Ah, Wales… One of the few countries where I swap flip-flops for wellies – but only just. When you were younger, you probably felt most distressed when your parents said ‘we’re going on holiday this summer’ before finding out your ticket out of England is over the M4 to a remote campsite in Wales. Let me tell you, though, it’s really not that bad. Travelling the British Isles can be much more adventurous than your colourful options abroad.
To begin, we explore the North of Wales and a coastal walk observing the Irish Sea. Trekking along a steep cliff-face track you will be stunned by nature’s aesthetics. Sharp purple fields with winding paths lead you far along the coastline through peaceful fields of shrubbery and cattle. 10 miles later on this scenic hike and you’ve reached the pinnacle of North Wales’ not-so-big Anelog Mountain. Short in distance from our next location and residing in the greenery of Welsh countryside, you have plenty of post-hike camping options.
When I mentioned the ‘not-so-big’ Anelog Mountain, I truthfully meant in comparison. Next up is Mount Snowdon. Snowdonia offers its climbers the option of 6 challenging routes to the top that so proudly overlook the beautiful landscape of Northern Wales. For a picturesque sojourn of Snowdon however, the Llanberis path is for you. Whilst the climb may take the best part of your day, you’re not short of breath-taking views and making audacious, devised decisions. Take a nude swim in one of the glittering lakes located 3,500 feet up as a relaxing cool down before you reach the summit. Now for the top and you’re embraced into a 360 view of mountainous greenery and a panoramic view that blows you further than the wind. When cloudless, Wales never looks so small, and you never seem so big; victorious.
Into the South, and like most coastal countries, Wales gets warmer which means out come the flip-flops… kind of. Here lies the Brecon Beacons, home of those fairy tale forests and striking waterfalls you see illustrated in a children’s novel. Make sure you bring your walking boots, as the terrain will change like the Welsh weather. Dry autumn leaves may form some of your pathway whilst slippery, mud-coated rocks make up the rest. Visit the famous bat cave deep in the Breacons or try your hand at gulley-scrambling and feel like the new Bear Grylls as you abseil down the plunging cascade.
Trade woodland for waves as we reach our final spot in Wales. Voted the fourth best beach in the UK, Rhossili Bay offers a relaxing coastline with sweeping views worthy of somewhere south of the Med, but if you’re someone who thrives off an experience as opposed to catching some rays, try your hand at the waves in the Gower Peninsula. Summer or winter, Swansea’s dedicated surfers will be riding the tide until sundown in this exquisite spot. Just shy from Three Cliffs Bay, these makeup Swansea’s trio of activity based, quite simply stunning beach spots. All not bad for wet, old Wales, huh?