Updated: Sep 21
Alphabet Travels U-Z
Welcome one final time to our Alphabet Travels series. This is the fifth instalment of our 26 letter adventures around the world. We have visited many wonderful places over the last few weeks and thank you all for being so generous with your amazing adventures. We hope you have enjoyed our other adventures. If you haven’t had a chance to see our previous travel posts, you can catch up on on our wanders around the world using the links below.
U is for Usk
The Usk Reservoir is located in the upper Usk Valley, at 1,050 feet above sea level, and is located in the counties of Carmarthenshire and Powys, in southern Wales. The boundary between the counties runs through the reservoir. I did not know this until recently.
Usk Reservoir is 6 miles from Trecastle and can be accessed via the A40 either from Sennybridge or Llandovery or from our Adventure Wild Base Camp in Cross Hands, via Trapp and Gwynfe. Explorer Map OL12 or Landranger Map 160 - SN 834 286.
There is a lovely 8km circular walk around the reservoir which takes in moor and woodland overlooking Mynydd Du (The Black Mountain), but you can easily break this up or enjoy many shorter strolls.
V is for Valencia
Valencia is a port city on the southeastern coast of Spain at the mouth of the Turia River and the Mediterranean Sea. Valencia is known for its futuristic looking buildings including a planetarium, an oceanarium and an interactive museum. Valencia also has several beaches, including some within nearby Albufera Park, a wetlands reserve with a lake and walking trails.
W is for Wales
Wales is our adopted home we've lived here for 15 years after moving from Birmingham in 2005. It wasn’t our first choice, but we are so glad that fate and circumstances saw us settle here. We chose the Amman Valley to call home and are in walking distance of the Gwendraeth Valley too.
Our property overlooks the Brecon Beacons National Park with Brynamman and Betws mountain our glorious picturesque view. Moving our young boys and placing them into a Welsh speaking primary school was a challenge, but the culture and language are beautiful and well worth the effort. Rwy'n falch o alw fy nghartref i Gymru (I am proud to call Wales my home).
Our local walk choices are:
Llyn Llech Owain
Pentregwenlais Nature Quarry.
Or we are just a short drive to:
Penllergare Valley Woods
Pen y Fan
and my favourite place of all, Llyn y Fan.
X is for Xabia
Caryn: Xàbia (or Jávea) is a coastal town in the region of Marina Alta, in the province of Alicante, Spain, by the Mediterranean Sea. It is a family-oriented place that has largely resisted the high-rise tourist developments that blight so much of the Costa Blanca. We holidayed with friends and between us had six children under the age of six.
Although I would say is was a fairly nondescript town, I do not mean that in a derogatory way. It is as much as a Spanish town as you would expect. It has a lovely square with cafes and a market. Beautiful beach and harbour. When we visited there was a range of play equipment on the beach, which we made use of.
There were plenty of activities to keep everyone amused from a large sea world centre to lovely walks. Something for everyone. A memorable holiday that the older children still remember into their adulthood.
Y is for Yarburgh
Yarburgh is a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England, and situated approximately 4 miles northeast from the town of Louth. I have many happy memories of spending our holidays in the village as my aunt and cousins own a farm there and us ‘townies’ spent all our school holidays farming our childhoods away. What a fantastic opportunity that was and still is to be able to escape the city and reconnect with nature, which helped plant the seeds of my love for the outdoors from such an early age.
Z is for (New) Zealand
New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation. The capital, Wellington, on the North Island, is home to Te Papa Tongarewa, the expansive national museum. Wellington’s dramatic Mt. Victoria, along with the South Islands, Fiordland and Southern Lakes, stood in for mythical Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" films. I have never visited myself but my cousin lived there for several years and this is what he had to say.
Robert B: New Zealand is a land of natural beauty, with principal mud pools and natural warm water spars. A couple of bucket list locations to consider. North Island: The Cream tour in the bay of the island. Join the ferry to deliver the milk to some of the most magical islands. South Island - an evening at the hermitage - Mt Cook. The most perfect tranquil locations. The stars are so close you feel like you can touch them.
That’s all folks. We have travelled the world and visited every letter of the Alphabet, but our adventures do not have to end. We would still love to hear from you. We would love to feature more of your own travel stories. If you have visited any of the places we have mentioned or have your own adventure tales for any letter, you can join the discussion by commenting below or find us on social media as @AdventureAcces using #AdventureWild.
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