Monday, 20 July 2009

Day 9 - Wales Coast - Harlech - The mountains of Snowdonia start...and cows get happy

So north I go. Driving along the coast from Broad Haven, through St Davids, where there is an imposing cathedral, well known locally as an important pilgrimage for Christians.

I stopped in Aberystwyth for lunch. It felt run-down and maybe in need of some tourist money.

Heading north further still, I got to Machynlleth (not sure how you pronounce that!) . Here the mountains smack right into your vision. It's a quick change of scene. And Dolgellau is the town that's right in the middle of the southern areas of Snowdonia National Park.

Further in, you notice plenty of happy cows and sheep grazing lazily. But the cows in these parts are not just happy, they positively overdosing on good vibes. For the first time in my life, I saw cows lying down on their sides, fast asleep in the afternoon sun. In South Africa, cows are pretty much everywhere outside of the cities, and I've ever seen this...I didn't know cows could do that! There must be something in the grass in these parts...(it does look tasty, even to a homo sapiens like me! If I had to eat grass, I'd eat Snowdonia grass.)


  1. Andy Sylvester21 July 2009 at 17:13

    Hi Scott. This business about cows lying down... as a kid, I was always told that it indicated rain on the way. No idea if there's any truth in that, but it seems logical to save yourself a dry spot. Interesting blog!

  2. Hi Scott,
    Wonderful project. Well done!
    Can recommend a visit to Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant for a unique dining experience ( you are on the Suffolk Coast. She operates from Orford, a fascinating village ( The crew and management are South African, by the way. There is a sister ship on Durban Harbour ( On UK TV several times and Award Winner in last year's Tourism in Suffolk Awards. John Haresnape