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Everything you need to know about your course

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Useful information about your course

You may want to print this and bring it with you

 

What to expect in Wernog Wood:

We are delighted that you have taken the plunge to join us for an course in Wernog Wood. So you know what to expect, we should explain that Wernog was derelict for 15 years and is currently undergoing some rearrangement! We have not been here long enough to do everything that needs doing… so don’t be surprised to find work in progress and a rough looking house… but the rest of the place is beautiful! We hope you enjoy it so much that you will come back to see what has changed.

 

Who is who?

  • Your hosts are Rob Hill and Claire Acworth

  • If you need to get hold of us, call Claire first on 0776 5251531, or Rob on 07970 201022.

  • Claire is first aid trained should you be trying to chop your fingers off!

 

Timings of the day and where to meet

For those of you arriving the night before the course, please let us know an approximate time of arrival so we are sure to be here to greet you. Also, perhaps you could let us know whether you would like to eat here on the first night, so we know whether to cook for you or not.

 

For those of you arriving on the morning of the course, please arrive ready to start your day at 9am and we expect the course to run to roughly 5pm. The start time may differ on a couple of courses, so please be sure to read the specific info relating to your course below.

 

As you come down the drive, you will see a large timber clad workshop down to your left. You may be greeted by our very friendly little black dog Nellie and we shall await you with a fresh coffe

 

Other stuff

  • See below for eating arrangements

  • Mobile reception is reasonable… you will find a spot somewhere!

  • We do have WiFi so just let us know if you need the code

  • Ruthin is well catered for in shops and supermarkets, with a large Tescos, Aldi and Co-Op.

COURSE SPECIFIC INFORMATION
Please be sure to click the relevant link below and read about your course
This section tells you about any particular kit you may need to bring, or requests details of what you would like to make

Wood

Glass, ceramics & stone

What else you need to bring

Workwear

  • Warm clothes & wet weather gear

  • Sturdy waterproof footwear & wellies – the grass can be dewy. 

  • Gloves you can work in. Some courses are blister inducing!

  • Plasters!

Other things you might want to bring

  • Binoculars

  • Sun cream

  • Insect repellent 

Cash

  • Cash for your course materials (if your course description indicates there are extra material costs)

  • Camping fee - if not already paid

  • Cash for breakfast & supper kitty – usually about £10 per day depending on how lavishly you choose to dine!

  • A separate booze kitty can be arranged

Camping gear - assuming you're staying

  • Towel

  • Tent and bedding

  • Thermarest or sleeping mat – makes a big difference to staying warm!

  • Hot water bottle – you will be glad!

  • A good torch & batteries 

  • Ear plugs if owls keep you awake!

For those staying in the bell tent. We provide a futon, duvet, pillow & lantern

  • Don't forget to bring your towel

Meals
No need to bring any food or cooking equipment with you
...but for keen bakers... cake & biscuits are always welcome!

Lunch

As part of your course fee, we will provide simple lunch such as bread, cheese, salad and soup. 

The only course where lunch is not provided is landscape photography, for which you will need to bring a packed lunch as, weather permitting, you will be out on location

 

Please make sure you have told us on your form whether you have any dietary requirements.

Cooking arrangements for people staying

 

Breakfast

No need to bring any breakfast things with you as we have everything here and you can help yourself.
 

Supper

For those of you who are staying overnight, click here to see what to expect... and please do read it. In short, there will be plenty of tasty supper and we promise it will be fun.

 

We will order a barrel of beer from a local brewery if enough of you are keen.

Pub grub

You are welcome to eat out if you would prefer but please inform the cooks.

 

Nearest pubs within walking distance – it is advisable to book for food

Llanarmon yn Ial (4 miles) – The Raven Inn – Beautiful walk up over Offa’s Dyke.

Llanbedr DC (1.5 miles)  – The Griffin Inn

Ruthin (2.5 miles) – lots of pubs and restaurants

Other nice pubs by car 

Llanferres (3 miles) – The Druid Inn

Rhewl (5 miles) – The Drovers Arms

Hendrerwydd (5 miles)  - The White Horse

Directions to find us at Wernog Wood, Llanbedr DC. Ruthin. Denbighshire. LL15 1YE.

 

N.B. Your satnav may mislead you. Using only our postcode often takes visitors to the neighbours. At Rhesgoed Farm. We suggest you follow directions to 'Wernog Wood' in Google Maps or follow the directions below. If you use What 3 Words, the entrance to the drive is flipping.messy.path!)

If you turn into a track in the woods with wooden hoarding, you are in the right place. If you find yourself in the farmyard of Rhesgoed Farm which is just below us, come back out of their drive, turn right back up the hill, past the two lay-bys, and we are the next on the right.

 

Directions from Mold – Coming from Mold, take the A494 Ruthin road which brings you through Gwernymynydd, Loggerheads and Llanferres. About 3 miles on from Llanferres, you come will over the brow of the hill through Clwyd Gate and see a fabulous view right across Ruthin. Our turning is on the left hand side about ¼ after the brow*. If you get to a lay-by on the left and bend in the road, you have gone too far.

 

Directions from Coedpoeth – the best route if you are coming from the south

Come up the A5 and A483 and then A525 towards Ruthin. On the A525 you will come through Coepoeth and Bwlchgwyn. Just after Bwlchgwyn, instead of following the road to Ruthin, turn off on the B5430 for Llanarmon yn Ial and Graianrhyd. It will eventually bring you out on the A494 where you need to turn left to Ruthin.

 

About a mile on, you come will over the brow of the hill through Clwyd Gate and see a fabulous view right across Ruthin. Our turning is on the left-hand side about ¼ mile after the brow. Alternatively look for the red 'reduce speed' sign on your left and we are shortly after that*. If you get to a lay-by on the left and bend in the road, you have gone too far.

 

*Coming down from Clwyd Gate, our driveway is not easy to see, and is a tight bend back on itself. So you will either need to swing out into the road to make it, or go into the lay-by just after our turning and come back up the hill and tackle it from there.

 

Directions from Ruthin - From Ruthin, take the A494 towards Mold through Llanbedr DC. There are two sets of tight bends on the hill, and we are about ½ mile after the second set of bends. There are two lay-bys on the right, and our turning is on the right just after the second lay-by.

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