Escape to the Country

24 Jan

I am now back at work after having two lovely, if somewhat misty and wet, days in North Wales, as a bit of a break from the normal routine.
I think I was getting a bit of SAD syndrome or something, but we both felt it would be a benefit to get out of the fish bowl that is Aber, even just for one night.

We left on Tuesday morning headed for the Centre for Alternative Technology which is just above Machynlleth only to find it closed. I was really annoyed about this because I had even phoned to check that it would be open! Cader


Anyway, we then drove on to Cader Idris and walked up to the lake. As you can see from the photos there was a thick low mist so we decided not to walk up to the peak. As we were walking down the weather really came down so I think it was a wise decision.
We then walked a long way (in the rain) around a nearby lake. It made me realise how unfit I’m getting just sitting in an office all day. The first part of Cader is all steps and my legs were resenting it! However once we go past the steps I remembered why I liked walking and didn’t want to stop!

We stayed in a great little place called Nant yr Onog Farmhouse B&B. We only just found it as we didn’t realise our map was quite as useless as it was until we were trying to find small Welsh roads that didn’t even feature on it. The room we had was really nice.
We had some delicious meals in the ‘working kitchen’ which meant it was all very sociable. We had a great chat with the  mother who runs it along with her daughter about farming, animals and food over our evening meal!

On Wednesday after a huge and delicious breakfast we headed off to Lake Vyrnwy. To get there we had to pass over Bwlch y Groes, the highest public mountain pass in Wales, which although was very beautiful, didn’t do my heart rate any good – I was dreading meeting something coming the other way, luckily we didn’t! Mountain Pass 


I don’t think Lake Vyrnwy is at its best on a wet day in winter – well we didn’t really see what all the fuss was about anyway. Plus two of the best trails were closed so we had to just make do with walking around the sculpture trail and on the roads, and playing in the playpark!




 Then it was back to Aber and back to work, I could have had at least another two days off, but I mustn’t complain, we had a lovely time!


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