The Dulyn Reservoir hike

Walk length: 9.5km (round trip). Snowdonia is renowned for its llyns (lakes): certain parts of the national park are fairly spattered in them. But the Dulyn Reservoir remains very much in the category of lesser-known lakes, despite its setting in the shelter of one of Snowdonia’s more famous mountains, Carnedd Llewelyn. And who doesn’t want an unforgettable wild swim as part of their moorland hike? … Continue reading The Dulyn Reservoir hike

Slebech Park Estate: the ultimate Pembrokeshire escape

This fine romance of a Georgian manor is one of inland Pembrokeshire’s greatest escapes, with wide-open estuary views to lift spirits, woodland trails to get lost on, nouveau-chic rustic interiors and more than 1000 years of history hiding in its vast grounds. Why we love it… Watching the sun set across the silver-gold waters of the Cleddau River estuary at Slebech is a moment we … Continue reading Slebech Park Estate: the ultimate Pembrokeshire escape

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

Bedding down in a revamped shepherd’s hut in Solva

Undiscovered places quite often happen to be ensconced in thick woods. Plonk a thick wood next to a sublime and lonely stretch of Pembrokeshire coastline between the pretty fishing harbour of Solva and the historic city of St Davids and you have one seldom-seen but perfectly-placed location for this secluded converted shepherd’s hut known as Fairy Bridge. Why we love it… It was the first … Continue reading Bedding down in a revamped shepherd’s hut in Solva

Llyn Brianne: South Wales’ biggest body of water is a true recluse

When we moved to remotest Carmarthenshire, the place we heard recommended to us again and again for a day trip was Llyn Brianne. Some places fall far short of the hype. Some, you finally get there and think ‘OK, nice enough.’ Some just totally exceed expectations. Llyn Brianne belongs firmly to the latter group. This snaking reservoir nestles hidden in the upper Tywi Valley, spread-eagled … Continue reading Llyn Brianne: South Wales’ biggest body of water is a true recluse