WEETABUDDY ADVENTURE..

After seeing the new Weetabix advert we decided to make our own Weetabuddies to come on an outdoor adventure with us!
So we created Mr & Mrs Bix with a little icing, some marshmallows & raisins & after a hearty breakfast we headed for the hills with our new hearty company in tow…
Here’s how we got on..
Our adventure took place in the Brecon Beacons in the hope of finding snow…

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2015/01/img_0578.jpgwe found some icy puddles to skate on..

2015/01/img_0579.jpgwe could see snow in the distance so headed that way..

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2015/01/img_0581.jpgkeeping our strength up with some Weetabix for Elevenses

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2015/01/img_0584.jpgbreakfast with a beautiful view always goes down well & we had a fab time with our buddies in tow!

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FIRST SNOWFALL MINI ADVENTURE/ UPPER WYNDCLIFF

With snow seemingly falling everywhere overnight apart from within the green bubble that surrounds our house we headed out on a mini adventure in search of the snowfalls that we could see on the hills in the distance.
We found our patch just outside Chepstow in Upper Wyndcliff.
The Upper Wyndcliff car park is reached via a lane off the A466, 1⁄2 mile north of St Arvans. The car park is on the right after about 1⁄2 mile. The footpath on the left at the back of the car park is signposted for Eagle’s Nest and the Wye Valley Walk which gives you stunning views across Wye Valley.

We were only on a mini adventure so settled for a walk surrounding the car park….this in itself was a lovely walk but only lasted an hour…..just enough to wear out little legs.

We headed over the stile and onto the farmland and explored the fields…

Here’s how we got on..
We started our walk under dark skies in the company of a rainbow…IMG_5378.JPG

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IMG_5399.JPGwith soggy bums, cold snowman building hands and school run time approaching we decided we’d had enough snow fun and headed back to the car…

But not without saying goodbye to our afternoon friend…

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….with a peck on the nose πŸ’–

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THREE CLIFFS BAY (THE GOWER)

IMG_5333.JPGWe started our walk outside Shepherd’s shop on the main road (A4188) next to the Gower Heritage Centre and followed the signs for Three Cliffs bay. You’ll need wellies as it was quite muddy in places.
There was a small charge for car parking which was payable inside the shop.
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Our walk took us along the river through woodland and over marshy sandbanks until we came to Three Cliffs Bay. The beach was a beautiful cove with some awesome stepping stones but was quite difficult to navigate yourself and the kids over the muddy banks and water ways, the sand was very soft in places and left me feeling a bit uneasy with the the children….but they had a fab time exploring their surroundings.
We’ll definitely return when the weather is drier and would expect it to feel a lot safer in the Summer months.
There was plenty of opportunities to explore with a Pennard castle ruins overlooking the valley and access to adjoining beach coves.

Here’s how our walk went..

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IMG_5328.JPGthe big kids loved rolling down the huge sand dune!

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It was extremely quiet and we were almost the only ones on the beach

IMG_5324.JPGif we had more time we would of ventured over the sand dune hill to explore the castle ruins and the adjoining cove that was beyond a fab arch in the cliff..

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PICTURE FRAME FUN

Taking an old empty photo frame out is one of our favourite things to do…
It’s a really simple and effective way to capture the world around you & gives the kids a different way to look at the world..

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IMG_5319.JPGEffective eh? Give it a go! It’s a fab way to capture some great memories of your day…

LOWER WYNDCLIFFE VIEW POINT

2015/01/img_0352-0.jpgWe parked in Lower Wyndcliffe Car Park which is on the A466 three and a half miles north of Chepstow and just north of St Arvans, you can cross the road and follow the signs for the 365 steps or as we did just explore the area around the view point in the car park.
There were fab trees in the woodland and it was quite magical…
Here’s how it looked..

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2015/01/img_0356.jpgwe found some hanging vines and made a natural swing..

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2015/01/img_0360.jpgwe searched for bugs..

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2015/01/img_0368.jpgwe only spent around an hour and a half there but it was a lovely stop off.

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GUARDIAN MEMORIAL

In the heart of the valley over looking the community stands ‘The Guardian’, towering 20 metres into the sky this steel structure of a sinewy minor is a memorial that stands as a stark reminder of the 45 miners that lost their lives in the towns 1960 underground mining explosion.
We parked in the signposted car park & took the 10 minute tranquil stroll up to the structure, set surrounded by rolling green valleys ‘Guardian’ exuded a sense of awe. The kids seemed to lap up a lesson in history & the fragility of life. This visit only took us an hour at most, strolling and taking a good amount of time to absorb the atmosphere & appreciate the significance of the site.
Guardian is the largest mining memorial in Wales which commemorates the 1960 Six Bells mining disaster in which 45 men & boys lost their lives in an underground gas & coal explosion, The Guardian was unveiled on June 28th 2010 to mark the 50th anniversary of the disaster.

Costing over Β£200.000 the memorial of a miner 12.6 metres high and stands in a plinth display the names & ages of all whom perished. He is made up of 20.000 individual slices of 10mm thick cor ten steel, a weathering steel that enables a protective rust to form on its surface.

The memorial towers over 20 metres high looking over the former Six Bells colliery.

Our visit was very thought provoking especially after visiting the Big Pit heritage site nearby & having the opportunity to go underground & grasp an idea of mining life.

Both places are free to visit & great to install some Welsh heritage education.

(Six Bells, Abertillery NP13 2NQ)Would definitely recommend a visit.

Here’s how our walk went..

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PEN Y FAN SUNRISE WALK

We started our adventures for 2015 with a sun rise walk to the top of Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales. We started our walk from the Pont ar Daf car park located along the A470 a few minutes in a westerly direction from the Storey Arms.
We used this walked as a quality time slot with just the 10 year old with us…the teenager stayed home with the younger children and we were home for elevenses πŸ˜‰
We wrapped up warm (with spare clothes in our rucksacks to allow for change in weather) and took a flask of tea. Good walking boots are advisable and always tell somebody where you are going.

We started our walk from the car park 50 minutes before the sun was due to rise so had good light with the darkness fading, we followed the well defined path over the bridge and up…
It took us an hour to reach the summit where we enjoyed our tea in the company of a beautiful sunrise before heading back down.
The weather was forecast to clear but the wind at the too was bitterly cold and the blue sky a little deceiving.
It was a great way to start off 2015…
Here’s how we got on…

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An hour before sunrise was a lovely light, not too dark but with all the stars still out.

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/da9/50259951/files/2015/01/img_0299.jpgwith cloud on the horizon we had to wait until the sun broke through the band of cloud…but when it did it was beautiful…

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/da9/50259951/files/2015/01/img_0294-0.jpgafter absorbing the sun joining us for the day we headed back down the way we had come…

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/da9/50259951/files/2015/01/img_0284.jpgas we walked down we walked back into the shadow of the mountain faster than the sun was rising..

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/da9/50259951/files/2015/01/img_0280.jpgand as we got back down to the car park the sun was just peeping over the mountain..

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We started the year off exactly how we intend to see through 2015..making use of everything beautiful that surrounds us and the outdoors beneath our feet πŸ™‚