Up high, close and personal with Mark Bond, treehouse eco-stay entrepreneur

Eco-retreat creator Mark Bond built (with his business partner) the UK’s first rentable treehouses, the living-room treehouse experience, out in a wild, woodsy Mid Wales valley. We catch up with him up in the canopy to chat about what makes his arboreal accommodation special, about the Dyfi Valley’s long-standing reputation as a centre of eco-activity and about his plans to revolutionise the Wales hospitality scene … Continue reading Up high, close and personal with Mark Bond, treehouse eco-stay entrepreneur

Meet Barry Island’s BBQ stars: Sam and Shauna of Hang Fire

The stars of the BBCOne series Sam & Shauna’s Big Cook-Out, Samantha Evans & Shauna Guinn spent their life savings on a six-month pilgrimage to the Southern United States to learn the art and science of slow and low American BBQ (and meet Dolly Parton!). Back in Wales, following  immediate success at kitchen takeovers and street food events, they went on to scoop a string … Continue reading Meet Barry Island’s BBQ stars: Sam and Shauna of Hang Fire

In search of the cave of Twm Siôn Cati, the Welsh Robin Hood

Walk length: 4km. In almost all countries, it seems, there is a Robin Hood figure, usually treading that hazy space between fact and fiction in history: someone who takes from the rich, gives to the poor and then gets heroised in popular culture. In Wales, it is Twm Siôn Cati: a canny 16th-century Mid Wales outlaw about whom reams of stories have been written but … Continue reading In search of the cave of Twm Siôn Cati, the Welsh Robin Hood

Café Môr’s Laverbread Brekky Roll

Jonathan Williams runs the fabulously quirky Café Môr, the world’s very first solar-powered, mobile-converted fishing boat and seaweed kitchen. Overlooking Freshwater West beach in Pembrokeshire, the food truck goes way beyond ordinary beach café grub, incorporating locally foraged ingredients in a menu that skips from this sensational (and sensationally easy to make) brekky roll with laverbread to Pembrokeshire lobster roll with Welsh seaweed butter.   Ingredients … Continue reading Café Môr’s Laverbread Brekky Roll

Meeting a modern-day pilgrim: insights from Iain Tweedale, pilgrimage guide

Pembrokeshire hiking holiday experts Journeying go a lot deeper than pretty day walks: a holiday with them is a spiritual journey retracing the footsteps of the early Celtic saints and the historic sites associated with them. We talk to trip leader Iain Tweedale on the current popularity of pilgrimage, St David, Pembrokeshire’s strange and special beauty and life on monastic Caldey Island. Journeying concentrates on … Continue reading Meeting a modern-day pilgrim: insights from Iain Tweedale, pilgrimage guide

The quirks and caves of Druidston Haven

On the jagged expanse of seaboard south of Newgale, the narrow coast-hugging road threads through the ‘Havens’, four seaside settlements known for their tawny sandy coves and beaches backed by craggy cliffs and a stupendous array of coastal geology. Because of how the maze of little lanes around here spread-eagles out, Druidston Haven is the one of the four you would bypass completely unless you … Continue reading The quirks and caves of Druidston Haven

Foraging in the Brecon Beacons with Adele Nozedar

What better way to encounter the upliftlingly beautiful landscapes of the Brecon Beacons than with Adele Nozedar? A food writer, foraging pro and author of The Hedgerow Handbook (among other titles), she lives within view of the highest peaks in the Brecon. Her foraging courses and botanical gin workshops reap the bounty of each season. Here she tells Undiscovered Wales how to do just that. … Continue reading Foraging in the Brecon Beacons with Adele Nozedar

Holier than thou: the Welsh, pilgrimage and why 2020 might be the time to make one to Wales

(6-minute read) In autumn 2019 the Welsh Government announced a new ‘Pilgrimage Trail’ linking 500 churches and chapels across the parts of Wales featuring on its cross-country touring route, the Wales Way. The project has yet to come into fruition but the fundamental elements of it, the holy buildings themselves, have been there for all to visit for one hundred years or more. One wonders … Continue reading Holier than thou: the Welsh, pilgrimage and why 2020 might be the time to make one to Wales

Pink Peppercorn’s recipe for Fishguard Cawl

Operating from a bright-pink vintage caravan, the Pink Peppercorn food truck fires out innovative modern riffs on traditional Welsh recipes. Owners Alex and Rachel take pride in sourcing the best local, organic and seasonal ingredients, taking their truck to farmers markets, county shows and food festivals across South Wales. Here they give their unique spin on the recipe for Fishguard Cawl, named after the Pembrokeshire … Continue reading Pink Peppercorn’s recipe for Fishguard Cawl

Scaling Mid Wales’ highest summit, Pen Pumlumon Fawr

Walk length: 8km. All around us is yellow – rise upon rise of unpeopled yellowness, save for a tiny oasis of green, our start point, far below and insignificant on the horizon. Sun beats down out of an absolute blue sky. We turn and head on into the wilderness, heads bent into the driving wind…not a snippet from one of our trips to the Sahara, … Continue reading Scaling Mid Wales’ highest summit, Pen Pumlumon Fawr