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 ^_^

Llandovery rugby club camp site, South Wales

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.

Llandovery rugby club camp site, South Wales

Llandovery rugby club camp site, South Wales

Llandovery rugby club camp site, South Wales

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!)

Llandovery rugby club camp site, South Wales

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 ^_^)

Glun-Gwyn waterfalls, South Wales

Glun-Gwyn waterfalls, South Wales

Llandovery rugby club camp site, South Wales

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]

Glun-Gwyn waterfalls, South Wales

Glun-Gwyn waterfalls, South Wales

Glun-Gwyn waterfalls, South Wales

Glun-Gwyn waterfalls, South Wales

Glun-Gwyn waterfalls, South Wales

Glun-Gwyn waterfalls, South Wales

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!

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, UK

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, UK

Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, UK

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, UK

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, UK

16 thoughts on “From Llandovery to the Forest of Dean ♥

  1. Just wanted to drop a note from the states. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and truly enjoy the photographs and your stories. Your new canine additions are great, as well. I hope to use your blog as an inspiration to explore over there someday.

    • You should absolutely explore *over here* some day Derek ;) We mainly hang out in the North but I’m liking the thought of being an explorer inspiration (ha!). Give us a shout if ever you do decide to hop across the pond and we’ll show you some Northern delights ♥
      Until then – nice to catch a glimpse into our respective little lives the www way :)

  2. Hello, not sure if my other comment made it in, but I wanted to let you know that I’ve been following you for a while from the state and hope to make it to your neck of the woods someday, inspired by your blog. I also love your new canine companions.

    Cheers!

    Derek from California, USA

  3. Hello ! HAPPY NEW YEAR. Wow ! What wonderful photo’s.You have a great camera there. One thing I have always wanted to do is walk behind a raging waterfall , was that photo taken in the forest of Dean. Love the pigs. Looking forward to reading more about your travels. Thanks for sharing your wonderful journey’s and photography.

  4. How nice to see some beautiful springtime photos on a foggy grey winter morning. Thanks pal. Hey, by the way, I think the web master (mistress) at the hike the waterfall site you linked to should license your images for their web site. Yours are much MUCH better. Bye for now.

  5. Nice post Mrs B especially as you visited the area where I live. The Forest of Dean is a mere 15 miles away from where I live and I have spent many a day walking, cycling or camping there. Did you get chance to go in the Wye Valley then?

    • unfortunately not. we only managed on over nighter on our way back from the Llandovery area. absolutely wouldn’t mind some pointers about awesome places to visit though!? :)

      • anywhere really :) Tintern is worth a look as is Symonds Yat in the Wye Valley. There is a nice campsite that takes motorhomes at Beeches Farm, Tdenham Chase which is a great spot to explore the area. The Forest of Dean is bigger than you think but you’ve already been there. If hovering around the A449 (main route into Wales from the North/Midlands) then Raglan Castle is worth a visit as is Abergavenny

      • I shall put that on on my imaginary list then :) I’m sure we’ll return so thanks for the pointers, appreciated! ♥

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