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Your guide to walking and staying in Wales this summer

Taking a walking holiday in Wales

Wales is a walker’s paradise. There are long walks, short walks, hill walks and flat walks. There are forest trails, coastal paths and rugged hikes. Wales has got it all! Here we show you some walker friendly B&Bs, farmhouses, hotels and campsites in Wales, and suggest some possible walks you might like to try whilst on your walking holiday.

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Cardigan Farmhouse B&B, Ceredigion

Stay with Gordon and Mary at Cardigan Farmhouse B&B and you’ll have a fantastic time! Gordon and Mary are very welcoming and flexible hosts. They’ll cook you a traditional Welsh breakfast at a time that suits you, so need to rise early if that’s not what you fancy.Mwnt beach from coastal path

Nant y Croi Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast

Nant y Croi Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast

As well as being great hosts, this B&B makes for a memorable holiday because of the B&Bs location. The farmhouse has panoramic views of the sea and it’s own private cove! When exploring the cove you might even see a seal or dolphin. Incredible. It’s also a great spot to watch the sunset after a busy day walking in the Welsh countryside.

Here’s what one happy guest wrote after their stay at Cardigan Farmous B&B: Guest Book comments:” Unbelievable! Immense hospitality & food. Only stayed one night but will definitely be back for a proper holiday. Views to die for. Thank you so much.

Walking in Ceredigion: If you fancy a short walk you could spend 20-minutes wandering up the Ceredigion Coastal Path to see the stunning beach of Mwnt. There’s also a white washed church to visit here. The Ceredigion Coastal Path stretches 60 miles along the coast, so if you fancy more of a challenging walk you have plenty of options.

Other great areas for walking including the river valleys, including the Aeron. Rheidol, Ystwyth and Teifi valleys. Or you could take on the challenging summits of Ceredigions highest point – Pumlonon. You might need your hiking boots for that trip though!

Address: Fferwig, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1PU

Rates: Special Offer High Season - Farmhouse Bed & breakfast for 2 persons from £70 per room (not per person!).

Salem Chapel Bed and Breakfast, Gwynedd

You won’t want to slum it on your walking holiday, so stay at Salem Chapel Bed and Breakfast, which offers 4 star luxury!

Salem Bed and BreakfastYour day at Salem B&B will start with a hearty, breakfast. You can choose from fresh farm eggs, fresh fruit salad, yoghurt and cereals, Nature reservefruit and toast with homemade preserves and local produce. Delicious. Whilst you’re eating your breakfast you’ll also be able to look out at Elephant Mountain and the Welsh Highland Railway. After breakfast head over to the private riverside SSSI nature reserve. Here you might be able to spot an otter from the willow hide! Then grab your pack lunch, which will have been prepared for you, and head out into the stunning North Wales countryside. Do holidays get much better than that?

Walking in Gwynedd: Walking Britain has a huge amount of walks you might like to try on your walking holiday. The routes vary from easy to severe. You should also visit the Gwynedd Recreational Routes on your break. The routes have been created on disused railway lines and provide 31.5 miles of paths to walk along. You’ll see some stunning spots along the way and a day out here is hugely relaxing.

Address: Betws Garmon, Gwynedd, North Wales, LL547YR

Rates: Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms from £25 to £50 per person per night.

Ty Anne Guest House, Beaumaris

Ty Anne Bed and Breakfast Beaumaris Anglesey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every room is beautifully decorated at the Ty Anne Guest House,  rooms have incredible views of the Menai Strait and the Snowdonia Mountain Range. If you choose to stay in this 18th century townhouse you’ll be staying in your very own sumptuous suite! And after a fantastically restful nights sleep you’ll be treated to a four course breakfast!

Walking in Anglesey: The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path is well worth a visit and there are 125 miles of it to explore. You could also try the Marine Heritage Trail near Benllech or this fantastic circular walk.

Address: Beaumaris, Anglesey, North Wales LL58 8BG

Rates: See the Ty Anne Guest House website for more details.

Your guide to the best music festivals in Wales, 2014

 

Our three favourite Welsh summer music festivals

Croseo!

We hope you’re well. If you’re anything like us, you will have also been watching the Glastonbury highlights last weekend. As always it looked amazing, especially Dolly. For everyone who missed out on tickets this year, or for all those who didn’t really fancy it, we’ve created a guide to the best festivals you can experience in Wales this summer (2014). From budget-friendly festivals, to eco-friendly wonderlands, we take a look at the greatest music festivals in Wales that you should definitely try to get tickets to:

Croissant Neuf Summer Party Music Festival, Monmouthshire, Wales

Flowers, fairy lights and fancy dress are three words that sum up the laid-back vibe of Croissant Neuf, which is held annually in Monmouthshire, Wales.

Winning a Greener Festival award in 2012, the Croissant Neuf Summer Party music festival prides itself on its eco-friendly, green ethics. The festival is run entirely on solar power and wind energy. Plus, all the food and drink is organic, and a lot of the materials used are recycled – impressive. No wonder the Croissant Neuf Summer Party Music Festival is dubbed as the UK’s greenest festival.

Although the festival is great for adults, it’s completely family-friendly too. There’s a kid’s area and plenty of activities and workshops that will keep them entertained.

Takes place: August 8th to the 11th

Cost of tickets: £105 or £40 for an adult day ticket. Kids under 5 go free.

Music: Nizlopi, The Zen Hussies, Laid Back Natty, Raven, Gabby Young and Other Animals, Kitten and the Hip and Ten Pound Suit Band. Here’s the full Croissant Neuf Summer Party line-up for 2014.

What else is on? There’s a ton of activities that will keep you entertained. From therapies and The Circus, to workshops and The Greenman Pub.

Find out more: Visit the Croissant Neuf Summer Party music festival site

Wakestock Gŵyl y Môr Festival, Lyn Peninsula, North Wales

Spread across three great venues (Abersoch beach, Pwllheli marina and festival site itself) Wakestock attracts some of the biggest names in the music business, from Calvin Harris to Ed Sheeran.

As the name suggests, as well as great music, wakeboarding is also a big part of Wakestock and on It’s worth mentioning that Wakestock music festival is also situated in an awesome location, being sandwiched between the Irish Sea on one side and the stunning Cardigan Bay on the other. As a festival, we think Wakestock has some of the best views in the world.

Takes place: 11th, 12th, 13th July 2014

Cost of tickets: A weekend ticket with camping costs £140, it’s £115 without camping. A single day ticket is £40.

Music: Tom Odell, John Newman, Frank Turner, Razorlight, Shy FX, DJ NCK, Maddie Jones, Trojan Soundsytema and Craig Charles are all playing in July 2014.Here’s the full Wakestock Gŵyl y Môr Festival line-up for 2014.

What else is on? Wander around the site and you’ll find poetry and comedy acts. Plus some exciting art installations, some fantastic workshops and sports like paddle boarding.

Find out more: Visit the Wakestock music festival site to find out more and book your tickets.

Greenman Festival, Black Mountains near Brecon Beacons, North Wales

Go to the Greenman Festival in North Wales this year and you’ll be welcomed into the Greenman Family with open arms. The festival is family-run and led by the wonderful Fiona.

This year the Greenman Festival boasts 10 entertainment areas, a 24-hour festival license (the only one on the UK) and 1500 acts. 1500! There’s also some incredible real ales to try and, much like Wakestock, there are some amazing views – watching a band with the Brecon Beacons as a backdrop is a truly amazing experience. You need to try it out for yourself.

Takes place: 14th to the 17th August 2014

Cost of tickets: A weekend ticket with camping costs £166.50. Under 4s go for free and under 12s go for £5.75. There are also some resident’s tickets available.

Music: Beirut, Neutral Milk Hotel, Mercury Rev and The Waterboys, Boy and Bear and Carabou are all playing in August 2014. Here’s the full Greenman Festival line-up for 2014.

What else is on? With a Cinema Tent, all-night bonfires, spas and therapies there’s a lot going on at the Greenman Festival 2014.

Find out more: Visit the Greenman Festival site to find out more and book your tickets.

Booking your summer holiday in Wales: Cheap and unique beach breaks

Wales has some of the best beaches in the world (we may be a tad biased here, but Rhossilli beach is the ninth best beach in the world!). So it would be a shame if this summer you didn’t drop by and pay some of Wales’ beautiful coastline a visit. Below we show you some of the great holiday destinations you can enjoy in Wales this summer (2014). The great news is, they’re all near the coast.

Ffynnon Fendigaid Bed and Breakfast – Llandysul

Llandysul is a small, Welsh market town based in the county of Ceredigion. Llandysul has a rich history and plenty of pubs, cafes and attractions – from visiting the castles nearby in Cilgerran and Newcastle Emlyn, to horse riding and playing a round or two of golf. Llandysul is also just 20 minutes from the fabulous Ceredigion coast, which is not only home to award winning beaches, but you can also find about 300 bottlenose dolphins in the area. Some of the best beaches to visit are Penbryn, New Quay, Popit Sands and Tresaith.

Ffynnon Fendigaid Bed and Breakfast - Llandysul

Ffynnon Fendigaid Bed and Breakfast – Llandysul

Ffynnon Fendigaid Bed and Breakfast is a peaceful haven. It is a destination you can retreat to, forgetting the world and your worries. When describing the B&B, the owner, Huw Davies, says: ‘Try to imagine a place where the only sounds you can hear are the red kites calling to each other across the valley; the wind sighing softly as it skitters through the pine trees; the splash and play of spring water, tumbling down the hillside into the mysterious silence of the pond.’ Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?

Ffynnon Fendigaid Bed and Breakfast - Llandysul 3

Ffynnon Fendigaid Bed and Breakfast – Llandysul 3

So, here’s what you need to know – the B&B dates from 1775, it sits within eight acres of grounds and is just two miles from that all-important coast. Prices vary, it’s always best to check their current tariffs, but generally a room for two costs £75 and a room for one is £45.

Ffynnon Fendigaid Bed and Breakfast - Llandysul

Ffynnon Fendigaid Bed and Breakfast – Llandysul

If you fancy staying, but aren’t sure about the B&B there are plenty of other options. You could stay in the self-catering barn conversion, ‘Beudy Bendigaid’, or opt for the Circus Waggon, ‘Dolly’. Here’s also a 1960s Swedish Chalet. Talk about having options!

Lligwy Holiday Cottages Moelfre, Anglesey

Surfing, pony trekking and pottering around the shops, cafes and restaurants found in the towns and villages – that’s what awaits you in Anglesey. There’s plenty to do. And with much of Anglesey’s coastline being declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it’s a great destination to visit if you are looking for a beach holiday this summer.

Bear's Cottage, Moelfre, Isle of Anglesey

Bear’s Cottage, Moelfre, Isle of Anglesey

Lligwy Holiday Cottages Moelfre is a working farm that has four wonderful holiday cottages to pick from – Bears House, Famcy Cottage, Ty Coed and Plas Lligway.  All of the cottages have recently been refurbished and they look great. Be sure to check their website for current rates.

The cottages are near to the small fishing town of Moelfre and they are just a short walk away from Lligwy Bay. Plus, Snowdonia National Par is just an hour’s drive.

Aberafon Campsite, Gwynedd

Is there anything better than sleeping under the stars? A camping holiday is always memorable and it can be a great way to unwind if you’re craving a little more open space and freedom. Aberafon Campsite is based along the North Wales coast and has direct access to a private beach. Swanky! It’s safe to swim at the beach and it also has access for boat launching.

View from top field, Caernarfon, Gwynedd,

View from top field, Caernarfon, Gwynedd,

Spectacularly, the campsite is also at the foot of the Gyrn Goch Mountain, which is 1,500ft high. As well as the incredible views and relaxed atmosphere, there are laundry facilities, plus electric hook-ups, water points and a small on-site shop during the main holiday season.

Driveway

Nearby, there are castles, coastal walks and the Welsh Highland Railway to explore.

View towards Yr Eifl mountain (The Rivals)

Tarriff:

Adult £7.50

Child 3-15 £3.50

Children Under 3 No Charge

Electricity £3.50

Dog £1.75

Boat £4.00

 

Sunset, Caernarfon, Gwynedd,

Sunset, Caernarfon, Gwynedd,

Quirky, arty and alternative festivals in Wales 2014

Your 2014 summer guide to the best festivals in Wales

Croseo! Festival season is nearly upon us – we hope you’re as excited about this as we are.

Although the big, well-established festivals are great fun, there is definitely an undeniable charm about the smaller, quirkier festivals too.  If you fancy getting off the beaten-festival path and venturing into the adventurous arena of alternative festivals, step this way. We’ve tracked down the best lesser known festivals in Wales.

Add these dates to your summer 2014 calendar and you won’t be disappointed.

WOW Film Festival, various locations across Wales

Celebrating world cinema since 2001, the WOW Film Festival has been described by The Guardian as, ‘The excellent Wales wide travelling film festival.’

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5 things you won’t want to miss in Wales this spring

Spring has most certainly sprung in Wales and there’s a whole bunch of things you most certainly won’t want to miss out on.

But don’t dilly dally, there’s not long left until June ends. So don’t hang about and tick these 5 great activities off of your Wales To-Do list:

Doctor Who scavenger hunt

Lots of Doctor Who episodes were filmed in Wales. The BBC have put together this great interactive map, which you can use to explore some of your favourite filming locations for Doctor Who. From finding The Great Glasshouse that acted as the bio-dome in the 2009 special, The Waters Of Mars, at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, to visiting Trefil Quarry, which featured in the 2008 episode Planet of the Ood.

Doctor Who The Ood

Doctor Who The Ood. Copyright BBC

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4 absolutely incredible things to do in Wales this summer

Amazing things to do in Wales that you should add to your bucket list:

Have you got a bucket list? In the offices at Wales Tourists Online we’re forever discussing ours.

Some of our goals are outrageously adventurous. Some of our goals are borderline ludicrous. But what we’ve found over the years, when discussing our bucket list dreams down the pub with other people, is that lots of people’s goals involve going overseas or travelling to far flung destinations in order to achieve them. Inevitably this holds them back and stops them from achieving their bucket list goals.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are hundreds of amazing things you can do and achieve in Wales. Below we show you four amazing things to do in Wales this summer:

Get an adrenaline kick by bungee jumping in Chepstow at the National Diving and Activity Centre

Courage, guts, pluck – whatever you call it, you’ll need bags of it to go bungee jumping at the National Diving and Activity Centre in Chepstow.

Take a look at this video to find out whether you’re brave enough to do the bungee jump:

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Rhossili Beach – the ninth best beach in the world

Dreaming of a beach holiday in Australia? Or an exotic trip to the Seychelles? Ladies and gents, put your credit card away and book a trip to Rhossili Bay instead.

View over Rhossili Bay

View over Rhossili Bay

Why? Well, Rhossili Bay is home to Rhossili beach, and in a survey undertaken by Trip Advisor this stunning spot has just been voted the ninth best beach in the world. It’s also received the grand accolade of being the best beach in the UK too and the third best beach in Europe. Big congratulations to Rhossili! It’s fantastic news.

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Plan your Easter weekend holiday in Wales 2014

Croseo!

Easter is just around the corner and lots of our campsites, hotels and B&Bs are becoming very busy. To make sure you don’t miss out on a break to Wales this Easter weekend (2014), we’re going to show you three fantastic things you can do in Wales and six places you stay.

So, whether you’re a family looking for a holiday for you and the kids, or a relaxed couple looking for a short break, step this way and start to plan ahead for Easter:

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Inigo Jones Slate Works

Inigo Jones Slate Works: Preserving Wales’ History

If you want to see how natural Welsh slate is used to make beautiful pieces, visit Inigo Jones Slate Works. Founded in 1861, it is as useful today as it was back then. The company was initially formed to make school writing tablets but has since ventured into other areas. It now makes craft, landscape, architectural, and memorial products.

Outside Indigo Jones

Glamping in Wales – the perfect holiday break

If you’re craving the freedom that camping brings, don’t forsake any of life’s luxuries – go glamping in Wales instead. Trust us, it’s incredible and should feature highly on everyone’s bucket list.

First off, let’s establish what glamping is. According to the Oxford Dictionaries site, the word glamping is an amalgamation of the words ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’ and is the  term used to refer to:

A form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping: glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life’s luxuries.

Why go glamping in Wales?

So, why do we love glamping so much? Well, there’s a ton of benefits. Firstly, you get to camp out, sleep under the stars and have a little adventure. But (and it’s a big but) you don’t have to rough it. You’ll be able to enjoy the back-to-nature vibe, without having to sacrifice your comfy bed or your beloved kettle.

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