Top Destinations in the Welsh Countryside
If you love discovering gorgeous natural scenery, the Welsh countryside is likely to be a great choice for a holiday destination. Visit Wales and be awed by the mountains, captivated by the coastline and fall in love with the scenic lakes. Much of the Welsh countryside looks like it’s been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale! Should the idea of booking a country holiday cottage in Wales have piqued your interest, though, check out this list of top destinations below.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
The first destination is the lovely Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. One of its key features is that it’s unique among the national parks of Britain in that it’s the only one that’s made up predominantly of coastline. So, if you’re into coastal walks or water sports, this is definitely the place to come!
It’s home to a whopping 621 miles of footpaths and bridleways – including the famous 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail. Take a stroll along here (admittedly, you might not want to tackle the whole thing!) and you’ll see some of the UK’s most varied coastal scenery.
It’s worth heading to the Preseli Hills (also known as the Preseli Mountains), which have a magical landscape. To discover the scenery at its best, head to the highest point on a clear day – you should be able to see out to Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons.
Snowdonia National Park
Next is Snowdonia National Park – come here and you can go for some of the most exciting hikes in the country, as well as mountain biking and all sorts of other activities (and as fuel for all this activity, stock up on some traditional Welsh cakes – they’re delicious!).
Walking to the summit of Snowdon (1,085 m) is a big summer event – you don’t need any specialist training, but you do need to be reasonably fit – it’s a tiring hike, and you will need appropriate footwear!
The easiest – and also the longest – path is the Llanberis, which will take around 3 hours each way. More challenging and more interesting options include the Pyg Track and the Miners Path, both of which take around 2.5 hours to complete each way. Keep an eye on the weather before you go – climb on a clear day and you can see some unforgettable views, but if the visibility’s low, you’ll see nothing but cloud once you hit the top.
The Isle of Anglesey
Last but not least, is the Isle of Anglesey, where the majority of the coastline and a third of the island’s interior is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. One of the prettiest places to head to here is Holyhead Breakwater Country Park. This park has a little bit of everything – amazing mountains, tranquil lakes, rocky coastline and there are lots of great walks you can take to discover it all, like the one that leads you to the Holyhead Mountain and South Stack.