Great time in Wales

I have been away in North Wales golfing for 5 days. No hills for me sadly no time to visit pals who live locally but we had great weather.

I was very lucky to spend 3 years in North Wales with the RAF Mountain Rescue in the late 70s and early 80’s. Wales is an incredible place the climbs and closeness of the mountains and the weather was superb.

I have rarely seen Wales looking so stunning. The weather every day was crystal clear.

A parcel of rouges

We are a mixed bunch all ex Mountaineers and Ian an ex Police Officer Killin Mountain Rescue Team who was in the RAF Wessex helicopter that crashed on Ben More near Crianlarich. Ian Team Leader Harry Lawrie of Killin MRT was killed. Ian was badly injured but we became great pals after the accident and he golfs with us every year.

It was a great few days a long journey but ver special we lost a mate two years ago Tom Jones and he was a huge part of our Annual golf trips. He is sadly missed and we had some great craic over the 5 days.

“Sit a while enjoy the view And think of those who you once knew.”



It was great to see the hills and the old stomping grounds the great hills and cliffs of Wales where we shared so many fun days. I must get back and climb here and visit old pals. We played one golf course every day no rush it was a well needed break some took bikes for a cycle. They never slow down we visited some places we had missed in the past. The mines on the Great Orme were superb. They have been recently found and it’s an incredible visit.

Great visit. The mines at the Great Orme.

Bronze Age Mine Self Guided Tour

A visit to Great Orme Mines is both a thought provoking and  educational experience which can be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages.

Walking through tunnels mined out over 3,500 years ago gives visitors a feel for the harsh conditions our prehistoric ancestors faced in their search for copper.

Returning to the surface, follow the pathways around the surface excavations. View the opencast mine, see how our ancestors turned rock into metal at the smelting shelter and peer down the 145 metre deep Victorian mine shaft

You also will tour the opencast part of the mine which is the oldest part of the site, mined over 4,000 years ago. Any Questions? One of the original excavation team will be on site to answer them.

They were hardy folk and it’s incredible what they did all these years ago.

On the way home .

Laurry drove us home and I picked my van up at Newtonmore . I saw a few lights coming of the hills on my way home as the hills looked superb in the dusk.

It was then home a long few days great fun and company the golf was incidental.

Sorry for not visiting old pals but “so much to do so little time”.

It’s been not a great year in many ways but that few days was incredible and I needed the break. Now to get sorted out. Thanks again all and to Wales for the great weather.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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