Using a historical perspective to enrich the journey, Wales: A Walk Through Time describes a unique walk through a remarkable country. Illustrated with a fascinating collection of old photographs and contemporary images, the route has been specially chosen to explore the beauty and history of Wales. In this third and final part, the walk reaches Anglesey and we are treated to the glorious landscapes and proud heritage of North Wales and the Snowdonia National Park. The walk begins at the great castle of Harlech and follows an upland route to the Vale of Ffestiniog. The walk continues to the magical village of Portmeirion and the coastal town of Porthmadog before passing through the spectacular Pass of Aberglaslyn to reach Beddgelert. We ascend Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, before continuing to historic Caernarfon, then follow the Menai Strait to Bangor with its lovely pier and cathedral. Walking over Telford's great suspension bridge we finally reach the Isle of Anglesey where the Coastal Path is followed to Beaumaris and through beautiful coastal scenery to reach Cemaes Bay and the northernmost point in Wales. Along the way, we visit prehistoric sites, medieval castles and ancient churches and explore the history of slate quarrying and copper mining. Great events of Welsh history are recalled and the reader is given a real sense of how the past is present at every step. Each chapter covers an attractive section of the walk, full-colour maps show the way, and some welcoming hostelries are discovered en route. But this is not only a guide for walkers: the rich history and images within will have the broadest appeal.
Brian retired from the Electricity Supply Industry a number of years ago, after a career as an engineer and manager, working throughout South Wales. Originally from the Eastern Valley of Gwent, he moved to Swansea twenty-eight years ago and now lives in Mumbles. Brian was educated at West Monmouthshire Grammar School in Pontypool and completed his professional qualifications at the University of Wales, Institute of Science and Technology in Cardiff. His interest in local history saw him publish a book about Mumbles and Gower pubs in 2006. Brian has always been a keen walker since his hiking days in the scouts and has ascended most of the main peaks in Wales and completed numerous long-distance trails. His idea of walking from southernmost to the northernmost points in Wales has seen the publication of Wales: A Walk TT, an illustrated historical account of his journey. Brian and his wife Mari have a son and daughter, and four little granddaughters.