24.01.2013 - 24.01.2013
In 2011, me and my dad set off on an 8-day bike trip to Wales. This is the biggest bike trip we've done so far!
Before we set off, we visited the Morgan Factory! It was great fun to see the making of the Morgan cars and the museum.
We started our journey from Blockley, Moreton-in-Marsh and headed to Monmouth on the first day. We found a quite park and had some lunch by a shallow river. The stones were perfect for skimming on the river so we ended up spending at least half an hour skimming stones. It was great fun and our record was 6 bounces off the water!
On the second day, we got to Abergavenny. Here we visited the White Caste. It was built in the thirteenth century to defend the Welsh Border. The castle was used for looking out into England and across the dividing border. It was also used as a garrison site for soldiers. Two of the towers that were built into the wall were rebuilt with wood so we could climb up them and get a good idea of how effective the watchtowers were and see the same land that the Welsh saw hundreds of years ago. The outlines of the different rooms were very clear. The well was also intact. I was fascinated in the huge mote that surrounded the castle. Thinking of the early technology they had to dig it up and build bricks around the sides was hard to imagine.
Then on the third, we followed the Monmouth and Brecon canal to Brecon. By this point, I could already see the contrast of culture. In Wales, everybody gave us smiles and had interest in where we were from and asked us about our trip. We had lunch in the park by the Brecon Cathedral. We had pate with a baguette. Mmmm.
We came to a town called Barmouth, up north. We got there by following an old train line. We saw beautiful views of marshes and sand beaches just below us. Barmouth reminded me of Skegness with the same type of shops and people living there. And of course, the beach!
The next and last big town we reached was Shrewsbury. Cycling through the border, back into England.
On the eighth day, we ended back at Morton-in-Marsh and cycled to Blockley.
Overall, it was an amazing experience! We traveled over 300 miles on bike. Views of the vast mountains and climbing up some of the biggest mountains in Wales; Camping and staying in hostels; Eating lovely Welsh ice cream; cycling on old railways; visits to the White Castle and Harlech Castle and more! If you want to live somewhere happy, go to Wales! :D