Day 3 started with a trip to what is affectionally known as ‘The Ugly House’. According to its website, some legends say it was built by robbers and thieves, taking advantage of travellers on the road as they journeyed through Snowdonia – ugly people that gave the house a fearsome reputation. Others say the name is a corruption of the name of the river burbling away on the other side of the road, the Llugwy which flows from near Ogwen to join the river Conwy. Who knows, really.
Next up we went to the town of Conwy, which also happened to have my favourite castle in all of the UK, Conwy Castle. It was built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales between 1283 – 1289.
Next was a fun stop in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, one of the longest place names in the world.
Where we also had a view of the Menai Bridge and Strait. It’s said that Lewis Carroll spent time here , for it appears in Through the Looking Glass.
“I heard him then, for I had just
Completed my design
To keep the Menai bridge from rust
By boiling it in wine.
Our next stop sure was a beautiful one. We took a little break in Snowdonia National Park to do a little hike. We took the miner’s path (opened in 1832) down to Llyn Glaslyn, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. There are tons of other hikes to take, ranging in difficulty, but absolutely worth a visit.
And we got a great group shot too:
Our final destination of the day was Caernarfon, which is a beautiful port town on the Menai Strait, which my new friends and I were happy to explore.