We were invited down to our Son’s ( Chris ),girlfriends ( Jenny ), Mom and Dads ( Sue and Dave ) caravan………are you still with me. 🤣🤣 The caravan is in Marton at Marton Pool Caravan Park.

The morning started off well with sun streaming through the window. After all the rain it was a lovely surprise.

Dave loved the drive down, a special birthday treat he said….. 😳 must be a boy thing!!

Arrived at Marton Pool Caravan Park in the sunshine and was able to drive around the lake as the flood had subsided. Jenny was waving through the window so we located them very quickly and were soon all cosy with a cuppa.

The views from the van were gorgeous, numerous water birds were floating on the lake and the rolling hillside surrounded them.

The site is set in a very picturesque part of Shropshire. It has a bird hide to watch the water birds on the lake. A tennis court, indoor gym, outdoor heated pool and a room for a game of pool, where we beat Jen and Chris. 🤣 good game. Ha ha ha.

The bird hide.

Heated outside swimming pool, all tucked up for the winter.

Did I mention that we won 🤣🤣

Some shots of the caravan park.

The caravan was just perfect for our birthday get away. Very cosy and comfortable, well laid out and roomy. We unpacked and got settled in before getting changed into our walking gear and setting off to Church Stretton and a walk up the Carding Mill valley to Lightspout Waterfall.

Ready for our walk.

Our first, and most important stop was our lunch. We managed to find a large slate slab to sit on and spread our snack out. It contained lots of cheese, of course! We were with Chris. 😁

Listening to the babbling broke, we made our way up to the waterfall.

Jenny actually made it across the brook without getting wet. She did however pick quite a difficult spot to cross!!

Dave showing off 😁

Me playing safe. 😉

Eventually, after a delightful walk following the brook and listening to the relaxing babble of the water, we reached the waterfall.

We could have just turned round and gone back but we decided to do a circular walk and climb up the waterfall!!! Very exciting!!! Over the top and headed off to the summit called Pole Bank.

Chris taking a selfie 🤣🤣🤣 instead of the view!!

He did manage to get some good ones of us too. 😁

Stopping off at Shooting Box, we saw an old burial mound and beautiful views.

Continuing up the path to Pole Bank, we were not disappointed with the views.

Having touched the trig point and had the mandatory photo we tried to discover the points of interest, in the distance from the circular map.

Making our way back down Townbrook Valley, we chatted away and before we knew it the sun had started to disappear.

Quite quickly we began to loose the light and when we eventually reached the car it was dusk.

Such a wonderful walk with lots to see and great company.

The celebrations weren’t over yet, getting back to the caravan, having a quick change and back out for our birthday meal at the Lowfield Inn.

Such a quirky little pub with an abundance of choice on the menu. Lovely fireplace, which we needed as it was now freezing outside. Inside we found ourselves totally on our own which was very nice. We all enjoyed our food very much and it was even nicer because Jenny and Chris treated us. ❤️ Thank you guys xx

Upon returning to the caravan we finished our night with a traditional ‘ Happy Birthday ‘ song and blowing out of the birthday candles.

Had a very relaxing chill day the following day, lots of reading, sleeping, playing games and watching Bond movies.

Placed some crumbs and nuts out on the decking and were rewarded by a visit from a little robin.

Had a wonderful tea cooked by Jen and Chris, I could get used to this treatment.

Such a shame to be heading home but before we departed a trip to Gwarchodfa Severn Farm Pond Nature Reserve was on the agenda. Not quite what we thought, it was set in the heart of an industrial park 😳.

The car park was quite tiny but a very helpful man told us we could park there as it stayed it was private land. He also told us the track was flooded in parts and we wouldn’t have access but he would help us over another part of the track….. he placed some packing trays down for us to walk over… bless.

It was free to get in and totally run by volunteers.

Map of what you would see in the summer!

Picnic tables under flood water.

A bird hide we couldn’t reach.

There was still things to see and we saw a chaffinch on a bird feeder.

Leaving there we decided a spot of lunch would prepare us for our journey home. We popped into The Old Station in Welshpool for a bite to eat and a mooch around the shops. A lovely little place with some lovely Christmas items and a variety of other goods.

We have had the best few days with two very special people, Chris and Jen. We were so well looked after and Dave had a very special birthday. Another thank you to Sue and Dave for letting us share in your little corner of paradise. Xx❤️xx