Things I have learnt from Boating on the broads 

So, a group of us decided to rent a boat for a week and go around the Norfork Broads and we have ended up with this! I know right, cool! 

  

After driving around for the past two days we have already learnt a few important tips. 

  • When mooring (parking for an evening) make sure you do it between 4-5pm otherwise you won’t find a spot.
  • If you have a boat higher than seven meters make sure you read the hand book for tide times as you may not fit under certain bridges. 
  • Listen the the guy teaching you how to tie all the different types of knots, you will need to know them!
  • Even if the weather is good take jackets as you will be cold when on top of the boat. 
  • Open a window in each bedroom at night otherwise condensation will collect on the ceiling and fall on your face while you are sleeping! Trust me this happens. 
  • Follow the speed limits as there is a £1,000 fine (luckily we haven’t been fined, just something useful to know).
  • If your boyfriend is tall like mine make sure you have first dibs on bedrooms as beds aren’t that big. 
  • Stop and connect your water cable daily as you don’t want to run out of water.
  • Make sure someone has a general idea on how to read a map!

Most importantly, make sure you have enough alcohol! 

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My return to Barmouth 

For the past few months I have been going on and on about a place in ‘Wales’ I had once visited, but could never seem to fine after deciding I wanted to revisit. I explained to my boyfriend what the location was like and what shops were based there but every time we search I just couldn’t find it.

After a long discussion one morning we took to google (again) to try and find the location, for the final time. I mentioned how me and my friend had previously gotten a train into Porthmadog from the unknown location, so we start by looking at the different train routes that went to Porthmadog. Luckily for us this wasn’t major stopping point for many trains so it only had one route which made things a lot easier. We both started googling images of each town that came up on this route and low and behold I finally found my ‘place in Wales’, it was a small town known as Barmouth. 
After the success of finally finding Barmouth we obviously had to take a trip there that day so I could make my long overdue return! 
We set off from my boyfriend’s house in Flint midmorning and arrived in time to witness sun shining down on the local beech (unfortunately the image below doesn’t show that).

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We started off walking along the sea front and stopped off at Knickerbockers for ice cream. The shop is pretty hard to miss as it’s bright pink. There are so many different flavours of ice cream which all look incredible, so it really was a struggle to pick (I would recommend the coconut and cookie cream, it was by far the best).
We continued walking around the town and ended up in the local arcade, which obviously meant we had to have half an hour playing on the 2p machines. I can gladly say we won three keyring that we will probably never use and a packet of haribo that didn’t last long, so all in all a major success.
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After the excitement of winning we continued our walked round the rest of the town, which lead to me talking my boyfriend’s ear off, as he had the pleasure of me giving him a running commentary about all the shops and what I had done while there on my last visit, luckily he found it funny and laughed. Before heading home we made our final visit to the local fudge shop Fudgeridoo (which smell amazing by the way!), the fudge they sell is perfect and they have so many different flavours to choose from, so you will be umming and arring for quite a while.

Beautiful views of Llandegla 

What did I learn this weekend? Not to go to Wales on a Saturday especially if it’s sunny or in the midst of the summer holidays.

 After looking for another dog friendly location Llandegla seemed like the perfect place, walking trails, lovely views and a lake for the dog to swim in. Shortly after setting off we were quickly stopped by traffic heading into North Wales, which wasn’t the best start. After a quick change on the Sat Nav, we rerouted and took the long way round through the Cheshire countryside which ended up taking us over 2 hours, not the best way to complete a journey that should have taken us about an hour.

 On arrival we took a look at all the routes available around Llandegla which were a mixture of walking and biking routes. Due to having no idea which way was best we attempted to follow the route that looked like it went straight to the lake, which somehow we actually managed to do without getting lost. After wandering around and taking lots of photos we eventually removed the dog from the lake and set off home to roads with no traffic.