7th November 2015 Llangollen, Wales

We left Brecon about 10am last Thursday and had a lovely 2.5hr drive along winding country roads heading north towards Wrexham. The scenery was beautiful with the autumnal colours on the trees and the weather was kind to us. Well right up to the last mile of our journey anyway!

Yesterday after a very lazy morning we had a walk into the little town of Chirk for lunch in the Tea rooms which was very nice.

Today the weather was a lot better so we decided to take the Smart car for a drive taking in a few of the local sites.

Our first stop was at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which is described as ‘the stream in the sky.’ The views were spectacular and as we walked across it the wind picked up and began gusting which for those faint hearted people (there were a few out today) caused concern and had them clinging on to the railing for support!

Pontcysyllte means ‘the bridge that connects’ is 1,007ft long, 126ft high, has 18 piers and 19 arches. Each arch is 45ft wide making it the largest aqueduct in Britain. It spans the river Dee.

We carried on walking along the Llangollen canal for a bit further before retracing our steps back to the car and onto our next stop. The town of Llangollen is in Denbighshire, has lots of things to do and is somewhere we would like to come back to explore sometime in the future.

Today we just had a walk along the banks of the river Dee before exploring the town centre stopping in a lovely bakery/coffee shop called Chatwins where Angela and I had a roast pork with stuffing and apple sauce bap washed down with a large latte all in for about £15 which we thought was good value as was filled with lots of meat.

Down a little side street we found Dee Valley Produce. A great little greengrocer shop which we had to go in to buy some lovely produce for our lunch tomorrow. Contrary to popular belief we do cook in the van (sometimes!) and roasted vegetables is next on the menu.

Before we headed back to the van and the daylight faded too much we decided to go for a drive over the Horseshoe Pass. In Welsh it is called ‘pass of the cold stream’ and it is a mountain pass reaching a height of 1,368ft (417m). It is frequently closed in the winter due to snowfall or landslides.

I have to say that although it was pretty we have seen better so once over the other side we turned around and headed back to the van ready for Strictly……..Angela, not me!

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About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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