Thursday, 12 July 2012

Aberbran Caravan Club Site 4th - 8th July

Aberbran Caravan Club Site

Well Zoe has gone to Cyprus so we decided that we would slip over the bridge to the land where Dragons live.  Aberbran CC site is about three miles to the west of Brecon.  It is built on the site of an old railway station. It has been a caravan club site since 1967. As it is small, with only 25 pitches it is run by a team of volunteer wardens. It really is one of the neatest sites that we have stayed on.

 This means that it is a long narrow site.  When we arrived the wardens greeted us with the news that we had been allocated pitch 7, which was at the far end of the site, and was the only one with a really good view.  Getting the caravan in position was a bit tight, which lead me to wonder how we would get it out again.
This was also the first time out with our new awning, which went up easily and stood up to the weather very well.  Once we were set up this was our view.
On the Tuesday we decided to go for a circular drive around the Brecon Beacons. It was very wet so photos are not so good so only one of this part of our trip.

On the Friday we were off to the Fairford Air Tattoo to meet Cathy and Rob.   This should have been a journey of some 70 miles that should have taken about 1 hour 45 minutes, but it was very, very wet and took us two hours. However we got there and survived the mud.  It rained all day, but Robert produced an excellent lunch.  We saw lots of planes arriving and watched some spectacular flying by the Black Falcons. Unfortunately our camera is not up to taking aeroplane's clearly so you will have to settle for one shot of the American ones.
Next year, if funds permit, we might go to the show proper for the whole weekend
The journey home was even worse. Horrific traffic from Fairford to Gloucester, due to roads being flooded. Once through Gloucester the roads were clear but it still took us three hours to get back.

Saturday was a cracking day so we sot off to drive up the Llanthony Valley in the Black Mountains.  I have camped in this valley so many times with Scouts that many memories came flooding back.
Llanthony abbey, despite being a ruin is still truly stunning.

The 'modern' building is Cafe/Bar and also has accommodation. Very busy place as this a good place to park up and walk from.
We drove on up the valley, climbing higher and higher!

Even Liz admired the view!

We drove on to the top of the valley, Hay Bluff, where the views were absolutely stunning.  Just like being on top of the world.   A few shots to demonstrate how good it is up there.

Sorry, but could not resist popping this one in!
We set off to drive down the hill back to camp when we spotted this caravan in the middle of nowhere!
It looked to be in good condition as though it was still in use.
This shot shows just how remote it was.

With that we returned to the site

Sunday also dawned fine and bright so we cleared up in a leisurely manner.  When the time came to hitch up we were able to pull the van round with ease. Several other caravaners came to help us but it swung round really easily.
A gentle run home, then the caravan back into storage ready for our next trip in a few days time!

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