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    Gwynedd

    by grayfo Written Apr 8, 2014

    Gwynedd is a coastal preserved county in north-west Wales that is named after the old Kingdom of Gwynedd, the county covers the two local government areas of Gwynedd and the Isle of Anglesey. Must see attractions include the scenic Lleyn Peninsula, most of Snowdonia National Park and the seaside resort of Barmouth. Historical towns include Bangor, Caernarfon and Harlech.

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    Denbighshire – Sir Ddinbych

    by grayfo Written Feb 6, 2014

    Denbighshire is a county located in north-east Wales and is named after an historic county of the same name, but has different borders. The county also has the distinction of being the oldest inhabited part of Wales and delivers an amazing number of experiences for such a small county. There is the lovely countryside for great walks, market towns to explore and sea-side resorts to sunbath. Must see attractions include the castles of Denbigh, Rhuddlan, Ruthin, Castell Dinas Bran and Bodelwyddan, along with St Asaph one of the smallest cathedrals in Britain.

    The county town of Denbighshire is Ruthin.

    June 2013

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    Worst Place To Visit in Wales

    by lomi Updated Feb 2, 2014

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    Do not under any circumstances go to Merthyr Tydfil. It is grim, it is one of the 10 worst destinations, (announced a Channel 4 tv broadcast). If you want to feel superior, by all means go and gloat.

    High crime, poor education, high uemployment, poor environment and low lifestyle - Merthyr's high number of state benefit claimants are cited as primary reason for its inclusion in the list.

    We have to ask "how has Merthyr Tydifil been given the worst destination in Wales to visit ?

    Industry: The Hoover factory at Pentrebach, south of Merthyr town centre, has been producing washing machines since 1948. Clean washing... little employment...

    Unemployment: If you happen to live in Merthyr Tydfil, you face the worst chances of finding work in Britain. Maybe its because of the Crawshays, the old ironmasters оf Cyfarthfa Ironworks who built a large mansion after depleting all the resources in the area. Add to that the decline of coalmining. The castle is now nоw called Cyfarthfa Park аnd maintained by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, it іs haunted too.

    Life Expectancy: Is just 58 years. Locals blame heavy smoking, suicide, poor diet and unemployment

    On the bright side:

    Fun things to do:

    *Visit the miniature steam railway located in the Park, run by Merthyr Tydfil Model Engineering Society.
    *There are three golf courses: Tredegar and Rhymny GC, Morlais Castle GC and Mountain Ash GC.
    *Visit Lywynon Reservoir
    *Take a short drive to Abergavenny

    Famous people born in Mythr Tydfil: Laura Ashley (1925–1985) was born on September 7, 1925 in Dolwais, Merthyr Tydfil, as Laura Mountney, she had a string of fashion shops, still popular today.

    Have you been to Merthyr and had an enjoyable time?

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    Haunted Village of Marford

    by lomi Updated Feb 2, 2014

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    Marford near Wrexham in North Wales is infamous for the ghostly appearances of Lady Margaret Blackbourne, of Rofft Hall, ( now Roft Castle). She was 'murdered' in the 18th century by her husband, who somehow managed to get the offence transmuted to 'death by misadventure'. He remarried soon afterwards to a very young bride. Lady Margaret's spirit took to wandering through the village, terrifying the inhabitants.

    Marford also has lots of quaint looking Gothic cottages and two old pubs worth a visit - The Trevor Arms and the Red Lion.

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    Bog Snorkelling Championship

    by lomi Updated Feb 2, 2014

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    If like surprises, you'll enjoy this.

    Bog Snorkelling competitions have been held in Mid Wales since 1985. Competitors have to complete two consecutive lengths of a 60-yard (55 m) water filled trench cut through a peat bog. Oh and in the shortest time possible! Its true, Im not winding you up. Go and see for yourself.

    It is what I like about the Welsh, their capacity for fun in the most extreme circumstances.

    Competitors wear snorkels and flippers and complete the course without using conventional swimming strokes, relying on flipper power. Wet suits are not compulsory.

    Dates: August Bank Holiday every year.

    If you want even more fun, see my tip for mountain bike bog snorkelling!

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    Best Wales Music Festival

    by lomi Updated Jan 31, 2014

    Festival Number Six: Portmeirion

    I love this place. This festival is geared towards those who like to dance how ever old you are and is set in this odd fantasy village. All sorts of artsy and cultural events around the main music fest.

    The festival is late in the year in September, so not too much competition with other festivals, but in time to catch the tail-end of the warm weather. In 2014 its September 5/6 7/th.

    Price Guide : Adult Weekend Camping: pass £170 & Children (10 years and under) Camping: Free

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    Clwyd

    by grayfo Written Jan 24, 2014

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    Clwyd is a preserved county of Wales that is situated in the north-east and borders the English counties of Cheshire and Shropshire, as well as the Welsh counties of Gwynedd and Powy. The county also borders the River Dee Estuary. Must see attractions include the castles of Caergwrle, Llangollen, Chirk, Denbigh, Ewloe, Flint, Hawarden, Mold, Prestatyn, Rhuddlan and Ruthin. Historical towns include Denbigh, Flint and Mold.

    The county town of Clwyd is Mold.

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    Royal Welsh Show

    by lomi Updated Jan 23, 2014

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    The biggest agricultural show in Europe is in Wales! You might even spot Prince Charles and Camilla who often pop along on the day.

    More than 220,000 people attend each Show. It is always held at Builth Wells.

    In Victorian times, Builth Wells was a popular mid Wales spa town following the discovery of saline springs in the 1830s. The arrival of railways in the 19th century boosted the number of visitors and as a result many of the town’s original narrow streets are lined with beautiful Victorian and Edwardian buildings.

    Builth Wells gained new importance as the permanent home of the Royal Welsh Show. It is held on the opposite side of the river from the town. But go and visit even if the show isnt taking place, Builth Wells is a very popular touring, camping, walking and biking centre,

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    Buzz off to the Oldest Food Fair in Wales

    by lomi Written Jan 23, 2014

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    The Conwy Honey Fair in North Wales, is one of Britain’s oldest food festivals and began its life with a local charter given by King Edward 1st, 700 years ago. The proclamation announced that everyone is given the right to sell honey within the walls of the Conwy town, every September 13th, from midnight to midnight, without charge.

    Over a ton of local honey gets sold each year – but there are other produce and crafts available between 9am to 4pm .

    Members of Conwy Bee Keepers Association have organized Conwy’s 700-year old Royal Charter Fairs every year since 1990.

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    Go to the National Eisteddfod

    by lomi Updated Jan 22, 2014

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    The National Eisteddfod of Wales attracts 160,000 visitors from all over the world, every year. You dont have to be Welsh, but you do have to go at least once. Put it in your diary for the first week of August. And if you want to get in for free become a volunteer!

    The Eisteddfod is a travelling festival held in Wales. People travel from all over the globe to attend. The festival is located in north and south Wales alternately.

    Now is the opportunity to learn the Welsh language and to take part in some of those Celtic cultural activities. Or just go along for the fun, especially if you enjoy music, dance, visual arts, and poetry.

    Go on you know you want to! Pronounce Eisteddfod like a local by saying I steadforth, and stick out your tongue for the forth bit.

    In 2014 it will be held in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. Tickets go on sale in April for the August show. White gowns optional, you could just wear a white hoody instead.

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    Don't go to Snowdonia on bank holiday

    by lomi Written Nov 13, 2013

    The highest mountain range in Wales,it is 1085m above sea level. Even so, on a good day it is too crowded to enjoy it. Go on a quite day out of the main holidays. And remember, Its not one mountain but a whole country! So get good driving directions and decide where to park!

    It takes at least 6 hours to climb there and back. So take plenty of essentials, like good walking boots, water and wet weather protection. It rains a lot!

    There are 6 main 'paths'. But path sounds like a well layed out track. When I visited, all I could see was rocks and grassy lumps and lots of shingle.

    The Lanberis path is the 'easiest'. Its tough walking because its mostly uphill. But you can still get lost. If you dont get lost in daylight, you might get lost in the dark. Don't say I havent warned you if you fall down a crevice.

    I broke my ankle just ambling along a 'path' because the ground was so uneven, I tripped and fell and couldn't get up. Fortunately a passer by noticed me screaming and shouting and helped me back to safety.

    Moral of story: go with a crowd who know what they are doing. Its no picnic site.

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    Mount Everest

    by lomi Written Nov 13, 2013

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    Mount Everest is not in Wales, but was named after Welshman Sir George Everest from Gwernvale, Breconshire.

    At 8848 m (29029 ft), Mt Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Mt Everest is a long way from Wales, located in the Himalayas on the border of Nepal and Tibet (China).

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    Rugby for beginners

    by lomi Updated Nov 13, 2013

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    Now listen carefully;

    In Wales the sport of rugby comes from the word cnapan or "criapan," and it has medieval beginnings when they used to kick a blown up pigs bladder about a field. Nowadays "It is a thug's game played by gentlemen".

    A rugby team is made up of 15 players: eight forwards, numbered from 1 to 8; and seven backs, numbered from 9 to 15. Depending on the competition, there are up to seven replacements.

    Rugby union players use a distinctive oval shaped ball. It weighs between 383 and 440 grams.

    The four Welsh teams that have shaped Welsh rugby are Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Llanelli. The Welsh Rugby Union is the governing body for rugby union in Wales. They y produce the national team and the four regional franchises Cardiff Blues, Llanelli Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons and the Ospreys from the Neath-Swansea region.

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    Crickhowell

    by himalia11 Updated Oct 6, 2013

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    Crickhowell is a little town in the east of the Brecon Beacons national park. It lies at the river Usk and bit further is a canal – lying much higher than the river. There's not too much to see in Crickhowell besides a few nice houses, the Norman St Edmund's Church and the remains of Crickhowell. But from the hill near those ruins you've a nice view on the countryside with the interesting "table mountain". There are paths up to that a flat topped hill, and if you like hiking you have the Black Mountains closeby. You can do plenty of excursion from there and visit for example the Big Pit and the Blaenavon Ironworks, or Abergavenny which is not far away. We stayed three nights in Crickhowell and found it a nice place in a great landscape, and I had loved to stay longer!

    For more, see my Crickhowell page.

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    Caerphilly Castle/ Castell Caerffili

    by himalia11 Written Sep 1, 2013

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    Caerphilly Castle is again a mighty castle with huge walls. It's found in the middle of the town, with some artifical lakes around as additional defence. It was built in the 13th century as concentric castle and is the second largest castle in Britain. However I didn't have the impression that it's that large, but I don't know how they calculated the size. Maybe I felt like this because in contrast to many other Welsh castles you couldn't walk on the walls. I was really impressed by those many massive walls, though. You have to pass three gates and two bridges until you are inside, at the Inner Ward. Here's the Great Hall, which really is large and nicely decored. You can climb up on the Inner Eastern Gatehouse and have a look on the castle and the town from above. In the North-West Tower, you can watch a film about the history of the castle which was interesting, a kind of animated film in medieval style. But I wouldn't watch it with children, it partly was a bit bloody, with a beheading and the walls turning red... Also interesting is the leaning tower, which looks like it's falling down every moment!

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