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Ruthin Castle - Ruthin - 5/3/82 - Beautiful sunny day

Gorgeous day this morning. Drove to Dolgellau - lovely old town built entirely of stone. Then drove to Denmaenpool looking for horses. Drove to Barmouth and north up coast. Millions of caravan parks. Lovely coastal towns with Snowdonian mountains in background. Stopped at village of Llannedr to see crafts village but all closed - beautiful wild flowers and daffodils. Stopped at Harlech and visited castle - built by Edward I in 13th century. Magnificent castle high on top of hill with view of sea. Climbed through maze of passages and up winding stairs to top of towers and along battlements.

Drove to Porthmadog and stopped at little Italienate village called Portmeiron where residents only are allowed to drive through. Drove to Croiccieth where there is a ruined castle on a headland overlooking the sea. We saw a bridal party going to a church in a horse and buggy. Drove through Tremadog up to Beddgelert and then up to Capel Curig and magnificent drive through Snowdonian mountains with snow on top - really beautiful drive. Stopped in lovely village of Betws-y-Coed for drink and drove to Blaenau-Ffestinlog which has the largest slate mines in the world. They were incredible - absolutely massive. Drove to Ffestinlog to Bala past a huge reservoir. Good shop in Bala for antique maps and prints. Drove beside Bala lake to Llanwychylln and looked for B and B. Drove up other side of lake and decided to head for Ruthin. Somehow got lost and went long way south to Llanwyddyn on shores of Lake Vyrnwy. Really off the beaten track - narrow little roads through wild mountainous country. Did not see one home or person just sheep. Drove through pine forest where trees formed a tunnel and then beside the lake. Drove north through Pen-y-pont-faur and Llangykngus to Corwen and then to Ruthin.

Decided to have a splurge and stay at the castle and go to the medieval banquet. Beautiful huge octagonal room in tower. Big carved wood fire place, velvet chairs and lounge. Magnificent bedroom.

Went to banquet and we were made Baron and Baroness because we were on our honeymoon. Sat in high backed chairs with cushions and everyone else on benches. We were crowed and Brad had to say grace and nod to each lady in waiting as they were introduced. Had 4 course meal and ate with daggers and fingers and drank out of bowl. Had Welsh singing and harp music. At end Brad made a small speech and then the steward told everyone we were from Australia on our honeymoon. We were given a bottle of Mead for virility and fertility and a record of the singing. Everyone came to congratulate us and talk to us and were very friendly. All told us about people they knew in Australia. Felt like we had had a second wedding.

Baron & Baroness for the night

Baron & Baroness for the night


Our huge tower room

Our huge tower room


The bed is lost in this room

The bed is lost in this room

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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