BBC Countryfile Magazine
Explore Wales this autumn
Find your perfect adventure in the great Welsh outdoors
TAKE A GLORIOUS AUTUMNAL BREAK
Wales is a magical place to visit in autumn. Not only will you be able to explore the rolling hills and sweeping countryside awash in golden shades of yellow, orange and red but it’s still a great time to discover the beautiful coastal towns and beaches. When you could have all of this at your fingertips in just a two-hour train journey from London, what’s stopping you? So here are a few reasons to pack a bag and experience everything that glorious Cymru has to offer this season.
BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN COLOURS
It would be a shame to visit Wales and not experience autumn at its glorious best. This includes Bwlch Nant yr Arian near Aberystwyth in Mid Wales, where you can observe the spectacular autumnal views and uncover plenty of walking and cycling routes. Another excellent spot is the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you can see some gorgeous views of Monmouth. Or you could head further northwards and discover Llanrwst and Betws-yCoed where you’ll see one of the most quintessentially autumnal views in Wales, The Virginia Creeper-clad ‘Tu Hwnt i’r Bont’ tearoom at Inigo Jones bridge in Llanrwst. You can enjoy a delightful afternoon tea in the the15th-century grade II listed tearoom while taking in the spectacular autumn colours around you.
WALK IN EPIC SURROUNDINGS
Wherever you go in Wales, it’s not going to be difficult to find superb walking routes. What better reason to lace up your walking boots and explore the coast, mountains and valleys — you’ll find inspirational landscapes around every corner. Hafod Uchtryd is 12 miles southeast of Aberystwyth and combines forests, rocky gorges and spectacular views of the Welsh countryside. Another beautiful walking route is the Wales Coast Path, an uninterrupted path along the national coastline which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The route covers an 870-mile voyage spanning the Gower, Pembrokeshire, the Cambrian Coast, and the Llŷn Peninsula. Walkers will find countless beaches, estuaries and woodlands to explore along the way.
DELICIOUS LOCAL DELICACIES
From Michelin star restaurants to traditional farmer’s markets, Wales is the place to delight your taste buds and enjoy a ‘gwledd’ (feast) of amazing food and drink. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the coastline offering some of the best seafood including mussels from Bangor, and oysters from Anglesey. Cheese lovers will be delighted to find some of the finest award-winning varieties such as the famous Caerphilly, Tintern, Y Fenni and the likes of Black Bomber and Perl Las. Or maybe you fancy trying some Welsh culinary classics such as laverbread or ‘bara lawr’ (the Welshman’s caviar according to Richard Burton) or a buttery and crumbly Welsh cake from the Fabulous Welshcakes in Cardiff Bay. With so much to choose from, the only issue is deciding where and what to eat first!