After watching the weather forecast closely on Friday night we decided to drive up towards Chester yesterday; if the weather wasn't so good we would go into the city, if it was okay we would head towards the Welsh coast. As we drove along our usual route the road had been closed with no visible diversion signs so we turned towards Wrexham and eventually found our way back onto the main road to North Wales - the decision was made for us!
We decided to go into Llandudno after seeing signs for a Celtic Winter Fair. We parked on the sea front and went straight down to walk along the pebbly beach heading towards the pier, passing many gulls, but not many people on the way.
I love the buildings in Llandudno; they have a French influence and the streets are wide like Parisian boulevards.
As we walked any residual mist began to lift and the sun peered through the clouds. Although the temperature was quite low there was no wind so it didn't feel cold at all.
Having walked along the beach and the promenade we decided to walk to the end of the pier and back before going into the town to find the fair.
There were more people at this end of the town and some of the gift shops were open in the little kiosks on the pier.
It was colder at the far end of the pier as the sun disappeared behind the clouds for a short while -the mist still hanging over the little orme and the great orme.
We wandered into the town - so this is where everyone was! The fair looked very interesting but we only saw a few outside stalls as the marquees were full to bursting with people queuing to go in and it looked as though once you got inside you would find it difficult to move around or even to look at anything properly. Reluctantly we decided to move on.
We drove out towards Conwy and called in at the RSPB nature reserve there. After a lovely late but warming lunch of soup and a bread roll, we had a walk around the reserve.
We didn't cover all of the area but enjoyed the bird hides overlooking the lagoon.
Snowdon was visible in the distance surrounded by mist and cloud.
There was an interesting children's wildlife trail ending with Tiny Town a perfect habitat for slugs, bugs and insects.
It was time to drive home before darkness descended, remembering to avoid the A41 and take the A51 to Nantwich instead. It was a long, tiring day but so lovely to see the sea again!