Welsh Hi Ho Update

17 August 2006

Chris Lewis writes: The final arrangements for the upcoming Dale Weekend have now been finalised. Camping and parking will be supplied at the nearby Dale Hill farm campsite. The campsite has facilities for all including toilets and on site showers, the site is situated on the Hill to the north of Dale village and approximately half way between Dale Village and West Dale surf beach.

We are having to use the camp site as new council regulations forbid any over night parking in the village car park, and this is a law which has been vigourously enforced this year with numerous fines being dished out. The camp site is within walking distance but is more likely that people will want to commute from the site to the car park in Dale. My van will be available for people to use also, but i would recommend bringing bikes if you have them.

Trailers can be left in the village itself down by the windsurfing centre, and space has been secured for this, athough this will need to be co ordinated by me.

The number for "Dale Hill Farm campsite" is 01646 636359 though you don't need to book as Sharon has very kindly put aside our own field to use! There will be a £5 per night charge, which I'm sure you'll agree is a very fair price to pay.

The weekend will follow a similar theme to the previous two years though this year we are hoping that cliff jumping will be going ahead without any hitches! Rowing has been organised so we need to sort out some proper teams! and with the boat we are hoping to get round to see some more beaches weather and wind permitting.

Although the car parking situation has forced some minor changes upon us for this year, the event should still be excellent fun and with the current weather situation being so changeable we may even get some decent winds (anything from the north will be very good).

If you have any further questions or queries then please call me straight away on 07976 782685 at anytime.

The directions are below, the post code for :SA62 3RB (for dale itself!)

Directions

Campers-fill your water tanks in advance.

From the Midlands and all that is north!

  • You need to get on the M5 south.
  • Junction 8 for the M50 is just after the Strensham services so you need to be in the inside left lane from a fair way before the services turn off to be safe!
  • The M50 turns into the a40 just north of Ross on Wye, and the a449 just north of Monmouth. ONCE IN WALES DO NOT SPEED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES AS THEY ARE VERY HOT (the cynics would say that they're out for you!) stay on it all the way down to Newport where you come out on the Coldra roundabout by the Celtic Manor (McDonalds if required) and junction 24 of the M4.
  • Get on M4 at this tricky roundabout (no ones moves over it's a real nuisance!) and head west.
  • Go to Cardiff directions:

From London and the South!

  • You need to get on the M4 wherever and however you can! There is a bit near Swindon where they average out your speed and prosecute anyone over 70mph so watch out for this!
  • Go to Cardiff directions:

From Cardiff:

  • Actually, before you get to Cardiff you need to pass Newport, the motorway forks and you need to be in one of the two outside lanes! Just follow the signs.
  • From Cardiff onwards is all plain sailing really till you get to Carmarthen- but remember: DO NOT SPEED AT ANY TIME ON THE M4 OR IN WALES. There is also a 50mph an hour limit through Port Talbot (where you can see the big steel works on your left!)
  • Anyway the M4 becomes the A48 at Pont Abraham, follow this to cross hands (McD stop) and then Carmarthen (another McD stop up to the left off the roundabout)
    At Carmarthen the A48 turns into the A40 where you now head to St Clears and Haverfordwest.
  • At haverfordwest, you go left/straight over at first roundabout after Toyota garage
  • Down to big roundabout next to Land Rover garage.
  • Left at this big roundabout down Freemans Way through cut in the rocks to another roundabout and your last McD's opportunity! (you should see college and post office sorting office in front of you)
  • Turn right up hill at this roundabout.
  • Keep going straight on up this hill and over/past an odd sort of asymmetric roundabout thing and past the fire station on your right.
  • You come to a junction where you have to turn left (no choice here its one way!)
  • Stay in left hand lane (near side) and follow road and sign posts towards Dale and Broad Haven.
  • Tesco's is just ahead of you and left at a mini roundabout- This is your only chance to get food, supplies, CASH and fuel for the weekend as beyond here is not a lot, the Tesco's is 24hr so it shouldn't matter what time you arrive!
  • Carry on towards a fork in the road (Peugeot garage on your left and Bellevue pub in front of you!) .Go left at this junction onto the B4237 towards Dale.
  • Carry on along this road till you get to dale, it's a long winding road that can catch you out if your tired and rushing to do the last bit of a long journey so be careful! If your camping you need to look out for Dale Hill Farm, which is a right turn just as you eventually reach the sea and before you go up the hill towards Dale itself. It is signed.
  • Carry on along this road till you get to dale, it's a long winding road that can catch you out if your tired and rushing to do the last bit of a long journey so be careful! You need to look out for Dale Hill Farm, which is a right turn just as you eventually reach the sea and before you go up the hill towards Dale itself. It is signed, but basically you go over a little hump back bridge and turn right straight after that. You go up a hill but look out for a sharp left turn (very similar to that in Tenby south beach car park!) and into the camp site.
  • Trailer parking is down in Dale village but probably best arranged on the morning after you arrive.

That's it, all done!! Have a safe trip, take your time, enjoy the journey as there's plenty to see and please don't speed. See you on arrival in Dale.