Well I’ll be Dammed

And we’re off. Finally after all this time Puffin hits the highways and it feels good. Ruby was tagging along for the trip, as she has missed out on several camping adventures

We head towards Worcester then on to Leominster past the OK Diner. Our destination is Fforest Fields campsite at Hundred House, not far from Builth Wells. We left home with the sun shining down us, then past Worcester it started to rain heavily and as we came within 4 miles of our campsite we drove through a snow blizzard. We pulled into the campsite gates in sunshine. The weather in Wales is changeable to say the least. The radio in Puffin has been playing up. It won’t pick up any radio signals and turns itself on for no apparent reason. We are going of get a Dab radio in time for our upcoming Scottish trip in May. The E/Knitter can’t live with out the Archers.


After taking Ruby for a walk on one of the many routes around the site, we settled down to watch “The Lady in a van” DVD as there isn’t any television signal on site.


The Extreme knitter had prepared meat balls in a homemade tomato sauce for our supper. It was going to be served with tagliatelle, but guess who forgot to bring it, so we had potatoes with it instead. All washed down with a cheeky Bacardi & Coke. Some days when camping you just have to rough it.


(The E/knitter interjected at this point to make it known that she doesn’t partake in any of the alcoholic beverages mentioned in this blog)

Fforest fields camp (no Anna that’s not me stuttering) has a casual vibe and it is a popular base for many activities. Hikers, kayakers and mountain bikers. It’s situated beneath a range of hills that are used for paragliding. The facilities here are excellent and spotlessly clean. There’s a small boating lake and a separate fishing lake.

Fforest fields camp site


Sunny Sunday and after a full English breakfast we set off to Rhayder and took the minor road to the Elan Valley, the home of Birmingham’s water supply. The visitor centre is situated below the Caban Coch Dam and looked interesting, but we couldn’t go in as we had Ruby with us and dogs aren’t allowed. We drove up to the car park and view point at the top of the dam. The shear power of the pure, clean Welsh water cascading over the dam is spectacular.

The Elan Valley Visitor Centre



We ended our trip at the Claerwen dam having driven over the submerged Garreg-ddu dam that looks like a viaduct.



Later back at the campsite the E/knitter lay in bed reading her latest knitting magazine and pronounced that on the 25th April there would be a knitting show held at the Builth Wells Royal show ground which just happens to be down the road from the camp site. I think she’s hinting that another visit here is on the cards.

This trip was also a try out of our new 3 inch thick memory foam mattress topper which replaced our previous 2 inch topper. The result was a unanimous thumbs up.

The E/knitter was also wearing her walking boots for the first time after her foot operation to get used to them again in readiness for our Scottish trip. Our dirty walking boots travel in an old ex army rucksack that I modified to attach on to Puffins ladder as storage space inside is at a premium and who wants to sleep with smelly boots?

back pack

It was a slow and lazy start to the Monday morning before we broke camp and headed home.

We passed through Leominster and I was disappointed that we couldn’t stop for lunch at the OK diner and rediscover the 1960’s. Travelling with a dog does have its restrictions.


5 thoughts on “Well I’ll be Dammed

    • We are doing more wild camping, especially in Scotland. England isn’t so easy, but there are some places that allow it. Brecon in wales, Appledore in North Devon. The more you do it the easier it gets. We work on the basis that if it doesn’t feel right we move on. Trust in your natural gut feeling.

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