Wales Off The Beaten Path

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    Eglwys y Tabernacl
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Wales Off The Beaten Path

  • Llandaff Cathedral and Village

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    Llandaff is a s small picturesque village two miles northwest of Cardiff city centre. It is home to an impressive cathedral with two different towers. Llandaff Cathedral is said to be founded in the 6th century, but rebuilt by the Normans in the 12th century. Various restorations and modifications followed in later centuries. From Cardiff city...

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  • Castell Coch (The Red Castle)

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    Castell Coch (which means Red Castle in Welsh), stands on a wooded hillside above the village of Tongwynlais, north of Cardiff, Wales.It was was probably founded in the early thirteenth century by a Welsh chieftain named Ifor Bach. The De Clare family claimed it because of its strategic importance, commanding both the plains area and the entrance...

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  • Roath Park

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    Roath Park is my favorite park in Cardiff and one of my favorite parks in the world. It is extremely beautiful! A perfect place to go for a walk and just relax. It just got it all! A big lake housing a ton of swans and other birds such as geese. It has a large paved pedestrian path around the lake and under the trees - perfect for walking, running...

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  • Barry Island

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    Barry Island is very much the traditional seaside resort with its long sandy beach, amusement arcades and fun fair, attracting visitors from far afield. Seafront shops will tempt your taste buds with ice-cream, candy floss and fish and chips. And in summer months weekends are buzzing with street theatre and live music. The pleasure park has over...

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  • Penarth

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    Penarth is a small seaside resort on the South Wales Coast. It has a long esplanade, many Victorian style houses, nice gardens and a typical British pier which was built in 1894. From Penarth you can take a nice walk along the seaside in the direction of Lavernock Point. Interesting enough, the lovely lady at the Tourist Information Office didn't...

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  • Caerphilly

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    We took bus 26 to Caerphilly (£4.20 return ticket, you can also go there by train from Cardiff in 20’). It is a boring and obviously non attractive small town but it’s a town that houses an impressive castle from 13th century!! The castle is very big, we spent about 2 hours inside, we didn’t have any guide with us but there were useful signs...

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  • Cardiff Bay

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    At Cardiff Bay, near the Norwegian Church, there is a statue of the explorer Robert Falcon Scott. The statue is easily overlooked and I would not have discovered it, if the guide on the boat trip had not pointed it out. As I am very interested in the age of Arctic and Antarctic exploration, I walked back to the church after the trip to look for the...

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  • Museum of Welsh Life

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    St Fagans is an open air museum that houses several buildings from many historical periods (from Celtic times to modern days). Most of the buildings have been moved from various parts of Wales and re-erected. It is actually a big folk museum because what you see here is the daily life in Wales, how and where the people lived where they spent their...

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  • Dyffryn Gardens

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    Dyffryn is not just one garden but a series of gardens consisting of a number of outdoor rooms. Each room is enclosed within clipped yew hedges and has its own distinct character. The gardens rooms are set among broad sweeping lawns, a croquet lawn with an arboretum and wild garden. The gardens are currently being restored to the picture that...

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  • Brecon Beacons

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    The Park covers some 519 square miles, over half of which is 1,000 ft above sea level. Brecon Beacons National Park is one of three ' Parks ' in Wales, each one a special place and the Brecon Beacons is no exception. With beauty being in the eye of the beholder, here in this 'Park' there is such a variation of scenic beauty; that there is something...

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  • Caerleon

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    At the Roman Legionary Museum Caerleon, you will learn what made the Romans a formidable force. You'll see how they lived, slept and ate; how they marched and practised for battle; which gods they worshipped, and which jewels they wore and valued.

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  • Glamorgan Heritage Coast

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    Nash Point is a few miles west of Cardiff approximately due south of Bridgend. The 100m high cliffs are spectacular and are extremely ntersting from a geologic point of view. Come at low tide and explore the base of the cliffs as wellas climbng the steep grass banks to the top for stunnign views across the Bristol Channel to England and Exmoor....

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  • peace by the sea

    camping at llanmadoc campsite is nice and safe for kids even if the owner is a bit of welsh dragon. The beach is so close and never ever packed it is a delight, But be warned this site owner can be unfriendly the facilities are basic but the views are great if you can get to the top of the field

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  • Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber

    Pentre Ifan is an impressive, well preserved megalithic site dating back to about 3500 BC. It was originally constructed as a burial chamber. The huge capstone weighs over 16 tons and is 5m off the ground, held on 3 uprights. It is located about 6,5 km from Newport (drive along A487 towards Cardigan; after 2,5 km turn right and follow the signs).

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  • Walk to Cadair Idris via Minffordd path

    The circular route to Cadair Idris from Minffordd is absolutely worth 5-6 hours hike (not including numerous stops to take photos and enjoy the views).The amphitheatre and a lake inside were created by the last ice age, and if the weather is good (which is not often, unfortunately) the views are spectacular. The route is around 10km long, and...

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  • Castell Dinas Bran

    Little remains of this medieval castle built on the site of an Iron-age fort. Yet, it's location, on a steep hill which overlooks Llangollen, makes it one of the most magical places in Wales. Known as The Crow Castle, it is associated with many myths and legends, and well-worth the short but steep walk up the hill.

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  • Valle Crucis Abbey & Eliseg's Pillar

    Valle Crucis Abbey and the Eliseg's Pillar lie close together in a idylic green valley near Llangollen. The upright stone is all that is left of a stone cross erected in the 9th century in memory of Eliseg, the King of Powys. The pillar gave the name to the whole valley (valle crucis = valley of the cross), as well as to the abbey nearby. The...

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  • The Land's End - Mynydd Mawr, Llyn...

    Mynydd Mawr at the tip of Llyn/Lleyn peninsula offers stunning views in all directions. Worth to visit for its unspoilt beauty and magnificent sunsets.

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  • Cymer Abbey & Llanelltyd Bridge

    Cymer Abbey is a ruined Cistercian abbey north of Dolgellau, The abbey was founded in the 12th century. Next to the abbey stands the old Llanelltyd brigde from the 18th century.Located on A470 3 km north-west of Dolgellau.

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  • Mewslade Bay

    If you love unspoilt beaches with clean watter, the Mewslade Beach (Gower) is a complete gem. You can reach it either from Rhossili (around 1h) or from Pitton (some 20minutes). I recommend walking from Rhossili towards Worms Head, then taking the cliff path to the left. Before reaching Mewslade, you'll have a chance to enjoy a spectacular coast and...

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  • Manorbier

    Manorbier is a picturesque village in a stream-carved valley on the south coast of Pembrokeshire. Once was defined as "the most pleasant place in Wales”. Visit St James Church from 12th century and Manorbier Castle which overlooks the bay. Take a walk along the sandy beach surrounded by red sandstone cliffs, and visit a neolithic Kings Quoit burial...

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  • King's Quoit Burial Chamber in Manorbier

    King's Quoit is a a neolithic burial chamber dating from 3000BC, overlooking the picturesque Manorbier Bay. It is only a short walk along the cliff path from the Manorbier beach (head south-east from the beach).

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  • Green Bridge of Wales - nature's gem

    Green Bridge of Wales is a dramatic natural rock arch carved into the cliffs of the Pembrokeshire coast. It can be reached by the Pembrokeshire coastal path (approximately 3 miles from Bosherston) or by road through Castlemartin Firing Range. The area is open only on non-firing periods so make sure you check when it's open to the public. Live...

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  • Squeek Squeek!!

    Welcome to Porth Oer/Whistling Sands!This is up till now my favorite beach in Wales. For some reason, when you walk, the sand squeeks at every footstep!Quite odd, really... but it's nice and soft and far away from the crowds of some other beaches that are closer to town.You'll find younger children here (babies, toddlers) because it's less crowded...

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  • Rhos on sea

    Watch Glammy play at Colwyn Bay cricket club, Rhos on sea.Colwyn Bay play fixtures here throughout the summer but the next county game is on Sunday 8th of August between Glamoorgan and Lancashire and the day after a 4 day game Aug 9-12, 2010 between Glamorgan and WorcestershireMatch scheduled to begin at 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT)

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  • Castle Morgraig

    Castle Morgraig is located some 800 feet up on Cefn-Onn ridge above Cardiff just behind The Travellers Rest Public House on Caerphilly mountain. It has been the subject of much speculation over the years.The Castle would have been constructed sometime in the 13th century and was on the border between Welsh Senghennydd and English Glamorgan...

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  • "not in the roll of common men."

    In the centre of Corwen in north Wales is a statue of a life size representation of Owain Glyndwr, formerly of this parish. He sits atop his horse, sword in hand, about to cut to ribbons a few score Englishmen. The statue has only been in place for a couple of years and was erected to commemorate the 600th anniversary of Glyndwr's crowning as the...

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  • Pistyll Rhaeadr

    This waterfall is the highest one in Wales and England. It is set in a deep and peaceful valley carved by ice-age glaciers. Stained with peat the waters cascade 240ft down a mossy cliff, flanked by pines, then thunder down another 50ft into a pond. Note the natural arch as the higher fall goes through this to form the second part of the fall. A...

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  • Fairy Glen

    This is a very enchanting valley near Betws-y-Coed, with a river coming down into it through a gorge and then winding its way through moss-covered rocks and forests. Turn left up the little road just after the Fairy Glen Hotel and leave your car at the small car park there. The path is signposted from there, but I should probably point out that the...

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  • The view from the Patricio Church

    As I mentioned in a previous tip the gorgeous church of Patricio is well worth the effort. We enjoyed the fabulous view (which my photography does no justice for). You could go for a walk amongst the gorgeous rolling hills. I am wishing I was back there as I write this!

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  • Peaceful Church

    Another recommendation from our fabulous host was to go see this great church. After a bit of a scary drive (very narrow roads that have no space for miles!) we got to this gorgeous church. We spent about 1/2 an hour wandering around and just enjoying the peace. We did wonder where all the parishoners park as I guessed there was room for about 2...

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  • Boarded Bog Walk

    Our host at our B and B recommended a few places around our local area and one was what he called 'the boarded bog walk'. A very quick walk (we took about 10 minutes but drew it out just off to the side of the road. There was however an option of a much longer walk. Amazing the water that just lies around. Hard for a couple of Aussies to grasp when...

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  • The river Severn - we were way off...

    As I have said in another tip we drove from The Cotswolds (the northern part) to Pandy a tiny place near Abergavenny. We had all day and really didn't follow any maps. Mind you we ended up so far off track that we saw the River Severn near Chepstow. I was pretty excited about this as I love bridges and this viewing was pretty unexpected. I am only...

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  • Forest of Dean - Peaceful morning tea...

    We pulled into a picnic area within about 3 mins drive of the Roman Road monument. There were toilets and picnic tables and a peaceful little stream running through. Also an informative notice/info board to tell us a little more about the area. We wandered around after we had a bite to eat.Mind you the funniest part was when a lady jogged past in...

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  • Forest of Dean

    We drove from Mickleton to Pandy easily in one day making many detours all over the place. Probably the fact our map was fairly basic didn't help. We enjoyed driving amongst the Forest of Dean (which I think is technically in England not Wales but is close enough). We spotted a sign saying ancient monument - Roman Road. We pulled over and had a...

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  • Cremation Pontypridd Wales Britain

    Dr William Price (1800-1893)South Wales physician, also a supporter of the Chartists movement.He world not treat smokers, and believed in vegetarian.The cremation of his son Jesus christ in 1884 at the Rocking stone, and successfully defended in court, Brought cremation to Britain. Although Price was the father of several childrun, he was never...

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  • Skomer and Skokholm Islands

    On the ferry from Pembroke Dock to Rosslare you pass the remote islands of Skomer Island and Skokholm Island. These two islands, lying off the Pembrokeshire Coast, are home to an array of wildlife. It’s possible to visit the islands on a boat trip from Dale.

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  • Pembroke

    The pretty town of Pembroke in West Wales is well worth a stop if you’re in the area. I had passed through nearby Pembroke Dock, from where boats leave for Rosslare in Ireland, many times before stopping to take the time to see the town. The main attraction is the impressive castle, founded in the 11th century by the Normans, but extensively...

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  • Talley Abbey

    The ruins of Talley Abbey are one of South Wales’s most romantic and evocative sights. The abbey is located a few kilometres north of Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire and was the first and only Premonstratensian abbey built in Wales. The Premonstrations were a French order founded In the 12th century and Talley Abbey was built soon after by Rhys ap...

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  • South Wales Valleys

    Walk the Mountains so much scenery, The forests, Valleys, Mountain tops with heather and bracken as it as always been , See the industrial past in the valleys, You can feel the Militancy where the iron masters and coal owners raped this land, under stand this place where they killed a lamb drench a cloth in its blood and rose the Red flag for the...

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  • Snowdonia

    Snowdonia is the second-largest national park in Britain and is a great drive if you are in North Wales. It's an area of beauty with its high rainfall keeping the area very green. If you are into the area from a history perspective, there are many Stone Age sites in the area.The area around Mount Snowdon is the busiest part of the park. Apparently...

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  • Cearleon

    Located in the Usk Valley, Caerleon is the location of King Arthur's capital according to some early Arthurian authors. In these legends this is the location where Arthur's son Mordred was conceived with Arthurs half-sister!The Romans called the town Isca and it was permanent home to the second Augustinian legion from 75AD. Of note here is an...

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  • Bryn Celli Dhu

    This ancient Celtic burial site is located about 1 mile SW of Llanfair PG. It is a very well preserved megalithic mound tomb and considered one of the best in Wales and the whole of Britain. The tomb was apparently surrounded by a stone circle but this was destroyed when they built the tomb. The entrance is a bit of a squeeze between stone slabs...

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  • Carreg Cennen Castle

    The ruins of this 13th Century castle are found near Llandeilo in a remote corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The setting is spectacular and there is a real feeling of remoteness and isolation here as there is little else in the area other than endless fields. This must have been a very difficult place to attack in medieval times. From the...

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  • Porthcawl

    My girlfriend is originally from Porthcawl so it’s a town I’ve come to know very well over the last few years. It’s a seaside town located about 20 miles west of Cardiff and is very popular with tourists, especially in summer.

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