The summer is a great time to remain in the UK as the weather is likely to be better than at other times of the year. This enables holidaymakers to get active, whether it is for a weekend or a longer period of time.
Walking is probably the easiest way of achieving this, although not the only option, as very little specialist equipment or skills are needed. Simply pack your walking boots and enjoy the great outdoors.
The only question is where to go. Wales is a wonderful destination as it has a diverse landscape, offering mountains, coast, lakes and fields. If trekking up hills is not for you, try one of these classic routes that allow you to explore this beautiful land.
The Isle of Anglesey
Shorter trips often benefit from a smaller focus, making the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales a great option. It has 125 miles of coastline and much of it has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – how is that for a recommendation?
Following the shoreline in this impressive part of the world will showcase nature at its best. The ever-changing landscape will go from craggy cliffs to remote coves as you journey around the island. Look out for its resident wildlife, including many species of birds. Puffins, razorbills and guillemots are among the friends you will make along the way.
History lovers will also not be disappointed as your trip is bound to take you past some of the Neolithic and Bronze Age sites scattered across Anglesey. The island can trace its record of human habitation back to 4000BC and you too can enjoy discovering it.
Moving south into Mid Wales you will find the county of Ceredigion, which is home to 60 miles of coastal paths. It is also becoming more well known for its bottlenose dolphin population, as there have been more sightings here than anywhere else in the UK.
If you fancy sharing your holiday with these majestic creatures as they frolic in the waves and you hug the coast, then this is most definitely the walking route for you. Just don’t forget to pack your binoculars to look at them in more detail.
As you are mesmerised by the local marine inhabitants you will find yourself walking past the most picturesque fishing villages found anywhere. These represent a great opportunity to refuel and fill up water bottles as well as soaking up the local culture.
Glamorgan Heritage Coast
To truly get away from it all head further south until you reach Glamorgan. Here it is the scenery that takes centre stage with striped shale and limestone cliffs, deserted sandy beaches and not another soul around.
This stretch of coastline was the first in Wales to be awarded the Heritage Coast designation back in 1973 and a visit here makes it very easy to see why. Marconi used it as location for sending his first radio transmission across water.