Crossing the border from England into Wales is not just entering a different country but almost a different world. A lush green world where time seems to move just a little slower and a world in which it is possible to truly relax.
Wales, whose national emblem is the Welsh Dragon, has a distinctive Welsh language and Celtic culture and it has well established connections with Royalty in King Charles III, the former Prince of Wales. The landscape ranges from rolling countryside, dramatic coastline to mountainous national parks. Wales is well connected by air and sea with the capital city of Cardiff having it’s own airport. As well as being a major centre for television and film production. Cardiff is home to the Welsh Assembly Government in the Senedd Building.
It is a world in which to reconnect with nature, discovering rushing rivers and tumbling waterfalls, majestic mountains and hidden valleys, tranquil canals and abundant wildlife. In Spring sunshine the lambs are playing in the meadows, ducklings appear on the canal whilst glimpses of blue are a reminder of the carpets of bluebells nearby. Summer brings warm lazy days with a haze of pink heather on the distant peaks whilst autumn has it’s own ever changing colours of yellow, orange and fiery reds.
A world of fascinating reminders of Wales’ turbulent past from the imposing ruins of Raglan Castle and White Castle to the brooding remains of Llanthony Priory. The World Heritage Site at Blaenavon and Big Pit museum provide testimony to the area’s importance in iron making and coal mining during the Industrial Revolution whilst the Royal Welsh Regimental Museum in Brecon offers exhibits on Wales’ Military History.
A world of curiosities such as Cwmyoy Church - Wales’ answer to the leaning tower of Pisa and nearby Partrishow Church, named after Saint Issui, with its ancient well said to have healing properties for the visiting pilgrims.
A world which inspires a breadth of creativity from artists such as Kyffin Williams to poets including Dylan Thomas, and from Michelin star chefs such as Shaun Hill and James Sommerin to award winning winemakers at the Sugarloaf and White Castle Vineyards. There are a variety of rustic pubs serving Real ales like Butty Bach from the Wye Valley Brewery, cosy cafes and top notch restaurants, the choice is yours!
However you choose to spend your time in Wales with so much to enjoy there is something for everyone and a week may just not be long enough…
“A spring full of larks in a rolling cloud and the roadside bushes brimming with whistling blackbirds and the sun of October summery on the hill’s shoulder” Dylan Thomas