Travellers Journal Snowdonia National Park Day 5

Travellers Journal Snowdonia National Park Day 5



If there was one thing I had noticed from my travels around Wales it​ was the​ extensive use of​ the​ Welsh language. the​ people of​ Wales are extremely proud of​ their country and rightly so. the​ language helps Wales keep its identity. Many are resentful of​ English domination and prefer the​ idea of​ more independence.

But one thing was for sure. No one could deny the​ natural beauty of​ their country and the​ warmth of​ its people. the​ A4086 to​ Betws-y-Coed may have been slow progress through the​ narrow twists and turns of​ the​ valley roads,​ but the​ sheer beauty of​ the​ region made the​ time irrelevant.

Another great aspect of​ the​ valley roads was the​ low volume of​ traffic. This was the​ Easter Bank Holiday weekend and any journey made in​ England would require a​ very early start. But with a​ population of​ little more than a​ million people,​ there's enough room for everyone.

Betws-y-Coed is​ a​ quaint little village just within the​ boundaries of​ Snowdonia National Park amongst the​ deep Welsh valleys. Commercial activity has led to​ the​ village outgrowing itself and it​ now bursts at​ the​ seams. Retail outlets fight for every square inch of​ space.

I decided to​ take advantage of​ this retail war and buy some new walking boots. After parking on​ this ridiculously steep hill I made my way to​ the​ action. My vulnerability to​ ingrowing toenails means having to​ buy at​ least a​ size bigger than I actually am to​ ensure enough space for comfort.

The big sale signs outside one store looked promising so I ventured in​ and soon found myself amongst the​ maps. There's something therapeutic about looking at​ maps. Maybe it's the​ natural human tendency to​ travel and explore.

The therapy however,​ only lasts for as​ long as​ you​ are left alone and out of​ the​ corner of​ my eye I spotted a​ shop assistant approaching in​ stealth-like fashion. I thought of​ making a​ dash to​ the​ other side of​ the​ bookshelf,​ but I had already fallen victim and had to​ admit defeat.

"The Ordinance Survey provides great detail in​ a​ 1:50000 scale as​ well as​ being weatherproof in​ its laminated cover,​" the​ man droned monotonously.

"Great,​" I replied,​ struggling to​ find any enthusiasm. "Where are the​ boots?"




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