Why You Should Visit Wales

Rather than flowing over the top of the British Isles as usual, the Jet Stream’s current positioning to the South has brought the rainiest summer that the United Kingdom has had in decades (and let’s face it we normally get quite a bit), and I am frequently reading a stream of distressed, weather-related Facebook updates from the sunny comfort of my Swedish wooden cabin. Comments such as, “We’re going to take the kids to school in a boat today!”, “When will it stop raining?”, and “Will we ever get a summer again?” .

Until finally this week when the tide turned. Or rather, the jet stream shifted and the British Isles finally saw some decent weather.

As my visit to Wales coordinated perfectly with this turn of fortune, I have been lucky to see Britain at its very best; and despite Wales’ long-standing reputation for being wet and miserable, in reality it harbours some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in Britain.

Here are my TOP FIVE reasons to visit Wales.

Dramatic Coastline  

Rock formations on the South Coast

Wales may not have pristine white sands, or turquoise waters; but the beauty of the coast comes from the undulating hills, high cliffs, caves, and rugged rocks. Even the steely gray water churning as it makes its tumultuous journey towards the shore is magnificent.

Green Hills 

Welsh countryside

William Blake may have extolled the virtues of ‘England’s green and pleasant land’ in the poem Jerusalem, but Wales is, in fact, just as green and pleasant. One of my favourite things about flying home is looking down out from the plane window at how colourful Britain is. There really is nowhere else quite like it.

Ancient Castles 

Ruins of a Welsh Castle

You can’t go far in Wales without coming across a castle of some kind. Some are still intact, while others crumble over time like this ruined Norman castle at Ogmore in South Wales.

Cottages and Stone Walls 

Whitewashed stone cottages

I am always amazed by British stone walls, and by how the builders can take stones of different shapes and sizes, and fashion them into straight lines – sometimes without the use of anything to bond the stones together (although there is in the picture above). I have never seen walls like this anywhere else in the world, but they are everywhere in Wales.

 Beautiful Beaches 

Cool and rainy Welsh summers are not alluring for people looking for a beach holiday, but Wales still has some gorgeous beaches for those rare sunny days. Rocks, shingle, and cold water might be off-putting for some, but that’s what makes a Welsh beach so interesting. Not to mention the rock pools where you can observe all manner of sea-life up close.

Would you like to visit Wales? Leave a comment below, or if you enjoyed the post then please share 🙂

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12 Comments
  1. posted by
    Jonathan Look, Jr.
    Jul 27, 2012 Reply

    I have found Wales to be one of the most spectacular places on the planet. Great scenery, great pubs and great people! HOpe to get back there some day soon.
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    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Aug 19, 2012 Reply

      It really is a beautiful country. If only the weather was always good enough to enjoy it! You are right about the pubs though – perfect for those rainy days too 🙂

  2. posted by
    Terri
    Jul 30, 2012 Reply

    These photos are stunning!!
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    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Aug 19, 2012 Reply

      Thank you! I am really focusing on improving my photography at the moment so I really appreciate comments like this 🙂

  3. posted by
    Audrey
    Aug 2, 2012 Reply

    I’d like to make it to Wales one day. I meant to make a little day trip there during my last two visits to London, but alas, the city sucked me in and I ran out of time yet again!
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    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Aug 4, 2012 Reply

      Yes, you should definitely visit. If you have time, try to spend longer there and travel around the whole country. Wales is very different to England is some respects.

  4. posted by
    Charu
    Aug 4, 2012 Reply

    The photos are lovely, and I’ve been meaning to visit Wales for a long, long time. I can’t imagine the beaches are swimmable but that photo is stunning!
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    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Aug 4, 2012 Reply

      Thank you very much for the compliment! I hope you get to visit Wales one day, because it really is beautiful. Some people do swim in the sea, but it is way too cold for me!

  5. posted by
    Alex
    Aug 19, 2012 Reply

    I was in Penarth over the summer, and didn’t find it very pretty. The south west near Fishguard and St David’s is stunning.
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    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Aug 19, 2012 Reply

      No, Penarth isn’t really that pretty looking – it’s very industrial and is Cardiff’s back yard! My sister lives there, I wonder if you saw her around!

  6. posted by
    Kitty Blake
    Nov 23, 2012 Reply

    Having grow up on the Welsh border, I spent many childhood holidays on the north Wales coast and Snowdonia. It is indeed stunning and keep meaning to re-explore. Your post has inspried me to at least do a bit of reasearch. Thanks:)
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    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Nov 25, 2012 Reply

      I also have many memories of childhood holidays on the North Wales coast and Snowdonia – we possibly crossed each other’s path a few times! It really is a beautiful part of the world.

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

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