We’ve neglected our blog lately, sorry! It’s been busy busy busy on site with no rest as the park gets quieter as there’s lots to do to prepare for winter.
We still have places to tell you about, and plenty of places we want to visit. We’ve also had some lovely invites from places to go, and we’ve not had the time to accept all of them this year but we will be back in 2018 and will do our best to include every one of them. Its been lovely to hear from so many of you that you have enjoyed reading about our trips and that we’ve managed to find a few spots that you hadn’t heard of! We will continue to seek out new finds and adventures. Feel free to drop by reception and ask us more details about any of the destinations.
Recently any days off we’ve had have been spent prepping for our departure and working on our van conversion. But over the year we’ve visited a few more places than we’ve had time to write about. So just to spread the word and give you a taster, here is a list of the other places not yet mentioned on our blog.
- Strata Florida – beautiful ruins full of fascinating history and stunning surroundings
- Pistyll Rhaeydr – huge magical waterfall entwined in myth and legend
- Lake Efrnwy – wonderful huge lake with activites, walks, boats and wild camping
- Dolfornwyn Castle – hidden ruined castle, the last frontier of Wales, worth seeking out
- Coed Y Brenin – ideal for mountain biking but great walks too
- Newcastle Emlyn Castle – another ruined castle tucked behind the town
- Castell y Bere – our favourite ruin so far, hidden in the most incredible scenery
- Tregaron Bog – a lovely boardwalk filled with nature and wildlife
- Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn Church – a sweet little village church not far from Woodlands
- Teifi Pools – another world up in the mountains, definitely worth a visit
- Nant Y Moch Reservoir – super close to Woodlands and stunning walks and scenery
- Snowdonia – we had a quick day trip to see Snowdon, but will return to explore more and climb Snowdon!
We’re sure there’s more but we can’t remember! What we have done is made sure to always take the small roads, the little white roads on the map, to explore as much as possible even if we’re just going to town for the supermarket. That way we’ve stumbled across little villages, quaint little pubs and rounded the corner to unexpected jaw dropping views. We highly recommend the method (depending on the size of your vehicle of course!) Every turn is a picture postcard and we feel very lucky to have landed in such a beautiful part of the world.
So as we pack up for the end of the season and head off on to adventures further afield (we’re taking the van to France) we wish you a happy healthy winter, may you enjoy the festive season and we shall see you early next year!
We have fallen completely in love with the nearby Hafod Estate.
We first visited when we had a couple of hours off one Sunday morning, we nipped up and did the blue trail “The Lady’s Walk” and were absolutely stunned by the place. So when we had another day off we decided to spend the majority of it at the Hafod!
We took various routes, and made sure to include the part of the red trail “The Gentleman’s Walk” up to the Cavern Cascade – a hidden beauty worth making the detour off the main path.
At every turn there are breathtaking views and perfect picnic spots. If you have a dog this is one of the local places where you can let them off lead (bar a few sections that are signposted) for a good walk. Oh and look out for the friendly Highland cattle hanging out near one of the trails 🙂
The little church is worth a visit too, just by the car park, with interesting history of the church, the estate and its owners.
With it only being about 15 minutes drive away from Woodlands we know we will be making this a regular walking spot.
On one of our days off we were invited to visit the Silver Mountain Experience which is located only 15 minutes away from Woodlands. We were excited to get our first taste of the mining history of the area.
The attraction is well worth a visit, especially for families, with plenty to do and learn all around the site as well as fun guided tours. We took the history tour so we could learn about the mines but we are keen to go back and do the scary “Black Chasm” tour! The great thing about this place is they’ve really made the history of the mine come alive whilst ensuring they appeal to all ages. There’s even a fun tour for young ones with a hunt for a shy dragon named Grotty!
Before you go, its worth checking with reception at the caravan park as they may have a leaflet that gets you a discount, or if you book online you may also get a discounted entry fee.
With a long lunch and a bit of time to spare we decided to nip over to Bwlch Nant Yr Arian as it is so close to the caravan park.
There are lots of walking and cycling trails to do here, with beautiful views in every direction, but with only a short amount of time before we had to be back to work we headed straight to the lake and the viewing area for the Red Kite Feeding session. Here you can expect around 150 Red Kites swooping down for their dinner, or even more in Winter! It’s quite spectacular! What we didn’t expect was the spectacle to be combined with a low flyover from one of the RAF jets on its training flight. What a combo!
“If all future sites we visit are as good as Woodlands then life will be perfect thanks for a great time”