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Re: Dry Dock Cottage, Brecon Beacons

Postby Dave » 25 Jun 2019 15:07

rdw123 wrote:The cottage looks lovely. Plenty of books and cafes for Fred in Hay. Can recommend a nearby little town called Kington. That is where I was born, too many years ago. There is a nice walk up on Hergest Ridge and Offas Dyke, part of it, is also there. A lovely time of year to visit.

Thanks for that Ruth - I've done some investigating...

According to Google, Kington is about 30 miles away, which makes a walk around there entirely possible. Like anyone of my age, I'd heard of Hergest Ridge, but only as a Mike Oldfield album. Looking at the OS map, I can see what looks like a very attractive walk across the ridge along the Offa's Dyke Path as far as Gladestry and back along paths lower down. :thumbup: I also like the look of Hanter Hill, so that could be included...
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Re: Dry Dock Cottage, Brecon Beacons

Postby rdw123 » 26 Jun 2019 06:46

Hi Dave. Sounds good. My uncle used to live in Gladestry. Many years ago the cafe in Kington used to close for lunch! Don’t suppose it does now, times have changed. It’s a lovely walking area with quite a few hills to challenge you and beautiful scenery.
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Postby Dave » 19 Oct 2019 08:21

Today's the day! :D

I've planned walks for each day. All that remains is to pack and we should arrive this afternoon. :wave:

I'll try to post updates as usual... ;)
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Postby Gillzajoker » 19 Oct 2019 09:55

Have a great time, Dave! :D
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Re: Dry Dock Cottage, Brecon Beacons

Postby Carwalsick » 19 Oct 2019 12:42

A lovely spot and it looks as though the weather might just smile on you for a few days at least. I look forward to hearing about it.

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Re: Dry Dock Cottage, Brecon Beacons

Postby Camela » 19 Oct 2019 13:38

Enjoy the Mon and Brec, looking forward to your report Dave.
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Postby Dave » 19 Oct 2019 19:36

The drive was quite terrible and we had some trouble finding Llanfoist Wharf, but we made it and the cottage and setting are fantastic!

A longboat passed the window just as we went inside:

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The cottage is ultra-modern and there's even a 'cinema' below the sleeping area:

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The front windows open onto the canal:

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A tunnel to the tow path leads under the canal directly from the front door. A stream flows through the tunnel. It was getting dark after our short walk and the tunnel was full of bats when we got back!

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There's a second cottage nearby as well as the house in the photo to rent. To the right of us is the boathouse.

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We've seen a few boats, including this one which is moored a little way along the canal:

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This section of the canal is high up on the hillside and the views are wonderful. We're looking forward to our first Brecon walk tomorrow... :D
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Postby judgegeoff » 19 Oct 2019 19:45

It looks wonderful Dave, have a great time. :thumbup:
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Re: Dry Dock Cottage, Brecon Beacons

Postby Camela » 19 Oct 2019 22:25

I envy you so much Dave, the location and wish I could be on a narrowboat too!
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Postby Gillzajoker » 20 Oct 2019 10:15

Looks amazing, Dave! :D
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