The workload leading up to the holiday period and a couple of disappointments left us physically and mentally drained. Time for some rest and relaxation. We booked ourselves a new year break on the other side of the country in Mid Wales, a place we have never visited before. Travelled over on an organised coach trip and stayed in a lovely Victorian hotel where we were wined and dined for three nights.
On day two we were taken on a trip through the spectacular Elan Valley. I was amazed at the ability of the driver to negotiate the 20+ miles of narrow, twisting road through the Cambrian Mountains. That’s the advantage of doing this, being able to sit back and admire the scenery. The disadvantage is not being able to stop when a stunning view comes into sight! The Valley Is dominated by six dams and reservoirs which supply drinking water to the city of Birmingham and the West Midlands and also produce some hydro-electric power. Building started in 1893 and finished in 1952.
The Cambrian Mountains do not have many rocky outcrops but are more rounded and grassy. The area has very little population and is known as the ‘Desert of Wales’. The highest point is 2467ft (752m).
A stop for lunch in the village of Devil’s Bridge gave me a chance to see the structure from which the name derives. For the princely sum of £1 you can descend into a gorge to view the three bridges built on each other. The earliest being Medieval (c 1075-1200). The second built in 1753 and finally an iron bridge erected in 1901. Light down here was pretty much non-existant and I had to push the iso to a thousand.