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Escape to the Welsh Wilderness!

A beautiful adventure exploring the vast and magical countryside of the Welsh valleys and 'Waterfall Country'. Connect with nature, fresh spring water and many sheep along the way.

by katiejoannabefreeAbout Me:Hello! My name is Katie and I am an open minded, sunny, adventurous youth worker from London, UK. I absolutely love travelling, meeting new people and seeking out adventures to push my comfort zone. I really enjoy helping others along my j... read more

EuropeUnited Kingdom6 days / August 2020

Highs & Lows

Sleeping and living in a traditional Mongolian Yurt & the wonders of the Welsh Waterfall Country

The freezing cold water & difficulty navigating local buses.

Itinerary Overview

This trip will enable you to dive deeply into nature, both figuratively and literally. It will give you a chance to practice your Gaelic pronunciation, camp in the most serene countryside and visit, as well as ride (yes, ride the rapids) of the most majestic waterfalls you had no idea could be found in the UK countryside.

I have always liked and have been in search of these plans in which you have much contact with nature, so this time could not be the exception.

My idea was to go to another country because I didn't expect to find something so special in this area of my country.

So it was a very pleasant surprise to know that there are these places where you remember that you only need a good night of moon and fire under the stars.

 

 

  • 3 Nights: Machynlleth
    Countryside walks, a relaxing weekend of pub food and unbeatable views
  • 3 Nights: Pontneddfechan
    Mesmerising waterfalls, adrenaline pumping activities and reconnecting to nature.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    If possible, I would have hired a car or driven to the locations as although trains and public transport were doable, it made access to all the nearby natural spaces tricky and time consuming.

  • How was the food?

    Local pub food is great, not many vegetarian or vegan options at all but stock up in the towns on route and make full use of the kitchens in your accomodation.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Stock up on food, in both locations there are very limited shops and therefore it is necessary you bring all the food and drinks you would like with you for ease. Also hire a car or have a local taxi number ready in case you need them.

  • Packing tips?

    Bring with you some sportswear that is comfy to walk in all day and some shoes you don't mind getting very wet or muddy. Definitely shoes with a good grip are needed and some swimwear to wear under your wetsuit for the adventure activities.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Be aware of local bus schedules and train times if you are using public transport, this will dramatically help your coordination getting to and from the destinations as they are very remote and not well conneccted.

Lodging

  • AirBnB' Annie's Land super insulated Fire Yurt'- the most magical Mongolian Yurt in the middle of the Welsh countryside. This unbelievably cosy Yurt allows you to experience the most serene sunsets, shower with a view of the valleys and enjoy cat cuddles next to the fire at night.

  • Airbnb 'Walk, relax and enjoy' in Pontneddfechan: This adorable refurbished cottage is a beautiful and ideally located home in the small town with ideal access to local walking trails and options to the nearby Waterfall Country.