Camping in South Wales

We’ve just got back from a fairly successful camping weekend in South Wales where we got to try out our new tent.

We drove down on Friday afternoon and found the campsite without any problems. It was a lovely peaceful little site in between Llandovery and Llandeilo, on the main road just outside Langadog. It was a little disconcerting when we arrived at reception to be asked if we were really staying despite the weather and the sodden ground, but we had booked and had planned to meet my sister there so we decided to stay ‘whatever’!

The ground was indeed pretty wet and the river running through the campsite was in flood but we were soon set up and ready to go. Our little tent looked a little inferior to the palatial tents elsewhere on the site. Trudi and her family weren’t arriving until later so we headed off into Llangadog for dinner. (Well, we were saving money by camping so thought we could treat ourselves to dinner out!)

We ended up in the Goose and Cuckoo which was the right choice. The food was excellent, the service as good as it gets and the marshmallow and raspberry pie was perfect.

Back at the campsite we waited for Trudi, Matt, Kia and Shaun to arrive. They got there just before dark so I helped them set up their tent and then we used our new little stove (which was surprisingly easy to get going) to make coffees and hot chocolates for everyone. Camping never used to be this easy!

Saturday morning dawned pretty damp and misty but it had cleared by the time we finished breakfast and explored the campsite a bit with the children so we headed off in the direction of Abergorlech so that Matt and I could go Mountain Biking. This was a bit of an adventure in itself as we had a ‘Sat Nav’ moment and ended up driving down some pretty small lanes, steep hills and exciting fords. Good fun though and we weren’t in a hurry so there was no harm done.

Matt and I did a circuit of the Raven Trail whilst the others went for a walk in the woods. Then it was a quick drink in the pub in Abergorlech before the others had to head of back to Bristol and we headed back towards Llangadog. We decided to look for a shop but couldn’t find one in Llangadog so headed off on a wild goose chase looking for one and ended up driving over the top of the Brecon Beacons and down into Brynaman. We eventually found a decent shop and some fish and chips in Ammanford and headed back to the campsite. Of course on the final junction before the campsite we found another shop and takeway, if only we had gone right instead of left a couple of hours before!

By now Morgan was complaining of a sore ear and by the time we were back at the tent he was deteriorating quickly with a high temperature, bad cough, snotty nose and general lethargy… Swine Flu here we come! We’re not sure whats wrong with him yet, but it did mean that we had a restless night and didn’t do anything on Sunday as Morgan simply wasn’t up to it. The plan had been to go to Dan yr Ogof show caves, but instead I packed the tent up in the pouring rain and we headed home.

We all enjoyed our weekend though. The tent leaked a little but nothing too bad and we’ll be back for more soon.

2 Responses

  1. Jean Beasley says:

    Hi. I have a blog at http://www.picturecamping.com where I feature people’s posts about camping, and I would like to send my readers your way. Of course I would give you credit for quotes and would link back to your site.

    Thanks for considering this,

    Jean B. in SC (USA)

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Alan is a Freelance Website Designer, Sports & Exercise Science Lab Technician and full time Dad & husband with far too many hobbies: Triathlete, Swimming, Cycling, Running, MTBing, Surfing, Windsurfing, SUPing, Gardening, Photography.... The list goes on.

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