Club Outing to Bodelwyddan

Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel

We’re just back from a splendid weekend in Wales, at (Warner) Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel over the long weekend. The hotel had plenty to do for those who didn’t want to run around with cameras all day, swimming, shooting, archery, organised entertainments, spa and gym, and the main party had lots to do in the fantastic scenery.

On Saturday we had arranged with the hotel to take a bus tour, and the driver did his best, but was hampered by lack of parking spaces at many of the spots we would have liked to photograph, I would suggest mini-busses are more sensible for the photography party. He did find us a splendid lay-by from which to photograph the Memai Straights bridges, and took us round Caernarfon Castle, but it was plain there was too much clutter to get a good visit.

We then went on into Snowdonia, and visited the Slate mining museum, and the lovely nearby flooded quarry, and then back via Swallow Falls and down the Conway Valley

Conway Castle

Conway Castle from across the estuary.

On Sunday the party split up, some to revisit places we hadn’t been able to see properly from the bus, some to Llandudno where there was a Victorian Fair, and old cars and busses, and where they took a ride up Great Orm’s Head. Others ventured through to Portmerion which is one of those places that looks over-saturated even before the image comes into the digital darkroom.
The photos accompanying this article were picked out by members at a post trip get-together on Tuesday evening.

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