Betws-y-Coed, Wales: Day 3

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.

Cranberry Welsh Cake!

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.

An orangutan sculpture made from beach waste

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!

Leave a positive impression,

Sydney xo

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