Wales: Off the Beaten Track

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Wales feels ancient and dignified. It has an air of wilderness and beauty, and feels like home from the moment you arrive. Crumbling castles squat above winding mountain passes, and sweeping, rolling hills make tracks for the spectacular coastline of wild, windswept beaches and wave-battered cliffs.

Whilst it’s clearly not wilderness in the classic sense, you’re never a million miles away from a cosy pub or a family-run cafe, once you start exploring, there’s an abundance of hidden gems and isolated spots to be discovered.

Whether you spend your time hiking, trekking and scrambling on the narrow ridges and dramatic glacial valleys of Snowdonia, surfing or kitesurfing on the great expanses of empty beaches on the coast, or drinking in a rugby game in the electric theatre of the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales is sure to enthrall and excite.

Highlights

Snowdonia

Dark looming mountains weighed under heavy skies, Snowdonia is an awe-inspiring region of deep glacial valleys, razor-sharp ridges and bubbling streams running down a maze of gulleys and ravines. It is a place for the hiker, the nature-lover and the adrenaline junky.

Hike up one of Snowdonia’s less trodden peaks like Cnicht or Cader Idris, or enjoy some serious scrambling up Tryfan. Find kayaking, rock climbing and the world’s fastest zipline, or simply stroll through the lush valleys on the hunt for wildlife.

There are footpaths and trails crisscrossing all over this beautiful landscape, so there’s no real excuse not to get off the beaten track.

The Welsh Coast

An endless stretch of ethereal beauty. Wide, expansive beaches, dramatically plunging cliffs surrounded by boiling sea, picturesque castles, lonely, isolated lighthouses and hidden coves and caves, Wales’s coastline is an absolute treasure trove of places that feel as if you’ve reached the end of the world.

And now, you can access it all thanks to the Wales Coast Path, an unbroken trail that leads along this entire spectacular stretch of land meeting sea. Or, get even more adventurous, and explore one of the many uninhabited, craggy little islands that dot the coast.

Cardiff

Thriving, vibrant, multi-cultural, Cardiff is a city on the move. A tremendously fun nightlife scene, top food, brilliant pubs and of course, the delirious atmosphere the city sinks into when the rugby is in town, there’s a huge amount to see and do in Cardiff.

Go searching for hidden gems in the winding lanes, step back into the middle ages at its hilltop keep, or stroll along the sunny waterfront beneath the slick, modern architecture.

When is the best time to go?

The high season in Wales comes between the months of July and August. The weather is generally warm and there are a number of festivals and events around the country to enjoy. Of course, this means higher prices, (in the coastal areas and national parks) and a few more people about.

The ‘shoulder’ season comes about during the months of April to June and September to October. Dry earlier in the year, much, much wetter later on, you’re probably better hitting the national parks and coast in the months of April, May and June.

Finally, in the low season, it can get pretty cold. January and February are particularly bitter, and roads can be closed by snow, but if you’re the adventurous type, the trails, the paths, the pubs, they’re all yours.

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