Wales Warnings and Dangers
Warnings and Dangers
Warnings and Dangers
Warnings and Dangers
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The local council in my manor are having a bit of a clamp down on dog fouling. So much so that on a lamppost in my street they have put a sign to say that dog fouling is prohibited. I noticed that the notice / sticker on the lamppost is quite low down I guess that this is so that it is eye level with the dog so your mutt can actually read the notice. And very helpfully it is written in welsh just in case your dog is not bilingual.
As with in England probably the only part I didn't like were the roads! So long and thin often with stone walls or hedges that prevented two cars passing safely. I am not big into reversing at the best of times let alone under pressure. Probably the worst part for me was you would spot some things you wanted to have a better look at but there was no where to pull off and by the time you found some where you were so far past it you didn't bother.Mind you knowing that history is the reason for these tiny roads makes it all worth it. My recommendation is hire a small car!! Or walk.
This is a light-hearted entry. The photo is a warning seen on a fence post. I asked a local what it said, and he said "DRIVERS!"But, there is real danger from dangerous drivers. Coming through Snowdonia we were held up by a horse carrer . We were aboutfour cars behind him. Then from out of nowhere a youth forced his way between us and the car in front of us. Shortly after, in spite of the narrow winding and climbing road, he went speeding off to overtake all the cars and horse carrier. My daughter commented on his recklessness. Over an hour later we had to slow down because police cars and ambulances were attending the scene of a crash. It was the same youth, who had crashed into the back of another vehicle.So take care on the narrow roads and obey the speed limits.
If you're travelling in Wales (or England, or Ireland, ...) and you're trying to watch your waistline you should definitely not try to achieve this goal by ordering vegetarian meals. I had to find out that the vegetarian menus, in most cases, are way more greasy than the "normal" food.
SPEED CAMERAS !
Speed Cameras are evil. There is no reasoning with them and they do work, all too effectively. There are about 6,000 speed cameras on UK roads – and the numbers are growing. They are both fixed and mobile. At the very least you usually do get a waning sign. If you do see a camera sign, SLOW DOWN! Below are the different types of mechanical beasts that they use to drive up your motoring and insurance costs:Gatso Sited at the road side, Gatso speed cameras use radar technology to measure speed and a photo of the back of the vehicle is taken. There are markings on the road to do this. Can only see from behind, so you could say someone else was driving. Truvelo Sited at the road side, forward facing Truvelo speed cameras use loops in the road to trigger when a speed limit is exceeded. Takes a frontal picture. They can see the drivers face. You are so caught! SPECS Sited on yellow overhead...
Driving along the lanes
I love driving along lanes, as you can enjoy the scenary without traffic... Even if this was ot a lane, I feel like it, we did not cross any car for miles until ..... well you can see it in the photo.so beware of unexpected while driving along.... :-)
Have you ever been to those places where people say "you should have been here last week, it was glorious" - well no one ever said that while I was in Wales.It was November though, so I suppose you can't expect miracles, but when it rains it really does rain.As a consequence the road conditions can get pretty bad - so extreme care is needed in bad weather! - especialy in the more remote areas.
Certain parst of Anglesey can be very exposed and the weather can turn in an instant if you must camp in a remote or exposed spot make sure your tent is strong and is properly secure. Dont have it blown down like us!!!
Most polluted place outside of London
The South Wales town of Port Talbot is the most polluted place in Wales, according to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Extremely high levels of soot, dust, smoke, fumes and diesel emissions have been measured here!All this is a result of decades of heavy industry built on the narrow strip of flat land between the South Wales coast and the mountains. Port Talbot has a massive steelworks and is close to the M4 motorway.On the positive side of things, Port Talbot steelworks is extremely pretty at night, lit up with thousands of bright lights. And the industries of South Wales - mining and metal processing - have drawn workers from all over the world and kept people in jobs for two centuries.Only Central London is more polluted in the UK than Port Talbot. So if you plan to avoid Port Talbot, make sure you never go to London either ;-)
Sheep in the road
To explore Wales more fully, we drive off the beaten path at every opportunity. The roads become narrower and in many places are only just one car width wide. There are passing places of course, but care must be taken on the many bends to ensure there isn't someone coming the other direction just around the corner.Wales is famous for sheep. The sheep graze alongside the road, mostly behind fences, although in many places, a cattle grid will denote that sheep could be found wandering on the road. They seem to be particularly unafraid of cars and people and walk about as they please, sometimes crossing the road right in front of you. Take care!
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