Snowdonia, North Wales
When I travel, Im on a mission to go out and discover things I did not know existed. Browsing just through the “Top 10 things to do” is not the way I do things when traveling. I love talking to locals and find out where the real gems of their country is or just go out and try to find them myself. When you come across something unexpectedly, it is so much better and rewarding than reading in a book and use the GPS to get there. Well…. Very unexpectedly, Snowdonia popped up and is probably one of my favorite sights I visited!!!
Snowdonia has the most spectacular mountain sceneries with lakes, waterfalls, castles and the most amazing villages between the mountain peaks, it felt like I was cycling through a fantasy world. At one point I stopped and thought.… “Ok, it can’t get better than this”, then around the next curve it just did! If its not the beautiful, small villages between the spectacular mountains, it is one of a hundred waterfalls, rivers or wildlife.
Switching off my iPod, I listened to the nature as we cycled through the small towns and the endless curly roads. With not so many tourists this time of the year the traffic is much less and you are actually able to hear the birds, sheep, waterfalls and the breeze blowing over the green undulating fields. I could not help to fully relax as my breathing calmed down so much that at one point it felt like I was lying in bed and was about to fall asleep. Snowdonia just had something special that made me so relaxed and felt soooo peaceful. Within that moment it was just me, my bicycle, the sounds of nature and the most spectacular views. As you look to the left you see the high, green and endless mountain ranges and if you look to the right…. Farms, more mountain peaks, waterfalls bursting out of the rocks and sheep enjoying their meals in the valleys or on the edges of steep slopes. These sheep really fascinated me as they were chilling on these steep mountain slopes. I had no idea how they got there or how they will ever climb back down.
During our cycle through Snowdonia we saw the following: Lianberris, valley of Dyffryn Mymbyr, Capel Curig, Pen-y-Gwryd, River Nantygwryd, River Conwy, Corwen, Bryn – Brethyau, Caer Llugy, Ugly House, Bedws-y-coed, Conwy Falls, Llanggollen and Llynau Mymbyr.
Llynnau Mymbyr are two lakes located in Dyffryn Mymbyr, a valley running from the village of Capel Curig to the Pen-y-Gwryd. Strictly speaking this is one lake, originally called Llyn Mymbyr and the two rivers join at Capel Curig. The lake was used for fly-fishing and is still used today as a canoe training resource by Plas y Brenin. As we past the river on our left, we could see all the canoes and kayaks playing down the river banks. We cycled past Conwy Falls, a waterfall on the River Conwy at Bro Garmon in Conwy County Borough.
Its moment like these that reminds me why Im doing this adventure through our beautiful planet. I’ve experienced many of these moments back in South Africa and is now exploring the world to find more interesting, beautiful, spectacular places that leaves me breathless… and then I share my experiences with friends, family and other people around the world, hoping that they will one day take the step to go and travel and be able to see and experience some of these great and extraordinary places!