Paxton’s Tower: the fabulous folly far above the Tywi commemorating prospects lost

Protruding out of the wood-carpeted line of hills south of the River Tywi in bizarre neo-Gothic splendour, Paxton’s Tower is no retiring violet from the public eye – indeed it is among Carmarthenshire’s most distinctive landmarks – but its sheer comic oddness renders it the sort of spot we at Undiscovered Wales absolutely love. The surrounding parish of Llanarthne has, since 2000, become one of … Continue reading Paxton’s Tower: the fabulous folly far above the Tywi commemorating prospects lost

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

We speak to broadcaster and wilderness survival expert Andrew Thomas Price

Andrew Thomas Price is a broadcaster, wilderness survival instructor at Dryad Bushcraft and nemophilist (that’s a lover of woods and forests to you and me). Presenter of ITV Wales Coast and Country, he calls the Gower Peninsula home.  Where in Wales would you most like to pitch a tent? I love the rugged landscape of the western Brecon Beacons. I could never get bored of … Continue reading We speak to broadcaster and wilderness survival expert Andrew Thomas Price

The ultimate Welsh Rarebit recipe courtesy of Roos Geraedts

Roos Geraedts is the owner of the International Welsh Rarebit Centre in Defynnog in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Here she shares her ultimate recipe for creating the cheesy Welsh classic, plus tips on how to give it a nice seasonal twist.  Roos says: “This is a classic recipe for Welsh rarebit. You can customise it in many different ways, for instance by adding Caerphilly … Continue reading The ultimate Welsh Rarebit recipe courtesy of Roos Geraedts

Gliffaes: an elegant country escape in the Brecons near Crickhowell

If you’re seeking a country escape in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Gliffaes is a class act. Framed by 33 acres of grounds that bristle with rare botanical species, this Italianate Victorian manor is old-school in the best possible way – whether you’re taking afternoon tea on the terrace or playing croquet on the lawn. Why we love it… Gliffaes still feels … Continue reading Gliffaes: an elegant country escape in the Brecons near Crickhowell

Why we can’t resist the International Welsh Rarebit Centre

Finding a good Welsh rarebit is harder than it might sound – even in the heart of Wales. But this schoolhouse turned retro-cool cafe and cultural space has elevated the classic snack to something of an art form. Owner Roos Geraedts invests love and energy into bringing you the finest rarebit bar-none in the Brecons (perhaps the world…). This is cheese on toast with knobs … Continue reading Why we can’t resist the International Welsh Rarebit Centre

In the footsteps of the Physicians of Myddfai

Walk length: 8km. What do a succession of medieval medics often attributed with being the forerunners of the NHS, Prince Charles and a boutique range of Welsh toiletries have in common? The unlikely answer lies in  – or, rather, scattered around – the sleepy hamlet of Myddfai on the northwestern fringes of the Brecon Beacons. A history of herbalists hereabouts… Sleepy today, perhaps. But back … Continue reading In the footsteps of the Physicians of Myddfai

Traversing Pen y Fan the way no one goes

Walk Length: 8km (round trip via Fan Frynych) 24km (round trip via Fan Frynych + out-and-back to Pen y Fan). Ah, what could be more magical? Pen y Fan, highest point in the Brecon Beacons and in Southern Britain, on a cloudless late summer day when the yellows and greens of the stark moor stand out in glinting high definition and when you have a … Continue reading Traversing Pen y Fan the way no one goes