4 of us travelled to Aberystwyth for the Traws Cambria weekend
Over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 4 of us joined in for the Traws Cambria weekend, organised by Y Ddraig Goch group. Andrew & Sarah often join other groups for weekend gatherings, so we 2 (Dick & Beryl) decided to take part in this event.
On Saturday morning, approximately 46 TRs gathered in the car park of the Park Lodge Hotel for a briefing from Anthony Davies, prior to setting off on our first drive. We'd been given a pack of information at registration, containing a plan for the weekend, route descriptions, a bumper plaque and commemorative slate coaster. The car park was scene of much chat, and a little bit of bonnet raising too! The sun was shining, but it was pretty cool so although hoods were down, several layers + hats were needed.
Time to set off, firstly to Devil's Bridge, then through the bleak, but stunning Ystwyth Valley, scene of mining for Silver, Lead & Zinc in days gone by. On then to the Elan Valley, again through stunning scenery, for a stop at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre. Our journey then took us via Rhayader & Llangurig, before returning to Aberystwyth. We 2 walked into town, and had a look at the seafront - others chose different stopping points, and made their way back in their own time.
The day was rounded off with a buffet meal at Y Consti, which involved a ride on the cliff railway - there was a really great atmosphere - many who attended are old friends, but those of us who are 'newbies' were made very welcome.
On Sunday morning, a slightly later start for the drive, firstly through Borth, where a sea mist dropped the temperature quite significantly. On then to Devil's Bridge, but approaching from the opposite direction. A coffee stop here, then on to Strata Florida & the ruin of a Cistercian Monastery. This is well worth a visit, particularly on a sunny day, for the stunning setting alone. A re-enactment group were present, and we felt sympathy for them in their very heavy costumes - by now it was seriously hot! On then to Tregaron, with a brief stop at Cors Caron Bog - a really important habitat for several endangered species. In glorious sunshine, we sat out for snacks / lunch at the fabulous Riverbank tea room & Farm shop - well worth a visit. After that, some left to make their way home, or on to the next leg of their holiday, while others returned to Aberystwyth.
That brought the organised aspect of the weekend to a close, and we'd like to thank Anthony & all who were involved in organising the event - the information was spot on, the relaxed organisation meant that we were able to drive at our own pace, and stop where it suited us. I rather suspect we'll be signing up next year - if you could organise the fantastic weather again that would be a bonus!