Wales that green and pleasant land situated to the West in the UK is a place I know well and have travelled extensively about in and it is a country that never disappoints when you are looking for something to do or somewhere to explore.
Granted you don’t go on holiday in Wales for the weather, although sometimes, on the odd occasion, it can surprise and delight you. What you do go to Wales for is for some of the most dramatic scenery you will see anywhere, a land full of history and legend, with many Castles and ancient sites to explore and of course some fabulous beaches for those days when the sun does shine and all you want to do is laze about.
Wales is the place to go to if you like your holidays packed with adventure and adrenalin rushes. Indeed 2016 is the Year of Adventure in Wales so there is no better time to explore one of the best adventure play grounds in the World than this year. Whether its hiking, hill walking or you are a serious adventure junky and want to try your hand at more extreme sports, you will find everything you need here in Wales.
Of course it’s not all about the physical adventures in Wales, this is after all a country steeped in myth and legend, from King Arthur and the round table to St David, the Country’s Patron Saint and his tales of miracles .Wales is a land filled with history and stories with imposing Castles and mystical ancient ruins, if you are looking for historical adventure then this is your place.
North Wales Exploring The Best – What to Do
North Wales is where you will discover dramatic scenery and breath-taking views. From the Horseshoe Pass in Denbighshire that stands at 1368 ft to The Snowdonia National Park which has one of the highest peaks in the UK, Mount Snowdon standing at 3560ft, this is the place to come to if you are serious about hill walking or climbing. The scenery in this part of Wales really will leave you breathless.
For serious outdoor folks then a must do trip is to Snowdonia National Park. Here you can either climb Snowdon or one of the other peaks in the area. Walking up Snowdon is challenging due to the terrain and it is on this mountain that you can walk in the footsteps of Edmund Hilary, who trained here before conquering Everest. There are a choice of six paths to walk up but if you are feeling less inclined to climb this giant of a mountain you can always take the train up it which runs from Llanberis and take in the views whilst sitting down relaxing.
Whilst you are in North Wales a trip over to Anglesey is a real delight. This beautiful unspoilt Island has some real hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Crossing over to the Island via the Menai Bridge built by Thomas Telford in 1826 as the first modern suspension bridge anywhere in the world you will be awarded with a stunning sight of the Menai straits below.
Once on the Island there is so much to do and see but some highlights must be Plas Newydd a stunning National Trust property that sits on the Menai straits. This charming country house dates back to the 18th Century. Inside is a large collection of Rex Whistler paintings from the 1930s including his famous mural.
Beamaris Castle situated in the picturesque town of Beamauris is well worth paying a visit to. Although the castle was never completed you would not know this and it is seen as a great unfinished masterpiece. Built as part of an ‘iron ring’ of castles in North Wales by Edward 1 the English Monarch in the 13th Century it is now a designated World Heritage Site. The stunning castle has an equally impressive vista of the Snowdonia mountain range in front of it.
If you are searching for a great family day out that will offer lots of adventure, fun and speed then take a trip to Bethesda to the Zip wire park, Zip World. Here you will experience many thrills and experience an awesome breath-taking adventure that will be one of the highlights of your holiday. If you are feeling really daring then try out the other Zip Wire experience in the area, Zip World Caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog, for a truly breathtaking adventure.
Of course there will always be some time to just relax and take it easy and what better way to do that than by having a great day at the beach. Travel to Barmouth, situated to the West of Snowdonia to be rewarded with a beach holiday like times gone by. The beautiful sandy beach and picturesque harbour is the perfect destination for a beach holiday or day trip a wonderful place for family days out with lots to do a trip to Barmouth is well worth taking.
One last place in North Wales that is really worth taking a trip to is Portmerion. Now the home of the music festival, Festival No 6, each September, this stunning Italian village is a real delight. This was also the setting for the famous 1960’s drama “The Prisoner” so you may even be familiar with some of the views before you get there.
This tourist village built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 was designed in the style of an Italian village and pays homage to the atmosphere of the Mediterranean and indeed when walking down the streets and journeying into the Central Plazza you could believe that you are walking around an old Italian village, especially on days when the sun is shining.