Holidaying in the Welsh countryside is an unforgettable experience. Wales is a county full of mountains, beaches, National Parks and valleys. Holidays in Wales can be an active and fun filled experience where you can find no-end of cycle routes and hiking paths. Alternatively it can be a relaxing and restful holiday, slipping in and out of quiet villages and taking slow afternoon walks along some of Wales’ stunning rugged coastline. Staying in one of the great many Welsh cottages that are available on a self catering basis is the best way to immerse yourself in this great place. Holiday cottages in Wales are an ideal choice for a countryside trip.
Accommodation in Wales can come in many forms, B & B’s, hotels, Welsh cottages or guest houses. One of the nicest ways to really enjoy your surroundings is by staying in a self catering house or cottage. Welsh cottages are often beautiful character buildings, old farm houses, renovated barns or fishermen’s cottages. Holiday cottages in Wales often work out the best value for money and offer the greatest flexibility.
The countryside and landscape are what Wales is really famous for and testament to this is the fact that there are three National Parks here. The Pembrokeshire coast is a stunning coastline in east Wales. It is a great national park to visit if you are with children who love to explore as it’s full of beaches, coves and caves. The Brecon Beacons is a stunning landscape of hills, mountains, valleys and moorland. It is full of opportunities for outdoor pursuits including golf, horse riding and mountain biking. Snowdonia is in the north of Wales and is the home of the highest mountains. Its highest peak is Snowdon and if you can’t face the hike there is a train- The Snowdonia Mountain Railway which can take you to the summit of the mountain.
Making the most of the countryside will usually involve a spot of walking. Walking options in Wales are plentiful as there is no end of famous and lesser known walking routes. The mountains of Snowdonia National Park provide the hiker with breathtaking views and scenery. The coast line of the Isle of Anglesey is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with 125 miles in all, there is no shortage of fantastic walks.
Cycling holidays in Wales have been on the up for a while now. The country has over 1000 miles of cycle paths and eleven Cycle Break centres. Great cycling destinations include the Brecon Beacons National Park which has a varied and diverse choice of cycle paths. For budding mountain bikers head to the Afan Forest Park in Port Talbot, which is Britain’s fastest growing mountain bike area.
Wales has a rich and proud history. Drives, walks and bike rides through the Welsh countryside are bound to result in passing many a fine castle. In fact there are over 100 castles in Wales, so it will be extremely difficult to decide which to visit. Among the best is Harlech castle which was originally built as part of the Iron Ring around Snowdonia. With stunning views, set amongst beautiful scenery is Carreg Cennon, in Carmarthenshire. Wales is also home to many other historical buildings, museums and galleries.
If you are staying near Snowdonia then you may fancy a visit to the country’s biggest tourist attraction, Portmeiron. Portmeiron is an Italian style village in Gwynedd, North Wales. It has been used in many television productions, most famously The Prisoner, however nothing is quite like the experience of actually walking around this incredible place.
The Welsh countryside is an excellent place to take a holiday. A place so varied in activities means that you can do a walking holiday, a cycling holiday, a family holiday or go for a romantic country break for two in a holiday cottage in Wales. Welsh cottages are available as self catering accommodation giving visitors the opportunity to soak up the friendly atmosphere of this very special part of the UK.
Learn more about Welsh cottages. Stop by Brian Phillips’s site where you can find out all about them.