Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields

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London’s got Hyde Park, New York’s got Central Park, and Cardiff?  Well, Cardiff’s got Bute Park – and what a beaut it is πŸ™‚ 

I’m pretty sure the last time I set foot in Bute Park I was eighteen.  I went with with some friends after school armed with a couple of party-size bottles of Reef (Oh God, remember Reef?) and we swigged them under a tree and thought we were really cool.  One of the surprising things about Bute Park is how huge it is; tucked away between North Road, Cardiff Castle and Cathedral Road it’s easy to forget that it’s there at all, and similarly while you’re wandering along the paths between the trees it’s easy to forget that you’re in the middle of the city.

Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
The pretty roof of the Angel Hotel peekin over the tops of the trees.

Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
Spotted plenty of chubby squirrels springing across the grass and up the trees…
Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
Hey there chubs!

Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
When the weather changed we hurried into Pettrigrew Tearooms for a cuppa and a cake… only to find they were booked out. Pfft! I’ll be back for you next time, PT.
Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
The sun did come back out – lighting up the back of the Castle. What a stunner πŸ™‚

Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
I did Year 10 work experience at The Welsh College of Music and Drama (many moons ago and well before it had a facelift). I broke the office shredder on the first day and had to suffer through seeing the big sign they slapped to it for the rest of the two weeks. Oops!

Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
We crossed the Taff into Pontcanna Fields…

Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
…Made a few friends…
Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
…and walked through the rugby fields.
Bute Park to Pontcanna Fields - theCardiffCwtch.com
We spotted plenty of pretty purple Crocuses piercing through the soil πŸ™‚

We finished up near the riding school off Western Avenue (between the WJEC and Tesco Extra).  During the middle of the week it was so quiet – not to mention the fact that you can park up at Pontcanna fields for free for the first two hours (with three hours for only Β£1). The short walk into town – past Sophia Gardens and ending up outside the castle – takes about half an hour on foot, whereas the longer route over the Taff takes at least an hour. 

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