Thursday, November 12, 2015

North Wales - a mini adventure

We travelled up to Betws y Coed on Sunday and the forecast was rain, heavy at times but some clear days.  Sunday was full of heavy rainfall and the campsite was already holding some water.  Luckily the rain stopped for the night, so it was fingers crossed for the next few days.  But on Monday the rain was epic, so bad that even with waterproof coats and trousers walking around was no fun so we caught the train to Llandudno.  Halfway through the journey I had a phone call saying the there was a flood warning and the campsite had to be evacuated.  So we caught the train straight back, but could only get so far as the tracks were flooded and the trains were stopped.  This meant a bus for the rest of the journey back to the campsite.

The run off from the mountains was the cause  of the river flooding in Betws.

 This was as far as the train could get through.

By the time we got back to the campsite the water was coming up through the drains and as you can see we were one of the last to get off the site.  

We managed to transfer our  booked dates to a sister site in Shrewsbury 50 miles east and one we have been to before.  Once out of the hills the weather was much better, so we could enjoy walking around Shrewsbury in the dry.

This is St Chads church and was where Charles Darwin was baptised.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Forest of Dean

The Forest is just over an hours journey away, so we had a few days away to catch the colourful shades whilst they are still around.  The campsite was at Parkend, a lovely village that we have visited before and also one the cycle club has used for weekends.

The next two shots were taken on the cycle trail to Coleford.

Right next to the campsite is the RSPB Nags Head nature reserve.

Parkend church and cemetery. 

 It was interesting to see that the graves of people who had been dead for well over 70 years had fresh flowers on them, so someone in the family still remembers.

The Fountains is the pub and this caters for us when the cycle club stay.  They have a bunkhouse accommodation at the back.

Wild boar were reintroduced into the Forest a few years ago but their numbers have now got out of hand as they now number over 1000.  They do an enormous amount of damage to anywhere that is left unfenced, and every morning you can see fresh signs of their previous nights work.  Gardens and playing fields have been completely destroyed.

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