Last week I had a conversation with Two Blondes Walking on twitter. After seeing the pictures that they had taken of the bluebells around Hound Tor and Holwell Lawn. Some of the pictures that they posted were very good indeed, if you want to have a look check them out on there blog. Yesterday I dragged my brother out to go and find some bluebells or ‘blueberrys’ as my brouther called them. After parking up on the south west side of Saddle Tor it was only a short trip down to Emsworthy. I had seen some good pictures of Emsworthy from many different people saying that it has some amazing bluebells. I did get a few pictures of the bluebells, unfortunately my camera did them no justice. From Emsworthy we could see Holwell Lawn and I have to say it was looking incredibly blue. It looks like another trip is on the horizons, possibly Tuesday when we go climbing.
|Emsworthy near Saddle Tor|
When driving home via a detour to have a look at some camping near Holne, also, we went through Hembury Woods and where surprised to find it completely full of bluebells. If anybody is in the local area it might be worth a look.
Please share any photos that you have on my Twitter page.
|The aftermath of the fire bowl.|
Has anybody else noticed the massive difference in flavour, compared to cooking on gas or electricity? Everything that is cooked on an open fire just tastes amazing. Which do you prefer open fire or cooker?
After going through many links on the Internet during the week I stumbled upon a fact that intrigued me; Teignmouth used to have an Aerodrome and quite a large one at that. Little Haldon Aerodrome approximately 4 km from Teignmouth, was used from 1928 until 1946. Discovering this I wanted to find out more so I went for a ramble around Haldon looking for any signs of the Aerodrome. My search was quite unfruitful apart from some ruins that I had no idea whether they belong to the Aerodrome or not. It is a real shame as “Teignmouth Airport” as it was commercially know before the outbreak of the Second World War and HMS Heron 2 when it was passed over to Royal Naval Air Service in 1941. To find out more here is a link to a lot stuff about the Aerodrome.
Friday 29th March, leaving Teignmouth to head up to the Brecon Beacons for the Easter weekend. It was a challenge just getting there as my car is not very big and with four days worth of kit and three people it was pretty interesting with the suspension taking a beating.
After a 3 hour drive we arrived at the camp site; a field owned by the Powell Family which is in the valley of the horseshoe ridge of Pen Y Fan, Corn Du and Cefn Cwn Llwch. The camp site itself is amazing if you are willing to wild camp as there are no facilities apart from a river, also, camp fires are allowed at the site but keep them under control. It is an ideal site for Duke of Edinburgh groups, or, people wanting to get camping within a short distance of Pen Y Fan, as well as those on longer expedition. There is a small charge of £3 per person, per night which is not much to when you get so much out of this lovely location as it is only a short distance from Brecon and there is a pub down the road in Libanus.
Here is a little video of what the camp site is like it does not cover the whole area it is a very large camp. Please note that the temperature was about -2 when this was taken.
|The proximity to the mountains is very good as can bee seen from the Google Earth image above|
If you would like to get in contact with the Powell Family there details can be found below: (Correct at the writing of this post)
Colin & Shelia Powell,
Powys (Site: Cwm Llwch).
There are other places stay in the local area including youth hostels, farms with facilities and camping barns for a more comprehensive list visit the Brecon Beacons National Park website. (Links found at the bottom of the page)
Remember if you do camp out on the moors, mountains or even at a camp site. Please take all your rubbish home with you and leave it in the state you found it so future campers can enjoy it as much as you have.