Wales is filled with so many beautiful and old towns and cities that are best explored on foot to experience the place. While visiting Yvonne in Wales we spent a morning walking through Bangor, a city in Gwynedd, North West Wales. It is actually one of the smallest cities in Britain and one of only six places classed as a city in Wales, although it is only the 36th largest urban area by population. I love that a place in Britain with a Cathedral gets classified as a city, no matter its size.
I loved walking through this tiny city with its narrow cobbled streets and old leaning houses and buildings down the main pedestrian street. The first lace we stopped for a better look was the beautiful Bangor Cathedral. The Cathedral as seen today is the result of extensive work carried out under the supervision of Sir George Gilbert Scott begun in 1868. Scott’s design originally called for a high central tower and spire, but this was never completed as cracks appeared which were thought to indicate subsidence of the foundations.
For lunch we walked down Garth Pier, the second longest pier in Wales, and had tasty fresh sconnes with strawberry jam and cream in the small cafe at the end of the pier. This pier is the ninth longest in the British Isles, at 460 m in length. Almost demolished in 1974 due to the poor condition, local support ensured that it survived and gained a Grade II listed status, as it was considered one of the three finest surviving piers at the time. I must admit that it is definitely a beautiful pier and offers such fabulous views of the surrounding area.