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A Fairy Tale of camping in mid-Wales

There was once a princess who lived in Bristol with her travelling mother and father and her stay-at-home brothers, who longed for adventure with her friends. Because she was dearly beloved (although she never kept her room tidy) her parents granted her heart’s desire to go camping with her fellow princesses, and waved a magic wand to make it so.

And so it was that the ten princesses set off in the palace mini-van, driven by the king (the chauffeur was on holiday) and arrived at their fairy dell in the kingdom of Welsh Wales. They found a friendly miller and his wife who had an old water mill with a bunk house and an orchard that was perfect for camping. Here it seemed the perfect place to experience the joys of Welsh camping (damp grass, fresh air and camp fires). They took with them provisions for the finest spaghetti bolognaise, tinned tomato soup and bacon and eggs (for everyone knows that you must have bacon and eggs for breakfast when camping).

The king and queen watched over them as they frollicked in the river and chatted around the campfire about things that interest princesses. Soon the next day dawned and the real adventures began. They found a leafy glade and tiptoed barefoot and bikini-clad through the ferns and the beech leaves that surrounded the mill. There in seclusion they bathed in the river, even jumping bravely into an icy plunge pool to prove their daring. No frog princes were seen, kissed, or even thought of, for these were independent minded young princesses.

Then shivering deliciously, they made their way back to warm up with cups of tomato soup and hot showers.

In the afternoon, when they’d had their fill of leafy glades, they visited the nearby town of Hay-on-Wye where people came from far and wide to buy and sell books. There was even a festival held there once a year, where bards and prophets, such as Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu could be heard to utter wise words. They sought out yet another bathing spot nearby in the river where canoists drifted past and spent an afternoon relaxing and sunbathing. Naturally they kept their sunglasses on at all times, in order to remain incognito. During the evening they toasted marshmellows over the camp fire and sang songs of friendship.

All too soon the adventure was over and they returned to their kingdom of Bristol to resume their princessly duties, vowing that their little adventure was not one that would show up in any paparazzi book of fairy tales, although they might graciously give permission for it to appear on some obscure little blog.

If you would like to take your princesses (or princes) on a camping adventure in mid-Wales, we can highly recommend Trericket Mill, where Alistair and Nicky Legge will offer you a warm welcome for B & B, Bunkhouse or Camping Accomodation, and vegetarian home cooking.

Trericket Mill, Erwood, Builth Wells, Powys, Mid Wales, LD2 3TQ
Tel 01982 560312
Website http://www.trericket.co.uk/

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Kristine
    August 14, 2009 at 12:00 am

    aaww, lovely story. i bet that was nice!!

  • Reply
    Amy @ The Q Family
    August 14, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Look like everyone enjoy their time there. I love camp sites that are close to waterfalls, river or lake.

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    Jean Beasley
    August 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Hi. I have a blog at http://www.picturecamping.com where I feature people’s posts about camping, and I would like to send my readers your way. Of course I would give you credit for quotes and would link back to your site.

    Thanks for considering this,

    Jean B. in SC

  • Reply
    Heather Cowper
    August 16, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    @Jean

    Of course, feel free to mention or reproduce parts of my blog post as long as you link back to the original post here.

    You may also be interested in my other post about campling in Wales.

    https://www.heatheronhertravels.com/camping-in-sunshine-and-showers-on-the-gower-in-wales/

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    jessiev
    August 22, 2009 at 12:25 am

    this team of princesses would love to cross the pond and explore this fairyland! what fun!

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    Jessica
    October 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    The pictures of the water fall remind me of our trip to Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Very beautiful.

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    Stuart Weitzman
    November 12, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Great photos. I love waterfalls. Very peaceful.

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    Scott
    April 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

    That is some beautiful scenery you have there, especially the waterfalls. Looks as though you are all having a great time!

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    Audrey
    June 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Such a lovely story! I’ve never read a travel fairy tale before. I really enjoyed it 🙂

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