Llanrhaeadr trip

I’ve had a lovely, relaxing 4 days away in the delightful village of Llanrhaeadr, just inside the Welsh border. This visit was primarily to attend my Aunt Isobel’s funeral, but I was overdue for and ready to come anyway.

This is my lovely Aunty May who I am always happy to spend so much time talking to, about family and things.

She used to make jars of marmalade and jam but now seems to concentrate on pickles!

There’s not much in the way of street lighting in the village, which makes for a slightly creepy but pleasurable night stroll to the pub. The smell of the smoke from the house fires adds to the atmosphere.

ME!
In front of the spectacular Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall, an almost 4-mile walk from the village of Llanrhaeadr.

A rare selfie!

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A bus to Oswestry

For my last day in Llanrhaeadr I’ve been on a bus trip to Oswestry. There’s only one bus out, at 10am, and one bus back, at 1:30pm, so I had three hours to fill. This is more than enough! An amble and a tea, cake and browse in the bookshop just about filled my time. A very interesting chat with a villager on the way back made it a worthwhile excursion.

View from the bus
View from the bus
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I would love to be up there

It was the day of my aunt’s funeral, the primary reason for my visit to Wales. My mum was one of twelve children, but now there is just one left, an uncle. The church was packed and the service was in Welsh and English, and on a bright, sunny day there was an emotional burial at a remote church surrounded by stunning hills. Whenever I see a hill or mountain I always want to be up there on the top.

A walk to the Llanrhaeadr waterfall

It’s all very well blogging from an iPhone but it does require a signal and here in the village there is no Wi-Fi in my cottage and a very intermittent mobile signal! Nevertheless with a bit of perseverance I’ve managed to construct this post.
The walk to the waterfall from the village is a relatively gentle hike, nearly 4 miles along a single narrow lane. It’s a beautiful walk marred only by the occasional vehicle. The waterfall is stunning and with all the rain there’s been it is particularly spectacular. The rain also means there’s water pouring down the hills and onto the lane as well as filling the river.

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Notes from a week away

Traveller hint #1: Before travelling, as well as checking if the trains are running / on time, it’s also worth checking that the underground line you intend using is running. We didn’t and it wasn’t.

Traveller hint #2: Don’t assume that because the bus company confirms that the last bus is running on your date of travel and that it goes as far as your destination, that this will be the case. It wasn’t – the late service has been discontinued. Sadly the company (Tanat Valley – www.tanat.co.uk) have not updated their on-line timetable, so others may also find a £26 taxi will be required.

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Getting to Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant

On the spur of the moment I decided to visit my aunt. She lives in the tiny village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in Mid/North Wales, where there is only one bus per day in each direction.

I needed to plan the connections with great care if I was to catch the sole bus into the village at 1:30

It’s a lovely little village with half a dozen shops and three pubs, and is famous for its waterfall, Pistyll Rhaeadr.

I had a lovely time with my aunt as well as seeing two of my many cousins. And all of the transport connections worked out perfectly!

Eating out on a Monday night shouldn’t be this hard!

NoFoodFinding somewhere to eat in North Wales’ villages on a Sunday or Monday evening is a bit iffy! Nothing available at the three Llanrhaeadr pubs tonight. We sat down in the only cafe in the village but struggled to find anything we fancied. One of the items we chose was no longer available and eventually we walked out.

The Green Inn, a few miles out of the village, was closed on Mondays. The Railway Inn, also a few miles out, didn’t do food on Monday or Tuesday evenings.

We resorted to buying some rolls and cheese slices from the village store and eating them in the Llangynog village car park.  The disappointment of the evening was increased when, after eating these delights, we realised the cheese had a ‘Best before’ date of a week ago! When we then called into the adjacent New Inn pub for a drink we found that they actually did do food on a Monday – but sadly we had already eaten!

Eating out on a Monday night shouldn’t be this hard!

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