Tag Archives: places to visit in Wales

Lots of Castles to see in Wales.

9 Aug

I have a personal list of almost thirty Welsh castles to visit. This is Newcastle Emlyn. I have listed the postcodes for my faithful little Garmin Sat Nav. We are making the time to visit a small group of 3 and possibly 5, to see very soon. The rest will be picked off one by one later in August. Then, still planning to do the NC500 too.

This is Ewloe Castle near Chester. Some of these sites are close enough for a day trip but we intend to stay overnight in the campervan for the vast majority on our chosen list.

This is Nevern Castle, near Newport, South Wales. Guardianship for each Castle lays with different organisations. Some cost as little as £4 to visit, others more than double that amount and some with additional parking charges.

Criccieth Castle overlooks a lovely, old seaside village. We camped there when we were just out of our teenage years. A favourite spot and our return visit long overdue !

I am shortly having a simple medical procedure to remove a heart monitoring device which, after three years has found no clinical problems. So pleased that the battery outlasted the horrible , leaky, gel oozing batteries we used to get in our Christmas present Robots and the like from Hong Kong. Anyone remember them ? After the Titanium has been whipped out to ease the NHS funding, we shall be out and about once more. Oh yeah………….


Ynys Mon. A short, sunny break on Anglesey

24 Apr


With the weather forecast, for the week just gone, so good, we rushed to get the Microlite caravan ready. I pumped up and checked all the tyres and we went to fill up with Diesel. At the service station, I noticed that the caravan tyres seemed low. I topped them up and drove less than 100 metres to the tyre and battery centre. The guys there were great. Two valves were replaced, the rubber seats having been damaged by long term (18 months worth) rubbing from the wheel trims. I rechecked the pressures after a few miles and all was fine. I had to find a suitable place to do this as the first really big Shell station had appalling access to the air line. Access via the petrol pump area and then reverse back out. This was on a very busy location beside the M6 and A500.

Happy once more , we headed cross country to Anglesey. I had pre-booked last minute online via the Caravan Club website. A great site with good warden as ever but no shower or toilet block, which is OK with the tiny facilities within our customised “LE” caravan. The weather was superb with full sun and 20 deg C (ish !) and a light cool breeze. Perfect for walking off the winter’s excesses! We did a couple of marathon walks. One along the coastal path near to Moelfre, the other along the extremely long and undeveloped Newborough Warren beach. We basically wore ourselves out deliberately and now feel much better for it.

IMG_0293IMG_0296IMG_0300IMG_0301          We had a very pleasant few days, only returning for an important dental procedure to successfully save a couple of my “pegs”. Anglesey is great for ramblers. Now, where to next? Are we leaving the caravan behind on our next trip?