Castles of North Wales

Well, would you believe it? I had another free Monday so I was up nice and early and just like last week I found myself heading west, but today’s ride would take me into north wales and also onto the magical Isle of Anglesey.

My first stop of the day was a big one, over 2 hours and 115 miles away. Heading straight up the A5 passing Tamworth, Lichfield, Cannock, Telford, Oswestry and Llangollen when I eventually arrived at Cerrigydrudion and I turned off the A5 onto the B4501 and followed the signs for Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre.

Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre

Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre

The B4501 is a great road, as are many of the roads around here, including the A543 which I often use to get back onto the A5 but I was here just for the views, the supply of fried pork and coffee.

Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre Breakfast

Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre Breakfast

Next on my list was a run to Criccieth, so I headed back up the A5 until I turned left onto the excellent B4407 and B4391 into Ffestiniog.

Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog

Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog

Once out of Ffestiniog it was just a short ride down into Criccieth as I needed a photo of my bike and the castle so after turning left and going across the railway tracks I came across the stunning view of Criccieth Beach so I had to make a quick stop to enjoy the view as well as picking up a souvenir pebble for my collection.

Criccieth Beach

Criccieth Beach

After spending 5 mins enjoying the view and avoiding the temptation to go for a paddle I headed towards the castle that I could see in the distance to get my evidence photo.

Criccieth Castle

Criccieth Castle

My second castle of the day was the beautiful Beaumaris Castle on Anglesey, this was just a simple 30-minute ride along the A487 until I reached the Menai bridge where I crossed over into Anglesey and followed the A545 coast road into the very busy town of Beaumaris.

Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey

Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey

Beaumaris Castle is obviously a very big attraction as it’s a simply stunning castle, due to the large carpark and number of people I could see walking around inside and if I had more time I would have had a look around not only the castle with its water-filled moat and symmetrical walls but also the town looked very nice too, unfortunately, time was getting on so I had to settle with a quick water break while admiring the outstanding views of the Menai Strait before heading back the way I had just come and onto the A5 and A55 to follow the coast to my next location, Flint Castle.

View of the Menai strait from Beaumaris, Anglesey

View of the Menai strait from Beaumaris, Anglesey

After a very boring 60 miles run along the A55, I found the turning I wanted that took me into the town of Flint where I easily found my last location of the day, Flit Castle.

Flint Castle

Flint Castle

After my usual photos were taken and I had a quick walk around the site I decided it was time for a small celebration, as I turned off the main road I spotted a McDonalds so I backtracked a little and eventually found the way into the McDonalds carpark, recently a friend of mine had been going on and on about a Honeycomb Iced Frappé so I thought I would give one a try…

Cheeky McDonalds Belgian Chocolate Honeycomb Iced Frappé

Cheeky McDonalds Belgian Chocolate Honeycomb Iced Frappé

After taking a big slurp I suddenly regretted this as I was assaulted by a major brain freeze!! I knew the drink was a cold one but I didn’t realise it was made up of crushed ice cubes, needless to say, I took my time enjoying my Frappé.

Once suitably refreshed, now it was simply the case of covering the the 98 miles to get home.

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Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey
Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey
Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey
Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey
Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey
Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey
View of the Menai strait from Beaumaris, Anglesey
View of the Menai strait from Beaumaris, Anglesey
View of the Menai strait from Beaumaris, Anglesey
View of the Menai strait from Beaumaris, Anglesey
Cheeky McDonalds Belgian Chocolate Honeycomb Iced Frappé
Criccieth Beach
Criccieth Castle
Criccieth Castle
Criccieth
Pebble at Criccieth
Criccieth Castle
Criccieth
Criccieth
Criccieth Castle
Criccieth Castle
Criccieth Castle
Criccieth Castle
Criccieth
Criccieth
Criccieth
Criccieth
Criccieth
Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog
Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog
Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog
Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog
Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog
Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog
Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog
Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog
Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog
Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog
Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog
Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog
Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog
Along the B4407 towards Ffestiniog
Flint Castle
Flint Castle
Flint Castle
Flint Castle
Flint Castle
Flint Castle
Flint Castle
Flint Castle
Flint Castle
Flint Castle
Flint Castle
Road leading to Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
Road leading to Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
Road leading to Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
Road leading to Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
Road leading to Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
Road leading to Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
Inside Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre Breakfast
Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre
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