We've just returned from a weekend away in Wales. We try to get away each year between the boys' birthdays which luckily fits in well with the end of school exams. We had a 15th birthday three weeks ago and a 17th birthday on Monday so this was the last in between weekend. The boys take it in turns to choose the location but in fact it makes very little difference as we always end up just over the border into Wales either in the Brecon Beacons or in the Hay-on-Wye/ Black Mountains area.
This time it was a Youth Hostel way up in the black mountains, miles away from anywhere and it was brilliant. Unfortunately this hostel will be closing permanently in October. It is an old hill farm and it requires updating which would cost too much compared to the revenue that the hostel generates. Its such a shame when some of these hostels have to close, we have certainly benefited from their low cost unique accommodation for many holidays and short breaks as the children have grown up.
The weather this weekend.......... we had rain, more rain, heavy rain, low cloud, more rain. drizzle, well you get the general idea. Not much walking was done but we were able to retreat into Hay-on-Wye with its coffee shops and bookshops, so not much of a hardship really.
Some pictures from the weekend.
The Youth Hostel
View from the Hostel
A wet walk in the mountains