Llangollen in photographs

9th February 2017

One of the best things about having a car is being able to go on weekend adventures to places that aren’t accessible by public transport.

I got my car in October last year but we haven’t been out and about that much in it because of the weather and because, of course, I was still getting to grips with driving.

But now the weather is starting to pick up (bring on Spring!) and I’m feeling more confident about driving, we’re ready to go exploring!

Last weekend Tyrone and I decided to go to Llangollen in Wales for a day out. We’ve both been to Llangollen many times before but it was still something new because we were driving from Liverpool rather than Shropshire.

Llangollen in photographs

We parked down by the river side and headed over to the train station. It’s an old fashioned train station with steam trains that you can go for a short trip on, but the station wasn’t open the day we went there.

Llangollen in photographs

But we were still able to pop on the platform to take some pictures.

Llangollen in photographs

Llangollen in photographs

Llangollen in photographs

Llangollen in photographs

Llangollen in photographs

Llangollen in photographs

We then walked into the town centre via the famous bridge. We were pleased to see that the town has so many independent retailers that seem to be thriving. I was, however, gutted to discover that a shop I really liked when I was younger (they sold dream catchers and inscents if I remember) has closed down.

Llangollen in photographs

Llangollen in photographs

Funny story! When we were walking along the river Tyrone spotted a castle-like structure on one of the hills. He decided it wouldn’t take too long to walk to and Google maps convinced us it would only take 30 minutes.

What Google maps failed to tell us was how steep the climb to that hill was. We probably didn’t even make it half way and we were both struggling to catch our breath, and our legs were killing us. We then turned around and saw a woman who must have been about 70 years old just walking up the hill like it was no problem at all. She even overtook us. At this point we decided to head back down into the town and have our lunch.

Llangollen in photographs

We couldn’t find a picnic bench that was dry (have you ever heard of a more British problem?!) so we headed back to the car. I suggested that we could drive to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct to have our lunch because it wasn’t too far away from Llangollen. You may remember that I went there with my parents last year (the post is here).

Llangollen in photographs

Unfortunately, the majority of the aqueduct was closed off because they’re currently working on it, so we could only go part of the way across.

Llangollen in photographs

So all in all it was a bit of a disastrous day. The train station was closed so no pictures of fancy steam trains, we got half way up a mountain before we almost died and the aqueduct was closed. Oh and Tyrone got attacked by a branch when he was getting back in the car. I helped and the thorns were so sharp they cut me.

But we enjoyed ourselves and it got us out of the house for a few hours. Oh and I conquered my fear of driving in Wales where the speed cameras are relentless.

Here’s to more adventures this year!

Apologies about these photos. I haven’t done any landscape photography in months so I’m a little out of practice. Plus the light in the valleys was odd.

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  1. I’ve visited Llangollen on a couple of occasions – fortunately when the aqueduct has been open! It’s a beautiful place and makes for great photos.
    Jennifer x

    • Holly

      I was gutted it wasn’t open this time. I’ve walked along it before but I really wanted to show my boyfriend as it was his first time visiting.

  2. It sounds like fun, despite the issues. A steep hill is not nice and an elderly lady overtaking us it’s something I would definitely remember and laugh about it. It’s a shame you didn’t see the trains and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct though. x

  3. Elena

    It looks like a nice place. The weather seemed to be nice as well, that is always a plus when going somewhere. To bad not everything went according to your plans, haha.
    I miss having easy access to a car. Though I would probably never dare to drive anywhere outside of Norway/ Sweden. I like roads that I am familiar with..

    • Holly

      Yes, we were very lucky with the weather. It was cold but the sun was shining.

      New roads bring lots of new challenges! I learned to drive in an area I wasn’t familiar with so I think that has helped me with my confidence.

  4. Oh, my! Those are lovely photos :) I’ve never heard of Llangollen (I know of Wales, at least!), so I’m glad you introduced this place to me. Your photos makes me want to check the town out. The landscape looks rugged and lovely, but it also evokes a peaceful image. The train station reminds me of Platform 9 3/4th! Glad you had a good time!

  5. Wow, photos on point! I think they captured Llangollen really well even though I’ve never actually been myself! I can’t wait to start learning how to drive and finally get a car, public transport is a nightmare and often miss such gorgeous places such as this one!

    Glad to hear you had lots of fun!

    • Holly

      Thank you! Learning to drive and buying a car was one of the best things I have ever done. I don’t even mind the fact it’s costing me a fortune because it’s made my life so much easier.

  6. One of my best friends lives in Llangollen and after seeing your photos I think I’ll be going to visit him soon. It looks so beautiful, I didn’t realise! It’s great that your car have given you access to gems like this that aren’t easily reachable on public transport – hopefully there will be many more adventures to come! I love your picture of the platform sign, it’s amazing!

  7. Kya

    Great news that you are feeling more confident about driving. It’s something that can take some time to get comfortable with. I am still getting there. It’s very true that having a car can be a great advantage because you have a bit more choice and control over the places you go.

    it looks like a really interesting place and the photographs are lovely. It’s a shame that things were closed and you had that long walk. Maybe you will be able to go back again? :D

    • Holly

      Yes, I think when I was learning to drive I thought I would never feel confident driving. But now I drive through the city centre everyday so driving in the countryside is a breeze in comparison!

  8. Sounds like you had lots of fun. The city seems to have some breathtaking views. Cheers to the 70 old lady. I swear, old people are something to look up to. They seem to have more energy than me. Sometimes I wonder what my real age is.

    Anyways, I plan to do these kind on trips in the future. At the moment I don’t have a car, but every time I get the chance to go out of the city I take the chance. Sometimes you need peace and a quiet place <3

    Take care and I wish you more trips like this one.

  9. I think the photos were great with the post and helped visualise what you saw, it doesn’t matter that they are not amazing. Sounds like you had an interesting day even though what made it interesting was a few mishaps!

    Llangollen, because of its name, reminds me of that town in Wales with the long name, that normally just goes by Llanfair. (I also have no idea how either are pronounced.)

    Sorry to hear about the hill! That reminds me, in Perth a couple of weeks ago I was supposed to be at the venue early before giving my presentation, my Maps app told me it would take five minutes but it screwed that up majorly. It took about 20 and I was huffing and puffing, wondering why it said five minutes. I definitely did not have it on “Drive” mode. Sounds like Google needs to get some topography stuff into their app… maybe you should help them with your geography and dev experience?! ;) ;)