Thursday, 22 September 2011

Holiday in Wales

A few days since our return, and at last I get to look through some of the images. There are so many and it hard to choose from them. We arrived early at our 'home' for the week, to take advantage of the steam gala train rides, which we were able to enjoy all week courtesy of the passes which came with renting Berwyn Station Master's House.

From the lovely window seat in the bay window of the first floor living room, we could keep an eye on the river, bridge and also the trains coming up and down the line. Here Izabelle spies Grampy getting off the engine

and Grampy looks up at Izzie.

Crossing the bridge across the River Dee we walked across Velvet Hill, and down to Valle Crucis Abbey and Eliseg's Pillar. The carvings and remains of the Abbey were inspiring.

Up from the pillar we came across a pub to which was attached a micro brewery, so before our walk home we had a pint sat outside enjoying the view down the Valley.

On a little tour up the Horse Shoe Pass, we went on to Ruthin where we spent the morning exploring the delightul town, then we just happened to find an excellent place for lunch: On the Hill

On our way back from Ruthin we called on Rug Chapel, which had the most wonderful internal decorations.

Hanging down was the most delightly wooden chandelier, with angels all around.

We all went up to Pistyll Rhaeadr, the tallest waterfall in Wales. It was a very windy Monday, and walking down from the falls Izzie did one of her longest runs, into the wind and down the hill, laughing all the way...

Another outing was to the interesting Chirk Castle where with a large group of visitors we were highly entertained by a knowledgebale guide. After a lunch picnic in Chirk Church yard, we went on to walk along the Chirk Aqueduct which runs alongside the Viaduct.

Early in the week, we walked up from the town to visit Plas Newydd, but arrived a little late in the day. However at the end of the week, we visited on the Saturday again, when we had an excellent introduction to the house and the Ladies courtesy of the Historical Open Day.

We had such a great time, and saw much more than just these, such as walks along the canal, exploring villages, enjoying playing with Izzie etc., and visiting Dibley's which I could not leave without a few Streptocarpus plants.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this area of Wales, and only two hours drive away.....

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