Trips Out

Four Days in Mid Wales

View from the terrace, Powis Castle
View from the terrace, Powis Castle

Last week was a bit quiet on the crochet front because Hubby and I were fortunate to spend four days in Mid Wales.  The weather wasn’t especially good but it was OK for late October and it did stay dry the whole time so we were able to get out and about.  Everywhere the trees were gorgeous shades of yellow, orange and red which glowed in the late autumn sun.  If you haven’t been to the area I would recommend you put it on your places to visit list.

Day One: Powis Castle  This really is a wonderful place with beautiful gardens, amazing views and a nice cafe.  I wasn’t expecting there to be much colour in the gardens given how late it was in the year so I was amazed to see so many different plants in flower.  And the views from the terrace were just wonderful.

Day Two: Aberystwyth  As long as you aren’t looking for bright lights and amusement arcades, Aberystwyth is a very nice seaside town.  A pleasant walk along the promenade took us past the pier and the old college building up to the Castle and the war memorial.  The buildings along the front are in reasonable repair so looking back along the sweep of the bay the view is very pleasant.  Although it wasn’t sunny it was warm enough for us to sit on a bench along the prom for half an hour and while Hubby read I got on with some crochet, my only problem was keeping my yarn from falling onto the sandy pavement.

Day Three: Aberdyfi  After visiting the Centre for Alternative Technology just outside Machynlleth we travelled down the Dyfi estuary to Aberdyfi, a pleasant seaside village at the mouth of the estuary.  Aberdyfi has a long, wide sandy beach with lovely views across the estuary.  Walking on the beach was hard going as the sand is very soft but enjoyable none the less.

Day Four:  Montgomery  Montgomery is a little gem of a village with a very nice tea shop and the ruins of a very imposing castle.  The walk up to the castle is well worth it for the views across Shropshire to the Stiperstones and beyond – you can drive up to the castle and park but we needed to walk off our lunch of soup and herby cheese scones.  There isn’t much of the castle left but enough to make you appreciate how big and imposing it must have been in its hey day.


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