We enjoyed a weekend away in Barmouth last weekend to celebrate Paul’s birthday.  The cottage where we stayed was AH-MAZE-ING! It was called Tre Mynach and was the gymnasium of a school prior to being converted to the amazing living space it is now. It had a great open plan living space with big windows all around and views of the sea.

We arrived in Barmouth on Thursday afternoon and had a wander into the town and – much to Stella’s delight – onto the beach.  Although quite a few of the shops in the village were shut as it was essentially out of season for a seaside village, it was a pleasant place to wander around. The beaches are great for dogs – despite a summer time restriction on the main town beach – there is lots of sand and space for them to run free.

On Friday we took the train south along the coastal line a few stops and then got off and walked back along the Welsh Coastal Path.  The Blue Lake was the highlight of the walk – it was a deep, clear lake at the bottom of a quarry.  The steep sides meant that it could only be accessed via a tunnel.  The water really was blue – possibly due to the copper salts from previous mining activities apparently – and we had the place to ourselves to explore…  In the evening, it was fish and chips for dinner at an award winning fish and chip restaurant called The Mermaid.

On Saturday we drove in the direction of Harlech for an inland fell walk around the Rhinogs.  It was hard going underfoot – slippery closer to the top where it was snowing and very wet lower down.  It was nice to see the snow though and with another 10 miles clocked up I felt I could enjoy the remaining birthday cake guilt free!  After the walk we stopped in Harlech for a look around and discovered the dog friendly castle – note for our next trip back to the area.

On Sunday the sore neck Paul had been managing over the weekend really took grip and sadly the decision was made to head home… For me, the cottage was the highlight of weekend.  I could have sat in the living room staring out at those views for hours and hours.  We both felt sad leaving early and hope to return at some point to further explore the village and the surrounding area. Our next weekend away is to Llanberis to celebrate our anniversary.  That’s in the camper van so let’s hope it stays warm and dry!