A few days in the Welsh Countryside
Peaceful. If I had to describe my recent holiday in one word it would be peaceful. Mum and I holed up in a lovely cottage just outside of Glasbury, which is a few miles down the road from the ever famous Hay-on-Wye. I found the cottage on Airbnb as per usual for me and we weren't disappointed. Angela was such a lovely host, letting us be but also on hand if needed. The ideal scenario.
Last Tuesday we headed towards Hay and the rolling hills. I’m going to do a separate post on the glorious bookshops as they really do deserve their own dedicated space. Though I will say Hay is such a lovely sleepy town with a very relaxed friendly atmosphere. It was fairly busy due to it being the Easter holidays but it never felt overwhelming so. You had plenty of room to enjoy the many bookshops and cafes.
After a morning of swooning over the bookshops, we grabbed some bits and bobs from the Hay Deli and headed over to our Airbnb to get settled in. A few miles down the road, we found our lovely cottage which was to be home for the next few days. Beams and a wood burning stove - my idea of heaven. The rest of the afternoon was spent doing little more than reading and looking at the map to plan our walks.
It was another drizzly morning on Wednesday so we headed to Talgarth Mill, which is a restored watermill in the middle of the Welsh countryside. Prince Charles has even paid a visit. They grind their own flour, which you can buy, the good old fashioned way. It’s been beautifully restored and it turns a profit which is excellent news. It has a fantastic cafe that sits over the river and the menu is seriously good. Proper homemade dishes and all the bread used is naturally made from the flour they grind. Seriously worth a visit if you are nearby.
After our tour of the mill, we headed in to Brecon and subsequently got very very wet. We started out in good faith towards the canal as the rain had stopped and a tiny slither of sunshine was making its way through. We were on a geocache trail (Mum is a avid geocacher) that took us all along the canal and back along the river however about half way through the heavens opened. And we happened to be in a muddy sheep field at the time. We managed to squelch our way out without falling over but long hot showers were a must once we got back to the cottage. All good fun though.
The next morning we woke to sunshine pouring through the windows. So we whacked on the walking boots and headed for the hills. Hay Bluff was our destination and we had a wonderfully steep drive up to the car park with a few sheep stops on the way. They were warming their bellies on the sun soaked tarmac and they were in no hurry to let us through. It wasn’t until the farmer came along on her quad bike shaking the food bin that they leapt to attention and swiftly left the road clear. After a not so swift climb by us up Hay Bluff we were met with the most stunning views across Wales and England. It's a seriously steep climb but the view is really worth it. After a post walk ice cream, we headed back to the cottage via the shops for an evening in front of the fire with a glass or two of wine.
It was a splendid few days with Mums holed up in the Welsh countryside. Anything that combines walking and books, for me, is time well spent and it was nice visiting somewhere I had heard so much about.