What is your favourite Welsh view?
Published: Wednesday 1st Oct 2014
Written by: Ginnie James
“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.