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Top Picks from South & West Wales

Even when the weather isn’t great, you can still see Wales at its best. With ancient castles, never-ending landscapes, breath-taking beaches and a few pubs along the way, there are plenty of options in South and West Wales to take your pick from.

Brecon Mountain Railway, Brecon Beacons

Whether you’re young or old, the Brecon Mountain Railway is a fantastic way to explore this impressive part of South Wales. The narrow gauge railway will take you through the scenic route of reservoirs, forests and mountains on a round trip journey with breaks en route. If you have extra time, take a longer look at the Brecon Beacons’ open moorlands, caves and waterfalls.

Dylan Thomas’ The Boathouse, Laugharne

Situated on a peaceful clifftop, is the writing shed belonging to Wales’ most famous poet and writer which has been virtually left untouched since his death. As you walk above the estuary, along the cliff’s edge, you come to his house, carefully restored with exhibits from his life and work. Here you can enjoy some delicious, local Welsh cakes while you drink in the surroundings.

Lily Ponds, Bosherton

One of the most beautiful and tranquil natural areas in the West. With captivating views, you can do a circular walk alongside the ponds with rock formations dotted above and take in some bird spotting while you amble. If you do the complete circuit, you’ll end up in the breathtaking Broadhaven Beach.

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire

This ancient parkland is home to an array of woodland, lakes and plants from around the world. With specially created trails around this structured nature reserve, it’s easy to navigate your way around. One of the highlights is the largest single span glasshouse, full of exotic plants and flowers.

The Gower Peninsula, Swansea

If you haven’t been here before, then you’re in for a fantastic surprise. A walk on the Wales Coastal Path will reveal spectacular beaches and truly amazing views. Castles, rock formations, caves,bays, piers,cockle beds and surfing all adorn this rugged part of Welsh coastline.

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About Dianne Thomas

Dianne is a freelancer writer/photographer who divides her time between London and Bulgaria. Her blog: www.travelin2bulgaria.com which is dedicated to destinations, accommodation, food and practicalities for travelling in Bulgaria.

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