The Barmouth Bonanza

October 17th saw sixteen of us including partners off to Sunny Wales for a long weekend in Barmouth.

We stayed at The Bae Abermaw Hotel in comfortable rooms mostly overlooking the sea and with it’s own private car park and found it convenient being just outside Barmouth.  We had dinner  each evening at the hotel and enjoyed relaxing in each others company.  Being rather off season we didn’t see much of any other guests and so had the very comfortable lounge to ourselves.

On Friday Brian gave a mini lecture with hints and tips towards successful landscape photography.  Did we learn anything?  We will have to wait and see!

Saturday started rather badly when Andrea fell and hurt her arm.  She unselfishly  waited until we were all off to do our various things and then phoned for an ambulance and was taken to a hospital in Bangor where she spent most of the day.  Full marks to Bob and Ann for giving up so much time in bringing her back after her treatment. Their generosity was paid back in part by the presentation at the evening meal of an anniversary cake that Andrea had arranged with the chef.  They had to depart on Sunday (poor workers!) and so took Andrea home.  What a shame that the very person responsible for arranging such a grand weekend was unable to be with us to enjoy it. Latest diagnosis – broken shoulder !

Barmouth and surrounding has much to offer for the photographer whether it be landscapes, seascapes or just mooching about and we all managed to find something to point our cameras at.  And yes, it really was sunny with the only serious rain arriving during our departure on Monday.


Thanks again Andrea!


Rooms With a View

A Good Day begins with Breakfast

A Good Day begins with Breakfast

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Rosie – Our lovely waitress

Fruit Juice

“Put That Camera Down and Eat Your Breakfast !” by Len Harris

Brian's Lecture

Brian’s Lecture

There Will be a Short test After...

There Will Be a Short Test Afterwards…


Rocks in Barmouth Estuary

by Martin Rowe


A Sinking Martin at Barmouth Sunrise by Andrea Holmes

Raibow on Barmouth estuary

by Martin Rowe

The dawn train on Barmouth bridge

by Martin Rowe

The end of the climb

The End of the Climb by Sue Hancox

the blue lagoon

The Blue Lagoon by Sue Hancox

Anyone for coffee

Anyone for Coffee by Sue Hancox

Coffee Shop

The Best Coffee Shop in Dolgellau and Possibly the Universe !




Barmouth Sands by Len Harris

Smile for the Phone

Smile for the Phone by Len Harris

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by Bob Dixon

Wales Ann Dixon

by Ann Dixon

Off the rails

Off the Rails by Brian Berkley-White

Patterns in the sand

Patterns in the Sand by Brian Berkley-White



by Mark Gameson