#WRT2016 – Part Three

Wales Road Trip – Part Three

OK, part three will cover the last 2 days as most of the last day was travelling home and at one point visiting a recycling centre, just ask Damien if you ever meet him.

First port of call was Pont-Pen-y-benglog, Ian had planned a little hike up to Llyn Idwal.  I was looking forward to this as I really wanted to start walking more getting to places I only dreamt of previously due to how unfit I was.  The paths are well maintained and it wasn’t too long before we arrived at the lake, now the weather wasn’t great so we had to wait for it to stop raining.  As you can see the lads were very cheerful 🙂 .

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We all went our separate ways, I managed to use some rocks to get around a corner to photograph a huge boulder with a wall leading into the lake.  Out came the pinhole camera again.  Once I shot that I noticed how green the water was flowing towards a small bridge so with my camera set up on the tripod and placed carefully in the water I composed the shot, then the rain started again.  Out came the chamois leather to cover camera and wait until it past.  Wasn’t too long but was quite happy to wait as the location was great.

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I packed up and started to walk around the lake, when I got to the far end of the lake you can see the path takes you all the way round.  I stopped for a while and watched the mountain climbers scale some of the rock face,  really not sure how they do that I think the height would get the better of me but was fascinating to watch.  Further around I came across a large boulder in the middle of an open area, yep you guessed it the pinhole came out again. Just after I had taken the shot, Ian came down from taking a shot from an outcropped rock further back up the path, proceeded to climb boulder and I think do a rendition of YMCA 🙂 .

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We then followed the path around the lake till we came to where we started.  Back down the path to the carpark and further investigations of the surrounding area.  Damien decided to head to quite a high location which faced down the valley and Ian, Andy & I crossed the bridge then realised we needed something from in the car.  That was fine, however Damien had the car keys so Ian went to get them from him whilst I waited by the car.  A few minutes later Ian came up the path with a huge grin on his face, then explained that he climbed the rocks without Damien seeing him and jumped out on Damien and he did this without filming it,  I think a Go Pro will be required for the next trip.

We spent couple of hours around the bridge and climbing down to shoot the waterfall and slate huts before we walked back to the car.  Instead of taking the A5 again we took a single track road that was to the left of the car park, all we knew was it went down the left side of the valley if you were travelling west.  This was a great decision, more slate fences, this time they were a lot thinner pieces of slate compared to the ones in Part Two of the blogs.

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From here we headed back to the house to grab something to eat then head back out to the west coast to grab the sunset.  Now I don’t shoot sunsets, It’s not my thing, so the camera stayed in the car whilst the others enjoyed the night.  I did have my camera phone on me so managed to grab a couple of shots before we headed back.

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The Last Day

Andrew Atkinson (1 of 1)-32We started by packing the car, you would think this would be easy however I really don’t understand were all the gear comes from.  We had a VW Touran, with a larger than average boot and we still needed to use the backseat for some of the bags and it had only been for 4 days. Luckily we had put Ian in charge of Tripods, we didn’t want to forget any of them, did we Damien?

So with the car packed, house cleaned!!! and all set for another day with the camera’s we headed to Anglesey. We knew we only had a few hours to spend as most of the time would be spent travelling back.  St. Cwyfan’s was where we were heading, a church that is also known as the ‘Church in the Sea’ and you will see why by the pictures.  The roads on Anglesey are fine, however do get very narrow towards the approach road to the church, I managed to get us there safe and we parked up and headed to the beach.  We were the only ones there to start with and we had timed it perfectly with the tide almost fully in.

We all found our spots and set up, then I waited for the tide to come in further as I wanted some of the foreground rocks to be surrounded by water.

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So we headed back to the car as we needed to get away to one last location on the way back home.  This was the location I mentioned in a previous blog that the access was flooded, however on the way back to the car I noticed some great patterns in the rock.

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By the time we got to the next location we needed something to eat, luckily there was a cafe which was part of a craft centre.  We headed in and grabbed a quick bite to eat and then headed to the path to take us to a docked but unused as far as we could tell boat.  We didn’t have long as we really did need to get back to drop car off so out came the pinhole and took a quick shot.

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We all jumped in the car and headed home with a couple of detours on the way back, which I must say were not planned 🙂

I had a great four days in North Wales and highly recommend this location whether it’s for a photographic trip or just a holiday.  One last thing, the 4 days wouldn’t have been the same without the company of Ian, Damien & Andy so a massive thanks to all three who caused no end of laughter.  Please check out their work, or book a workshop with Andy or Damien.


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