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The streams and valleys of South Wales

Explore an unspoiled landscape from the Brecons to the Gower Peninsula and feel yourself unwind.

South Wales

Whether you are a walker, cyclist, culture vulture or want to discover some of the prettiest beaches in the UK, South Wales has something for you. A land of valleys and meandering rivers, breathtaking hilltop views and unspoilt coastline, there is plenty to explore.

Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is the home of Welsh rugby at the Millennium Stadium, and a thriving and exciting city with great shopping, restaurants, a redeveloped seafront area and good nightlife. There are historic buildings and art galleries aplenty with the beautiful landscapes of Wales within a few miles of the city.

The glory of Wales is how the landscape can vary within a short distance. The Wye and Usk valleys are a meandering delight with gems including the dramatic and ruined Tintern Abbey which seems to pop up out of nowhere. You can almost taste the history and the conflict between Wales and England over the centuries, and you weave your way from Hereford down to Monmouth and Chepstow.

Just a short drive from Swansea, the Gower Peninsula was designated as the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1956. The 19 mile-long Peninsula starts at Mumbles and extends westwards. It’s famous for its beautiful coastline and beaches (from vast Rhossili Bay to tiny, secluded Pwll Du), is a favourite destination for walkers and surfers, and was voted in the top ten best beaches in the world. Inland you’ll find sheltered woodland and rolling grasslands; country pubs and fine food - all an inspiration for the poet Dylan Thomas.

And the beauty of Wales is laid out before you from the top of the Brecon Beacons. Rugged, magnificent, challenging - they are not to be missed.

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