Visitors to South Wales have long held the historic county of Glamorgan in high regard. Twinning the urban centres of Cardiff and Swansea with the world-famous green, green grass of rural Wales, there is certainly plenty on offer. So what exactly should visitors to this famed part of the world do on their breaks?
Here in the UK, we have some of Europe’s best walking and cycling routes right on our doorstep. We’ve already taken a look at some of the many sprawling National Trails on our lands, but the next instalment in our “All about the…” series is one of our personal favourites. When you think of Yorkshire you might think of puddings, terriers and tea; but when we think of Yorkshire, we think of the Yorkshire Wolds Way.
The Yorkshire Wolds Way is one of four National Trails located in the county, and stretches for 79 miles from Hessle to Filey – so if you’ve ever trekked along the Cleveland Way before you’ll have either started or finished at an end-point of the Yorkshire Wolds Way. It’s considered one of the best trails for newbies as it’s not too long, the terrain isn’t as challenging, and there’s plenty to see and do en route.
The whole walk will take you around five to six days, but if you need to pick and choose which stretches you want to walk, here’s a breakdown of what you can expect.
If you were in New York City and a local asked you where they should visit during their stay in England, you’ll certainly say London; for busy urban areas, you’ll likely say Manchester and Birmingham; for vibrancy and scenic seaside qualities, you might say the Westcountry or Brighton. One place that doesn’t necessarily spring to mind, however, is Durham.
We’re lucky in Britain that our seasons are so wonderfully defined; each one quite distinct from its predecessor due to the colour of the leaves on the trees, the abundance of native flowers and the low-lying mist on the ground. It would be difficult to choose a favourite season, even the tumultuous grey skies of late autumn, the withering heat of summer and the frozen ground of mid-winter have their charms – but there’s something about spring; this awakening of nature after its sleepy hibernation and regeneration of flora and fauna.
From chalky cliffs to endless green fields, it’s a popular route which attracts walkers, hikers, horse riders and bikers; not to mention families having a picnic or couples enjoying a short stroll.
Devon is a gorgeous place to visit at any time of year. Whether you’re going for a romantic staycation, a fun-filled family day out or a solo walking holiday, you’re in for a real treat. Whilst you may have already booked yourself a luxury hotel or sweet little cottage, do you know what you’re actually going to do in Devon during your visit?
Pembrokeshire, with its craggy cliff faces, golden beaches and quaint fishing towns, has won hearts and minds across countless generations. In fact, the list of its most notable residents includes such luminaries as Henry VII, Sarah Waters, Rhys Ifans and Christian Bale. Fellow resident Nicky Wire of Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers told theguardian.com how the area was “utterly magnificent”, mentioning that the tourist hotspot of Tenby “just makes me a bit of a better person when I’m down there,” before adding “it’s not easy to do that!”
Though Pembrokeshire is the fifth largest of Wales’ 22 counties, it drops to 18th for population density. As such, visitors can expect plenty to see and do, without too many crowds of people getting in the way. For just some examples of these things to entertain, look no further.
Every time we re-watch the old ‘Jurassic Park’ films we get the urge to go fossil hunting. The thrill of finding something that’s millions of years old is unmatched, whether you’re 12 or 42. There are plenty of great places to go fossil hunting in the UK, but where are the best specimens most commonly found?
It’s one of the most well-known UK holiday spots around the world; chock full of jaw-dropping landscapes and an endless array of ways to spend your days. But if all you can think of when you think of Cornwall are pasties and charming accents, just what else is there to do in in the South-West peninsula?
One of the first stops for many tourists is the small tidal island of St Michael’s Mount, 366 metres off Cornwall’s coast. There’s a lot of history here; it’s believed to have been the site of monasteries dating back to the 8th to 11th centuries, and was later ravaged by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and fortified during WWII. Needless to say there’s a lot to see, and many visitors come back for a second day to catch anything they might have missed. It’s easy to lose track of time and end up walking around the castle and gardens for hours.
Great Britain has breathtaking, historic and awe-inspiring views around every corner. The likes of William Wordsworth, Dylan Thomas, John Constable and Charles Dickens were all indebted to the British countryside for some of their most lauded works.
Whether it’s stunning cityscapes, majestic mountains or charming coastlines, there are plenty of views that can stop you dead in your tracks. Here are 11 of our favourites…
St Ives Harbour