Monday, January 26, 2009


On Saturday, John and I decided to take ourselves away from all the usual chores that are normally dealt with on this weekend day and do something a little different.

We took a trip on a train..... on the Cambrian Coast train, you can see the reflection of the carriage lights in the window. All the following pictures were taken through the window, so, they are not as clear as they could be.

The Cambrian Coast train line must be listed amongst the most scenic in Great Britain. It tightly hugs the coast affording the traveller magnificent views along the way, which ever side of the train you choose to sit....... We chose the sea side, but views from the other side are just as spectacular...... enjoying mountains, coastal villages, busy seaside resorts and farmland.

You're not camera shy are you John!

Farms nestle comfortably on the hill side. I love to see the fields separated by the dry stone walls.

The train crosses the wide expanse of the Mawddach Estuary by means of a wooden viaduct here...... the views are quite spectacular and I always admire the house that sits at the water’s edge..... what magnificent sunsets it enjoys.

The Mawddach Estuary has treacherous tidal waters......

Here the train pulls into Barmouth with its harbour and wide sandy beach that stretches for almost two miles. Its a popular sea side resort that offers it's visitors many attractions during the summer months...... it is backed by magnificent scenery too, as the lower slopes of the Snowdonia mountain range roll down to meet the sea.

This is Harlech Castle, built in 1283 upon a rocky crag, it took six years to construct. This lofty position with its commanding views over land and sea was a great aid in its defence from attack. It was built for King Edward I to prevent the Welsh challenging the sovereignty of England, but later fell into the hands of the Welsh Prince, Owain Glyndwr in 1404. It has been the scene of many bloody battles between the English and Welsh.

Today, Harlech Castle stands as stedfast as ever and, on this sunny afternoon in January 2009, we can only look in wonder as we recall its impressive history.

Here we are nearing our destination, the popular little harbour town of Porthmadog, its a thriving Welsh community with a busy harbour..... now used mainly as a mooring place for yachts..........

But now, we have no time for sightseeing, we are off too.......
TESCO! One of my favourite supermarkets.
It has taken well over an hour by train to get here.... and it is out nearest Tesco store! Only a medium sized supermarket, nevertheless, it is well worth the journey..... and the journey, well, that was a delight in itself too.

So, equipped with my shopping trolly and John his rucksack, it was Tesco, here we come! And us happy shoppers, returned well and truly loaded!

Oh! and I forgot to mentioned another bonus...... for us over 60s, we have the privilege of free travel on the Cambrian Coast train from November until May.... isn’t that just brilliant!


Yolanda Elizabet said...

That certainly is a bonus, it almost makes one wish to be 60 too and live in Wales, of course. Such a lovely trip and I thought it was good fun that shopping at TESCO's was such a treat for you two. It's the little things in life, isn't it?

Susie said...

Dear Marion,
What a lovely way to spend a Saturday on such a scenic train trip.
I think it's just delightful that you can take this beautiful ride for free!
Thanks for sharing with all of us more of your wonderful part of our world!

Val said...

Last autumn, I visited a friend in Pwllheli, whose house faced the sea and the coastline you described. Lovely.

But I was very confused at first, as I though that being in North Wales, I had assumed it was on the north wales coast, facing north. Not south! And I came by train too, but along the North Wales coast.

I tried to organise my train to come up the Cambrian coast, via Cardiff or something. But realised it would take double the time, so I went via London and Chester! Daft! But quicker.

Willow said...

If I were you, I'd be taking that train trip every week!

Cindy Swanson said...

I loved the pictures! Thanks so much for sharing. This only reinforces my long-held dream of visiting Great Britain!

Betty said...

Dear Friend Marion,
What a delightful trip! Hearing about it over the phone was wonderful and now seeing the pictures just carried me along with you and day!

Love to you both....Betty

Barbara said...

Thank you for taking us on this trip Marion. Especially beautiful when viewed full screen.

Barbara said...

Don't know if my comment went through so will try again.

Thanks for taking us on this trip Marion. Especially beautiful when viewed full screen.

Barbara said...

Thank you for showing this very lovely landscape along the sea. And what a bonus to be able to travel free. Sometimes there are advantages too when over sixty, aren't there? Is this only valid for English people or also foreigners?
Have a good week!

Hillside Garden said...

Marion, why you must show me the Tesco? I'm feeling like comming home!
Wonderful photos, and your John is a realy nice boy!


Flip Flop Floozie said...

Marion, how fun and what scenery!! I love the idea that you get to ride FREE!! WOW!! I wish there was something here like that but guess not..we just pay and pay here..
Mike has not had a lot of jobs lately so we are staying home most of the time anymore...things will pick up soon...Take care.

Kerri said...

What a beautiful, scenic trip, and free to boot! A very nice perk for being over 60.
Your coastline is gorgeous, Marion. I'd love to see it in person.
What fun to combine sightseeing with a trip to your favourite supermarket :)
It's nice to see John's smiling face :)

Mountain Mama said...

Thank you so very much MArion for sharing your delightful trip with us. I absolutely love hour photos. Harlech Castle is a place my imagination goes totally over the edge! Oh the wonderful and exciting happenings! In fact every picture you posted made me feel as if I were right there, seeing it all first hand, smelling the fragrances and hearing the sounds.
Thank you again.
By the way, your hubby is so cute as he tries to hide from the camera. Hee-hee-hee.

kreativehaende said...

there are some advantages to be over 60! Wonderful photos and a very delightful trip! By the way: I do not know Tesco.
have a nice week
many greetings,

Flip Flop Floozie said...

Marion, how have you been? i have been out with a knee repair..two weeks ago to day in fact. doing well now..
Write when you can. Sandy