Milo, our favourite little pooch turned 6 in March. To celebrate, we packed a picnic and hopped in the car nice and early, North Wales was our oyster.
We had decided to head to Barmouth, photos i had seen of the beaches looked like they were abroad (thanks Instagram) but the other 4 stops were spontaneous ones ... another optimistic adventure.
1. Bala Lake
Bala reminds me of sunny bank holidays when my dad would pack up our inflatable boat and our family and dogs would head to Bala for the day with a picnic. We would drive past the hustle and bustle of the main car park, down a farm lane to our own little cove and we would spend hours skimming stones or balancing the dogs on our boat and head off to the middle of the lake screaming at whoever was rowing/splashing us.
On Milo's birthday, we were early enough to be first ones there! But despite the sunshine, the 1 degrees meant it was a quick wee stop for the dog and a dip in the ice cold lake.
Next stop was Barmouth, I love the impressive viaduct and the beaches that go for miles and are so clean!! Definitely a place we will revisit in warmer months.
We stopped for a coffee in the dog friendly Davy Jones Locker which does marvellous cakes and "the best hot chocolate ever" according to the kid behind us.
3. Harlech Castle:
For me, the perfect day out usually involves a castle, so next stop was Harlech and, ... I'm going to say it, this is my favourite castle!! 🙊
It's absolutely stunning, so picturesque sat on the edge of a cliff in a cute little town and the best views of Snowdonia.
It's small compared to most but it is true, good things can come in small packages. The visitor centre has a little cinema room telling you it's history and a new cafe to enjoy in or outside on it's balcony. Milo has written his own post on Harlech Castle for @dogfriendly which you can view here.
We had a pit stop at Criccieth, another seaside town so that Milo could have a run and swim on the large beach. It also had these gorgeous, colourful terrace houses which I couldn't resist snapping a picture of.
Our final stop was Beddgelert. I remember my mum telling me the story of beddgelert and being absolutely heartbroken that a good dog had been killed. I cried and cried and then mum refused to tell me the story again next time I asked. Milo looks pretty sad in this picture below after we told him 😂
Beddgelert is a beautiful little village which I imagine can get quite busy in the summer months. Grab an ice cream from one of its parlours and a walk along the river to Beddgelerts grave and the ruins of the house.
If you don't know the story of Beddgelert you can read it here.
All in all I think Milo had a great birthday. We will certainly be visiting some of the places again now that the weather has warmed up.
Let me know if you have been!