Mountain grandeur, pastoral peace, wide beaches, a country of legend
We’ll start our tour of Wales 3, 650 feet up – on the summit of Mount Snowdon. It dominates the stunning Snowdonia National Park, which stretches from Llanberis, in the north, to the Dovey estuary, on Cardigan Bay. From here you can see Anglesey, with its 100 miles of coastline and 4, 000 years of history.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has a 170-mile path following the cliffs and beaches. The Brecon Beacons National Park has green hills, caverns and underground lakes. Visit Dan-Yr-Ogof.
Wales has, literally, hundreds of castles. They range from the awe inspiring Caernarfon, Conwy, Caerphilly and Harlech, to hilltop fortresses such as Carreg Cennen.
And Wales is a land of fine gardens – Aberglasney, in the beautiful Tywi valley; Bodnant, with its rhododendrons and camellias; Dyffryn, and its gardens within gardens and the world-renowned National Botanic Garden, are just a few.
The story of Wales’ massive contribution to the Industrial Revolution is told at the Blaenarfon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site. Go down a real coal mine.
Wales’ ‘Great Little Trains’ are another element of that industrial past. All aboard at Ffestiniog, Rheidol and Talyllyn.
In the southwest, the magnificent Gower Peninsula culminates at Worms Head, guarding the sand dunes of Rhosili Bay.