The Hop Garden: tapping into Tintern’s coolest brewery retreat

The ruins of Tintern Abbey stirred the soul of hopeless old Romantics like Wordsworth and Turner, and the ribs of its Gothic arches still enthral today – as does the thick woodland that rises like a mantle above the meandering River Wye. So far, so poetic. But how to escape the crowds that think likewise? Cue The Hop Garden, a serenely secluded retreat but a … Continue reading The Hop Garden: tapping into Tintern’s coolest brewery retreat

Kingstone Brewery: an eccentric brewing adventure in an enchanting location

It may seem counter-intuitive – you may indeed opine we are plain wrong – when, in the process of directing you to the best sight to see in Tintern, we tell you to keep travelling on past the world-famous abbey that famously fired the imaginations of Wordsworth and Turner, on along the road from Chepstow besides the captivating woodsy banks of the Wye, entirely out … Continue reading Kingstone Brewery: an eccentric brewing adventure in an enchanting location

Traeth Bach: the cut-off cove that eludes almost everyone

No one could term the beach destinations of Llangrannog, bustling one-time hangout of Dylan Thomas, and Penbryn, home to one of Wales’ best beach cafes, off-the-beaten-track. Both are pretty popular when the sun comes out. But there is a sandy bay in-between attracting about three visitors to every 300 Llangrannog and Penbryn pull in, and is so Pirates-of-the-Caribbean-picturesque it makes even its beautiful neighbours seem … Continue reading Traeth Bach: the cut-off cove that eludes almost everyone

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

Dryslwyn Castle: one of the greatest Welsh-built fortresses

Despite Wales’ likely status as the planet’s most densely castellated nation (only the Czechs and Slovaks can justifiably vie for this title), it is regrettably a myth that a fortress seemingly crests every hilltop, as some tourist-oriented merchandise intimates. Travelling along the fertile Tywi River valley between Llandeilo and Carmarthen, however, is one of those zones where the myth holds true. Dryslwyn Castle is one … Continue reading Dryslwyn Castle: one of the greatest Welsh-built fortresses

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