So after a long year’s wait, Julian finally got to do what he loves and have some fun on the water with his kayaking buddies on the Tryweryn River in Gwynedd, North Wales. It’s a dam release river so not always suitable to paddle, but this weekend was set to be a good one and the sun was shining too.
The campsite sits just alongside the river and it’s a short walk up to the National White Water Centre which offers a shuttle taking paddlers and boats up to the entry point. They also offer various activities including rafting, canyoning and safety courses, and have a good riverside cafe.
We spent two nights at Tyn Cornel Campsite and it was a very pleasant stay. The pitches were well spaced and the facilities, although simple, were clean and very importantly the showers were piping hot. On our first night we all sat around a firepit sharing drinks, conversation and toasted marshmallows semi-melted and squashed between chocolate digestive biscuits. It was a lovely evening apart from some annoying midges which miraculously I escaped. Unluckily Julian got dozens of bites all over his arms and legs as a special souvenir of our stay!
Next day it was straight back on the water for Julian and some relaxation time for me in the sun with a good book. It was a glorious, warm, sunny day so perfect for a nice lunch under the awning afterwards and a couple of hours relaxation.
On our second evening we got a lift into Bala and went to the Plas Coch for dinner. The town itself is nothing special and nowhere near as pretty as Llangollen but there are several pubs and restaurants there so ideal for our purposes. We enjoyed a hearty meal, some animated chatter (mostly about rivers, water and paddling!) and were treated to some spontaneous choir practice by a group in the room next door. All in all a good night.