A Day Out In Wales

A Day Out In Wales

Day 12 at Capol Bangor Golf Club, near Aberyswyth with just Gordon, Sandy, Ian and Linda left from our original party of eight. Morning dawned and we prepared for our day out. Welsh attractions don’t open till mid morning so we had plenty of time to prepare ourselves.

Our first visit took us to the nearby Rheidol Hydro Electric Scheme where we were given a very interesting guided tour of the site, including a look at their trout breeding facilities, but no free samples. We later toured out and looked over the two dams that supply the station, situated high up in the mountains.

We now went on to Devils Bridge where we descended down the rough path with 200+ steps to see the bridge and magnificent water falls. The only problem was we had to go back up the other side, but the scenery was magnificent and well worth the pressure on the knees, etc.

Now heading back to camp, we called in at the Llywernog Silver / Lead Mine, the last survivor of over one hundred such mines in the area. After exploring the seven acre site and visitor centre above ground, we donned suitable attire for our trip underground to see the mine workings. Our guide, who was running the site single handedly give an excellent description of the history of lead and silver mining in Wales but again no free samples. Finally there was a display of gold panning using the stream running through the site, and then it was back to camp for tea.

After tea I wondered over for a shower, then most of us went over to the club for a drink or two and a chat with the natives before finally settling down for a good nights sleep and planning for the next day.

Day 13 at Llanfair, near Harlech with just Gordon, Sandy, Ian and Linda left from our original party of eight. What a magnificent site with breathtaking views across Cardigan bay in front of us and the mountains behind us. Morning dawned and we prepared for our day out. This time an early start as Ian had found an attraction that started at a normal time.

Our first visit took us to Porthmadog to catch the 08.40 departure on the Ffestiniog Railway. Unfortunately, Ian had misread the leaflet and the first train was not until 10.15, so we wondered into the town for a spot of window shopping. By 09.00 a few shops opened, but many don’t open till 10.00, but we found enough to see to bide the time till the first train, headed by one of the lines unique double Fairlie’s. The scenery and views up to Blaneau Ffestiniog are breathtaking. Ian also thought the female stewardess was worth a look too. On arrival at Blaneau we detrained to have a walk around the town and some lunch. We also met up with Alan, Caroline and Stan for a chat and update before boarding the train back down the mountain.

Once back at Porthmadog we bought a few souvenirs before getting in the car and driving further around the coast to Criccieth. This is a quaint little seaside town with a castle. We had a good walk around and further refreshments before finally hitting the road back to camp for tea.

After tea we sat outside in the glorious sun till fairly late. Unfortunately, this was to be my last night in Wales as a gale broke out in the night and did sufficient damage to the tent to make it unusable, so apart from a sleepless night I had the long journey home to contend with, as well as unfulfilled plans at the next site, but that’s life. I had a good time overall and at least the rest could carry on and enjoy themselves.

Nick Mawby

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