Sunday, October 1, 2023

Exploring Harlech Fortress Wales – it’s far more than only a fortress!

My journey weblog from a stunning journey to Harlech, exploring the gorgeous Welsh city and, after all, visiting Harlech Fortress!

‘Oh, you’re going to Harlech? Are you going to the fortress?’

This was the response I had from just about everybody after I informed them I used to be going to Harlech. The attractive city on the coast of north west Wales may be greatest recognized for its fortress however I found there’s a lot extra to Harlech.

It was a kind of good autumnal days as I drove alongside the winding nation lanes in the direction of Harlech Fortress. It was the form of day that must be reserved for work or movie units, the place the autumnal tress made vibrant tunnels with their leafy branches of pink and orange and yellow.

I used to be staying in an attractive stone cottage referred to as Bwthyn Nain with Menai Vacation Cottages and it was just about the definition of ‘quaint’.

It was wonky however good with chunky beams, thick slate ground tiles and excellent little doorways. Cosy furnishings was blended with trendy and vibrant decor so it felt homey and classy.

This was the form of place the place you can do nothing however snuggle beneath huge blankets with a stack of books, a pot of tea and a packet of Welsh Desserts.

The cherry on prime of this attractive cottage was the views; good sea views and that recent, salty air that whipped up from the seaside.

Extra photos and information on the cottage under

As soon as I used to be settled into my cottage and I managed to tear myself away from the cosiness of all of it (and drag Louie away from the underfloor heating which seems to be pure luxurious for a canine), I headed out for a fast stroll. However a fast stroll quickly became a 6 hour stroll!

5 minutes from the cottage and I discovered slightly footpath main right down to the seaside. I let Louie cleared the path down a steep path, throughout a railway and to the delicate sands of Harlech Seaside. I’d walked alongside right here the earlier summer time when the seaside was shiny and busy with blue skies and completely golden sands. Households and youngsters had been splashing within the sea, sunbathing and constructing sand castles and it appeared like a totally completely different place. The seaside had a unique vibe on this wild and blustery autumnal morning, however I truly assume it was much more lovely.

Louie chased the wind up onto the grassy sand dunes that rolled and peaked so far as I might see. The prickly marram grass blanketed the dramatic dunes however we waded by way of the vegetation to see this attractive, Nordic wanting cottage.

After about 20 minutes we got here to the city and had the spectacular web site of Harlech Fortress. Do you know that Harlech Fortress was initially constructed on the shore, however the north west of Britain is steadily rising so, with an accumulation of sand, the shore is step by step creeping away.

We started the steep stroll into the centre of Harlech and we had been greeted by the cutest city you can think about. Wobbly stone cottages leant in opposition to one another as they sloped down the hills, and fairly little retailers invited me inside. An quaint candy store, an ice cream store, a bakery promoting recent pies and a charity store crammed with previous treasures saved me entertained for the remainder of the morning. I used to be stunned by the variety of eating places across the city and I made a psychological observe to return again in the summertime months after I’m certain they’re all full of guests!

I had lunch at Llew Glas, a reasonably little café serving a feast of selfmade goodies. Louie was spoiled rotten by all the eye as we sat exterior for a lot longer than vital and slowly watched the world go by – it was a kind of form of locations!

Visiting Harlech Fortress

We then made our approach to the Harlech Fortress, as a result of you’ll be able to’t go to Harlech with out visiting the fortress. It was grand and spectacular and extremely effectively preserved however castles aren’t actually my factor and Louie was lower than impressed so we made our means again to our pretty cottage.

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle

Views from Harlech Castle

Prison Tower - Harlech Castle

Extra about my cottage in Harlech

My cottage was booked by way of Menai Vacation Cottages and was referred to as Bwthyn Nain. It’s been just lately refurbished and you’ll actually inform. Every thing inside is totally pristine and excellent and I couldn’t fault a single factor. Costs for Bwthyn Nain begin from £395 within the off-season for one week as much as £795 for per week within the excessive season. It comfortably sleeps 6 adults so I believe that’s a discount! You may ebook a minimal of two nights too.

Listed here are some extra pics!

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