As I’m working over the Easter weekend and as it’s always good to spend time with the family, I took to opportunity of a free weekend in April to enjoy the outdoors with my wife and daughter.
My daughter decided on the activities and these were to be:
- Rock Climbing;
- Canoeing on Bala Lake; and
- Walking on the Church Stretton Hills.
We are fortunate to have a back garden large enough to accommodate a small area for bushcraft skills and my daughter learnt how to light a fire using an ember in the form of char cloth before carving a spatula and cooking lunch over an open fire. After lunch it was off to Church Stretton to climb up to Pole Bank (517m) via Ashes Hollow, which is one of the quieter but picturesque valleys of the Long Mynd. A great day out finished off by a chippy tea.
The next day we were up early for a day of climbing and canoeing. In the morning we paddled on Bala Lake and had a picnic for lunch. The lake was very calm and on the way back we took time to observe the wildlife and identify as many trees as possible on the shoreline.
The afternoon was spend at Trevor Rocks near Llangollen and my daughter climbed and abseiled down the rock faces a few times before tiredness kicked in and we left for a welcome ice cream in Llangollen.