Just a few snaps from our weekend away, unfortunately the memory card disintegrated when Mr Stoatie was transferring some photos to the Netbook and we didn’t have a spare – another lesson learned!
Here we are at the Camping in the Forest site at Beddgelert in the Snowdonia National Park, it is set in Forestry Commission land and the area used for the site itself is in open birch and oak woodlands. There were bluebells galore and lots of rabbits, squirrels and birds. Unfortunately it poured with rain and blew a gale practically all weekend and we were pretty much confined to the van. We did have a walk into Beddgelert during the best of the weather – a light drizzle! It was a pleasant stroll through the conifer forest and farmland, with great views of wonderful bluebell blue hillsides, I wish we could have taken some photos, they were stunning.
Unfortunately all the outdoor places to eat were shut, which was a shame as I’d been raving about the Cream Tea I’d had the week before and had been promising to buy Mr Stoatie one! We ended up eating pie and chips in the rain. The dogs were soaked to the skin and were gathering pitying glances from passers by, so we decided to go back on the quick route via the main road. Of course, despite towelling them off the best we could, they steamed steadily for the next few hours as they dried off.
This is the worst weather we have experienced camping, the dogs really missed sitting outside and watching the world go by and it was such an expedition to go the toilet block that I began to wish we’d left the port a loo in the van!
Our pitch backed on to the Welsh Highland Railway line – the campsite has it’s own station. It is a narrow gauge railway which runs from Caernarfon to Porthmadog. The trains are pulled by steam engines which are lovely, although the dogs were freaked out by the whistling. We did contemplate taking a ride but worked out that it would cost over £60 for the four of us and we couldn’t really afford it. Maybe next time!