After a week on the bikes without Merlin we picked him up on Sunday from his “summer camp” where he had a great time playing with his brother, mum and other dogs, had horses around and even played with pet sheep.
Tuesday after a bit of rest for all of us we headed up North and West to the border of England and Wales between the Shropshire Hills and Hereford to stay in a shepherd’s hut for three nights just out of Presteigne.
Stopped for a coffee and snack at 13:30 in Monmouth and then drove along small country roads all the way to Presteigne. I’d never heard of “black and white villages”, but in Herefordshire there are quite a few and we passed through one of them, Pembridge. Never seen so many of the Tudor white houses with black beams in one place. Must stop there on the way back and have a closer look.
Arrived at Cwt Hyfryd (Wild Meadow) 16:00. It was hot, hot, hot. The hut could be seen from the cottage at the bottom and it really was just a short walk uphill. But steeply so. Took us a couple of runs to empty the car. Then a well earned cuppa tea in the outdoor kitchen.
Wow, what a find! Had come across this through an article in Trail magazine and it’s as amazing as it looked there. Lovely spacious outdoor kitchen with cooker, battery powered fridge, all cutlery, crockery etc. Shower, drop toilet and of course our shepherd’s hut.
All this surrounded by two acres of indeed wild meadow with a few paths cut through. And a fantastic view across to green hills.
We chilled a bit and explored the place, Merlin loved it but preferred to stay in the shade. We threw his toy into the high grass and he had great fun jumping in and finding it there.
Cooked up a chili and the owner came over just as we were cleaning up. Super nice chap. He wanted to make sure to answer any questions we had and point out the key things. Very thoughtful.
Retired to the hut after sunset watching some Netflix, fending off Merlin who kept jumping onto the bed but eventually gave up and settled onto his own bed.
Great relaxed start to a few more days away from home.