Easter Weekend in Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth

I stayed in Shrewsbury in Shropshire over the Easter break. On Saturday we had a day trip to Aberystwyth (or Aber as the locals call it) on the mid-west coast of Wales. The population can reach close to 20 000 when the University is in term. In some ways, Aber is to Wales what Perth is to Australia – isolated. I’ve enjoyed sunshine and perfect weather on my only two visits there, my first trip being 7 months ago.

The tradition is that you walk along the sea side to “kick the bar”, which is kicking the railing at the end of the walkway with both feet (individually). I’m not sure why the tradition, but people were doing it.

The word Aber means the river mouth in Welsh; hence Aber is situated near the river Ystwyth. It gets a lot of rain – the average rainfall in winter is twice that of London. It does result in a pleasing verdant countryside, yet I’m told often grey and miserable in the cooler months.

We walked to the top of Constitution Hill (or Consti as it’s known). This photo taken from near the top.

Back in Shrewsbury, on Easter Sunday we had a stroll along the river Severn – which is the longest in Great Britian. The river’s source is a mountain not far from Aberystwyth.

Shrewsbury strikes me as quite a reasonable place to live. It has a lovely river running through the town, a good position on the railway network, a good selection of shops and services, and some highly regarded schools (if applicable).

1 Comment »

  1. viiviiviivii said,

    April 15, 2009 @ 8:31 am

    I love wales, very pretty.

    But COLD!

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