The Cross foxes pub stop and Barmouth

Thursday 10th 

We left the rugby club at Aberystwyth after checking at the leisure centre for the swimming timetable, (too late for us) next available session was 16:30. So off we went heading out of town towards Portmerion after picking up some antifreeze from Halfords and diesel from Morrisons. On the way we passed through some beautiful mountain passes & misty hills and stopped at a large layby thinking to stop overnight, there were no signs or restrictions...however, we decided that it was too exposed to the elements, so we found a pub stop.

The Cross foxes was where we decided to have a meal and stay the night (in their car park). It cost us £64 for the meal and a couple of pints each but we do not mind occasionally. One thing that is important if you decide to live on your van and wild camp is that you must have a 2nd and a 3rd plan in case the 1st stop is not suitable, and you absolutely must have an emergency fund readily available in case you need to spend money on a stopover. After a delicious meal we returned to the van for a good night's sleep with the river nearby lulling us off to our dreams.  

Friday 11th 

We left the Cross foxes pub car park and headed for our next stop. We had decided that we had spent too much at the Cross foxes, so we were determined to find a free stop over for tonight and as we pulled into Barmouth we found a ‘Pay and display’ car park and stuck a few pounds in for a couple of hours and went exploring. 

We walked along the prom and returned to the van via the Taly-Don pub and Ebeneezer's emporium, a shop full of wonderful hippie stuff which you will see in the video below.

Before we left, we managed to get 50 litres of fresh water from the paddle board hire tap and then we headed for a layby near to a power station and the Ceunant Llennyrch nature reserve where we spent the night.