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Snowdonia to Forest of Dean

A pretty good night’s sleep, listening to the many owls hooting in the night, it was a chilly start before the sun burned off the mist. We packed up, said our farewells to the campground staff, hitting the road…

Passing Snowdon, we took the A5 out of Betwys-y-Coed and I took the opportunity to take PP to my old stomping ground between Ruthin and Corwen…my Grandparents had retired to North Wales and I’d grown up spending most of my childhood holidays on a small farm near Betwys Gwerful Goch. Massively overgrown and unkempt now, I still have a lot of fond memories.

We headed out via Bala and whilst I’d imagined our day would have involved more main roads than the previous, the route I’d mapped still incorporated enough twisties to keep it interesting. One very interesting Sat Nav attempt, to take us across a ford, avoided by the locals who’d handwritten ‘Sat Nav Users Turn Around, This Is Not A Through Road’.

We continued the route to Welshpool, criss-crossing the border threrafter down through Hereford and onto the Forst of Dean. Our last night of the weekend was spent at Bracelands - Perfectly serviceable with a fantastic option for an evening meal at the nearby!

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