Saturday, 15 June 2019

Our Welsh adventure.....day 13......farewell Wales!

Sadly our trip has almost come to an end! What an amazing 2 weeks we've had! Wales has far exceeded our expectaions.....and my memories!

Everyone we met has been friendly & helpful....and there has been no problem in finding places to park up.

The last night in Wales was spent near Llangollen...... https://www.searchforsites.co.uk/markerMobile.php?id=35293







Pontcysyllte Aquaduct Car Park in Trevor....just about 5 miles out of Llangollen. The spot was perfect, there were a few other MHs, toilets that opened at 7am.....and even a chemical disposal point! We had no problems staying here and had lovely walks along the canal.....or the aquaduct if you're brave enough.

After we braved the scary aquduct, we drove into Llan (as the locals call it) and actually bought some breakfast....first time we've done that on this trip!



We then walked along the canal to Horseshoe Falls and the start of the canal.
It was a lovely walk.....and a lovely warm day!








We walked past a Motor Museum....we will come back here one day....there is so much to see in the area!


On theway back we stopped at Berwen station to catch a train back to Llan....sadly it was the steam trains day off, but it was still a lovely train ride. It probably would have been better to catch the train to Berwyn...and then walk back to Llan....saves waiting about for the train!



Back in Llan we done some shopping....we bought a few souvenirs and some oggies for our tea that night! An oggie is a type of welsh pasty. I chose lamb & mint and hubby chose welsh rarebit. It was evident from the raging river how much rain had fallen on the previous days!





We then said oursad farewells to Llan....and Wales and drove North via the Horseshoe Pass.


The roads north were quiet and we made it to Scotland before bedtime!

We parked up near Loch Maben, a nice little spot, not too far from the M74. There was a bit of road noise late....and early....it was the rain that woke me at 4am though! Next stop Inverness! (And yes, the oggies were really tasty!)






Thursday, 13 June 2019

Our Welsh Adventure....day 12... yet another change of plans

We've done that a lot during this holiday....change our plans...

Saying that, we didn't have any definite plans for today. Tomorrow we were planning on heading north so we could be back in Inverness on Saturday night.

It was blustery on the cliff top when we woke at Nash Point, so we decided just to drive round the coast a bit more....the weather was a bit miserable though.

I came up with the idea to visit Castle Coch, being as we didn't get there in time last week when we drove up through the valleys. Today we had plenty of time and enjoyed our visit!





We were then planning on staying around the monmouth area....when I had my second good idea of the day....why not drive north tonight...it was only 5pm, and we could stop the night in Llangollen which would give us most of tomorrow to explore the area.

So tonight...after a 3 hour drive...we are parked up by the Pontcysyllte aquaduct on the Llangollen canal! As we drove through the town, the river looked full and raging! Looking forward to taking lots of photos tomorrow....there is so much to see and do here 😁

Our Welsh Adventure....Day 11....A lazy day with a trip down memory lane!

We started the morning by taking the short drive from Merthyr Mawr to Ogmore-by-sea.

Our park up spot last night was perfect....but we quite often like to move on somewhere else to have breakfast. The car park we drove to was perfect. It is a pay & display, but you can park till 11pm for £6. There are notices saying that any vehicles caught staying overnight will have to pay £45, although I'm not too sure how they enforce it. There were toilets that were opened early morning....so maybe that person also issues a fine.

The car park was overlooking the beach at Ogmore-by-sea. It is a dog friendly beach and was busy with dog walkers after 9am. It has plenty of spaces to park and has lovely views.




We walked along the beach and explored the unusual rock pools formed by ancient sedimentary rocks. After our walk we had breakfast....and just relaxed! While it was a little chilly outside....it was toasty and warm in the MH...and we had everything that we needed.

My grandparents used to come here a lot...I thought how much they would have enjoyed having tea in the comfort of the MH....not having to juggle a flask on their knees in the front of their car.

A lot of this welsh adventure has been tracing the footsteps of places I had been before when I was a young girl. Happy family times in lovely places 💗💗💗  it was so good to be able to share all these with my hubby 💗💗💗

I think it's so important to create memories for your children, as my parents done for me.....I just hope that I've done it enough for my children....It's probably only now that I truly appreciate those times that my parents ‘dragged’ me up the Brecon Beacons....and along many Welsh beaches.

When my children were little I was busy trying to stop them arguing and provide for them as a single parent...but hopefully I did create enough happy memories! But now we have the chance to do this for our baby granddaughter who is only 1 month old....and our nephew who is 5 years old. We want to create the memories for them....not just buy them material things....they get enough of that from others anyway. Memories that are special...and unique 💗💗💗

Back to our lazy day today....we drove on a short distance to Nash Point...another place I came to often, probably about 35-40 years ago now! This is the first time I have been back since I moved to Scotland.



I was thoughtful as I was driving down here....would it be just as I remembered? Well it was exactly the same...the cliffs are just as stunning...and scary when you are parked at the top. My mum was always terrified that my younger brother would get too close to the edge...not me though...I was the good child! Ha-ha!

The lighthouses seemed smaller, the road seemed wider and the walk down to the beach didn't seem so long....I guess I'm just older.

We asked the cafe owner about parking up for the night. He said no problem! It is a service he provides to mh/campervans. You pay £10 a night....there is a huge grassy area in which you can park...and also have use of the toilets overnight after he has gone home. The parking area is gated, so there is no chance of getting disturbed by other cars. You can top up with fresh water and the views are also amazing!




I wish other places would offer this service instead of banning mh/campervans! It could be a way of raising funds to upgrade facilities...and of course it will bring more customers to local shops.

The Clifftop Cafe has a facebook page, and I can definitely recommend staying here!
https://www.facebook.com/clifftopcafenashpoint/

I've had so many days out here in my younger years....so to be able to stay here the night is just perfect!










Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Our welsh adventure - days 9 & 10......Escaping the rain and chasing the sun

When we arrived at Tenby it was such a beautiful day! The BBC forecasted rain....but the sun shone all day long. It was perfect!

We arrived to the campsite....Meadow Farm Campsite, which is situated on the hill above the North Beach. It has stunning views over Tenby and Caldey Island. The campsite is basic, but the lack of many rules gave it a more relaxed atmosphere.

We could park our MH which ever way suited us and there were no marked out pitches. The site is uneven, although I found a perfectly flat spot first time, this was because you weren't restricted to specific spaces. I would recommend that you either carry levelling wedges or a 25m hook up cable so you can get a level spot.



We paid £25 for one night including EHU....it has a basic shower/toilet block, but I think there are plans to upgrade them. You can walk to the town centre in 10 minutes or so...the walk back up to the campsite takes a bit longer! Before we went anywhere we just sat and relaxed in the lovely warm sun for an hour and appreciated the stunning views!

There is so much to see and do in Tenby! As it was midweek and out of season a few bars/restaurants were closed...I can imagine it gets a lot busier on the weekends and summer months...but it was perfect when we were there. Just the right amount of people taking in the sunshine to give a nice atmosphere and it was such a lovely day that it felt like we could have been in the Mediterranean!



We walked around, sat, watched, ate, sat some more..... for about 5 hours...and walked for about 5 miles in total! Whilst a lot of the beaches are restricted for dogs, the town is very dog friendly, with lots of water bowls available and many benches for you to sit and let them rest in the shade.

The website for the campsite is: www.meadowfarmtenby.co.uk and I would definitely recommend it.....you get much more of a 'camping experience'.

This morning we woke up to bucketing down rain! It was so wet I didn't even get out of the MH! Poor hubby was delegated to emptying the toilet cassette and filling up with water! Our plan was to move on to Pembroke before heading to St. Davids and then north.

By the time we got to Pembroke the rain was worse! We parked up under the bridge at Pembroke Dock and made some bacon rolls whilst we decided our next move....we didn't want to spend the last 4 days in rain like this...and that was what was forecasted!

We decided to head back east towards Cardiff and do the bit of coastline east from Ogmore. By the time we got to Carmarthen it had stopped raining...and we didn’t see rain for the rest of the day....and that is the beauty of travelling in a motorhome....you can change your plans whenever you want!

Tonight we have a lovely park up spot at Merthyr Mawr. The spot is marked up on the Search for Sites app. It is right next to the River Ogmore and has a view of the Castle. It has a lovely walk to the castle and perfect for walking dogs.

There was a few cars coming and going earlier on....but right now there is just us.....and curiously a peacock I’m sure I can hear nearby....I hope it lets us get some sleep!