How many times have you sat down at the end of a fast and frenetic day and said to yourself: “I need a holiday”? And how many times have you answered yourself: “I know, but I can’t afford either the time or the money right now.” Well, you may be surprised to learn that you probably can. Not every holiday needs to be a fortnight in the sun. Indeed, some of the best breaks are the short ones with minimal travelling distance. That way you provide yourself with a new and different environment and an opportunity to think different, do different and be different. And there’s no better way of making that difference than with a short and low-cost break to Wales. It’s a country of contrasts – sandy beaches, wild mountains, woods and lakes and enough history to keep anyone absorbed for weeks on end. There’s plenty for the kids, too.
How about a quick escape to the Pembrokeshire coastline? There are great beaches at Tenby and the pretty bay at Lydstep. To the west the county’s coastline is regarded by many as the most spectacular and beautiful in Britain. It’s perfect for long walks, lunches at country pubs and a wonderful night’s sleep after a day in the pristine Atlantic air.
Further north, the land is different and the county of Powys is more mountainous and rugged. This is great country for walkers and mountain bikers and anyone who likes their countryside with more than a hint of untamed wilderness. There are a number of ancient castles to visit as well as Radnor Forest and the Brecon Beacons. It’s astonishing to realise that it’s possible to immerse yourself in an ancient, isolated landscape while still being so close to major centres of population.
Anglesey has always had an air of mystery about it. Supposedly for long years the last outpost of the druids, this island off the north coast of the Welsh mainland has 125 miles of coastline – all of it protected. Add to that the fact that the natural backdrop is the Snowdonian Mountains and you have a special place. There are thousands of years of history to be explored when you cross the Menai Strait from the mainland and you should visit the 13th Century Beaumaris Castle – a technological marvel in its day and still impressive today.
Gwynedd is one of the least populated counties of Wales but what it lacks in people it more than makes up for with attractions for this is the home of Mount Snowdon and the Snowdonia National Park.
It’s an area that also plays host to a number of narrow gauge steam railways, originally built for the quarrying and mining industries, which now run for the delight of tourists. The most famous is the Snowdon Mountain Railway, over 100 years old, which takes its passengers from Llanberis to the very summit of Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales.
There’s so much to see and do in Wales and it’s surprisingly accessible from all over the UK.
The people are friendly, the landscape is varied and it’s simply the perfect place for a weekend or a short-break to catch your breath and recharge your batteries.
Why not treat yourself to an affordable mini-holiday? Go online and check out the many options of location and duration for caravan holidays in the UK and escape to the freedom of Wales.
You may disregard the need for travel insurance if you are travelling within the UK but what would you do if you had to cancel your trip and had paid a non-refundable deposit on your accommodation, or had your camera stolen when sat in a pub garden? Terms, conditions and exclusions will apply to any insurance policy but you don’t want to be left out of pocket.