Time to to head for France, or at least it was a few months back – blimey, I am a long way behind
This was the first stop on our usual 3 week trip to France. We normally have a very splendid day walking the Puy de Dome Volcanoes in the Auvergne on our first day but torrential rain washed out that idea. After brief detour up into the hills and along a dead end road courtesy of the Sat Nav we managed a short stroll by the Tarn when the rain finally stopped. It was a grey and cool but great to be out of the car after 2 days crammed in its confines.
Tarn at La Malene
We had a pleasant time watching the kayakers negotiating the weir and getting wet. We had our own trip planned for the next day and were hoping for more in the way of sunshine
Weir we go…
After a night in La Canourgue we got our wish and the sun shone for the day. We took our usual trip downstream from La Malene to Pas de Soucy, the fourth time we’ve done the trip.
Entering the narrows
Its a real highlight of our holiday and it wouldn’t feel right not doing it on the way down. The scenery is magnificent, the water clear and refreshing and the sky filled with eagles and vultures.
TJS doing all the work
Anyone for a bungee jump?
Cirque de La Baume
Swimming, gentle paddling and picnicking is the order of the day, a day filled with a little exercise and simple pleasures. I’ve written the trip up the past two years so you can read some more detail if you’re interested from our days in 2011 and 2012
Radio silence from the world of Surfnslide recently. Been busy at work and planning my winter skiing holiday. Also been planning our big Family trip to Australia next summer, 4 weeks in Queensland – very excited but having just booked the flights very financially traumatised! That means I haven’t had much time to blog so I’m further behind than I’ve ever been. The usual stuff to write-up about our trip to France in the summer and a few outings since. Posts will have to be high on photos and short on words, probably a blessing for readers. I haven’t actually been out much since I got back from France so hopefully I should be able to catch up eventually when the dark winter nights draw in. Depressing thought
Anyway this is a little post – well quite a long one actually of our annual gathering on the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales in the first week of the summer holidays. I’m sure I’ve bored you before with what a cracking week this always is and why its such an important part of the year for all of us. If you have nothing better to do and want to read all that stuff then you can go back in time to previous trips on 2012 and 2011
This year we were first to arrive at the end of the hot spell in the summer (remember that!). We had a fine weekend all to ourselves, lazing on the beach, swimming and having BBQs by the tent (after a delayed start due to a puncture – in case anyone out there has a car with no spare but one of those strange repair kits, don’t bother, complete and total waste of time, just call the breakdown people. If you don’t have a spare and don’t have breakdown insurance – get some!)
Porth Towyn Beach, Lleyn Peninsula
In Deep Water
The first evening we took a post BBQ drive down to the headland at Mynydd Mawr to watch the sunset. You can drive to the top of the hill and its a fine viewpoint over Bardsey Island and back over the peninsula. The weather was still warm even at 10pm, a fine end to the day
Bardsey Island from Mynydd Mawr,
Sunset from Mynydd Mawr
Evening Sunshine on Mynydd Mawr
Coastguard Station, Mynydd Mawr,
I went home for a couple of days at work to pay for all this extravagance and returned when the rest of the gang showed up. More beach fun ensued with some nice warm weather for swimming. In one of the biggest shocks this blog has ever seen, both Beach Funsters went in the sea. Pigs do indeed have wings
Row, row, row your boat
TBF (2) – in the water!!
One of the afternoons when TBF took the kids to the circus, me, EWO and TJS went for a stroll around the headland
Unlike it’s Pembrokeshire and South West Cousins, the coast path round here is deserted. Strange as it’s just as dramatic and under a clear sky simply superb
Lleyn Peninsula from Mynydd Mawr
Mynydd Mawr from the Welsh Coastal Path
Mynydd Mawr, Welsh Coastal Path
We ambled at no particular pace, admired the views, stopped for a brew and chatted.
TJS & EWO
Lleyn Peninsula, Welsh Coastal Path
We climbed the wonderfully named Mynydd Anelog, a hill stuck firmly in the last century, from which the views were truly awesome
Mynydd Mawrm from Mynydd Anelog
Lleyn Peninsula from Mynydd Anelog
We followed a series of quiet lanes and crossed to the south side of the peninsula where the views over the water to Bardsey were enchanting. On a warm summers day there is little better than a coastal wander next to an azure sea. The time simply flew by and we actually had to rush to get back to the campsite for tea even though we’d been out since 2pm and only walked 5 miles or so
Bardsey Island from Porth Felen
Evening on the Campsite
As is the tradition we took our usual stroll up the high point of Carn Fadryn. I’ve rambled on before about what a fine hill and view-point this is so I’ll let the pictures do the talking. If you want to read more check out the post from 2011
Yr Eifl from Carn Fadryb
More days of beach fun under blue skies followed. Beach cricket is now the game of choice. Trying to play sports with energetic kids makes me feel very young and very old at the same time. I hadn’t realised I no longer know how to run!
More high quality time spent consuming vast quantities of BBQ food. You can’t beat outdoor eating on a warm summers evening by the sea
We took a fancy to climb the hills near Nefyn as they looked rocky and interesting.
We scrambled up a couple of inclines to the quarries from where it was a couple of hundred feet to the summit. There was no path and it looked a little vegetated but how hard could it be?
Deep in the undergrowth
Deeper in the undergrowth
Answer, bloody hard! It was the hardest two hundred feet of mountain I’ve ever climbed. Waist deep heather, gorse and brambles, no path and loose rocks and boulders. In shorts! Took us over an hour to reach the top with several moments when we simply had no idea which way to go
The summit was worth the effort though. Sensational views of the coast and The Rivals nearby. A brew was had to cheer the soul and ease the pain of severely scratched legs. If you can bear the pain it’s a worthwhile little mountain – but its wild – you have been warned
Nefyn from Gwylwyr
Finally at the summit
Yr Eifl from Gwylwyr
We wandered over the nearby hills (more gorse and bracken) and then back to Nefyn down a succession of green lanes (more nettles) before heading back to the campsite for another spell on the beach and another BBQ (Black Pudding sausage hot dogs – mmmmm!)
Carreglefain from Gwylwyr
Mynydd Nefyn and Carn Fadryn from Gwylwyr
Another quality holiday with fine company and a smattering of walks
The sun sets on another great holiday
Same time next year!