As you are probably aware it's my 40th at the end of the year. So as late December is a shit time of year to organize anything and 40 is supposedly a biggie I'm going to arrange a trip to Lisbon for the week and weekends 23/11 until 1/12.
The plan is to try and get as many people as possible together, rent a flat and then get drunk. I would guesstimate around E25pppn to E30pppn for the flat, depending on who is coming, availability, location and size of flat. You never know cheaper flats may be available!
Whilst on my swimming holiday we walked half way up Cadair Idris to swim in the Llyn Cau lake beneath the summit ridge. Cadair is a very picturesque mountain indeed and also has some extremely steep sections so I thought at the time it would be fun to actually go all the way to the summit.
Despite the resulting extreme pain this holiday was still entertaining and fun.
I had planned to go and climb a Welsh mountain in the morning on Friday before getting to the bunkhouse where the swimming holiday is based but in the event I slept for too long in the morning and then prevaricated for even longer once I'd got up so by the time I left it was too late to do any of that.
I was thinking and still am of going to the Unsound festival in Krakow and was looking at how much flights would cost, £40 from Leeds, East Mids or Liverpool, £60 from Brum, but then my finger slipped the page went off Ryanair and onto EasyJet and I accidentally bought a flight from Manchester to Moscow for £42, whoops.
Following the advice of Facebook Leon I've decided to go to Monsal Dale either tomorrow or on Thursday - ideally tomorrow, and walk around the River Wye there.
The valley looks quite picturesque from the photos I looked at today, there's a fairly steep hill to climb to go from the bottom of the valley to the top and there seems to be an exciting disused Viaduct and tunnel to explore.
The start point is around a 45min drive northwards from work which is about the longest I can go really and still finish walking before it gets dark and get home before Midnight.
Next weekend I am going for a "Wet 'n' Wild" swimming holiday in the Southern Snowdonian mountains in Wales. I thought we'd ( sister and youngest brother ) all go across there on Friday during the day so I booked the day off work but it seems that neither sister or youngest brother booked the day off and are planning on going there after work from Hampshire and Nottingham respectively.
So now I have a spare day to walk somewhere around Snowdon before I go and meet them and the swimming guides in the evening.