Vale of Llangollen
26.08.2011 - 29.08.2011
For the bank holiday weekend in August, Darren and I went north for a few days in the Welsh countryside. We rented a quaint barn conversion with a loft bedroom and, most fascinating to me, an Aga cooker.
The cottage was four miles from a small village called Llangollen, just across the border of Shropshire.
Primarily catering to tourists now, they have a steam railway and canal tours by horsedrawn boat (previously used them to carry out slate).
The canal leads to an impressive aquaduct nearby, which we walked across on a windy (and busy) afternoon.
Another highlight: the remains of the abbey called Valle Crucis (another ruin courtesy of old Henry VIII).
I also had a small thrill to see a mountainside covered with my namesake purple shrub...