In-between lands: an ode to the Welsh moors

(7-minute read) ‘But how do you know?’ my hiking companion Chris, in normal life a calm rational fellow who runs marathons, screams at me in near hysteria and defeat, up to his knees in Mid-Welsh peatbog. Unwavering rain has been pile-driving down on us for two consecutive days, during which we have also been doing most of our walking off paths and across sopping moorland. … Continue reading In-between lands: an ode to the Welsh moors

The great Welsh chocolate-off: three of the nation’s loveliest chocolatiers go choc-to-choc in a taste-off, but which will set the bar the highest?

In the bleak midwinter, and especially in the run-up to Valentine’s Day, nothing beats a chocolate binge. But doing it classily will make you feel much better about indulging. Wales resembles a vast selection box when it comes to innovative chocolatiers: the sort of box where you keep discovering unexpected surprises. Besides being extremely scrumptious, the pick of these also showcase Wales’ impressive repertoire of … Continue reading The great Welsh chocolate-off: three of the nation’s loveliest chocolatiers go choc-to-choc in a taste-off, but which will set the bar the highest?

Road Trip: Llandovery to Tregaron via Llyn Brianne

This rollercoaster single-track run begins in Llandovery, on the cusp between the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales: a dinky, delightful market town seemingly designed for kickstarting road trips with its legendary bikers cafe. It whisks you through the verdant Upper Tywi Valley, via the winsome villages of Cilycwm and Rhandirmwym, up to the tentacular reservoir of Llyn Brianne, swooshing you through … Continue reading Road Trip: Llandovery to Tregaron via Llyn Brianne

Counting down the fifteen most authentic Welsh gift ideas – and the best places to purchase them

What better reminder of Wales than something beautiful to appreciate back home for yourself or your loved ones? At best, a Welsh souvenir embodies a bit of Wales’ history, culture or spirit – and a blend of wild geography, Celtic influences and abundance of time-lost, traditional regions where ancient crafts flourish has ensured this country keeps creating truly special products making for unique gifts. It … Continue reading Counting down the fifteen most authentic Welsh gift ideas – and the best places to purchase them

Why nature always provides a home – meet Grant Hyatt, landscape photographer and homelessness project manager in Denbighshire

If landscape photography and homelessness appear to have little in common on paper, speaking to Grant Hyatt proves otherwise. Based in the wilds of North Wales, he reveals why nature always provides a home and how – especially during these challenging Covid-19 times – we should turn our attention to what lies on our own doorstep, both in terms of wilderness and the vulnerable people … Continue reading Why nature always provides a home – meet Grant Hyatt, landscape photographer and homelessness project manager in Denbighshire

By the Wye – the eco escape of your wildest woodland dreams, in Hay-on-Wye

If you go down to the woods to Hay, the real surprise comes in the form of this eco-minded, off-grid fantasy of a glamping site, tucked away in glorious seclusion among native woodland on the banks of the River Wye. Though the bookshops of Hay-on-Wye are just a few minutes’ walk away, this deliciously rural bolthole feels like a little world unto itself, with luxurious … Continue reading By the Wye – the eco escape of your wildest woodland dreams, in Hay-on-Wye

Crafting your own chocolate bar: with Brecon Beacons chocolatiers and mallow-makers The Mallow Tailor

Brecon Beacons confectionary creators The Mallow Tailor (talented two-woman team Kate and Janet) concoct some of the region’s finest decorated chocolates, chocolate slabs and – perhaps most innovative of all – French-style marshmallows. They are one of Wales’ only artisan marshmallow producers, and the only confectioners in Britain to make ‘caramallows’ (chocolates with marshmallow filling and salted caramel topping). They have certainly hit the green, … Continue reading Crafting your own chocolate bar: with Brecon Beacons chocolatiers and mallow-makers The Mallow Tailor

The Defynnog Yew – the eternal wonder of one of Britain’s oldest trees

A tree, you say? Ah, but the Defynnog Yew is no ordinary tree… Hidden away in the hush of an overgrown churchyard in the little-known hamlet of Defynnog, near Sennybridge, is one of Britain’s greatest arboreal treasures. Said to be 5000 years old by those in the know, this mighty yew has supposedly been around since the Bronze Age, which, if true, would make it … Continue reading The Defynnog Yew – the eternal wonder of one of Britain’s oldest trees

Drygarn Fawr: a trip to the gaping gap on the map (and three ways to reach the summit)

Distance: Routes vary in length between 3 and 10 miles. On a hike in a totally different part of Wales at a totally different time last year, Undiscovered Wales met, on the trail, what you could only describe as a true veteran of the hills. A hardened, rain-lashed, wind-grizzled walker who imparted a knowing look whichever part of Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons or Mid Wales … Continue reading Drygarn Fawr: a trip to the gaping gap on the map (and three ways to reach the summit)

Pembrokeshire through an illustrator’s eyes: Jackie Morris puts us in the picture

Goldfinches in mid-flight, a proud oak bent in the breeze, the unfurling of a fern, an owl gliding on a moonlit night, the slippery grace of an otter under water – Jackie Morris’ illustrations are the ultimate journey into the natural world through the simple act of turning a page. The British artist and writer lives in a cottage in Pembrokeshire on Wales’ wild west … Continue reading Pembrokeshire through an illustrator’s eyes: Jackie Morris puts us in the picture