“Land of the Summer stars” is how this beautiful country is often referred to, but Winter is the perfect time for exploring. The hills of the Brecon Beacons are even more spectacular in the Autumn light or when dusted with snow and it changes the whole concept of hiking. Ridge walking in this National Park can be enjoyed by the whole family. You can try the route up the highest peak,the majestic Pen-Y-Fan. If you yearn for some unspoilt countryside, then explore the Coastal Path and the wild, breathtaking Welsh coast. The footpath covers the entire coastline and winds through 11 National Nature Reserves and areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Cosy Cottages and Sports
Cosy cottages or luxurious lodges in the stunning countryside are the perfect Winter retreat. Try your hand at dry slope skiing, indoor climbing and bouldering or watch an Ice Hockey match. Visit Museums, the Dr Who Experience or a live chocolate factory. Take the kids white water rafting, wet weather mountain biking or on a high ropes adventure trail in the Forrest. You can even sample single malt at the Penderyn Distillery. When the family are dozing around the blazing log fire it’s the perfect place to unwind and turn your mind to business. Wales is also an enterprise zone, so visit Enterpriseeuropewales.org.uk and see what it has to offer.
Snowdonia – “the place of the eagles”
Snowdonia National Park covers a huge area of Wales and is a place of outstanding natural beauty. It offers nine mountain ranges, with some of the peaks rising above 3,000 feet and of course, the famous Mount Snowden. There is a historic Mountain Railway which climbs to Snowden’s summit, offering spectacular views – you can even see Ireland on a clear day. There are numerous valleys, river gorges and waterfalls to explore. Walkers will love the forests, lakes and the huge network of available trails. For the seasoned climber, challenging Snowden is a must and expert guides can teach you the skills required for Winter climbing and help plan your expedition.