Honeymoon Adventures in Wales

Above: The courtyard of Caernarfon castle, Wales © Photo courtesy WIkimedia Commons

The courtyard of Caernarfon castle

Introducing Wales

Walk in the footsteps of SAS warriors on the gruelling slopes of Pen y Fan or hike to the summit of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales.

Saddle up and explore the Crychan Forest in the Brecon Beacons or rent a bike and cycle through meadows of wildflowers along the banks of the 56km-long Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

Must-visit attractions for an outdoors adventure in Wales, include:

Explore on foot, horseback or by mountain bike the numerous trails that meander through some of the most spectacular countryside in Wales.

In Snowdonia National Park, an unspoilt region covering 2131km2 in northern Wales, discover mountain peaks, dense forests, windswept moorland, lakes, tranquil estuaries and rivers that flow through picturesque valleys dotted with charming stone villages.

The town of Llandudno is the gateway to Snowdonia, with three railway lines making stops at various small towns including Betws y Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog, among others.

Hike one of several trails to the summit of Mount Snowdon – at 1085m the highest peak in Wales and England – or ride the charming one-carriage narrow-gauge Snowdon Mountain Railway, the only rack and pinion railway left in the United Kingdom. Either way you will discover great views across the park and as far away as the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland.

Sail or kayak Llyn Tegid, Wales’s largest natural lake and enjoy year-round white water rafting on tumultuous rivers near the town of Bala. Hike the more than 40km of coastline or cycle through Gwydir Forest.

Saddle up for a scenic ride along the Mawddach Valley or into the foothills of Mount Snowdon and spot various wading birds at the Conwy Estuary Reserve.

Snowdonia is also famous for its well-preserved medieval castles of Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech, which were built by Edward 1st and are now a designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The massive Caernarfon Castle, built in 1283 AD on the site of an earthen Norman motte-and-bailey castle and former Roman fort, is particularly worth exploring.

Brecon Beacons
Experience a wilderness region in south-east Wales of rounded hills, ancient woodlands, breathtaking waterfalls, sweeping moorlands and caves perfect for exploring on foot, horseback or by mountain bike.

Explore the Brecon Beacons National Park, 835km² of natural beauty that takes in the Black Mountains and the 886m Pen y Fan, the highest point in southern Britain (and used by Britain’s elite Special Air Service Regiment for selection and continuous training).

Hike across a series of hills known as 'Fans' to the sandstone massif of Fawr Forest and discover steep river valleys with spectacular waterfalls. Or climb to the summit of Fan Brycheiniog (802m), which contains two glacial lakes. Stroll through steep-sided, tree-lined gorges along the Mellte River to see caves and stunning waterfalls.

Saddle up and explore some of the 900km of bridle paths that criss-cross the spectacular scenery through Crychan Forest, Torfaen and along the western flank of the Black Mountains. Or rent a barge and glide down the 56km-long Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

Along the way, look out for mallards, moorhens, kingfishers, herons and butterflies; fish for carp and bream; and perhaps cycle or walk part of the way through meadows of wildflowers.

Pembrokeshire Coast
In western Wales, explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, acclaimed for its dramatic coastal scenery and the only coastal park in Britain. Choose from more than 200 trails that are equally enjoyable on bike or horseback.

Try the 299km-long national trail that runs along a rugged coastline past frothing seas, towering cliffs, wooded estuaries and beaches nestled in sheltered coves. Along the way look out for Neolithic cromlechs, Iron Age promontory forts and the chapels of early Celtic worshippers.

Try rock climbing or coasteeing – a locally invented sport where, dressed in wet suits and hard hats, you rock climb across cliff faces until you can’t go any further, at which point you simply jump into the sea and start white water swimming to the next cliff! (Not for the faint or weak hearted).

Alternatively, explore the coast by kayak or high-speed inflatable to see birds such as puffins, razorbills and oystercatchers as well as grey seals and bottle- nosed dolphins.

Latest update on this honeymoon destination: 19 March, 2016
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