Days Out

Bodnant Gardens and Days Out with the National Trust

August 22, 2017

Bodnant Garden has been on our to-do list for a while now. That list is getting pretty extensive now and it’s encouraged us to make a big decision. Each year we try to save up for one annual pass to something that we can do with the kids. Last year we opted for Chester Zoo, it was great but it got a teeny bit boring and it didn’t feel like we could go all that much. This year we have gone with a National Trust pass.

Campsites

Camping at a Pub, The Crown Inn, Corwen

July 26, 2017

A campsite, on a river bank, in the beautiful landscape of North Wales with a pub. Sounds almost too good to be true really, but it isn’t. We spent a weekend at The Crown Inn, situated in Corwen, North Wales. A wonderful pub campsite, our first we’ve ever visited.

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The Crown Inn boasts a limited number of camping spots alongside the River Alwen. To reach the pitches you must first pass over a small ford through the river itself. They’ve done a good job of making it as smooth under wheel as possible, but it’s not suitable for vehicles with low ground clearances. We got our 10 year old trusty Vauxhall Zafira over it no problem – recently passed driver Sarah didn’t blink an eye and ploughed straight in 🙂

There was an organised meet of campervans there who had taken the spots further down the river bank whilst we had been left the pitches next to the ford itself. It actually turned into being the best spot to have as it gets the most sun all day. A couple of more campervans turned up but it became apparent that some folks didnt want to risk the ford crossing, particularly the longer vehicles.

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Camping Kit, Gear

Choosing a portable battery pack or phone charger for camping

July 3, 2017

We tend to camp in locations where electric hook ups aren’t available and we can’t use our standard phone charger. The main thing that we want to keep power in whilst away is our phones. They’re such a versatile, essential tool now for camping and hiking (maps, camera, video, weather, local information) its vital to be able to charge it and not worry about running out of juice.

The iMuto power pack/charger is our first port of call. It has a great capacity and will charge my smaller iPhone 5s a good 6/7 times and my larger Google Pixel XL 4 or 5 times. At 20000mah (the larger the number of milliamp, the more capacity the pack carries) it has a large capacity and comes with a percentage counter which accurately tells you how much is left in it.

 

The iMuto phone charger is slick and durable

Also it has an inbuilt torch that comes in pretty useful for a quick grab whilst you’re climbing into your sleeping bag at night. It has two charge ports one at 1A and one at the faster rate of 2.1A so you can do two devices at a time (albeit one a bit slower). It also charges our tablet (Nexus 7) and it will do iPads and even our GoPro. I’ve even used it to power a desktop USB fan one particularly balmy night in North Wales!

It comes with a protection system built in which keeps your devices from overloading and short circuiting, a little peace of mind whilst out and about. It also manages charging to a variety of devices. It is capable of charging ones that use a fast charging as well as the slower ones. (Don’t ask me how it does this, probably voodoo or something else way over my head)

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Days Out

Strawberry picking at Claremont Farm, Wirral

June 27, 2017

I’ve been planning out all the various blogs and vlogs that we’ve got lined up over the summer this past week or two. Lots of things to share, ideas, trips, reviews etc However, an unexpected last minute trip out to Claremont Farm to go strawberry picking has shoved everything on the back burner.

Despite feeling a bit ropey this past few days, I even felt hungover despite not drinking (booooo!) Sarah suggested we goto Claremont Farm. I have, for one reason or another, never actually been strawberry picking before. Ever.

I was honestly a bit mixed about it, felt rubbish, couldn’t really be doing with dealing with too much but this place was like a cure for all ails.

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Walks with Kids

Family Walk in the Carneddau, Snowdonia

May 24, 2017

We found an awesome family walk in the Carneddau, Snowdonia. It’s appealing because it’s kind of our side of the Snowdonia range, close to the A55 and near Aber Falls too (which is a pretty awesome family walk / back up plan if the weather goes bad).

 

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“I think I’ve grossly underestimated this walk”, the words I’m thinking to myself as we go up our final ‘peak’. Welcome to the Carneddau.

We headed back into the hills of Snowdonia looking for a little bit more in terms of views but still relatively easy going for the kids (I MEAN ME AND MY UNFIT BODY). We have already visited Aber Falls this year but this time we drove just past it and found a quiet, SMALL car park at the base of Foel-ganol. We were welcomed by blazing sunshine and blue skies as we started the gradual ascent round the back of Foel-ganol.

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Campsites

Riverside Camping at Bwch Yn Uchaf, Bala

May 8, 2017

It’s always a bit of a search to find campsites in really beautiful natural locations that haven’t been super commercialised but we recently found an awesome riverside campsite in Bala, North Wales.

 

When did we go?

April 2017

How much does it cost?

Adults: £8

Children (3-16): £4

Electric Hook Up: £4

Fire basket, logs: £3, £4

You can check out their price list here.

Can we have a campfire?

Yep, using your own off the ground fire pit or hire one from the site. Logs are available on site too.

Can we have a BBQ?

Absolutely.

Can we take our dog?

Yep, £1 a night 🙂

Location: Snowdonia National Park, Llanuwchllyn, Bala LL23 7DD

After the success of the birthday wild camp we did 4 days prior we decided to try and squeeze another one-nighter in before the kids went back to school. This time with some friends.

We stumbled upon Bwch Yn Uchaf whilst searching for a site not too far away but far enough to feel like a bit of an adventure still.

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Campsites

Our first family wild camp in North Wales

April 26, 2017

We recently did our first ever family wild camp, eased into it by the amazing Cynllwyd Bach campsite in North Wales It has nothing more than a water tap and a very basic camp loo if you need it!

There’s nothing here except for a breath of wind, the glinting of the moon on the lake and silhouettes of magnificient hills and mountain ridges amongst the stars and for the first time this year we’re falling asleep admidst it all. Read on for more info…

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Walks with Kids

A Family Walk in Nercwys Forest, North Wales

April 13, 2017

Nercwys Forest is an undiscovered gem, for fans of Moel Famau or folks living in the North-West. A wonderful stumbled upon beauty.

Mothers Day and the task of getting to both mothers and hopefully giving Sarah a nice time too is upon us. (I got carried away with shooting the vlog that I barely took many photos, so Erin took a few and there’s some extra’s from this time last year too!)

For our mini adventure this week we hit Nercwys Forest, near Mold in North Wales. Nercwys is part of the Clywdian Range and an area of outstanding natural beauty. It’s mainly made up of confier woodland full of wildlife along with some great heritage features such as a bronze age burial cairn, old farmsteads and mining buildings. We took the 3 mile circular path through the forest which takes in some amazing panoramic views and the historic ruins.

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