Pictures from a holiday in early July in the Welsh town of Dolgellau.

The pier at Bangor (on a slightly roundabout route from Bradford to Dolgellau). Despite appearances, the pier stops someway short of crossing the Menai strait to the island of Anglesey in the background.


The ruins of Cymer Abbey, a small and never very prosperous Cistercian monastery, just outside Dolgellau.


The (L) cavernous interior and (R) quintessentially Victorian font at the parish church of Barmouth. The church was completed in 1895 to accommodate the tourists that flocked to Barmouth when its railway opened in the 1860s.


(L) Views over the splendid Mawddach estuary from the “New Precipice Walk“, a trail that follows an old tramway from a former goldmine (Dolgellau had a small gold rush in the 1850s). The original “Precipice Walk“, further up the Mawddach valley, was a Victorian favourite. (R) Remains of a water wheel.


Views of the impressive Harlech Castle, built by Edward I between 1282 and 1289 as part of his campaign to conquer Wales.

View of Harlech town.

Beach at the quirky coastal resort of Fairbourne.


(L) The rail and pedestrian bridge across the Mawddach estuary at Barmouth, at the start of the Mawddach Trail, which follows the route of the former Ruabon-Barmouth railway between Barmouth and Dolgellau. (R) A rare surviving railway telegraph pole.

A signal post on the trail at Penmaenpool, with its bridge across the estuary in the background.

Precarious looking staircase in a cavern mined out for slate, at the Llechwedd Slate CavernsBlaenau Ffestiniog. Blaenau and the surrounding area was deliberately excluded from the Snowdonia National Park due its extensive slate mining industry and associated spoil heaps.


(L) Dolgoch Falls and (R) locomotive on a run-around at the Talyllyn railway, one of many narrow gauge railways built to transport slate from quarries to ports, in this case at Tywyn. The Talyllyn railway was the first railway in the world to be preserved by volunteers (in 1951).