9th April 2012
What a miserable day! The skies opened up early in the morning and the rain continued all day. We had planned to visit the Beacon Breacons National Park and a bit of rain was not going to stop us. We were well prepared with thermals, thick jackets, hats, scarfs and umbrellas.
There were three different caves at the National Park, Dan-yr-Ogof (National Show Cave), Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave each offering a unique underground experience.
In Dan-yr-Ogof show cave we walked through the beautifully decorated passageways for just under 1 kilometre. There is currently 17 km of explored passages in the cave system. Cathedral Cave, unlike show cave, has enormous caverns, carved out millions of years ago by flowing water. In this cave as we approached the end we were surprised to find a 40 feet high waterfalls that cascaded around us in the area called the ‘Dome of St Paul’s. As we walked through the cave the sounds of classical music added to the magic of the surroundings. Bone Cave was the last of the three caves that we visited. Here we learnt why 42 human skeletons may have been buried there.
Outside the caves, nestled among the trees and walkways we saw one of the world’s largest collections of life-sized dinosaur models, 200 in all (you need to look at the photos, hard to explain). Overall, it was a wonderful experience. Even Arthur was impressed by the dinosaur models!
We were determined not to let a little rain spoil our day, so after lunch we headed off to the beautiful sea side town of Mumbles near Swansea. It would have been a perfect town to go for a long walk along the beach, unfortunately the weather was not on our side. We drove further along the coast and enjoyed the views from the inside of a warm car.
That night we stayed at the Castle Hotel in Neath. We enjoyed a very impressive meal while being serenaded by the music of Michael Buble & Jamie Cullen ih the background, two people we like listening too.