Year 6 pupils take North Wales by storm – literally!

So, here we all are in Wales. Not that we mind the fact that we are in the rain whilst everyone at home is basking in sunshine! No, here we are in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park and the Year 6s are all having a fantastic time on their residential.

We set off early Sunday morning with a long trip ahead of us.

Our first visit was to Blists Hill, a Victorian village which is part of the Ironbridge Museum. Here we visited the brickworks, the candle makers, doctor’s surgery, the printers, the woodturner and the drapers. It really gave us a great flavour of what it was like living in the Victorian Times.

Once we arrived at The Plas everyone was shown to their rooms and we started to make ourselves at home.

Plas Tan-y-Bwlch has suffered greatly in the storms and we were amazed to see the devastation caused by a hurricane. The grounds are completely out of bounds but there are still fantastic views over the valley. It was like coming home for those of us who have been coming here for a number of years!

Monday morning dawned and most of us had had a good night’s sleep. Everyone made the most of the full English Breakfast and then we set off for our first day, walking in Snowdonia. The sun was shining as we left and when we started the walk along the miners track we were wearing sunglasses! Mr Williams is our guide for the week and he is a mine of information about the whole area. We climbed for a couple of hours up to Llyn Llydaw and ate our lunch in the deserted copper mine.

We could see the weather coming in and the skies were getting really dark so we decided to head back down the valley before it got too wet! However, the thunder and lightning beat us to it and we had a dramatic walk back to the bus. The thundered echoed all around us and the lightning flashed but we were all quite safe!

After another short walk through the village of Bedd Gelert, again in the rain, we decided to return to The Plas for a shower before our evening meal and a presentation all about Snowdonia.

We are all having a fantastic time but the lack of telephone signal means we are struggling to tweet! Hopefully this will make up for it!