Fort Fantastic: Y Garn Goch, one of Britain’s biggest prehistoric sites (and a circular hike around the area)

Walk length: 6km. When people ask us about the loveliest parts of the Brecon Beacons they are often surprised when we cite spots on its fringes, far from its highest or wildest points. The fringes of this pale green rock-pockmarked moorland provide what we believe is the perfect picturesque landscape blend between upland and valley, countryside and civilisation. Y Garn Goch is such a place. … Continue reading Fort Fantastic: Y Garn Goch, one of Britain’s biggest prehistoric sites (and a circular hike around the area)

Back-to-nature glamping, foraging and feasting at The Little Retreat in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire’s coast is getting a lot of love in this year of the great staycation, but swing your focus away from the crowds to the Cleddau Estuary and you espy ancient oak woods and expansive views with their own quiet, soul-soaring beauty. A whisper away from the sea, The Little Retreat in Lawrenny takes glamping to a whole new back-to-nature level, with wildflower meadows that … Continue reading Back-to-nature glamping, foraging and feasting at The Little Retreat in Pembrokeshire

Manor Town House: the guesthouse serving Fishguard with hotel-level class

When the planet’s most famous contemporary travel writer declares somewhere ‘the loveliest’ you are inclined to at least give it a chance. So Bill Bryson said of charming little Fishguard’s Manor Town House and this was, frankly, more than good enough for us. We went, of course, in the knowledge that the esteemed in the travel writing profession do often receive above-average treatment and that … Continue reading Manor Town House: the guesthouse serving Fishguard with hotel-level class

Valley views: Welsh Glamping adds a magical touch to the Mid Wales glamping scene

The dead-end track peters out in a long, lovely buttercup meadow fringed by patches of stream-latticed native woodland whilst the Cambrian Mountains encroach craggily behind: until recently, you would only get to gaze on such stunning snapshots from the esoteric Afon Gwesyn valley if you were one of the few in-the-know hikers on the route up to the gorge’s swimming holes and the undiscovered uplands … Continue reading Valley views: Welsh Glamping adds a magical touch to the Mid Wales glamping scene

The strange but stunning path to the last invasion of Britain: a circular hike from Fishguard

Distance: 10km (taking Pen Anglas headland loop 11km) Not many people tarry too long at ferry ports: they are all about getting to somewhere else, after all. But with Fishguard, for most just a harbour from which to high-tail it across to Ireland, those that dally will discover one of Southwest Wales’ prettiest settlements. It hugs the pronouncedly riven inlets of Northern Pembrokeshire with its … Continue reading The strange but stunning path to the last invasion of Britain: a circular hike from Fishguard

Into the grape unknown: the great Welsh wine tasting

The words ‘Welsh wine’ might once have raised a quizzical eyebrow, but no longer. As climate change has seen the terroir shift steadily north, even these wet, chilly hills can now produce a thoroughly decent drop. A growing crop of wineries have invested passion and effort to seriously raise the bar, embracing hardy, early ripening grape varieties suited to cool climates like Seyval, Phoenix and … Continue reading Into the grape unknown: the great Welsh wine tasting

Where eagles dare: finding out about Wales’ latest wildlife reintroduction project with Eagle Reintroduction Wales’ manager Sophie-lee Williams

Wales boasts some spectacular nature but, for the last few hundred years at least, it has been of the tamer, gentler variety by world standards. This may be about to change as a project to reintroduce those kings of the skies – eagles – to the Welsh moorland, mountains and coasts, gains momentum. We swoop at the chance to catch up with the project manager … Continue reading Where eagles dare: finding out about Wales’ latest wildlife reintroduction project with Eagle Reintroduction Wales’ manager Sophie-lee Williams

Pork and butterbean cawl-ssoulet: a Welsh take on cassoulet from Wales’ first recipe subscription service, Swper.Box

Lockdown has yielded some wondrous culinary innovations, and this is never more apparent than with the emergence of Swper.Box, Wales’ first and only recipe subscription service. With the sound and scrumptious reasoning that if you cannot experience the finest Welsh cuisine eating out, you should at least bring the best of it into your kitchen, Swper.Box offer vibrant, easy-to-follow eight-step recipe cards allowing you to … Continue reading Pork and butterbean cawl-ssoulet: a Welsh take on cassoulet from Wales’ first recipe subscription service, Swper.Box

Foraging for food and thought with Wild About Pembrokeshire

The pandemic may have shrunk our lives over the past year, but it also opened our eyes to the natural world like never before. Tapping into our deepest primal instincts, foraging is about so much more than hunting for wild food. In many ways it is a moving meditation, a way of celebrating what each season brings and finding headspace in a constantly switched-on age.  … Continue reading Foraging for food and thought with Wild About Pembrokeshire

Fruits of the forage: a recipe for carragheen pudding courtesy of Wild About Pembrokeshire

With spring on the horizon, there will soon be rich pickings for foragers in Wales – whether you make for the hedgerows, hills or seashore. Julia and John, who run the fantastic forage-focused Wild About Pembrokeshire walks and the Really Wild Emporium, St Davids’ best and most original cafe, bring us a sweet taste of the Pembrokeshire coast with this easy-to-make recipe for carragheen pudding. … Continue reading Fruits of the forage: a recipe for carragheen pudding courtesy of Wild About Pembrokeshire