Susan & Richard's European Adventure 2013 travel blog

Goodrich Castle ruins

Goodrich Castle ruins

They really do wear these big hats here.

I'll have the beaver.

Along the canal of Brecon, Wales

Top of Pen-Y-Fan, highest peak in southern Wales

Welsh countryside from top of Pen-Y-Fan

Welsh sheep attack. Save that sandwich

We continue to drive west across England and crossed over into Wales. There were no signs welcoming us to Wales but we could tell because all of the road signs are now in both English and Welsh. However, we have not heard even one person speak Welsh. The landscape is rolling hills and everything is very, very green. The homes are not as fancy in this part of Wales as they are in the Cotswold area of England. The towns look more down-to-earth than those in southern England.

We hiked to the highest peak in southern Wales: Pen-Y-Fan located in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is only 866 meters (less than 3000 ft) but it is a very demanding hike as it went straight up the whole way. I guess they haven’t heard about switchbacks. It’s a very popular hike with lots of hikers and three times as many sheep. Sheep everywhere, on the roads, on the trails, and in your face trying to grab your sandwich!

Weather is what you would expect in Wales. “Largely dry with a risk of showers” is how they put it. Wet weather togs (boots) are recommended.

We will continue to travel west through Wales until we reach the town of Fishguard where we will take a ferry across the Irish Sea to the Republic of Ireland.

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