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Garwnant Visitor Centre, South Wales
The day after we went to the protest in Cardiff, we met our children, plus their spouses and the grandchildren in the forest at Garwnant. It turned out to be an excellent location with a wide variety of trails. We'd stayed overnight in Merthyr Tydfil, but there is little to do in Merthyr first thing on a Sunday morning, so we arrived at Garwnant some time before the family. This gave us time to eat a breakfast of bacon rolls before going to explore.

This is one of the statues that greet you as you pull into the car park. I have to admit to doing a double take when I first glimpsed it because it looked for a moment like a man taking a pee! Looking more carefully revealed the over-large head and strange ears and that it was in fact a statue of an ogreish sort of person.

Sculpture in the woods

View looking out over the visitor centre where we ate breakfast and showing the ogreish person more clearly.

Garwnant visitor centre

We decided that the narrow road alongside the reservoir was not likely to be chosen for the family outing, so that's where we went first. The weather was dampish, but not actually raining, which was a relief after the torrential downpours of the previous day. There were glimpses of the reservoir through the trees.

A glimpse of the lake

It looked beautiful, but each stile and path led to a sullen fisherman, ensconced with all their gear, and not looking kindly on intruders who wanted to take photos. There also lots of dire warnings about the dangers lurking by the reservoir. They really didn't seem keen for people to be there, despite the inviting stile.

They really don't want you to go there!

We turned back after a while and met the family back at the car park. We had a nice walk which even little A (who is 4) managed and the 3 grandchildren followed the clues and filled in the worksheet as we found each animal sculpture dotted at intervals along the woodland trail. Then, after a very nice picnic provided by our daughter, we bade everyone farewell and set off north, reaching home in the early evening.

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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From: cmcmck Date: September 20th, 2016 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Health and safety going overboard in two languages yet! :o/
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 21st, 2016 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suppose they don't want the loved ones of electrocuted fishermen trying to say that they hadn't realised there was anything dangerous there!
kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: September 20th, 2016 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's really lovely. For some reason I don't think of the UK as a place with evergreen forests ...

And the ogre is pretty adorable, too!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 21st, 2016 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are lots of evergreen forests in Scotland, Wales and the North of England, mostly planted by the Forestry Commission which was originally set up to rectify the shortage of timber during the First World War.

However, in recent years, as the emphasis on the forests has shifted away from commercial timber production to leisure use, the conifers aren't being replanted when an area had been harvested and they're reverting to native trees for a more natural look.
sartorias From: sartorias Date: September 20th, 2016 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
So lovely!
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