Part 2: Going South
... the adventure continues.
Next stop Tregoyd in the Brecon Beacons, about 2.5 hours drive South of Snowdonia. There we had three nights stay in a working farm and stables B&B. The Brecon Beacons are less rocky and mountainous than Snowdonia is, but are still hilly and grassy and full of even more sheep (who are less frightened of cars and horses than they are of people on foot??) Less time for sightseeing here as we had two full days pony trekking booked, so it was basically all day riding and resting in the evening.
The countryside is beautiful and I was surprised by the number of wild horses living free out there on the hills. We did pretty well in the riding I think, neither of us fell off and I wasn’t even that sore considering how long we were in the saddle for; those riding lessons I took in Kosice finally paid off I feel. (14 pics)
Following that it was right down to the South coast for Surfing lessons in Llangenith. This was great fun, everything else we’d done on the holiday I’d tried something similar – but surfing was totally new. We planned to take a full day of lessons on the first day and mornings only the next two days so we could sightsee a little too.
The first full day was exhausting. The waves were bigger than expected for a start; often well overhead and sometimes you just got knocked off your feel and be flipped around underwater for several seconds before coming up to the surface again – but I have to say that is incredibly cool Regardless of how good we were at surfing just being out in the waves was wonderful – but you want to know how good we were, don’t you. Well, we did fall off the boards a lot – but we also both managed to get standing up and ride a wave all the way into the beach at least 3 or 4 times – so result I think.
However, unfortunately, we had to cancel the last morning’s lesson as near the end of the previous lesson I came off the board in shallow water and badly twisted my ankle (I felt it go crunch in three different places). It’s still a bit stiff as I write this, but getting better. Despite that surfing is still something I’d love to try again; I should be able to try windsurfing in Japan.
I’m sorry to say I don’t have any pictures of us surfing (my camera isn’t waterproof), but I do have some of the beach and other places in the area. You can see me all wet after taking the wet suit off, and looking like a surf dude if I say so myself. You can even see my twisted ankle if you like. (18 pics)
So that’s it the Welsh Odyssey ends. I’m back in Nottingham now, sorting out the last details of my travel to Japan. My flight is at 4.30pm on August 1st, and then the proper blog can begin. Bye for now.