Monday, October 29, 2012


Betws-y-Coed is a small village in the Conwy valley within the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Mum has visited many times, but as Other Mum (or me) had never been, we decided to do make a detour on our way home from Criccieth.

 Betws-y-Coed means "The Prayer House in the Wood" and the village was founded around a monastry in the 6th century.

In the centre of the village is the Pont-y-Pair Falls.

This is also where I met my friend 'Mini Me' while we were enjoying a picnic lunch!

She is a 5 month old whippet; I think she thought I was her Dad.....ahem......

About a mile outside of the village lies Swallow Falls. It is the highest continuous falls in Wales

Not quite Niagara....but very pretty!

Back in the village, Mums were delighted to spot the Iechyd Da Delicatessen - they LOVE shops like this!

It sold everything from Welsh cheese to Turkish tea to Italian ham!

On our way out of the village we drove over the Waterloo Bridge which was built by the engineer Thomas Telford in 1815; the same year that the Battle of Waterloo was fought.

Of course, Mum couldn't resist buying a few items in that lovely Deli.! 

Here we have Dragon's Breath Mustard (blows your socks off!) Welsh Cheddar with Horseradish, Cheddar with chili, Cheshire with pickled onions, Caerphilly with Green Herbs and in the front Welsh Brie. 

Mums say they were absolutely delicious - and I even got to sample one or two!