With 2017 coming to an end, there really is no better time to start thinking about some of the things you are going to try and achieve in 2018. We promise ourselves that we will stick to the New Year resolutions we set in our minds, but sometimes having a bucket list, that you can tick off as we go along, is a better way of achieving some of the things you have been longing to try and do.
As Wales is a large country with a diverse landscape, there are plenty of things do to as well as some which you may not have even thought about. If you are an adrenaline seeker or prefer the sound of gentle waves lapping the coastline; Wales really does have it all.
With this being said, why not think about creating your very own bucket list based on this spectacular part of the United Kingdom? Of course, we know it can be difficult to find out some of the great things on offer if you haven’t visited Wales before, but we have put together our own list of things to do and places to see which we think would be a welcomed addition to any bucket list.
Climb Mount Snowdon
A visit to Wales wouldn’t be complete without stepping foot in Snowdonia National Park. Whether you are an avid walker or prefer a gentle amble, climbing Mount Snowdon can be as easy or hard as you want. For example, if you don’t feel up to the challenge you can get the train right to the top of the summit. However, if you fancy more of a challenge, there are many paths up to the summit but just be sure to check the weather before you go!
Visit a Castle…or 600
Wales has an interesting history, and this is shown throughout the hundreds of castles dotted around the country. Wherever you travel in the country, there’s a castle to remind you of an action-packed two thousand years of history. There are over 600 castles in Wales, with many of them being magnificently preserved monuments in the kind of surroundings that make a visit an absolute necessity. You could even base your whole bucket list around visiting every castle in Wales!
Go Wild Swimming in the Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons National Park often sits in the shadow of Snowdonia National Park, but this park in Wales should not be underestimated. Here, you will find sweeping scenery, magnificent waterfalls and spectacular landscapes. There are many lakes which can be found throughout the Brecon Beacons, so why not try your hand at wild swimming? Wild swimming can be a great way to get a little bit closer to nature on a hot summer’s day or at a chillier time of year if you’re feeling brave! What could be more refreshing than slipping into the cool, clear waters of a secret lake?
Spend a Day Exploring Portmeirion
The Italianate village of Portmeirion is one of the most unique parts of the country. Nestled upon the shores of North Wales, this dreamy village is full of architecture and is one of North Wales’ treasures. Portmeirion looks like it should be on the Tuscany coast, or perhaps the French Riviera, and this is what its creator intended. Built between 1925 and 1975 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, this picture-perfect village gives visitors an idyllic fantasy against the backdrop of the mountains of Snowdonia.
Visit the Smallest City in the UK
St Davids is one of the most enchanting spots in Britain and is the smallest city in the whole of the United Kingdom. Traditionally founded by the Welsh patron saint himself in 550 AD, the shrine of St David has drawn visitors for thousands of years. It may be Britain’s smallest city, but it is more like a market town in size and spirit, as it has many independent shops. These range from St Davids Food and Wine, a deli where you will find cheese, meat and other produce from the surrounding area to other quaint shops. Don’t forget about the magnificent cathedral which should be visited whilst in the area.
Will you be adding of these to your bucket list? Let us know using our social media channels. However, if you want to get started on our bucket list straight away, why not take a look at some of our New Year cottage holidays, Wales below?