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BS: Where should I Go in Wales?

GUEST,Wavestar 03 Jun 02 - 10:00 PM
Jon Freeman 03 Jun 02 - 10:17 PM
GUEST 03 Jun 02 - 11:16 PM
GUEST,Dave Williams 03 Jun 02 - 11:35 PM
Liz the Squeak 04 Jun 02 - 01:28 AM
Noreen 04 Jun 02 - 08:00 AM
Margaret V 04 Jun 02 - 08:13 AM
Gareth 04 Jun 02 - 08:35 AM
Charley Noble 04 Jun 02 - 08:41 AM
Bullfrog Jones 04 Jun 02 - 10:31 AM
Zipster 04 Jun 02 - 10:48 AM
Llanfair 04 Jun 02 - 11:16 AM
Gareth 04 Jun 02 - 12:28 PM
Llanfair 04 Jun 02 - 05:11 PM
Jim Dixon 04 Jun 02 - 05:25 PM
Mr Red 04 Jun 02 - 07:04 PM
Nigel Parsons 05 Jun 02 - 04:59 AM
sian, west wales 05 Jun 02 - 05:12 AM
John J 05 Jun 02 - 05:15 AM
Jon Freeman 05 Jun 02 - 09:42 AM
Jon Freeman 05 Jun 02 - 10:08 AM
Jon Freeman 05 Jun 02 - 11:22 AM
GUEST,Adolfo 05 Jun 02 - 11:24 AM
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Subject: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: GUEST,Wavestar
Date: 03 Jun 02 - 10:00 PM

Hi everyone!

So I'm here in Scotland waiting until the end of June so I can have my fancy graduation ceremony, all the other students have left town, and I thought I'd travel to keep myself entertained. I always wanted to see Wales, and haven't managed it in four years here, so now I'm headed that way for a week aand a half or so. Where should I go? What's unmissable? Where to start? Who to see? Can I stay with you? can I bring a friend?

I love history, I'm a Mediaeval English students, so ancient legends, Arthurian mythology, historical sites, castles of all types and cool libraries are a plus. So are bookstores. Also love caves, mountains, flowers, the coast, great view, good food, and nice little B&B's or hostels where people don't look askance at backpackers. So much to see, so hard to choose! Help!

Thanks, -J


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 03 Jun 02 - 10:17 PM

Wavestar, I'd suggest you have to visit Conwy if you like castles and old towns. There is not a lot in the town itself apart form the old castle and walls but maybe if you get there on the right night, you'll find the Monday night folk club in the Malt Loaf or maybe other things going on at other times of the week.

If you are there during the day time and the weather is nice, try to have a pint on the quay - it's a spot I used to love. If in that area, I'd also reccomend visiting the great Orme in Llandudno and admiring the views of the bay...

Pip, my my mum would have you travelling into Snowdonia and looking at the mountains, etc.

Both of us are now the other side of the UK (Norfolk, E cosat of England) so we can offer no help with accomodation. I can only say enjoy Wales and maybe suggest a portion in the North. Suggestions from maybe Bron (mid), Sian (west), Gareth and others (south) hopefullly will give more suggestions.

Jon


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jun 02 - 11:16 PM

Back HOME! There is notin ta see in Wales but a bunch a inbreds an we lik it thut wa!


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: GUEST,Dave Williams
Date: 03 Jun 02 - 11:35 PM

Wavestar,

Castles & History: The Iron Ring (of castles) in North Wales; Conwy, Beaumaris Caernarfon, Harlech, etc. More castles per sq. km. than any place else on earth in Wales.

Mountain scenery and legend: Snowdonia, Bettws y Coed, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Beddgelert.

Ocean views: Aberyswyth (also has the National Library of Wales), Gower Peninsula

Bookstores: Hay-on-Wye

Industrial History: Iron and Steel, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhymney, Tredegar, Ebbw Vale, Blaenavon (also has the Big Pit Museum). All within about 20 miles (35 km) along the Head of the Valleys highway. Coal: the Rhondda Valley (and also the Big Pit mentioned above.)

And on, and on, and on.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 04 Jun 02 - 01:28 AM

There was another thread about visiting Wales earlier this year, try finding that (I can't do blickies, tried, failed miserably), and it will help.

Dolgellau is great if you plan on walking Cader Idris.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Noreen
Date: 04 Jun 02 - 08:00 AM

Hi, Wavestar. Some or none of the following links may be of use to you:

Help: visiting Wales/Borders May or June

Hiking Wales
Clubs in wales uk

If you've still got spare time, have you visited the Northumbrian coast? Lots of castles and history there.

Have a great time.

Noreen


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Margaret V
Date: 04 Jun 02 - 08:13 AM

And if you do get to Aberystwyth, a very good bookstore for Welsh history, culture, etc. is Siop y Peth. Have fun! Margaret


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Gareth
Date: 04 Jun 02 - 08:35 AM

It depends upon whay your after - History is not confined to North Wales, the Roman remains in Caerleon, and Gelligaer (South) are always worth a visit. Castles, well we loose count, us Welsh were aways a rebellious lot, and these can range from roman encampments and forts, to the Castles of the march, and Garrisons, such as Cardiff, Caerphilly, and Chepstow. Civil war fortifications such as Stowhill, or Malpas Rebuilt follies such Castle Coch (The Red Castle and very similar to Mad Ludwigs castles on the Rhine) to the last Castle of all Cyfarthfa Castle at Merthyr built by The Crawshaws (of "Cosher Bailey" fame) to protect himself from his work force.

Arturian ledgends, well there is some link to Caerleon as a possible site for Camelot, Merlins Oak at Camarthen in the West.

Industrial History, well the Valleys are full of it, particullaly along the heads of the Valley line where the Coal and Iron Ore, and Limestone seams outcropped together. I suggest if youv'e a day or two to spare try the Taff Trail from Cardiff to Merthyr and beyond, or walk the Brecon Canal from Newport (well Cwmbran) to the Beacons.

Museams - try the Welsh Folk Museam at St Fagan's, just outside Cardiff, or the National Museam of Wales at Cardiff. The Newport Museam in John Frost Sq., is worth a visit, as is the Maritime and Industrial Museam at Swansea.

Word of warning though, if your walking in the hills the weather etc can turn very nasty very quickley, even in summer.

If I can assist please PM me.

Gareth


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Jun 02 - 08:41 AM

I would second the "Bookstores: Hay-on-Wye" if you're interested in rare books, or if you're just curious where they all come from. I've looked longingly at that website, cobble-stoned streets, ancient stone block buildings, all crammed to the rafters with rare books. I can almost smell them!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Bullfrog Jones
Date: 04 Jun 02 - 10:31 AM

All of the above, plus Clough Williams-Ellis's fantasy village of Portmeirion -- click Here for more info.

BJ


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Zipster
Date: 04 Jun 02 - 10:48 AM

I had a thread earlier in the year. I was down for the rugby. Walked up Snowdon and travelled from there to Porthcawl, took ages.

We were lucky with the weather, and Snowdon was truly stunning, the only disappointment was we didn't have time to walk the horseshoe so I could enjoy the vertigo rushes.

I can see no reason from your list of interests why you would want to visit Porthcawl, but it's the closest thing to SOdom or Gomorah I've ever encountered. Like a frontier town, though this my have been to do with the rugby.

Naturally I've booked up for next time.

Z


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Llanfair
Date: 04 Jun 02 - 11:16 AM

The Marches, or border country, has it's own history. The land here has been fought over for hundreds of years. Just because there's an uneasy truce now..........!!!!!

If you need a bed or two, PM me. I'm 9 miles west of Welshpool. Offa's Dyke, Powys Castle, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth.....site of the first Welsh parliament, fabulous views, seaside, all within 30 miles or so.

God, I'm glad I live here!!!!

Cheers, Bron.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Gareth
Date: 04 Jun 02 - 12:28 PM

Nahhhh ! Zipster - The place actually named Sodem & Gomorah was renamed "Pontottyn" (Trsanslates as Lots Bridge) to avoid embarasment when the Rhymney Railway was built in the 1860's- Its two miles south of Rhymney.

Oh Bron - just to remind people that it is only a temporary truce CLICK 'ERE

Gareth


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Llanfair
Date: 04 Jun 02 - 05:11 PM

Goes without saying, Gareth!!!!

Cheers, Bron.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Jun 02 - 05:25 PM

This may sound odd, but I really enjoyed the Slate Museum when I was there a few years ago. Also liked Caernarfon Castle.

I wish we had had time to explore the town of Conwy. It looked beautiful as we zipped past it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Mr Red
Date: 04 Jun 02 - 07:04 PM

If it's folk music you want try Taplas's website see cresby.com for a link. I list a few things in the SE of the principality.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 04:59 AM

If you find yourself in Cardiff before the end of this week, for "Folk culture" you should not miss a visit to the "Urdd National Eisteddfod". This is a singing/dancing/poetry competition/display by the children of the Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Welsh League of Youth). The standards are very high, and the whole site very welcoming. The Maes (event field) is in the grounds behind Cardiff Castle.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 05:12 AM

Hay on Wye for sure, but do it at the end because you WILL buy books there! The best castle (for my money) is Carreg Cenin (between Llandeilo and Ammanford) as it's a castle of a native Welsh lord, and the best of his three in the mid-Tywi valley. It's not far from Llyn y Fan Fach with it's legends of the Lady from the Lake and her family, the Physicians of Myddfai. My other favourite bit is the stretch from St. David's to Cardigan - the cathedral is superb, Fishguard has a folk club, there are celtic crosses/ogam stones in Nanhyfer (Nevern) as well as the standing stones at Pentre Ifan and the recreated Celtic village at Castell Henllys, then the old church at Mwnt where you can also watch for seals and dolphins.

I'm sorry I can't offer a place to rest your head in June or July as I've got either a full house or no plumbing!

Sian


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: John J
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 05:15 AM

England?

No, seriously, if you visit Wales don't be hoodwinked into staying on the N. Wales coast which is a very touristy area. Whilst the N. Wales coast appeals to many, head away into mid-Wales, west Wales,south Wales, the Welsh Marches etc and you won't be dissapointed.

The countryside is magnificent, the whole feel of the place really is something else.

The nearly all the other contributions in this thread are far more specific, just go and enjoy it!

John


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 09:42 AM

Stop in the North Wales coast towns, no and I'd even go as far as to say avoid towns like Rhyl like the plague.

If in the north, I'd still say visit Conwy as I think the castle looks magnificent. What to me are the best views of it from a distance can be seen driving down from Bryn Pydew where you can see it accross the water. Funny really, I lived in Pydew for 28 years and never took a photo.

The Great Orme is what you make of it. One for me would that I did a couple of times when me brother and family came down is... Make sure you have a few drinks and some food to cook and equipment to light a fire. Follow the road up to the ski slope and where there is a rough track on the left, take it and make your way up towards Elephants Cave. Carry on going past the cave, over the wall and turn right. Gather some wood and get the fire going and while your food is cooking, relax with a can and enjoy the scenery. I'd be very surpised if you see a single tourist while up there.

Jon


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 10:08 AM

I've got nothing special to show but here is my brother, nephiew and niece and a view of the bay from what became a favourite spot for us.

Jon


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 11:22 AM

I should qualify what I meant by "Stop in the North Wales coastal towns, no".

I lived in Llandudno itself for 3 or 4 years and am actually very fond of the town and would use it as an overnight stopping point, on a nice summers evening wander down the pier and relax, etc. but unless it's the seaside resort type places your looking for, I'd not be booking up there for a week...

Jon


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: GUEST,Adolfo
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 11:24 AM

I went there last summer and it was fascinating. But nobody here has mentioned this Iron Celtic Exhibition "Celtica" in Y Plas, Machynlleth, Powys, Mid Wales. We really enjoyed it a lot (especial attention must be paid to the last video and the song Yma o hyd).

http://www.celtica.wales.com/

Don't fail to visit Llandudno.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: GUEST,Wavestar
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 03:11 PM

Wow - thanks, everyone. As I suspected, so many places, so little time! I'm missing the very end of the Hay-on-Wye Festival of Books, sadly, and I'll probably miss the Festical in Cardiff as well. Bleh.

I'll be running around lots, I guess, trying to see a little of everything before I run out of time or money. I'd come to many of the same conclusions as you all suggest here by looking through the brochures, so I'll try and take everyone's advice.

Cheers, -J

Maybe you're see me, Bron. I should get my cookie back so I can PM people.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: GUEST,Peter from Essex
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 04:39 PM

Soembody further up suggested Blaenavon for Big Pit and the ironworks. On the unfashionable corner of the Becons National Park its also a great area for walking away from other tourists.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Gareth
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 04:49 PM

Yus, Blaenavon is in the Baaaaa! d lands.

Gareth


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Noreen
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 06:03 PM

Hay-on-Wye is definitely worth a visit at any time of the year, not just for the festival.

(Nice pics, Jon- you know I have happy memories of the Great Orme and Llandudno in my previous life...!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Llanfair
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 06:21 PM

Look forward to hearing from you, wavestar. When are you planning to be here? I have to take the aged P's on holiday for a few days from 20th June.

Cheers, Bron.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: ddw
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 06:26 PM

Not a whole lot to add except seconding some of the places mentioned. I was in North Wales a few years ago, stayed at the Youth Hostel in Bettws y Coed and took day trips to Conwy Castle and through Snowdonia Park. The latter is one of the most breathtaking scenic areas I've ever seen -- and that's having seen most of the sights of North America and a good part of Asia. Wonderful place! Enjoy it.

cheers,

david


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: GUEST,Dave Williams
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 09:04 PM

Wavestar,

I posted in a hurry the first time and missed much which others have very handily filled in, but still missing is a musical treat. If you have an open evening, try very hard to attend a choir practice. Wales has been famous for well over 100 years for its male voice choirs. Hearing one is an experience not to be missed. Even a small village will probably have one, and visitors are welcome - even to join the lads afterward at the local for a pint or two.

What could be better? Good music, good beer, and good cameraderie - free! (Well, except for the beer) :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 09:56 PM

Just thinking history and the Great Orme. It of course has the bronze age copper mines details here

Jon


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: GUEST,ozmacca
Date: 06 Jun 02 - 12:00 AM

Wavestar, What were you thinking of? Asking people for advice about visiting Wales... and then telling them that you're living in SCOTLAND!!!!!

You obviously have not realised that these threads are always under surveillance by the Scottish Department of Tourist Merchandising and Counter-Terrorism. Your name will be on the black-lists at the border check-points and you'll never make it past the first line of barbed wire into No-Man's Land (otherwise known as England) with anything in your pocket still unspent.

Give up this foolish notion of travelling to such wild and exotic far-way foreign parts with those evocative and romantic names while you've still got some money left. If you really must travel, go to Rothesay (it's near enough a different country) or have yourself wrapped in brown paper and mailed to Australia before it's too late!!!!!!

We can then arrange to send you back to Wales as an undeliverable package for a small extra fee.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 06 Jun 02 - 03:12 AM

No one has mentioned the Wye Valley, absolutely gorgeous now, lush green valley with lovely areas to stop along. Buses run the length.

You could do, Chepstow (with a big Castle and Normon Church, lovely town lots of pubs and museum), then Tintern, (big Cistercian Abbey and lots of pubs, and walks in that area great views) down to Llandogo for more pubs and nice scenery, then Monmouth - busy market town, lots more pubs (my band play there in a pub once a month). That also has a museum, then there's Hereford - with the big cathedral and the Mappa Mundi in it. Erm, definately a trip to Hay on Wye is worth it, especially if you like books, then on to North Wales from there.

There you go...

Hope that helps (though Newport Museum is pretty good - it is a bit of a grey old town, although I spent 4 excellent years at art college there, the craic was good, just a bit industrial - just so you know what to expect)

Regards

Have fun

Ella


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 06 Jun 02 - 04:05 AM

wavestar,

if you're looking for a bit of folking about in north wales, here's some you could try:

mondays, conway fc at the malt loaf pub, rosehill street,conwy

bluegrass pick, british legion, abergele [1st mon of month]

open mic night, central station & yales, 15-17 hill street,wrexham

tuesdays

denbigh fc, hope & anchor,vale street, denbigh [1st & 3rd]

gate hangs high fc,rhosnesni lane,wrexham [1st tue]

kings arms session,marine square,holyhead,anglesey

last tuesday folk,llanfihangel-glyn-myfir,corwen [last tue]

new inn session, pontblyddyn,flintshire

llangollen fc,sun inn, regent street, llangollen [also wed,fri,sat]

wednesdays

old colwyn session, white lion,llanellian, colwyn bay

thurs.

bull bay fc,bull bay hotel,amlwch,anglesey [1st thur]

double dutch singaround, holland arms,llanfachraeth,anglesey [3rd thur]

newborough arms session,bontnewydd, near caernarfon

ruthin fc, white horse, llanfair dc, near ruthin

wrexham offa fc,nags head inn,mount street,wrexham [1st &3rd thurs.]

fridays

bangor irish session,the nelson,beach road,bangor

music sesssion,glan yr afon inn,milwr,near holywell [1st fri]

rhyl fc,costigan's,near railway station,bodfor street,rhyl

irish session, o'sheas irish bar,high st., bangor

sundays

st.asaph lunchtime session/singaround,red lion,gemig st.st.asaph,flintshire [1st sun, 2pm]

if you need any more info re fc's, try www.folkorbit.co.uk which also includes fc's etc places along welsh borders.

hope this is useful,

cheers,

mr happy


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 06 Jun 02 - 09:42 AM

there's also glynllifon folk festival on at end of june, 28-30 june 02


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: DaveP
Date: 07 Jun 02 - 08:51 AM

Well you could always visit Bethlehem.

It's in the Towy valley about 3 miles from Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire.

Not much to see there, but you could have a photograph by the roadsign!


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 07 Jun 02 - 09:05 AM

And you can mail your Christmas cards there at any time of the year and have them hand-franked "Bethlehem". (They get 'actually' posted just before Christmas.)

sian


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: GUEST,Wavestar
Date: 15 Jun 02 - 05:41 PM

Wow! Well, thanks everyone for all your advice! I've been and and am back again, and I loved it! Wales is great. As it happened, we quickly determined that one week was not enough to cover any broad swathes of Wales, (and our rental car was limited to 75 miles per day, which would get us down to Suth Wales but not back to Liverpool under limit) so we stuck to Northern and Midwales, going no further south than Aberdyfi. We did make the Conwy Folk Club at the Malt Loaf on Monday, it was great, thanks Jon and Mr happy. Saw lots of castles, some Roman stuff, prehistoric tombs, burial mounds, etc, wonderful countryside, mountains, lakes, mist, rivers, and buttloads of sheep. I recommend it to anyone, and definitely plan on returning!

Love, -J

PS. Bron, I should have called you - we stayed in Machynlleth, or rather, Dinas Myrddy (?) with a strange and unfriendly B&B woman - would rather have seen a welcoming face! Next time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Llanfair
Date: 15 Jun 02 - 06:29 PM

That's not far from us!!! Next time, Eh!!

I'm glad you got to see some of this lovely country.

Cheers, Bron.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Gray D
Date: 15 Jun 02 - 08:57 PM

And, if you really want to check out mid and south Wales, follow the A470 road south. Then travel west towards Swansea and out into the Gower peninsula to Rhosilli. You'll pass through some very fine scenery indeed - Port Talbot excepted (though, even then, the steelworks can be a stirring sight as evening falls. Just keep your windows closed and switch the air conditioning to "recirculate").

The Welsh Tourist Board does (or did) a very good guide to castles in Wales and the Marches at a very reasonable price. We toured around and found some lovely sites, for several years, on the strength of it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 15 Jun 02 - 09:30 PM

Glad you made it Wavestar... hope you did manage to get some views of Snowdonia in too. ddw is far more travelled than Pip, my mum, but that part seems to be her idea of heaven and even I (again not travelled) can go along with the beauty of the scenery...

Maybe one day, I'll investigate the South myself... I've never really been there except for a couple of times when I had 2 wheels and went to go on a Sunday trip. I only ever headed for St. Davids - A470, A487 and then a bit. Sian's patch, I think but I used to love the bay on my right going down, the drop down into Fishguard and the little bit of road onto St Davids.

All I did when I got there was sit down for 1/2 hr, have a smoke and relax and then go to a cafe in Fishguard before winding my way back... I must have been mad, and I nearly killed myself on the way back when the battery had charging problems and I temporarily lost the headlight when I applied my brakes somewhere near Ffestiniog on the way back (I ended up taking a corner on the wrong side of the road)...

Fun days though and I was about 20 at the time (and had a CB200 Benley)...

Jon


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: HuwG
Date: 18 Jun 02 - 09:03 AM

Grey D Tut, tut, Port Talbot is where my mother's family comes from; and it's simply not true that the place is full of stunted nyctalopic troglodytes ...

I do have happy memories of my early years there. When I was five, the family moved to North Yorkshire, and for months I couldn't work out where the mountain that used to be at the bottom of the garden had gone, why the sharp tang of the steelworks (with occasional additions of ketones and aromatic hydrocarbons from the Baglan and Llandarcy refineries) had been replaced with a rather riper, more "organic" smell, and why I could no longer hear all night long the comforting "chug, chug, chug, clang" from the marshalling yards at Margam.

Some other places 'Catters may find interesting; anywhere on the Pembrokeshire coast path (with the possible exception of parts of Milford Haven); the mining museum at Ponterwyd (or LLywernog) near Aberystwith; the Vale of Rheidol Railway (runs from Aberystwith to Devil's Bridge during the summer months).


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Gervase
Date: 18 Jun 02 - 01:04 PM

Just back from Wales meself, and feeling thoroughly invogorated/knackered after doing Pen y Fan and its neighbours and Y Fal near Abergavenny - exhilarating walking, fantastic scenery and a great sense of achievement. Check out this link for more on the Brecon Beacons.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 18 Jun 02 - 04:33 PM

Looking forward to a trip to Wales someday myself and the information on this thread is definitely inspirational!

Another good spot to check out would be any place Baggyrinkle is performing. They're grand!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Madam Gashee
Date: 18 Jun 02 - 06:51 PM

Don't forget to let us know when you're coming!

Thoroughly enjoyed your company, fellowship & singing in Kennebunk.


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Gray D
Date: 19 Jun 02 - 07:48 PM

Huw G - Port Talbot, where the mother's cry to their children is "Sit down and eat your dinner, quick, before it gets dirty!"

And its Gray D, not Grey D.

You'll be getting my surname wrong next.

Know what you mean about comforting noises that others might find odd tho'. When we finally moved back to my home town, after some time in the Welsh valleys, the sound that told me I was really back was the foghorn going off in the Severn Channel. Drifted off to sleep feeling all warm and contented . . . all togethers 'Catters . . . "aaaaawwwwwwhhhhh, bless".


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Subject: RE: BS: Where should I Go in Wales?
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 20 Jun 02 - 03:33 AM

Gray... I know exactly what you mean about the foghorn. I live right near the channel in Wales, and most foggy nights it sends me to sleep too, tis a nice sound.

Ella


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