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13 Places To Explore In Wales With Elinor Fay @consciouslyelle

Wales... where do I begin? With its rich tapestry of rolling hills, dramatic coastlines, and lush valleys, it is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

 

As a proud Welshie, I might be slightly biased, but I genuinely believe that Wales is one of the most beautiful places in the world. From the towering peaks of Snowdonia to the serene beaches of Pembrokeshire, Wales offers a diverse array of landscapes that are both stunning and accessible. 

 

Here are 13 must-visit places that highlight the natural beauty of Wales, featuring a mix of expansive regions and specific hikes with something for everyone:


Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

The highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon stands at 1,085 metres and offers breathtaking views. With several routes to the summit, it caters to both seasoned hikers and casual walkers. On a clear day, you can see as far as Ireland.


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Four Waterfalls Walk

There aren’t many walks like this one… Located in the Brecon Beacons, this trail leads you through enchanting woodlands to four stunning waterfalls: Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd y Pannwr, and Sgwd yr Eira, where you can walk behind the cascading water.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Hard to choose one spot in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, it is home to some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in Britain. This national park features rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and charming villages. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path offers spectacular views over 186 miles of coastline.

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Skomer Island

A wildlife haven off the coast of Pembrokeshire, Skomer Island is famous for its puffin colonies, seals, and diverse birdlife, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and photographers.
 
I visited for the first time last year, and it really is everything you see in the pictures. I would advise booking early and heading there at the best time to see the world-famous puffins!

Llyn Peninsula

Known for its unspoiled beauty and tranquil atmosphere, the Llyn Peninsula offers sandy beaches, hidden coves, and quaint villages. It’s a perfect spot for a peaceful retreat.


Elan Valley

This area is renowned for its Victorian dams and reservoirs, set amidst rolling hills and scenic landscapes. It’s an ideal location for walking, cycling, and wildlife spotting.


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Gower Peninsula

Probably my favourite on the list, maybe because I was lucky enough to grow up here… The Gower was the first area in the UK to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With its sweeping beaches, dramatic cliffs, and ancient woodlands, it’s a paradise for walkers and surfers alike.


Llyn y Fan Fach

Nestled in the western part of the Brecon Beacons, Llyn y Fan Fach is a serene mountain lake surrounded by dramatic peaks. The area is steeped in legend and offers fantastic hiking opportunities.


Portmeirion

A picturesque village in North Wales, also nicknamed ‘little Italy’, Portmeirion is known for its colourful Italianate architecture and stunning gardens. Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, it offers scenic views of the Dwyryd estuary and surrounding woodlands, making it a unique place to explore. Little pre-warning, you do need to book to visit.

 


Cardigan Bay

Known for its beautiful beaches and marine wildlife, Cardigan Bay is a haven for dolphin watching. The coastal path offers stunning views and the chance to explore charming seaside towns.

 

I would recommend heading to Tresaith, where you can witness Wales' only waterfall into the sea when the tide is in, but just as spectacular when the tide is out.

 


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Cader Idris

Located in the southern part of Snowdonia, which is often overlooked due to the popular northern parts. But, believe me when I say it is just as beautiful and it is so much quieter!

 

Cader Idris is a majestic mountain with a challenging yet rewarding climb. The summit provides panoramic views and is enveloped in myths and legends.

 


St Davids

Britain's smallest city, St Davids is located in Pembrokeshire and is renowned for its stunning cathedral and beautiful coastal scenery.

 

Nearby, the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddi offers unique swimming and coasteering experiences. This striking, flooded slate quarry is a popular spot for adventurous activities.

 

You can often spot seals here, especially if you have a paddle-board or kayak to head out on!

 


Pen y Fan

The list wouldn’t be complete without the highest peak in South Wales, and Southern Britain. Pen y Fan is part of the Brecon Beacons National Park and one of the most popular hikes in the UK.

 

The hike to the summit is rewarding, offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, there are also a few routes to the summit, catering for different hiking levels.

 


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Thanks for sharing your favourite places to explore in Wales with us, Elinor.

 

If you’ve been inspired to explore your happy place in kit that lasts, book an in-store appointment with one of our kit specialists, or stop by your nearest Cotswold Outdoor store.

 

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Wales.. where do I begin? With its rich tapestry of rolling hills, dramatic coastlines, and lush valleys, it is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

 

As a proud Welshie, I might be slightly biased, but I genuinely believe that Wales is one of the most beautiful places in the world. From the towering peaks of Snowdonia to the serene beaches of Pembrokeshire, Wales offers a diverse array of landscapes that are both stunning and accessible. 

 

Here are twelve must-visit places that highlight the natural beauty of Wales, featuring a mix of expansive regions and specific hikes with something for everyone:

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