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10 Places To Explore in Wales


Known for its raw and rugged coastline, mountainous national parks and wild forest lands, Wales should be at the top of every nature-lover's list! There are so many awesome locations in Wales to explore. In 2020 and 2021 we took two separate trips to Wales, first to the South, then to the North, and we loved it!


Here are our top 10 locations that we'd recommend you exploring for yourself!



 

1) Henrhyd Falls

Just a short walk downhill from the Henrhyd Falls car park you arrive at the incredible Henrhyd Waterfall! This is our favourite waterfall in the UK. You can actually walk behind it and feel the power of the water rushing past you, into the pool below! Don't go to Wales without visiting this beautiful place! It's located in the Brecon Beacons.



 
2) Pen y Fan

Pen y Fan is the highest peak in South Wales, situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park, it stands at 886 metres above sea‑level. The hike takes between an hour and an hour & a half to the top depending on your level of fitness. There is a nice stone path you can take all the way up from the Pont ar Daf Car Park, or other more challenging routes from different locations.



 
3) Tenby Town

Tenby is a harbour town and resort in southwest Wales. It’s known for its 13th‑century town walls and its stretches of sandy shoreline, including Castle Beach. The ruins of Tenby Castle are on a headland overlooking the harbour.



 
4) Stackpole Quay

A beautiful place for a long coastal walk along the cliffs, and also a great place for taking out a kayak.






 
5) Llyn y Fan Fach

A beautiful mountain hike around gorgeous lakes. Unfortunately we had to turn back from completing the circular walk on the mountain tops due to the thick fog! You couldn't see more than 2 meters in front of you and being on mountain ridges it became a little dangerous. But w'd definitely recommend it on a clear day!



 
6) Four Falls Trail

The full name of this place is: Gwaun Hepste (Bro'r Sgydae) Waterfall Country ‑ Four Falls Trail. It's quite a long walk (allow half a day), but a very beautiful one! You get to walk through lush green forests and find the four different waterfalls on the way!



 
7) South Stack Lighthouse

The South Stack Lighthouse is built on the summit of a small island off the north‑west coast of Holy Island, Anglesey, Wales. A peaceful place to go for a walk or sit up high on a rock for a picnic, with the view of this Lighthouse.




 
8) Gwydir Forest Park

Gwydir Forest Park lies in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. It's a really beautiful place to explore, a bit of a fairy-tale setting, with the towering trees and winding trails through the charming green forest.






 
9) Traeth Llanddwyn

Traeth Llanddwyn Beach is a really gorgeous spot on the south‑western tip of Anglesey. Llanddwyn Island is located at the far end of the beach near Newborough Warren. This narrow finger of land is an ideal picnic site during fine weather. You can also walk down to the little lighthouse at its tip.



 
10) Mount Snowdon

Mount Snowdon is the highest point in England and Wales. It's a really beautiful hike, and challenging at points. We took the Miners' Track on the way up and the Pyg Track on the way down. It took us 2 hours and 20 minutes to reach the summit. Do your own research before climbing, but we would 100% recommend it! Very rewarding.













 

Hope these recommendations have been helpful! Here's a little video we made on our trip to the Brecon Beacons back in 2020!



See you in the next blog!



Thanks for reading!



Dan & Lois

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