It was Lou’s Birthday on Saturday, after a leisurely breakfast we headed to Brighton for the day. We left the car at the park and ride car park, and jumped on the bus into the town, after a pleasant walk to the seafront and along the pier we had a look around the Brighton sea life center with perfect timing to watch the turtles feeding.
After the sea life center we had fish and chips on the beach followed by a wander around the lanes and market stalls, then we made our way up to the marina then took the Volks electric railway back to the town.
We decide to go to North Wales for Easter week this year with the plan of doing some mountain biking, touristy things and some paddling. With it being an early Easter we took the decision not to spend the whole week in the van and risk not being able to get our kit dry easily so booked a cottage in Ffestiniog to the Saturday then stay in the van over the Easter weekend.
Due to heavy snow forecast in the Midlands we delayed our journey up until the Sunday and I’m really glad we did, as we drove along the A5 between Llangolen and Corwen the snow was up to 3ft deep and the road closed due to fallen trees due to the weight of snow.
We started the week of with some walking and biking at Coed-Y-Brenin.
We did try and ride the Marin Trail at Betws-y-coed but due to the snow this became impossible to ride up the fire trails the higher we got the deeper the snow became even though there was no hint of it in the car park.
Later in the week we visited Llechwedd Slate Caverns at Ffestiniog, these were really cool and I would recommend the deep mine tour to everyone. Just around the corner is Antur Stiniog A dedicated down hill mountain bike centre where you can book an uplift and let gravity take you back down the purpose build tracks.
Finally we headed towards Bala where I paddled on the Tryweryn.