Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Wales - Day 6

And so to the last day of our lovely holiday in North Wales. We drove to Nant yr Arian a peaceful recreation centre in the middle of the forest famous for its daily feeding of the local Red Kite population. There is also a number of walks and cycle trails. We waited patiently by the lake and spotted the odd Red Kite flying high over the trees. Soon, a man appeared on the opposite side and threw down the food while the crowds gathered expectantly. Suddenly there were ten birds, then twenty, then thirty and then the whole area above the lake was swarming with Red Kites, very graceful in their movements as they swooped down to retrieve their treats. It was a very serene moment and a lovely way to spend our afternoon.

Al relaxes in the huge hammock swing

Followed by mum & Coby

Coby sizes up his play area

And settles for a seat in the meantime
Awaiting the arrival of Red Kites by the lake

The beautiful Red Kite

A successful day out

We decided to make the most of our last day by returning to Devil's Bridge to see the waterfalls. We took the train from Machynlleth with Maddy, Justin and Louis on Sunday, but it rained quite heavily and we felt it was too wet and slippery to risk the walk down the steep slope by the waterfall. So, before heading back to the caravan for the last time, we drove to Devil's Bridge and decided to take the shorter of the suggested walks around the Devil's Punchbowl. There are about 100 steps, which Coby negotiated very well and we breathed in the air and spray from the water while admiring the splendid view - a great ending to a great holiday....

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