On Sunday after breakfast, everyone checked out of their rooms to make the journey back to Harlaxton with a few stops along the way.
Our first stop into our drive was Swallow Falls in Snowdonia National Park. Visitors pay 2 pounds to see the marvel and let me say the view did not disappoint! Honestly, who doesn’t love a waterfall?
After the brief waterfall pitstop, we continued onwards to Betws-y-Coed. This village is just downstream from Swallow Falls and has numerous local shops, hiking trails, and cute cafes and restaurants.
Since I had only a couple of hours at Betws-y-Coed and the weather lovely, I decided to do one of the shorter hiking trails before grabbing a quick lunch and hopping back onto the bus. I chose to do the easiest and shortest path that went along the river. With the sunny weather, trees, and river rushing by me, I felt so relaxed and just in awe of the Welsh nature.
Once I wrapped up my hike, I went and grabbed a quick lunch from a cafe. I opted for a brie, cranberry, and bacon panini, which was fantastic! The cafe also had traditional Welsh cakes too. Of course, I purchased one to try! I would say the Welsh cake is dense like a biscuit in pancake form. The “pancake” had cranberries and sugar coating the outside, which made it sweet.
After my quick lunch, I walked around and stumbled upon an Art Gallery dedicated to exposing poaching and saving wild animals. The artwork and photographs were vivid and unique.
By the time I finished looking around the art gallery, I had to get back on the bus for the remainder of the drive back to Harlaxton.
My time in Wales was very relaxing and beautiful! I am glad I decided to go on this trip last minute with the school. If I were to return, I would probably spend my time hiking in the National Parks versus staying along the coast because I feel the Welsh nature is worth exploring and I did not exactly get the time to hike.
I’ll see you back here on Monday!
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