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With its dramatic coastlines, jagged mountain ranges and softly undulating valleys, Wales has a vast range of impressive landscapes to explore. Areas such as Pembrokeshire and the Brecon beacons offer the beauty of Cornwall and the Lake District without the crowds.
While the prospect of overseas holidays remains uncertain, we are exploring the UK's most scenic regions.
With more than 7,000 miles of spectacular, unspoilt coastline, 10 national parks full of incredible scenery and countless fantastic dining spots, the UK is packed with destinations for budding explorers and foodies alike.
Whether you’re looking for hidden seafood shacks in Cornwall, a bracing walk across the rolling hills of the Peak District, or simply want a day on the sand with traditional fish and chips in Suffolk, our new UK staycation guide has it all.
Follow the drovers' footsteps
Throughout Wales and the border country, footpaths and country lanes mark the old routes of the drovers who walked their cattle or sheep to market. Following their hearty example is easy with the windswept slopes of the Brecon Beacons (such as Hay Bluff), Snowdonia’s volcanic ridges, and the cobweb-banishing coastal walks of Pembrokeshire and The Gower.
Get your literary fill in Hay-on-Wye
Tucked in the northeast corner of the Brecon Beacons, under the slopes of the Black Mountains, the historic market town of Hay-on- Wye (pictured) is synonymous with the book trade. It’s known as ‘the town of books’ thanks to its glut of characterful bookshops, which you could spend several days browsing, and for hosting the annual Hay literary festival.
Glide down the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal
Once a vital part of the transport infrastructure for Wales’ industry, the restored canal through the Brecon Beacons now offers an idyllic, peaceful journey, hugging the contours of the hillsides. On a leisurely canal boat trip, you’ll spot wildlife, stop at canal-side pubs, and take the towpaths for further explorations by foot or bike.
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