From Llandovery to the Forest of Dean ♥
Welcome to the year 2014 ♥
And to kick off the new year….I thought we could go back 4 months and take a quick look at our very last trip of 2013 ^_^
Over the August bank holiday weekend we hooked up with Smudge, one of Mr. B’s (ex) Army mates, and his family @ Llandovery rugby club. Smudge and his wife Judith are super friendly and very generous and generally brilliant hosts (who cooked us a full English on the Saturday morning ♥) and have sited their caravan by the rugby club which is somewhat different to where we normally end up yet definitely not a bad choice at all.
By the time we managed to put some shrimps on the barbie it was already dark and always keen to play with his toys, Rich didn’t need to be asked twice to put his headlight on and get cooking ^_^ I think we played some games that night [of the *dare* variety. Note to everyone we’re potentially going to hook up with in 2014: I am THE worst player. EVER. So don’t be offended if I talk my way out of it and end up in charge of some ridiculous admin task. Clearly my bah humbug German origins do not sit well with fun & laughter, ha!)
On the Saturday, Smudge suggested we do the Lady in the Lake walk (which was enchanting! If you want to see what it looks like there just follow this little link here) and for the Sunday he suggested the Clun-Gwyn 4 waterfall walk near Ystadfelte. Man, what a place!!! Granted – I wish we could have chosen a different day (it was super busy. and there were lots of people doing things they most definitely shouldn’t be doing. but what the heck, we ran with it anyway ^_^)
THE big attraction, of course, is the last waterfall. You can actually walk behind it which at first I didn’t want to do (I hate it when hundreds of people try to do the same thing at the same time) but I’m glad Rich managed to persuade me – walking behind an ACTUAL waterfall is totally awesome! [I'm the red one in the last picture. I waited FOREVER for that other man to walk off but clearly he didn't]
After that little adventure it was time to head home. We decided to stop off in the Forest of Dean for a night but hadn’t really looked into where to stay and ended up on a wild goose chase trying to find a nice spot that wasn’t overcrowded. It would appear most campers in the UK are super organised and must have booked their slot months in advance – all of the National Trust sites looked fit to burst. Not my idea of relaxation….
We were lucky and ended up driving past this sign which led us onto an empty field and a very friendly owner who asked for a fiver for us to stay the night. Bargain!