My love of anything outdoors and being surrounded by mountains can some times drive Mr H insane. I hate being inside, I hate the feeling of being trapped in the house when I know there is fresh air waiting for me (even if it involves rain!).
So when we were asked to join our friends in the mountains for a weekend of outdoor play we were straight there! The plan was for the boys to go off mountain biking and the girls to go to the beach with the pooches and enjoy copious amounts of cream teas. This kind of happened……. eventually!
So, we loaded up with every kit bag we could find and headed off, taking a detour to the beach on the way to stretch our legs at Prestatyn.
We had booked to stay at the ‘Highest Inn’ in Wales, The Sportsman. (http://sportsmansarms.wales/en_GB/). A cute little local pub on the Evo Triangle with a Airbnb letting to the side. We had a couple of bedrooms, bathrooms and ample living space with a secure garden to chill in, and enough room to house all of the boys bikes and our kit in. The pub gave us homemade food of chilli, pies, steaks and lasagne which fuelled us well before days of fun (accompanied by the obvious need for beer). Only in the last couple of years have I started to appreciate real ale. Mr H is passionate – and I mean passionate – about beer. It has to be right, the right temperature, the right clarity, in the right glass – it’s an art form! And the Sportsman got it ping pong on point with a log fire for added atmosphere!
The next day the weather was a bit hit and miss so we decided as group to do a short 9km circular route around a pretty reservoir. Turned out to be 9miles! Not so short, but lovely for us all apart from our lovely friend, who’s 6 months pregnant in what turned out to be 25degree heat! She waddled on like a true solider!
After recovery ice creams and drinks we headed to Betws-y-Coed for lunch of handfired pizzas and cream teas.
After filling our faces we turned to the pub once again and spent the evening chilling in front of the fire.
The boys headed off early to Penmachno for some biking whilst us girls relaxed with bacon sandwiches for breaky and then headed to Colwyn Bay for a run on the beach. George the labrador and our sprocker Fern enjoyed an hour of sprinting in and out of the waves before we were interrupted by a call to say one of the boys had fallen of his bike and given himself a nice concussion! After a trip to A&E, and the all clear the evening was spent taking a short walk up to a dilapidated shooting hut just 10 minutes walk from where we were staying. The views over the Snowdon range were gorgeous, although a little hazy, but this topped our weekend off nicely.
It doesn’t take much effort to make a weekend relaxed and exciting at the same time, and being in the mountains does this for me. Thank you Wales for anotherfun packed adventure. Until the next time!
Lots of Love,
Mrs Heatho x
Ps. You can book the lodge at The Sportman via Airbnb or directly.