What is your favourite Welsh view?
“With fantastic views” or “stunning views” are phrases that I use a lot when describing our cottages and it is absolutely true. Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but Wales really does have a view for everyone!
I must admit that I am a sucker for a really good view and I can honestly say we are not short of them around here in Mid Wales. Driving into work, I always take a particular route as I love the view coming over the bridge into the top of town and it always brings a smile to my face and is a great way to start a working day. My photography skills need work and this picture doesn’t really do the view justice.
Even walking along the canal path with the dog, which we do most days, I never get bored of my surroundings. Even though there are no sweeping vistas along the way, the view is for ever changing with the differences in light, the vagaries of the weather and variations of the seasons. Our dog always acts as if it is his first time outside, rushing this way and that, exploring and sniffing, and this is good for us as we can saunter along keeping an eye out for the swans and with the sheep keeping an eye on us!
You really are spoilt for choice with the landscapes of rural and coastal Wales and if you are willing and able to get out about there are usually handily placed benches to just sit and drink in the surroundings. There are also some car journeys worth embarking on for the views alone. The twisty road through the Brecon Beacons is one in particular that I enjoy as a passenger. Of course I must point out that the driver should keep their eyes on the road at all times and not be seduced by the panoramic vistas appearing around every corner – maybe ‘every corner’ is a bit of an exaggeration when taking the country as a whole, but not by much!
Even in the more inhabited areas, our beautiful country has such a long history, that the city scapes can be just as absorbing as the countryside, sea and mountains. Fantastic ornate buildings, historic bridges, and hidden parks are just waiting to be discovered around every corner – there’s that phrase again, but I believe beauty can be found even in the most unexpected places, we just need to open our eyes and take a proper look.
When it comes to choosing my absolute favourite view, well, I just can’t. There are far too many for me to choose from. I did try the trick of picturing them as oil paintings but still couldn’t decide which one I would hang in my living room. Picturing my favourite views always brings back so many great memories I find it impossible to put one above the others!
Does anyone out there have a favourite Welsh view? Please do share your pictures on our Facebook page, I’d love to see them, and maybe feature them in the future.
Loving Seaside Holidays!
The summer holidays are over but the lovely weather continues and now is a great time to sit outside in the still settled evenings and plan next year’s holiday! If a holiday for you is relaxing yet with the option of easily organised trips giving the kids a great time then you can’t go wrong with a traditional seaside holiday. And what better place than the long Welsh coast?! Obviously I may be just a tad biased, but here in Wales we have nearly 900 miles of glorious coastline and so there really is a patch of coast to suit everybody.
As a family we haven’t yet made it back up to Anglesey for my Mum to re-live her childhood summers but we have stayed in quite a few places along the coast over the last few years and haven’t had a bad experience yet!
Manorbier, in Pembrokeshire, was the first coastal village my husband and I holidayed in and we loved it. A short walk down to the beach, a castle for me and a pub for him! This was also our dogs’ first introduction to the sea, however this didn’t go as well as we imagined. Although he loves the rivers and canals of Mid Wales, the sea just didn’t seem to hold the same appeal for him and he hasn’t been keen ever since.
Our daughter on the other hand has always been a bit of a dare devil and loves the sea. Before she could even walk she would crawl her way down to the waves and on a holiday to West Wales, even though she had only started walking a month or so before, my Mum & Dad were hard pressed to keep her upright when she insisted on walking into waves as big as she was. Did wear her out though and we all slept very well that week!
Cardigan Bay does make up quite a big proportion of the coastline and this where it seems my family gravitate to these days when the sea calls. Take a look at my post about Borth and Ynyslas which are a couple of favourite spots of ours. For a back to basics holiday by the sea they are a great place to go.
For a bigger town experience then Barmouth may be for you. My husband and I went a few years ago with friends and had a really good time. There are plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from if you don’t want to cook and great little shops for a spot of shopping. Sitting on the sandy beach with my friends, eating the most gorgeous icecream was a wonderful moment that I treasure. The families there also seemed to be having a wonderful time with plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied and release all their energy.
There is so much more I could tell you about, but that will have to wait for another time. What are your favourite Welsh beach memories? And if you don’t have any yet, let me know what you like best about the sea and I can find you the perfect place to start creating some!