Castle in the Town……


Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, North Wales

Caernarfon Castle stands above the River Seiont where it enters the Menai Straights…  its backdrop is the town, beyond the mountains of Snowdonia.

The Eagle Tower above, with its three turrets is, perhaps, the most dominant and dramatic feature of the Castle. Construction of the stone castle you see today was started in 1283 on the instruction of King Edward I.   It was predated by an 11th century motte and bailey. The town also has links to a much earlier Roman Fort at nearby Segontium.   Caernarfon was one of several of Edwards ‘Ring of Castles’ on the Welsh coast which include Harlech, Beaumaris, and Conway.

Strong defences in a strategic location…..   just what we need in today’s perilous world of CV19

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

9th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

Top Peak Indeed…….


Tryfan and Ogwen Valley, North Wales

A challenging climb,  a revered mountain venue for Rock Climbers, the striking outline of Tryfan, with a height of 3010ft. it is the most dominant of the Glyder range, part of the Snowdonia massif.

It is suggested that the name Tryfan is a derivation of ‘Top Peak’.  Only memories now for me of some spectacular days climbing, but still one of my ‘Top Peaks’ …. and of another memory….. it was often  rather wet, which made climbing interesting!

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

11th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Lake and Mountains… a magic mix


Late evening on the shores of Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, North Wales.

Looking up the lake towards the famous Llanberis Pass with the Snowdon massive to the right.  Doesn’t look so high from here but I can assure you its quite a hike to the top. The real name for Mount Snowdon is its Welsh name….  ‘Yr Wyddfa.

It also looks rather quiet and tranquil, not always that way as the Pass and Mountains are a magnet for climbers and tourists most of the year.  But like everywhere else under lockdown right now it will be quiet and peaceful.

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

27th March

(C) David Oakes 2020