Day 9 and 10 of our Wales trip

After leaving New Quey, we headed for Tenby, another seaside town this time a little bigger than some others we have visited on this trip. This meant it was a bit more lively and the town centre was busy with most if not all of the pubs and restaurants open.

We arrived in the early evening and set about finding a place to park up for the night, we had given up on trying to find an open campsite on this trip. Fortunatly on the drive to Tenby we stopped in a motorway services and took advantage of there excellent showers. Over the years on my travels around the UK I have often seen showers at the service stations but didn’t know how they worked or how you got to use them. So I followed the instructions on the door. Ask for key at WH Smiths. When I asked how much and what the procedure was. The lady just said you give me your car keys and I give you the showers key, when your finished we swap keys again. No charge. The showers were great so we both got clean again. Now before you get the idea that we are just traveling around without washing, we do have a shower in the van and of course a hot water system, but at this of year its not so easy to get the shower area dry and it’s a very small space, so we just tend to strip wash every day and then get a shower every other day at a leasure centre or “now that we know” in the service station.Back to Tenby, we use a phone app called “park4night” to fine parking places. It is a user based list of sites that people add to or update and comment on, its very user frendly and has loads of places where other campers have parked up for the night. Although the UK seems to restrict and tries to prevent campervans from staying outside of offical campsites. i can understand this in June/July and August but its very helpfull to us when all the campsites have closed down for the winter. It seems to me that most people with campervan at this time of year are very responsible and only stay for a night or two.

. After breakfast we packed up and headed for Cardiff. Arriving late afternoon we headed for the National Express coach terminal and car park. You can park overnight here for £17, it is also very close to the centre of Cardiff with just a five minute walk to Cardiff Arms Park/the Millennium Stadium and the pubs and shops. After setting up the van we headed off into town for a couple of beers and a site seeing mission. We ended up in a bar called Zerodgrees it is a micro brewey and they brew all ther own beers on site.

we had a plesent eveing but most of the pubs were setup for the stag/hen weekend crowd with bouncers on the doors and very load music. Not really what Bettie and I were looking for. So back to the van for some food and a good night’s kip. Up early’ish the next day we headed back into town to visit the shops and market stalls. It is a very nice town with some old lanes with small independent shops and cafe although we were informed that one café had a 40 min wait for food. After parting with a big chunk of money on a new Goretex jacket, we stopped of at the castle on the way back to the van.

of course we were to tight to pay the entrance fee so we just stood in the entrance and took a quick photo. We took the short walk back to the van and the drive back home. It had been a great trip and although the weather had not been great we managed a few good walks and saw a lot of Wales.

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