Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Travelling Diary: Seven wonder of Wales-trekking to the highest wate...

Travelling Diary: Seven wonder of Wales-trekking to the highest wate...: Looking for the waterfall in England. I came across the seven wonder of Wales which they are: 1. Pistyll Rhaeadr - the tallest waterfall ...

Seven wonder of Wales-trekking to the highest waterfall

Looking for the waterfall in England. I came across the seven wonder of Wales which they are:
1.    Pistyll Rhaeadr - the tallest waterfall
2.    St Giles' Church 
3.    Overton Yew Trees
4.    St. Winefride's well - the ancient healing water
5.    Llangollen Bridge 
6.    Gresford Bells - church bells listed for their purity and tone
7.    Snowdon - the highest mountain

It is easy to travel by car than by train or bus. To see all these 7 wonder but unfortunately, I only manage to see 1 of the wonder - the tallest waterfall in Wales and England. Due to the weather and it is end of November which normally too fogging for sight-seeing. But we have a hot autumn this year, so I still manage to go and visit this tallest waterfall.  If you have a navigator - Pistyll Rhaeadr is not in there, you have to key in Llanrhaeadr-ym-mochnant in Oswestery,Pwys, Wales. Once you reach Llanrhaeadr-ym-mochnant, key in waterfall street. It will take you to the little town and there is a sign showing waterfall. Turn right into a one car lane this will take you to the top of waterfall visitor area. There is B&B and cafe and a little car park for your car parking.

On the drive to the car park, you will enjoy the most scenic scene.

Before you reach the visitor centre, there is little car park where you can park your car and  enjoy soaking into the water rolling down from the waterfall. Also you can view the waterfall from here. It is a grand sight. My husband and I spent sometimes here enjoying the water. No doubt, it is end of November, the water is cool and not ice cold.

After enjoying half an hour at this little hideaway, decided to carry on with the journey. We have to give way to cars coming down from the mountain. Also we need to give way to sheep, as they take their own sweet times walking on the road. Finally, we reach bottom of the waterfall, where the car park and visitors centre. Unfortunately, it is end of November, the B&B,cafe and visitors centre are closed. We are allow to view the waterfall and follow footpaths where it lead to the top of mountain. But the sign advice that if the weather became dark early, we are not to take the risk of going to the top of the mountain.
The sky become dark at about 2.30 p.m. and we only able to take the footpath surrounding the bottom of the waterfall.
This is the tallest waterfall in Wales and England. It is 74 metres and it is an ancient waterfall with a history more than 1,000 years old. The water is from the top of mountain Berwy Hills. There are footpaths to lead to this mountain top. There are also footpaths lead to this beautiful open forest. There is a little bridge lead to this open forest. Please note that to trek into these grassland and up to the mountain, it is best to wear boots due to the soil and mud are slippery and stones in the bottom of waterfall where you can have a soak in are also slippery.

Suddenly, the sky become totally dark and we have to give up trekking up to the mountain. No doubt, this trip is quite short due to the weather change but we do enjoy the whole trip. We will come again with my family and friends and will also recommend this place to people whom love of waterfall. This is a amazing sight and have my vote as 5* as  a tourist place to visit.
I hope all of my friends and family members will enjoy reading this little trip in Wales. Will update more on my trekking and travelling in my blog again soon. Also like to take this opportunity to thank all of my friends and family members supporting me in this blogging my travelling dairy.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Trekking at Sherwood Forest-known as Robin Hood Forest

School holidays started again but it is only for 1 week. Instead of spending monies going away decided to go exploring in UK. Trekking Sherwood Forest, Mansfield, Central England. The forest cover about 450 acres. It take about 2 or 3 hours to walk round it but it took me about 5 hours and that only cover two third of the forest only.

From the main entrance to Sherwood Forest visitor centre, opposite the car park which is free parking. There from the visitor centre, the sign board will direct you to the mighty Oaks from little Acorns grow.
These area are cover with all the oak trees and some of them go back about 500 to 1,200 years old.  These are gorgeous oak trees comes in all different shapes, also lot of different creatures living in the oak trees. I am not so lucky, can't see any of the creatures or birds.
The rare oak tree in there is the Majestic Major Oak - one of the largest tree in England, this major Oak is so big. the legend  has it that Major Oak hollow trunk  could have hidden Robin Hood and his entire band of merrie men.
After this impressive tree, there is the sign post to lead you to the open country of heather and bracken known as Budby South Forest. It about 400m to 500m from the Major Oak tree.
We enjoy taking photographs of the beautiful surroundings. This whole journey double of the usual times for trekking. We have prepare sandwiches and drinks for this trip and have a picnic at this beautiful spots. After this small break, following the direction board pointing major junction  with unmade land. This walk into undulating route for 1.2 km, we comes to the Centre Tree with rows of conifers on our right.

From here, we are totally lost, there are so many tracks and we do not know which one to take or not. Finally, we comes to the ancient woodland full of light and atmosphere. This is a changing landscape from what we have seen so far. Due to it is end of the October, and autumn is here we have manage to capture some of the yellow and orange leaves, but still not in the full autumn falls where all the different color in blooming glory.

The above are the last few pictures been taken before the sunset. I am lucky that I am able to capture some for the sunset reflections on the trees  and give them a glory look. From here there are paths to lead us back to the visitor centre, which still take us about 2 hours to walk back to the car park before the forest become totally in dark. We have to run and walk as we have lost our 2 children from the beginning of the walk and there are waiting in the car park for us. When we reach the car park, my children have complaints that they have waited 4 hours for us.  Unfortunately, due to we have lost the children during the the walk. There isn't any photos of them. To finish off the happy day, we decide to eat our dinner restaurant. This forest is a eye opening for me, it bring me to see the trees and wild plants with a different eyes. So that now,  I can understand how nature life can brighten our daily life.