A One week holiday based on Caernarfon, North Wales - Tuesday 18th August 2009
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We drove to Holyhead via the Britannia Bridge and the A55. It was a very quick journey with no hold-ups. We found the Raman fort with little problem. A church has been built within the walls and the walls remain mostly intact to about 4 metres high. The sea is many metres away now instead of just outside the walls. We continued driving around the island towards Amlwch and Beaumaris. We stopped at Wylfa nuclear power station to see the information/visitor centre and for a coffee. Afterwards we continued to Beaumaris where we found lunch in an icecream parlour. The town is little altered from 20=30 years ago when we last visited. We continued on to visit Plas Newydd, a National trust property that was and still is the seat of the Marquess of Anglesey.
We boarded the Welsh Highland Railway at Caernarfon station just before 7.00pm for an evening trip with food to the end of the line and back. The food was to be served after Waunfawr station as the pub there supplied the food (bangers and mash supper). The train had also a buffet car with trolley service so drinks were available as well, and a small menu of puddings was also available. The steam locomotive, Aberglasllyn, was detached at Dinas station and the train continued on with the diesel locomotive only. The service stopped at Rhyd Ddu and returned to Caernarfon. Earlier trains during the day continue on past Beddgelert to a temporary loop at Hafod y Llyn. Eventually the line will continue on to Porthmadog when funds permit.
Churchyard with surrounding Roman walls. Notice Outside of wall Corner turret
Menai Bridge Britannia Bridge Plas Newydd house
Welsh Highland Railway: Caernarfon station Train entering Caernarfon station Rounding a curve