Travelled: 170 kilometres from Coventry in England to Welshpool in Wales
Visited: Powis Castle, Welshpool. A National Trust Estate £13 for the Castle and Garden each.
Stayed: The canal lock carpark at Coed-Y-Dinas, free (Wildcamping), a lovely spot. N52.63978, W03.15844
As we drive west from Shrewbury on the A458 the road narrows. The scenery is changing. Low hills rise on both sides of the road as we drive into the valley. Its also much greener as we cross the Welsh border and drive on to Welshpool. Its still morning as we roll into Welshpool and find a Tesco Supermarket at the first round-about. So we drive in a find a long parking spot and shop for a few more things we have found were missing.
Powis Castle is only 2 kilometres from Welshpool and we are soon driving into the carpark. As you would expect the Castle stands high on the hill above the car-park so we will have a bit of a walk. The car-park is almost full but we see 3 other motorhome already in one corner. We drive over park nearby and introduce ourselves. We discuss the usual topic ‘where are you stopping for the night ?’, they are planning on staying in the carpark.
So we start the long walk up the hill and cough up the entrance fee…
The Castle is more a stately home than the fortress that was originally concieved. It is disappointing to be told you cannot take photos. Perhaps the National Trust are concerned that the news may get back that Clive of India brought back most of the good stuff with him when he returned home. There is a fine collection of paintings depicting family and life in the country. Lots of fine furniture and nick-nacks from India and the far east. Anyway we enjoyed the Castle and walked the garden for an hour later in the afternoon.
The garden of Powis are well worth a walk. There a 4 terraces of unusual plants to explore as you make your way down to the formal gardens and croquet lawns.
Back in the Hymer we run through our various data bases and see a carpark adjioning a lock on the canal. Its only a short distance away so we decide to have a look.
Within a couple of hours we are joined by 2 of the motorhomes we chatted with earlier. After dinner they ask us to join them for a little sangria and a chat. Very nice people and another wonderful day of motorhoming.