I will be traveling independently to Wales in August... I am an avid hiker/camper at home and would love to explore the Welsh countryside... If any of you have been to the following areas - could you give me your opinion as to where I should strike out first if my time is relatively limited?
The Wye Valley
Brecon Beacons National Park
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
I spent two days hiking in the Brecon Beacons at the end of last month. It was really lovely.
If you go to Pen Y Fan, walk up from the Brecon side rather than from Storey Arms as the walk from Storey Arms is very busy and not particularly interesting. The views from the top are fantastic (this is a good one to save for a clear day). We also did a very scenic walk from Storey Arms round Craig Cerrig-gleisiad and Fan Frynych - I really recommend this - look at this site. For some pictures, though they don't really do it justice.
Thank you so very much for your recommendations.
Those photos were quite amazing in their own right... exactly what I am looking for. So, did the hike take you two days or were you there for two days? I noticed a tent in the photos... one can camp there overnight... how lovely!
You can't officially camp in the place where the tent is in those photos - we did do the hike over 2 days (about 1 and a half days of walking) but camped in a place where wild camping is permitted. It isn't as scenic as that spot. Wild camping in England and Wales is something of a legal grey area.
Bummer. There can be grey areas stateside as well, so I know how that goes... Diolch for the advice.
Those photos were quite amazing in their own right... exactly what I am looking for.
You can't go too far wrong when it comes to the countryside in Wales. Unfortunately I can't help with south Wales, I've only been on a few walks in the north which I would recommend as well!
You can't just dangle the carrot... and expect me not to bite. Please give me your recommendations for Northern Wales... one never knows where one will end up! Yr Wyddfa, maybe? I must admit that one has been tickling the back of my brain...
Indeed, Snowdon - and the Snowdonia region as a whole has many good walks/hikes as well as mountaineering for those inclined that way too! There are many different walks, both low-level and up mountains in the region, as well as other things to see such as castles etc.
The Llyn Peninsula is also quite nice (albeit quite windy!).
Wales has great countryside and it doesn't really matter whether you head north, mid or south.