Sunday, 2 March 2008

Winter Break in Wales

(view across the estuary from Graig Wen)

This post is not really about Art or Craft. We have just come back from a week in Wales at Graig Wen, the campsite/guesthouse/holiday cottage bought by ex-Brightonians Sarah and John in September.

Sarah escaped? from her successful PR company specialising in the arts (such as publicising Brighton Art Fair) for 40 acres of 'cool' campsite (ie proper camping,- peace, quiet, real camp fires and basic facilities - no kids clubs or swimming pools) in Snowdonia with the Mawddach estuary bordering the bottom of the site and Cadair Idris the top.

(Lifting the cycles into the lower camping field)(Hightide at Griag Wen - Guesthouse halfway up hill, and lower camping field at right other camping areas up the hill and in the woods)

They have also worked hard over the winter transforming the buildings into modern, comfortable and stylish accommodation. Being February and 'Nesh' we stayed in the cottage expecting long rainy days of reading and scrabble in front of the wood burner but actually we had lovely weather and got up the mountains on some days and cycled down the old (flat) railway from the campsite on others. We'll be back to try out the yurts which they are erecting at Easter later in the year I hope, possibly with a seakayak to explore the rivers coast and estuary. But I can recommend both the site and the area to visit for a outdoorsy holiday.

(Hillfarm on the lower slopes of Cadair Idris)

(Arthog Waterfalls)

(View of Cadair Idris)

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