Me , baybirmingham and zed set off from my house on Friday to meet Rickyroo1 at Gigrin farm campsite Rhayader mid wales , our trip was swift and uneventful bbs lights were playing up so we got a move on and arrived just before dark , we inadvertently drove onto a camping and caravan club field and were duly interrogated , i being the only member was spoken to in slightly less condescending tones and pointed off in the direction of the farm camping . Once settled we were descended on by Mertha Tydfil John and his very bright head torch , after regailing us five times with his story of sleeping there in the winter in his lavou in temperatures of minus 18 -when if you put your Guinness can down it froze in Seconds - we decided it was time for him to go forth and wait for Rick to help him unpack, so we told him to do so . Rick eventually arrived stressed and late , John promptly strolled over sporting a big smile and shiny head torch called Ricks van the poo bus then followed him around for the next hour properly winding him up – result !!. After a nights sleep we were ready for the trip up through Elan valley we declared Gigrin farm – adequate and laid back . http://www.gigrin.co.uk/ The trip up and through Elan valley was a scenic mix of man made beauty and Welsh ruggedness , some of the sights were breath taking and awe inspiring , the loneliness of some farms and dwellings were thought provoking and the little mish mashed convey of vw campers snaked along gently taking in the wonder of Elan valley each in their own thoughts !. Finally Elan valley petered out to lead into Aberystwyth along high more orderly farmed lanes that ended at the sea . http://www.elanvalley.org.uk/ Aberystwyth provided a Morrisons , petrol and supplys , we left Aber and headed north to a our prebooked spots at Morben isaf a campsite 18 miles north near machythleth . Morben isaf is the sort of campsite that prides itself on manicured fields , spotless toilets and regular customers - somehow i felt our little band of fun and the fire pit never really sat well in the orderly surroundings but they were pleasant and tolerated us with bemused kindness . http://www.morbenisaf.co.uk/ Sunday after a long drawn out breakfast we wondered down towards Aberystwyth for a better look around , we stopped off at a great car boot and bought trinkets and other indispensable camper tat , what would we have done without the Sunday car boot at Trei Dol ? , Aberystwyth was beer chips and a stroll , zed, Rick me and Will had a trip up the funicular railway to the camera obscura and spent a nice hour or so taking in the views the ice cream and the sun. On Monday baybirmingham set off home early , the rest of us headed off later through Nant y Moch in the rain towards home but not certain whether we would stay somewhere another night or head home , Nant y Moch was as ever both beautiful and rugged , the mountain road clung to the side of the hill as precariously as ever and constantly threw up nerve tingling drops and tight bends that made Lou grip the passenger handle and tell me to slow down . we stopped for a bite to eat overlooking the reservoir before moving off towards home driving over the dam itself , wonderful !. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nant-y-moch_Reservoir After Nant y Moch the three van convey headed 80 miles east in the rain to the Unicorn campsite on the banks of the river severn at Hampton Loade , we settled in and headed back up to the pub en block to order drinks and a meal – we needed it . http://www.unicorninnhamptonloade.co.uk/ After a good nights sleep we then spent a sunny day in Bridgenorth a lovely hillside Georgian town on the banks of the river severn just down from the famous ironbridge gorge , the birthplace of industrial Britain , Zed remarked on it being far nicer and a lot less gloomier than he expected the West Midlands to be , i just smiled to myself - what do you soft southerners know ?. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridgnorth A nice road trip and nice company , i highly recommend the route to anyone .