The Holiday in Bangor went very well and everyone enjoyed it very much. Valerie Kirby said she thought it was the best Epsom & Ewell Ramblers' holiday she had been on. We never did see the top of Snowdon so were glad we had not pre-booked tickets on the train to the top.
The accommodation at Bangor University was comfortable though the communal kitchens a bit sparse but good enough for our daily meetings to discuss the next day's programme. The breakfasts were plentiful and well received.
We had two lovely walks on Anglesey both near the coast with lovely views and then visited Plas Newydd House (NT) one afternoon and Beaumaris Castle and town the other. Susan organised a very lovely walk to the Aber Waterfalls followed by a visit to the Town of Conway. Very picturesque so we stayed on there for supper.
Wednesday, on our day off, some of us drove to Blaenau Ffestiniog and caught the narrow gauge train to Minffordd and walked the mile down to Portmeirion for a walk round the Italianate town, gardens and forest. We then caught the train back to BF where it started raining but that did not dampen our day.
As it rained all day on the Thursday (just as the BBC 4 Wales had forecast) we went to visit the Slate Museum in Llanberis and then some of us went on to visit the product of hard work by the Slate miners - Penrhyn neo-Norman Castle now owned by the NT. It is really way over the top for decoration inside and outside looks as if it had been built with LegoLand blocks. However it is absolutely huge and a good refuge from the rain.
Our formal dinner that night was in "The Boatyard" in Bangor which Valerie and Margaret and Muriel had found for us. It was a great place with good food, a nice side room to ourselves and, to top it all the Landlord's wife had once lived in Epsom.
Susan took us next day to Betws-y-coed for a lovely walk up a mountain and through the forest and past lovely waterfalls. After this some of us went back to Llanberis to visit the "Electric Mountain" - a huge electricity generating power plant built inside the mountain with miles and miles of tunnels and enormous chambers. Very impressive.
Somehow we all ended up at "The Nelson" that evening and had another very nice meal. Much to our surprise, when we were thinking that maybe we should be going back to the University for an early night, a group of musicians started drifting in and kept us entertained with Irish reels and other foot-tapping music. A very nice finish to a wonderful week where Susan had selected some very lovely walks and interesting places to visit.
We all said good-bye next morning and started back in torrential rain towards our various homes.