We have Just returned from a great weekend in North Wales. On the drive up we visited the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct to take a walk along the 1007ft aqueduct towering 126ft over the River Dee, its amazing to think this took 10 years to build and was completed in 1805, well worth a visit if your driving up the A5 towards Llangollen.
The main reason for our visit was to take part in in the 2013 Tryweryn Festival at the National White Water Centre near Bala, North Wales. Run by the River Legacy Project with events and activities throughout the weekend, we took part in the photo competition with photos that Lou took of me at Lee Valley and the Tryweryn winning two great little Lowe Pro camera bags for 2nd and 3 places.
I took part in the Big Dog ‘Radical Rodeo’ with marks been awarded for traditional old school moves and going big with new school moves, only because I happened to be playing in the worlds hole when every one turned up to take part.
After waiting until the Wednesday before May Bank Holiday weekend for the weather forecast we decided to head to Woolacombe for a long weekend of sun, surf and cupcakes.
After a visit to Barnstable farmers market and the Fancy That cupcake stall, we headed in to woolacombe where there was no surf at all, so off to the pub we went for some dinner and a couple of pints of Cornish Rattler Cider, boy is that stuff strong.
On Saturday we awoke to fairly high winds and messy surf, after spending the day on the beach we sat watching the sunset eating fish and chips.
Sunday was totally different clean 4-5ft surf and sunshine, so much sun we both got burnt.
Monday again was a beautiful day, with slightly smaller surf 3-4ft that was even cleaner and better spaced.
Spring has finally sprung, the weather is getting warmer and the sun has finally broken through, so it was time to head to Lee Valley.
I had a hour slot on the Olympic course, after arriving a bit early I took some pictures of Neil Owens who was paddling on the legacy course before I had my paddling slot with some club members from Whitewater Action Medway.
As the weather was so nice we decided to make a day of it, by visiting Paradise Wildlife Park near Broxbourne.