Who needs the Spanish coast when you’ve got Wales?
Yes, that might not be something that you hear everyday, but it certainly felt like that for me this week. For once in my life, I managed to book a week off work months in advance and the weather turned out to be beautiful. The August cloud and rain managed to hold itself at bay for a few days, allowing us to enjoy the glorious British sunshine. The sun’s rays were so strong that I managed to burn my arms and legs when we forgot the sun cream one day – a typical British mistake. Despite the skin damage, we had a really great time exploring a stream near Lake Vyrnwy, the beach at Morfa Nefyn, and the walled city of Chester, just outside the Welsh boarder.
Read on to discover my photo diary and my top tips for visiting in the summer. I also have a vlog accompaniment, so don’t forget to have a watch below!
Secret stream leading to Lake Vyrnwy
This spot is a well-kept secret. It’s so hidden that only six cars passed us on the narrow winding road during the three hours that we were there.
We used to visit back when I was little and building dams in a stream was the most fun thing in the world. I’ve got to be honest – it hasn’t lost much of the appeal over the years. From jumping from rock to rock and trying not to fall in, to wading up the middle, a shallow stream can offer all kinds of fun. It was freezing though!
If you want to find this spot for yourself, good luck. The road it’s on doesn’t even have a name according to Google Maps. The only way I can describe it is to go to Lake Vrynwy, drive up to the opposite end of the lake to the dam, up past the Vrynwy Hotel. When you get to the Northern tip of the lake, turn right. It’s literally the only road there is! Drive up there for 5-10 minutes and you’ll spot it.
Morfa Nefyn beach
This is also slightly difficult to find (I’m sorry) but at least you can put this small village into your sat nav! We parked at the golf course for £5 all day, gathered all our beach supplies – not forgetting the sun cream this time – and walked across the golf course. And kept walking. Then doubted that a beach even existed. And carried on some more. After a while, we can across a little fishing harbour, complete with holiday cottages and a well-hidden pub next to a very long and white sandy beach. Jackpot.
We had some great hours here searching in the rock pools, paddling in the sea, and reading. The highlight was definitely watching all the dogs enjoying the beach. There was a one who couldn’t stop chasing his ball into the sea, and another who decided that next door’s tent was a far better sleeping spot than his own.
Thankfully this one is significantly easier to find and get to. We headed here on the train for a day of exploring the city. After a quick stop in the Disney Store and a walk around the city centre, we headed down to the river. We had a reservation at Hickory’s Smokehouse, which has great food with an American theme.
I highly recommend their milkshakes – the Salted Caramel Popcorn flavour is divine – and Alice had chicken, bacon and waffles, which looked amazing.
For dessert, we went to heaven with the S’mores and more waffles. Yum!
Have you been on any fun day trips or staycations this summer? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!