Finally finally the sun decided to put in a (long overdue) appearance on our Wales trip – unsure how long it would stick around we were up and ready to make the most of it. A short drive from Porthmadog and we found ourselves in the gorgeous little seaside resort of Criccieth – a ruined castle on a hill, quaint streets and a pebbly beach – what more could you need.
We had a walk around and then made straight for that beach. The sun was still shining, but this is Wales and coats and layers were still necessary – better than being soaked through though. We strolled and explored, Son adored it here and found no end of treasures. Interesting pebbles for his “collection” but a dead eel and some jellyfish were probably the biggest hits.
Gorgeous views of the hills in the distance and the beach all to ourselves made it just perfect.
On the drive back to Porthmadog we found a narrow country road – barely more than a track, took it and were surrounded by rolling fields, sheep, lambs and stone walls. At the end of the road was another glorious beach – Black Rock Sands and quite the novelty for us, you could drive your car right onto the sand.
A vast place, lots of kite flying going on but our favourite thing here was the rock pools.
We drove for quite a way along the sand – avoiding the sea unlike one mad driver – and loved the magnificent views. TE Lawrence of Lawrence of Arabia fame apparently lived nearby and the 14th century poet Shelley is reputed to have regularly visited – I can totally see why.