The Porthcawl Hotel
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... and stayed about 3 hours. Tristan thinks that he won the tower building competition but Jo-Ann's reached the ceiling first. Amy's was the most artistic, Jessamy's looked like the Eiffel tower and Kelly's looked like the design plan with a twist.
Not much happened for the rest of the day. After some indecision we finally had Subway for late lunch, walked back to the hotel via and exercise park and housing estate canal, and drove over to pick up our ...
... repair considering its history including being blasted by cannons in the Civil War by Oliver Cromwell. In a previous century it was the birthplace of Henry VII.
Moving on from Pembroke, we drove on increasingly major roads until finally using the M4 to drive into Cardiff (or Caerdidd in Welsh). It didn't take long to find the hotel IBIS Budget. We all had a laugh when we discovered what ...
... far was Scavenger. Challenging but doable and a thoroughly enjoyable route. This is a really interesting and picturesque area, a huge wide beach with the prominent rocks standing pyramid-like. We again had a great day of sunshine and beautiful surroundings. Gotta watch out for that tide though!
Our last day we spent at Box Bay, mainly practicing set ups for group work but also got a few climbs in (again after a lot of frustrating confusion with the guidebook!)
Thursday a day of cleaning and getting things sorted for Baz's return tomorrow morning at 6.30am. Lasagne made for his dinner, hope he's got a few guests to share it with, it's rather large for one person. Washing, cooking, cleaning, vacuuming and PACKING - argh!!!!!!!!!!!! Packing suitcases after Christmas spent in London is likened to trying to fit a sleeping bag back into it's original pack, a tent into it's tent bag, an almost impossibility. But low and behold ...
... But, not for us crazy travellers. We were here in winter in pursuit of castles.
The remainder of the castles we explored in Wales did not disappoint. We felt like we were in a time warp at Raglan castle, as we could imagine exactly what it would have been like in this castle back in the day. At Tintern Abbey, we were excited about the beauty of this abbey ruin, and at Caerphilly Castle, we finally got some good weather to go along with the majestic scene of a Welsh ...