Silver Travel Book Club - April 2021

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Silver Travel Book Club

Each month, we'll explore a different destination, and two lucky Silver Travel Book Club readers can win a free copy of the month's book.

One TravellerThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by
One Traveller – is reading ‘Flappy Entertains’ by Santa Montefiore.

Flappy Scott-Booth is the self-appointed queen bee of Badley Compton, a picturesque Devon village. While her husband Kenneth spends his days on the golf course, she is busy overseeing her beautiful house and gardens, and organising unforgettable events, surrounded by friends who hang on to her every word. Her life is a reflection of herself – impossibly perfect. Until the day that Hedda Harvey-Smith and her husband Charles move into the village. Into an even grander home than hers. Taking the front seat on the social scene, quite literally. That simply will not do. Flappy is determined to show Hedda how things are done here in Badley Compton. But then she looks into Charles’s beautiful green eyes. And suddenly, her focus is elsewhere. She is only human, after all.

Tenby

Wales – 10 days

Many of us will be holidaying in the UK this summer and One Traveller who specialise in holidays for the mature single traveller are extending their range of UK breaks this summer, which not only include Devon, but also a new ten-day 3 centre holiday in Wales. Towering mountains melting into lakes and ancient castles on stunning and dramatic coastlines, it is brimming with Celtic traditions, three National Parks, five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and almost half of its south and west coastline is designated as Heritage Coast.   

Begin with three nights in Cwmbran to explore the capital region and The Vale of Glamorgan. Then travel through the Brecon Beacons National Park with a visit to Powis Castle and Gardens for three nights in the north to admire the beauty of Snowdonia, Conwy and Anglesey with a ride on the Ffestiniog and Rheidol Valley railways. Finally, drive along the stunning Cardigan Coast, for three nights in Swansea to enjoy Pembrokeshire, beautiful Tenby and the outstanding National Botanic Gardens. A relaxed journey, celebrating the best of Wales with a range of fully included visits and extras in the Land of Song.

Portmeirion
Vale of Rheidol Railway

Nine nights in a double room for sole occupancy including breakfasts, two lunches, two afternoon teas and all evening meals, six in the hotels, and three in local restaurants with one evening being an evening of Welsh culture ‘Music, Poems and Pints’. All entrances and sightseeing make sure you see the best of Wales on this holiday!

To find out more visit www.onetraveller.co.uk/wales

Flappy Entertains by Santa Montefiore

How to win a copy of 'Flappy Entertains' by Santa Montefiore

Wales, all ancient castles, steam trains, National Parks and stunning coastlines will be top of many people's list to visit this summer.

Simply add a comment at the end of this page to tell us about your favourite part of Wales and the best two entries will win a copy of this book.


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  • Hardyplant
    18 minutes ago
    ESW's story has reminded me of my experience on Snowdon in 1965 or 66 when a bunch of us Rangers and Rovers camped at Beddgelert.and I think we went part of the way up on the train (if that was poss.?) and walked the rest but the summit was covered in cloud and we saw nothing. We did walk down but about halfway I twisted my ankle and had to be `chaired` by two of our Rovers linking hands and carrying me in turns. I bet I was popular! It rather put me off Snowdon. I now prefer South Wales for the friendly locals - and I'd like to pay another visit to the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
  • kazzybeemints
    about 12 hours ago
    My favourite place in Wales is Freshwater East in Pembrokeshire. I fell so madly in love with this coastal village that I made it my home 6 years ago. It is a pretty little village of just 250 residents, and houses ranging from wooden shacks to million pound architecture. In Summer months our numbers can swell to 2500 residents through our popularity with visitors and tourists. The beach is a very safe place for swimming and is super dog friendly all year around (so if you dont like dogs then this bay may not be the right beach for you). The village pub, The Freshwater Inn, sits above the bay and is a quite a steep uphill walk from the bay, or there is a good sized carpark at the pub if you drive on through the village. There is also a beachside cafe bar, The Longhouse, which sadly is currently closed and awaiting some enthusiastic owners to take it over. There is a good sized public car park just a short walk from the beautiful bay which has a fresh water stream running through it. You can park there half an hour for free or is just a £1 for a couple of hours. The beach is around a kilometre long and is also part of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. If you take the right path within 2 1/2 miles you are at Stackpole Quay with it's lovely Tea-Rooms, and from there it is a short accessible walk over the cliff path of about 1/2 mile to get to the beautiful Barafundle Bay which regularly makes the list of the worlds most beautiful bays (be warned the steps are steep to get down to the beach but you can enjoy it from the path at the top too). If you take the left path at the far end of Freshwater East bay the coastal path takes you by the beautiful Swan Lake Bay and on to Manorbier with its beautiful castle (where I actually got married in 2016), Again this is a walk of about 2 1/2 miles. I definitely recommend a visit - the beach is kept clean year around by all the villagers who endeavour to collect any plastic brought in by the tide every morning during the busy dog walking period, It really is a beautiful place to visit and live and I hope that I have sparked a little curiousity. If you visit and see a tall, smiley, red head walking on the beach with a tri colour, short haired Border Collie (Dexter) and a tan/black Lurcher (Frida) walking do give me a happy Silver Traveller HELLO :-)
  • Derbyjule
    1 day ago
    I love the stunning Llyn peninsula, amazing for walking and wildlife. Fabulous beaches (Porthor ... ) and cliffs, and fabulous little towns nearby. So much history and heritage. And breathe ....
  • dragonfly63
    1 day ago
    If in South West Wales try a little known town called Kidwelly.

    It has the most amazing castle which is largely intact and is wonderful for little explorers. Kymers Quay leads to the remains of the oldest canal in Wales and has some lovely walks around the edge of the sea where bird watchers will see numerous species and everyone can enjoy the wistful call of the curlew. There are information boards around the town’s circular walk pointing out existing views and buildings and what they would have looked like long ago.

    A couple of miles away is Pembrey Country Park with a large forest, artificial ski slope and a 6 mile blue flag beach. Walk across the dunes and blow the cobwebs away. None of these places get over busy so are perfect for safe, socially distanced visits.
  • ESW
    1 day ago
    My first trip up Snowdon was in 1960 - we caught the train up but Dad and I planned to walk down while Mum and my sister went back on the train. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon when the train left Llanberis, but it din’t last long. The clouds began to roll over and it was raining steadily by the time we arrived at the summit. The cloud was down and we couldn’t see a thing... The train was fully booked for the down trip so Dad and I had to walk down. I was wearing shorts, but dad’s trousers were soaked by the time we reached Llanberis. He had to go and buy a new pair of trousers to wear as mum refused to let him get in the car with sodden trousers.

    I’ve only climbed Snowden once - must be 25 years ago. It was August and we got up really early so were in Llanberis by 5am. The first part of the walk was in the shade and it wasn’t until we were half way up that we had the sun on our backs. The birds were signing and all we saw were a few hardy souls heading back down having camped on the summit. There were a few still fast asleep in their tents. We arrived at the summit and it was deserted - it was incredible standing there completely alone in the world. It was a very clear morning and the views were incredible. It was an experience I’ll never forget. The next group arrived about 15 minutes later and they too stood in awe - not a word was spoken.

    The first train arrived at 9.30 and it was horrible - noise and people swarming everywhere and shouting about ‘being on top of the world’ without having made any effort to get there.... We started back down past all the people now slogging up in full sunshine. we didn’t envy them!
  • DRSask
    2 days ago
    There are so many places I've enjoyed visiting in Wales and many more I'd like to see yet like Pembrokeshire. However, one place I've been to twice is Snowdon and I've never made it to the top yet! The first time was in my late teens with family and a couple of them were smokers. I'm allergic and spent much of the previous night trying not to be ill in our campsite so when it came to climbing up Snowdon the next day, the body was rebelling violently. Many years later I returned with a friend but we arrived too late to walk up so opted for the train. Unfortunately the weather was not cooperating and because of the winds the train had to stop before reaching the top. I remember being cold and wind blown...
  • GypsyWanderer
    2 days ago
    I don't know Wales as well as I would like but recently have been going to Aberystwyth where my granddaughter is in her final year studying agriculture. I go with my daughter and we always make a weekend of our trips staying in a lovely hotel, walking the beach, on the cliff top for brunch, and visiting the numerous craft outlets as well as the local area.
    Oh, did you know.....
    men are from Abergavenny and women are from Aberystwyth!
  • Dibunny
    3 days ago
    Being a keen a gardener I have many favourite places in Wales including the stunning Bodnant garden in North Wales , the glass house in the National Botanic Garden of Wales is a must see and for any one who also saw the BBC series about the garden lost in time Aberglasney in Carmarthenshire is a must do just to see how the garden has changed and to see all the beautiful lilies.
  • Patm77
    3 days ago
    I visited Wales a lot as a child and have many happy memories especially of when we stayed in a cottage near Black Rock Sands. I can remember going to the beach with my family in my seersucker swimming costume and loving every minute.
  • Cassgirl
    3 days ago
    I love Valle Crucis Abbey. It's so beautiful even in ruins and very atmospheric.
  • SuzCG
    4 days ago
    Our loveliest holiday in Wales was based in a cottage at the gorgeous Aberglasny Gardens - we visited some beautiful places from there, both countryside & coastal
  • EddieLawrence
    4 days ago
    Take Mosquito repellent with you when you visit Snowdonia. I went last summer and was badly bitten!
  • ESW
    5 days ago
    Picking up on LH’s comment earlier - the Pembrokeshire Coastal footpath is wonderful in spring with all the wild flowers. It is like walking through a rock garden!
  • Lonetraveler
    6 days ago
    The stunning area of breacon beacon's.my sister and hubby live there and I am missing them and the view from there window.open fields and the beacons.i could sit looking at it all day.the area and people are lovely.it recharges the batteries so I can come back to the madness.heaven
  • Cherry-Eddy
    6 days ago
    I love the Black Mountains & the Brecon Beacons (on a nice day, of course!). You can see a long way & you really feel a long way from the busy strains of modern life - so peaceful too, if you like sheep!
  • Dave-SoS
    6 days ago
    Wow! The book sounds like an adventure in itself...adding a trip to Wales to it would be the icing on the cake!
  • you
    7 days ago
    I would like to return to North Wales and ride the ZIP WIRE.
    We loved the area and have visited several times.
    Alas, I did not have the chance to ZIP !
  • Petesam
    7 days ago
    the moment of peace on a quiet spring morning , clear Skys , resting at the top of the Sugarloaf mountain in the Breacons , enjoying the serenity of the views to Abergavenny and the black mountains and looking forward to trekking back stopping at the vineyard!
  • LH
    7 days ago
    Pembrokeshire coast path in Spring with all the thrift, bluebells, pink campion out as you walk along looking out to sea - for any seals coming in a cove to play.
  • Kfac
    7 days ago
    I am Not a Number... Portmerion. The last time I visited was on a wonderful sunny spring day. Amazing scenery, lovely architecture and just the most Lovely place . Memories of The Prisoner TV Programme and just being there. Looking forward to being able to go back again, hopefully soon .
  • greatgran8
    7 days ago
    My favourite part of Wales? Impossible to choose. Each part is special and the whole is full of wonderful places
  • Rosieposie
    7 days ago
    Last went to Wales in 1972 absolutely loved Betwys Coed. Would love to see it again
  • Liz_14
    7 days ago
    I am lucky to live in glorious Snowdonia. Opening the curtains in the morning to see the mountains and Mount Snowdon. No need to say any more !!!
  • ESW
    9 days ago
    Thanks for bringing back happy memories Easyliving. Porthor beach is great fun - we always used to love shuffling out feet in the sand and making it squeak. The soft dry sand at the top of the beach was always the bes along with rubber soled shoes. It was always our favourite beach with the rocks at the far end with a small cave to explore and rock polls with sea anemones to prod. Daughter had her first ice cream from the cafe on the beach. I remember visiting one Easter when there were really low tides and we were able to paddle round the rocks into the bay next door.
  • Easyliving
    9 days ago
    Llŷn Peninsula - a visit to Porthor,'Whistling Sands', is a must... the odd shape of the sand particles emits a squeak or whistle when walked on the sand in warm weather. Stamp your feet, slide them as you go or dance along the beach! Join in harmony - whistle as you go!