Posts Tagged ‘Wales’

Take a Winter Holiday in Wales – an unspolit gem

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
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If you are planning a winter holiday in the UK, Wales is probably not right at the top of your list. With a bit of a reputation for unpredictable weather, and somewhat out of the way for those travelling from the London area, one could be forgiven for not thinking of Wales as the perfect place for a winter getaway. If you are one of those who have been overlooking this tucked away little piece of the UK, you have been missing out! Wales is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of the country, and with so much to see and do, even in the winter months, you’ll finish your holiday wondering why you have waited so long to discover all that this country in a country has to offer.

Explore the rugged beauty of Wales

Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Penycwm

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Wales is one of the least populated areas of the UK, leaving lots of untouched wilderness to explore. Take to the Wales Coast Path to explore the majestic Welsh coastline, breathing in the fresh sea air and thinking about nothing but the beauty that is all around you. Wales is actually the first country in the world to provide a dedicated footpath along its entire coastline, which travels through 11 National Nature Reserves, as well as several dedicated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are few better ways to clear your mind than taking a long watch in the brisk weather, and there’s nowhere better to do that than in Wales. Browse Sykes’ selection of holiday cottages in Wales to find the perfect accommodation from which to explore the Welsh countryside.

Learn a traditional Welsh craft

Inigo Jones Slate Works

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Wales is full of fascinating traditions, skills, and crafts and learning one for yourself is the perfect way to spend a chilly winter’s day.In Caernerfon, Gwynedd you can visit Inigo Jones Slate works, a local company that has been around since 1861. Slate has been quarried in Wales since Roman times, and by 1898 more than half a tonne of slate was produced in the country. The Inigo Jones Slate Works are keeping this tradition alive, offering visitors the opportunity to the secrets of Welsh slate. Here you can take a self-guided tour which includes a DVD presentation, MP3 audio commentary and exhibitions on geology, history, calligraphy and letter cutting. Have a go at calligraphy yourself, or try your own hand at engraving on a piece of slate to keep as a souvenir. If you’re travelling with children, there is a children’s quiz with a slate prize as well. If you turn out to not be a dab hand at engraving you can always visit the slate craft showroom at the find Welsh and Celtic gift items and a display of slate garden products. Inigo Jones Slate Works are open all year including weekends from 9am-5pm. Visit the website at www.inigojones.co.uk.

Take a bite out of Wales

Welsh Cakes

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If there is one thing that you don’t want to miss out on when visiting Wales, it’s the food! From cheese to cider, and lamb to seafood – the opportunities to fill your belly are all but endless. Traditional Welsh food is hearty fare, of the ‘stick to your ribs’ variety, and after a long day spent outside in the fresh Welsh weather this is exactly what you’ll want. If you’re staying in your own holiday cottage you can head to one of the great farm shops found throughout the country to collect the ingredients to whip up your own Welsh delicacy. The Visit Wales website is a great place to find some traditional recipes like Welsh rarebit and Welsh cakes (my personal favourite)!

Do you still need convincing? Well here’s a little bit more. Wales is home to three National parks, three World Heritage sites, Britain’s smallest city (St. Davids), the smallest house in Great Britain (in Conwy), over 100 castles, and more sheep than you can shake a stick at. Considering it’s diminutive size, that’s an awful lot of claims to fame.

Add Wales to your next holiday wishlist, I’m sure you won’t regret it.

The Isle of Anglesey – A holiday fit for royalty

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
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The tiny Isle of Anglesey, located off of the north western tip of Wales, hasn’t always been the first place that comes to mind when thinking of royalty. This remote and windswept island, which is connected to the mainland by a short causeway, is an unassuming little place, which is precisely why it has made the perfect first home for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – William and Kate. Quite frankly, if it’s good enough for the future king of England, than it’s good enough for me!

What makes Anglesey the perfect place for a weekend away? With so much to see and do in such a small space, you’ll find yourself planning your return trip before the first one has even finished.

Walk the Anglesey Coastal Path

On the Isle of Anglesey coastal path
In 2012 the world’s first national coastal path opened, and it just happens to be in Wales. The Anglesey Coastal Path follows the coast of Wales for 850 miles, 125 of which travel the breathtaking coast of Anglesey. The Angelsey Coastal Path isn’t for the feint of heart – it isn’t as flat as you might suspect and if you walk the entire circuit you’ll have ascended a total of 4,174 metres. That’s the equivalent of walking up and down Mount Snowdon three and a half times! If you give yourself lots of time to take breaks and enjoy the views most moderately fit people will be able to conquer the Anglesey path. Just imagine the sense of accomplishment you’ll have at the end of that!

Tasty Welsh Treats

Frantastic Welsh Cakes...

If you’ve walked even part of the Anglesey Coastal Path than you deserve to be treated to a bit of a tasty treat, and the Isle of Anglesey has no shortage of delicious foods to fill your tummy. Anglesey was as one time known as Môn Mam Cymru, or the Mother of Wales, because of its rich and fertile soil. With lush clover-rich fields and a coast which simply teams with fish,  the Isle of Anglesey is the perfect spot for a foodie holiday. If you are staying in an Anglesey self-catering cottage you will want to seek out some of the island’s top fresh produce to bring home and turn into a gourmet meal. From lamb, mutton, and seafood, to vegetables, homemade chutneys, and chocolates, Angelsey has everything you’ll need to make a top class meal. You can even get local salt here, right out of the Menai Straight. If you don’t fancy cooking for yourself than try one of the award winning pubs and restaurants that call the island home. The White Eagle Pub in Rhoscolyn is said to be a favourite of William and Kate so you might be able to go home claiming to have lunched with royalty.

Curl Up in a Cosy Cottage

Enjoy a cosy Anglesey Cottage

If you’re looking for a holiday of true relaxation, Anglesey is your answer. This is one of the least populated areas in the UK so you don’t have to worry about traffic jams or long queues. Take a look at our selection of personally selected holiday cottages in Anglesey to find a nice and quiet cottage where you can just curl up with a book and watch the sunset out of the window. While it is nice to see and do a lot while on holiday, sometimes what you really need is a few days of doing nothing but drinking hot tea, eating biscuits, and taking afternoon naps. Doesn’t that sound lovely?

Anglesey is the perfect place to just get away from it all and lost yourself on winding coastal walks, followed by hot tea and welsh cakes. Whether you want an action packed holiday full of hiking, sailing, surfing, and coasteering, or a relaxed weekend spent in tea rooms, Anglesey has something for you. Treat yourself to a winter getaway before the madness of the festive season begins and find out why the royal couple are so happy to call the Isle of Anglesey home.