Judy and Peter in the UK 2016 travel blog

The Holst Suite

Marina just out of Carditt

Hay on Wye - town of books

Around the village

Enjoying the local brew


The sun is shining again this morning. Who hoo. The air has a little chill so dressed in layers. Went out for a quick run and this time took the walking trail in the opposite direction from where we walked yesterday. I still find it hard to believe how few people are out jogging or cycling. I saw about 3 people this morning. Either I'm too early for them or they aren't keen exercisers (and I doubt that).

We set off for Swansea reasonably early and on the way out of Cardiff, drove down to the ocean and then on to Barry to look at the docks. We didn't find them so off to Swansea. After a pretty drive, ie avoiding the M4, we arrived. It's pretty challenging finding somewhere to park so we can wander around the bigger cities, so we stopped and grabbed a cuppa and shared a toasted sandwich before heading off through the hills to Hay-on-Wye.

It was a beautiful drive and with the sun shining, was great for picture taking. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining. What more could we want. As we drove into Hay-on-Wye, we could see there was a festival on the go. Uh, oh, this could make parking interesting. As it turned out, it was pretty easy. A lot of people were at the festival just out of town so we're parked at the site. There was a reasonable number of people in town however parking was easy. The village is known as the town of books and famous for its book shops and it's easy to see why. There's plenty of them around. The Hay Festival brings writers from around the world together to debate and share stories and has been going since 1987. It's a beautiful village with heaps of interesting shops. I would have been happy to stay here however after a drink in the sunshine and an ice cream, it was time to move on to Llandrindod Wells and tonight's accommodation.

More beautiful countryside before arriving in the village and locating our accommodation. We are in The Hampton Hotel in a good sized room. I headed off to find some local maps and information before having a lie down. I was feeling pretty tired and had a couple of hours sleep. Our room is on the south side of the building and was quite warm....in fact hot, so it was time to strip down to the very summery clothes.

When I woke, we spent some time planning the next few days....what we want to see and where to stay...and then locating accommodation. Sometimes, the idea of a booked tour sounds good. Far fewer. Decisions to be made however then there's the lack of flexibility. Liverpool tomorrow night and then on to the Lakes District. Booked Liverpool however still trying to work out where to stay in the Lakes area. Decided we needed a walk to clear our heads before thinking about it any further. We had a wander around the village....it was 10pm and I was in a summer dress. How about that. Then back to our hotel, a beer in the bar, and then bed. We had to open the double glazing twindows o cool off the room so we could sleep. That was a bit of a job.

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