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

Plas Bodegroes self-catering accommodation: to the Georgian manor born

On Wales’ Llŷn Peninsula, this Georgian manor could just well be the country escape of your wildest dreams, with its beautiful landscaped grounds and sumptuous antique-filled rooms letting in the lovely Llŷn light.  Why we love it… How we wish our garden looked like this! Owner Chris Chown has a passion for all things botanical and it shows at Plas Bodegroes. When we stay here … Continue reading Plas Bodegroes self-catering accommodation: to the Georgian manor born

Sacred solitude on Mwnt Beach

Sometimes, when you ask around in a local area for good off-the-grid recommendations of places to visit, you wind up disappointed or downright annoyed if you follow through with the suggestion and go there: local recommendations are not always great. Admittedly, Mwnt and its big USP, its beach, are a mere five miles from Cardigan, the second-largest town in the county of Ceredigion with its … Continue reading Sacred solitude on Mwnt Beach

The Dulyn Reservoir hike: in the shadow of Carnedd Llewelyn’s crags

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: in the shadow of Carnedd Llewelyn’s crags

Through the grapevine: Llanerch Vineyard Hotel

Welsh wine has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. And there’s no better proof of this viticultural coming of age than Llanerch, one of the UK’s first vineyard hotels, with its crisply designed rooms, restaurant dishing up season-driven food, and vineyard tours and tastings: deliciously rural and yet only a short jaunt from Cardiff. Why we love it… Sipping a glass of … Continue reading Through the grapevine: Llanerch Vineyard Hotel

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