A Walk through Slough

Had a great anniversary weekend with lots of indulgences so decided to try to arrest my middle aged spread by walking 6 miles through Slough to work at Langley College. 

I am invigilating GCSE exams today so left my house at about 6.15am to get to work early. It was 13 degrees and cloudy but otherwise dry and pleasant. 

There’s a couple of different routes I could take but today I opted for the one that takes me through Slough town centre as there was some shopping I wanted to pick up en route.

After walking for a couple of miles through the Britwell and Manor Park Estates, I passed through Baylis Park and noticed that all the parks in Slough seem to be getting these outdoor gyms. Great idea.

As you walk through this park you pass the walls of the Baylis House and its grounds, some ducks, a stream and a pond.

I have fond memories as a child when there was a Lido here and you could enjoy paddling on a hot summers day.

As you leave Baylis, you cross a road, past a mosque, under the Main London train line and into Salt Hill Park.

The mosque

Cross the road next to the recycling site walls.

Under the railway tunnel. Often has people smoking cannabis. The council have now erected CCTV to monitor the tunnel but it doesn’t seem to stop people.

Into Salt Hill Park with its outdoor gym, cafe, bowling alley and tennis courts.

As I left Salt Hill Park, I joined the A4 and walked past the old Church, the new curve building and through the Town Centre until I reached the Sainsbury’s where I stopped to pick up some Jack Daniels (on offer at £16 for 70cl) and some bananas for breakfast. Another mile and half along Langley road and I arrived at the College at about 8.00 am. 12800 steps in all. Not a bad way to start Monday morning.

Star Wars Identities Exhibition & Tall Ships Festival

We booked tickets for the Star Wars O2 Identities Exhibition a couple of months ago and went with our friend Anita. The tickets were £20 each through Love Theatre and are normally £22 each so we got a small discount. You have to book timed slots and we chose 10.30am so we would have the whole day in London if needs be but enough time to get there by Train.

We caught a train from Slough £13.00 each and arrived at the O2 at about 10.00am so we had time for breakfast in Harvesters (all you can eat).

We queued for about 15 minutes at the entrance before going in. You have to watch a short introductory video (this seems to be the norm for these sorts of events nowadays) and were given audio headsets and wristbands to listen to commentary and create our own character as we went through the exhibition.

It took us about 1.5 hours to walk around looking at the costumes and artwork on display and build our characters at certain waypoints. At the end you are given an opportunity to see the final character built upon questions you ask as you go along. You then see this on a large screen at the end before exiting into the gift shop.

The gift shop is typically expensive with many Star Wars branded items available cheaper online. We did buy some metal coasters as they were branded with the exhibition logo and could not be purchased elsewhere. They were however £19 for a set of eight and a little cheaply made for my liking.

Overall we enjoyed the exhibition but it felt a little short compared top other similar events we have attended.

As we were finished by lunchtime we decided to visit the Tall Ships Festival taking place in nearby Greenwich. We saw some ships coming into dock at Greenwich and enjoyed some street food (Mexican burrito) at the Naval Museum where the Cutty Sark is located. The weather was great and after a couple of beers I could easily have stayed there all day enjoying the sun.

We left late afternoon and made our way back to Slough on the train.

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Easter Hols Day 7

Woke up early and went to the Shower block at 6.30am. Already busy with hikers.

Beautiful sunrise over the mountains. I wouldn’t mind this view every morning.

Cooked a full English breakfast and left the site by about 11.00 am after starting to pack away some items.

Went to the Caves. It costs £14 per adult to get in. There are three separate caves to view. The first two are quite large but are easy to access. The final bone cave is small but you have to don a hard hat and climb through a access walkway where you have to stoop the whole way. Not good for your back but a good workout for your legs.

On the way out you can also visit their small museum.

We had some lunch and bought some prezzies to take home from the souvenir shop followed by a Welsh Cake Ice Cream. tasted like Rum and Raisin without the Rum.

Back to the camp site by mid afternoon and spent about an hour packing the tent the away. Time to say goodbye to Wales.

In the car and joined the A470 to make our way back to England and home. Traffic was pretty bad. Some crashes and road works, the usual.. When you get to the Severn bridge, you don’t have to pay on the way back to England so that saved £6.70.

Stopped and Leigh Delamare services for some refreshments and finally got home about 8.00pm

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Coelbren, Powys

In the mid eighties, my parents moved to a little Welsh village called Coelbren in Powys, South Wales and took my brother and I with them. We all moved into a little early twentieth century miners cottage. The area at the time relied on coal mining for jobs and this was when Margaret Thatcher’s government was closing mines and there were strikes throughout the country.

I can’t say I enjoyed my time there. The locals were unsure of the new English visitors, I was a young teenager with nothing to do and the local school about 5 miles away left a lot to be desired. After a couple of years there, realising there were no job prospects for my dad or myself, we moved back to Ascot in England.

I have some lasting memories of our short time there. The sheep that roamed the local hillsides used to roll over the cattle grid as a way to get across them, much to the amusement of my dog who wanted to chase and eat them. Smart sheep!

Each day in school playground, the teachers used to let the schoolchildren rush towards the double decker buses as they came into the school playground to pick up them up. There wasn’t much control and one day I watched on young boy do this and he slipped and the bus ran over him. Everyone shouted at the driver to stop and he did. He then became confused at what he had done and reversed, over the young lad again. It took several months for him to recover the use of his legs which were both crushed.

What I remembered most was the local scenery which was fantastic. The weather was typical Welsh (rains all the time and winters could be harsh) but the local Brecon Beacons, caves and Henrhyd Waterfalls are stunning and we still enjoy going to them today.

At the far end of the village is the Henrhyd Waterfalls. You can park a car in the small car park at the top of the falls and walk down a narrow path to the bottom where you can view the waterfalls and even walk underneath them in a cave that has been carved out behind the waterfalls. On a hot summer day this is a great way to cool down as the mist from the falls keeps you cool. The path can be slippery so watch out when you walk along the footpath. The rocks also tend to be quite slippery but it’s well worth the effort.

A few miles down the road are the Dan-yr-Ogof National Showcaves. These are spectacular at any time of the year. There is also a campsite there so we often camp there for a couple of days whilst sightseeing the local area.