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UNITED KINGDOM - Wales


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Wales - Cardiff; Population - Wales - 3 million; Currency - Pound Sterling MORE UK - LONDON

Time ran out on my 2016 South Wales trip so Breacon Beacons was bypassed. I fixed that the following year, bus-ing it from Swansea to Brecon via the impressive Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves. I later added the 'wells' towns and a few more Beacons waterfalls - August 2017/March 2018.

 

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wales2000The Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves are a 1hr15min bus ride north of Swansea, just inside the Brecon Beacons National Park

 

wales2007The site is comprised of three caves - the Showcave, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave - along with lots of model dinosaurs - Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves

 

wales2003The Angel is one of several formations created by water minerals seeping through rock. But you can't see her face - mysterious! Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2013Never heard of Deinosuchus before, a skull of which measured 1.5m. Pretty big! Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2035A pterodactyl (I'm guessing) flies above a waterfall in the cave grounds - Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves

 

wales2025The main draw in the Cathedral Cave is the pair of 20m waterfalls - Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves

 

wales2029The illuminated exit of one of the waterfalls. The Showcave and Cathedral Cave are impressive and only 30mins from Brecon town, so make a trip - Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2031Take the steps up to Bone Cave for a view of Brecon Beacons National Park. Plus some dinosaurs of course - Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2032Love the smoke-billowing volcanoes! Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves

 

wales2037Just a few km south of the caves is Henrhyd Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2044It's accessible via a steep walk from a National Trust car park near Coelbren - Henrhyd Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2046A big appeal is the chance to walk behind a waterfall. By the way there's several other waterfalls further east at Ystradfellte, in an area known as Waterfall Country - Henrhyd Falls

 

wales2048Standing behind Henrhyd Falls

 

wales2205Another set of Brecon Beacon waterfalls are the Mellte Falls, just south of Ystradfellte. This is Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, the least impressive of the four waterfalls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2219The second is Sgwd y Pannwr, small in height but wide and voluminous - Mellte Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2222Sitting alongside Sgwd y Pannwr, a good spot for a break and a picnic - Mellte Falls

 

wales2207A couple of hundred metres away is Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, accessible at close range only by getting yourself thoroughly wet - Mellte Falls

 

wales2211The four waterfalls are connected along a circular trail - muddy in parts - which takes up to 4hrs to negotiate - Mellte Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2228The fourth waterfall and the biggest attraction, at the bottom of the circular trail, is Sgwd yr Eira - Mellte Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2230Just like Henrhyd Falls, Sgwd yr Eira provides the great novelty of walking behind the waterfall - Mellte Falls

 

wales2232Getting very wet behind Sgwd yr Eira - Mellte Falls

 

wales2233A photo of Sgwd yr Eira from behind the waters - Mellte Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2235In March there'd been a fair amount of rain and Sgwd yr Eira was pretty full - Mellte Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2056St Mary's Church in the centre of Brecon

 

wales2058Brecon Cathedral is set on a hill on the northern edge of Brecon

 

wales2060As its name suggests, Brecon is a useful base to explore the greenery and waterfalls of Breacon Beacons National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2239Snow covered hills rise into the cloud on the outskirts of Brecon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2062The River Usk flows through Brecon

 

wales2064On the right, overlooking Honddu River, is the 11th century Brecon Castle, now a hotel - Brecon

 

wales2071Take a canal cruise at the start of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal - Brecon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2086In season Dragonfly Cruises operate 2.5hr trips, taking in a canal lock and an aqueduct over the River Usk - Brecon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2083Passing hay fields on the canal cruise - Brecon

 

wales2243Head about 30km north of Brecon to one of the four wells (spa) towns in Wales, Builth Wells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2241There's not much to see in Builth Wells, save for the attractive setting of the Wye River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2252Just over the main bridge is a big mural of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the last native prince of Wales back in the 13th century

 

wales2246The grounds of this church were crammed with garden-based junk and bric-a-brac - Builth Wells

 

wales2262The best view of the perfectly sited Carreg Cennan Castle is from a couple of kms away, leading to the entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2275Most of the 13th century castle is in ruins, but this vaulted passage leading to a cave has been reconstructed - Carreg Cennan Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2270Take in the great 360° scenery from the castle - Carreg Cennan Castle

 

wales2272The nearest train stations are Llandeilo and Ffairfach, followed by a taxi ride - Carreg Cennan Castle

 

wales2276Llanwrtyd Wells is another of the former spa towns of Wales. It claims to be the smallest town in Britain, with a population of just 850

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2283..But it's far better known for its weird & wacky events - Llanwrtyd Wells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2284Many of these have died a death but it gives a flavour. Those that have thrived are Man versus Horse, Real Ale Wobble, Mountain Bike Chariot Race. Brilliant! The idea was to put the town on the tourist map, and it sure has worked - Llanwrtyd Wells

 

wales2285And this is the one it's (almost) world famous for. Well OK, nothing's happening here, but this is the site of the annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships - Llanwrtyd Wells

 

wales2287The centrally located Neuadd Arms lists past winners. And I'd hazard a guess thatdrunken nights here have led to some crazy ideas! Llanwrtyd Wells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2296The third of four wells towns in mid-Wales is Llandrindod Wells

 

wales2292And at last I see evidence of the spring waters that lends these places their 'wells' name. Spa towns are resorts built around mineral-rich waters said to bring health benefits. They were all the rage in Wales in the 19th century but once the fad waned the towns also faded - Llandrindod Wells

 

wales2301Llandrindod Wells Lake is a peaceful area popular with dog walkers and visitors to the lakeside cafe - Llandrindod Wells

 

wales2087The Town Hall and high street at Abergavenny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2089 A Gorsedd stone circle synonymous with the Eisteddfod, a Welsh cultural festival - Abergavenny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2091Another St Mary's Church, this one with Tithe Barn to the right, which serves as the town's Tourist Information Centre - Abergavenny

 

wales2097On the left are the ruins of the 11th century castle, with what I think is the peak called Blorenge - Abergavenny

 

wales2098And I reckon the hill on the left is known as Sugar Loaf - Abergavenny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2200ln my March visit a food festival was in full swing with live music and lots of beer - Abergavenny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2116A short drive east of Abergavenny is the 15th century Raglan Castle - Raglan

 

wales2105Climb the Great Tower for sweeping views of the countryside - Raglan

 

wales2107The village of Raglan nestles amongrolling hills. Centre-left is the Church of St Cadoc - Raglan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2119A dragon stands outside The Beaufort Hotel - Raglan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales2120The bus from Raglan to Newport passes through the main square at Usk

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitwales.com - Wales tourist board

www.northwales.co.uk - guide to north Wales

www.gonorthwales.co.uk -

www.visitmidwales.co.uk - guide to mid Wales

www.tourism.powys.gov.uk - another site focused on mid Wales

www.southernwales.com - guide to south Wales

www.walestourism.com

www.visitbritain.com - Britain's official tourism website

www.britainexpress.com

www.thetrainline.com - train information across Britain

www.traveline.cymru - Wales public transport journey planner

www.nationalexpress.com - National Express coaches cover Britain

 

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