The Best Pen yr Ole Wen Walking Route

Pen yr Ole Wen is a mountain in Wales found in Snowdonia National Park. The Welsh name Pen yr Ole Wen translates to Head of the White Slope. At 978m high it is the 7th highest peak in Wales and offers several walking routes to it's summit.  Hikers can reach the top of Pen yr Ole Wen directly from Ogwen Cottage via a loose scree walk, from the North via Braich Ty Du or from the east via…

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10 Amazing (& Unique) Places To Enjoy Glamping In The Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons is a National Park in South Wales typified by flat-top peaks, waterfalls, reservoirs and glacial lakes. It's the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and explore the Welsh countryside. When visiting the Brecon Beacons you will discover a whole range of places in which to stay. Since the park is only 42 miles wide, no matter where you stay you'll always be close to top points of interest. Glamping In…

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5 Beautiful Walks In The Gower

This is a guide to help you decide which of the many beautiful Gower walks to enjoy. The Gower Peninsula is an area in South Wales located west of Swansea City. It covers an area of 180km² and mostly consists of rocky coastlines, beaches and farmland. The rugged coastline is popular with walkers and coasteerers, whilst the bays offer beautiful beaches on which to relax and enjoy water sports. Just a short stroll along the coastal paths of…

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A Guide to Pronouncing Welsh Words

As a Celtic language spoken by the ancient Britons, Welsh is one of the oldest languages in Europe. With English sovereignty over Wales in the 1500s, speaking Welsh was banned and the language was almost wiped out. However, it made revival in the 20th century and today Welsh is spoken by around 20% of the population. As a bi-lingual country all signs in Wales are shown in both Welsh and English, often with the Welsh appearing first. Many…

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The Best Snowdonia Hiking Routes

Snowdonia National Park in North Wales covers an area of 2132km², making it the largest National Park in Wales. Scattered over this vast area are 9 mountain ranges with dramatic craggy peaks, over 100 picturesque lakes, 23 miles of scenic coastline and a multitude of peaceful woodland areas. Throughout the park there is an abundance of walking routes for hikers of all abilities to enjoy. Top Snowdonia walks can vary from strolling along coastal beaches to scrambling along…

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6 Snowdon Routes – Which Snowdon Path Should I Choose?!

Mount Snowdon or Yr Wyddfa in Welsh, is located in Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. At 1085m (3560ft) Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and is also the only major UK peak that has a train running to its' summit.  The 360 degree views from Snowdon's summit are breathtaking and on clear days can stretch as far as Ireland. Mountain views like these are best savoured after they have been earned, and this can be…

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4 Walking Routes to Llyn y Fan Fach & Llyn y Fan Fawr

Llyn y Fan Fach is a glacial lake in the Brecon Beacons. This hiking guide describes 4 walking routes which take in views of this beautiful lake. I provide trail descriptions, distances, times and starting locations. The Black Mountain (singular) refers to a range of mountains in the Western Brecon Beacons National Park. This is not to be confused with the Black Mountains on the Eastern side of the Park. The highest peak in the Black Mountain (Y…

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The Best Brecon Beacons Walks – 9 Paths With Epic Views

In this guide I describe 9 of the best Brecon Beacons walks. I provide a brief outline of each hike, including distance, difficulty and starting location. The Brecon Beacons National Park is located in South Wales and is made up of four different areas. These sections of the park are known as the Central Beacons, Fforest Fawr, the Black Mountain and the Black Mountains. Fforest Fawr is a UNESCO Geopark. A dedicated National Park since 1957, the Beacons…

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Brecon Beacons Waterfalls – 5 Walks In Waterfall Country

This is a guide to visiting the Brecon Beacons waterfalls in South Wales. Discover 5 easy walking trails and choose which one is right for you. The Brecon Beacons is a National Park in South Wales which was established in 1957. The park covers 519 square miles and consists of four main areas - The Black Mountain, Fforest Fawr, The Central Beacons and The Black Mountains. (Yes Black Mountain and Black Mountains - very confusing!) The Brecon Beacons…

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The Best things to do in Merthyr Tydfil (by a local!)

This is a list of all the best things to do in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. I describe top activities on offer, from mountain biking and rock climbing, to castle tours and whisky tasting. All costs, locations and a downloadable map are included. Merthyr Tydfil is an Iron Heritage town in the South Wales valleys. It was once the largest town in Wales, with a workforce built solely on industry. However, in recent years Merthyr has reinvented itself and…

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