Coed Y Brenin (4)

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Rounding out our visit to Coed Y Brenin Forest Park with a black route on the mountain bike and a walk to the waterfalls. With the occasional geocache.



Coed Y Brenin

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I managed to sneak 2 days of leave from work last week during the kids' half term to get away to Coed Y Brenin Forest Park in North Wales to do some mountain biking and trail running. It's an excellent place to visit and I've been meaning to go for years, often driving past on the way to somewhere else. There are 8 mountain biking trails from green for the kids to longer black routes needing a bit of skill and fitness. The running routes are also great, and let me switch my brain off for a bit, following sign posts to get a tour around the forest on footpaths and logging roads.

It was a great few days away, and the kids got some mtb skills going on green and blue routes. The autumnal colours of the forest made all the riding and running even more beautiful, and we sneaked in some geocaching. I even got everyone out on a night hike for caches with the nights drawing in.

My main aim this year was to try to take all my leave this year and I've failed miserably. I've been working too much again, becoming more like the salmon, even though I'm not striving to get anywhere (I'd like to strive to get outdoors to play more). We've been asked to teach two new courses and have not yet had any new staff, so we've had to get the preparation work done ourselves to make sure it all runs smoothly. Damn my work ethic.

I didn't record an anatomy video last week because I was away, but I have a couple of ideas for videos so I might do 2 this week. I'll edit the Coed Y Brenin videos and get them up on the YouTubes too.



Family mountain biking at Afan

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I was planning to go for a quick ride at Afan Forest Park on Sunday morning, but as we're planning to visit Coed Y Brenin in the half term week the rest of the family wanted to come too.



Finding Blue Pool

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Kim wanted to go and find a tidal pool that's hidden in a bay by the sand dunes of Broughton, on the Gower. We had a spot on a map and a vague idea so we followed the coast at low tide as far as we could. It turned out pretty well. But cold!