|Some pictures from a holiday in Snowdonia, North Wales in July 1999 ....||
North Wales is a great place to see some wonderful castles from the reign of King Edward I, although Caernarfon and Conwy are just outside the Snowdonia National Park boundary:
Caernarfon Castle, built between 1283 and 1323 is the biggest (and I think the best) that I have seen.
The town of Conwy with its city walls is probably prettier. The castle was built between 1283 and 1292.
The village of Port Meirion was built between 1926 and 1972 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in this colourful Italianate style. It is best known for its pottery and as the setting of the 1960's TV series, 'The Prisoner'.
We came across this scene at Cwm Idwal, a stretcher being airlifted away by RAF helicopter. We later learnt that a Prince's Trust volunteer had tragically drowned in the lake earlier that day.
Beyond Cwm Idwal rise the Idwal Slabs at the foot of Glyder Fawr and the famous Devil's Kitchen rock climb.
The Miners' Track up Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), 1085 m (3560 ft)
Gale force gusts whipping up the water of Llyn Teryn
Higher up, a similarly choppy Llyn Lydaw.
The falls of Afon Glaslyn flow out of Glaslyn into Llyn Lydaw
If you were on the summit of Snowdon at 4.40 pm, Thursday 22 July, this could be you. The temperature at this level was 7º C (45º F).
Looking back down to Llyn Lydaw from the summit. The track on the left is the Pyg Track and on the right is the Miners' Track.
The village of Llanberis and Llyn Padarn from one of the disused slate quarries
Finally a grim reminder of what work in the slate quarries might have involved. The Dinorwic Quarry Hospital has been re-opened as a museum. Here are some of the artificial limbs that were fitted to workers after the many accidents that occured in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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