was so lovely and situated in such a beautiful spot. We would have loved to have spent the day exploring Llangollen and going on a walk along the canals.

We firstly drove towards Dongellau. Most of the drive the countryside was completely covered in fog- it was kind of eery yet beautiful. At about 10.30 the fog all of a sudden lifted and there wasn't a cloud in the sky! Just before we arrived at Dolgellau we drove through the town of Bala and stopped in at Bala lake. The water was a silvery color and the green hills made such a stunning backdrop. Eli woke up from his nap and was happy to run around and point at all the ducks.

Once we arrived at Dolgellau we walked around the town and found a bakery and bought some cornish pasties for lunch. We found a big open field of grass to eat our lunch so Eli could run off some more energy before the next big drive. I couldn't finish my Cornish pasty so I had put it down and when I wasn't looking Eli grabbed it and ran off and started eating it! He held onto it for about 10 mins, having a bite here an there while he ran around. Such a cheeky little monkey!

Dolgellau looked quite different to other towns we had seen, all the buildings were made out of a much darker stone. We have found it so interesting driving through all the towns as each one is built with the stone mined from that area which makes each place so unique.

We got on the road again and decided to head straight up to Conwy- we were planning on going across to Caenarfon and then making our way up to the north along the coast but decided it would be too long a drive. Our Gps took us on really windy, narrow roads which were incredibly beautiful but made me a little queasy! It was amazing watching the landscape change from green rolling hills covered in trees to rugged baron mountains with huge boulders.

We arrived at Conwy and had a look at Conwy Castle. The views from the top towers were incredible! The staircases up into the towers were very narrow which was a little scary- especially for Nath with Eli on his back! We walked along the top walls and then let Eli have another run around. We got back on the road and headed to Manchester. This drive was pretty quick and on a major highway which was good. We arrived at the Premier Inn at Manchester airport at around 5 and checked in. We got Eli fed, bathed and off to bed and then Nath went down to the restaurant and ordered some dinner to bring up to our room. Eli slept fairly well- he's been waking at around 2/3am every morning for the past week or so and stirring on and off until around 6. We think his eye teeth are still bothering him as they are still breaking all the way through.
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