A rest day in Conwy.
Despite a lie in being the favoured option, I woke around 6 and sauntered about sorting out washing, showering, blog updating etc. until breakfast at 8am. Breakfast was fabulous, and confirmed Bryn as being a really top class guest house. I had also not realised, when arranging the walk, just how historic and interesting a place Conwy itself is. It has a lovely quay, a truly splendid c13 castle and an almost complete set of fortified town walls erected by Edward I. So I set off to walk around them, of course, and explore the old town they encompass. I was amused by some of the information boards dotted about which said - translated into plain English - that the magnificence of the fortifications said as much about the stubborn bolshieness of the Welsh, as it did about the wealth of the English. Words to that effect, anyway and indeed the walls and castle are magnificent today. I cannot recommend Conwy, or indeed the Bryn Guesthouse, highly enough.
The rest of the day spent catching up on Times crosswords, (thank you Alison for letting me print them off!) and trying to work out how to read the guide book backwards, which I will have to do for the rest of the walk as it assumes I am starting from Machynlleth.
|part of the town walls, taken from the garden of the Bryn guest house!|
|.. and the guest house, taken from the castle wall|
|The town, the estuary and the castle, taken from the same spot|
|on the quay. The red thing is allegedly the smallest house in Britain|
|Conwy castle, still as awe-inspiring today as it was built to be|
|The Conwy suspension bridge, built in 1826 by Thomas Telford. The structure to the right is a tubular railway bridge built in 1846 by Robert Stephenson.. not quite so scenic, but even rarer. Unique in fact|