Caerphilly Castle

Wales's biggest castle and the second largest in the UK (after Windsor), Caerphilly Castle is a massive stone fortress surrounded by a series of lakes. Built between 1268 and 1271 by Gilbert de Clare, the Earl of Hertford and Gloucester, the castle was designed to defend south Wales against the expansion of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, prince of... Continue Reading →


I love the bays and coves along the South Wales coast. I'm unashamedly biased but I think they're some of the most beautiful in the world. Less well-known than the beaches of West Wales and the Gower Peninsula, their rugged beauty and excellent walking paths make for a great day out. Each one has its... Continue Reading →

Chepstow Castle

What amazed me most about Chepstow Castle was that it just keeps going and going. You think you've reached the end, then you pass under another archway and there's yet more castle to explore. Not that I'm complaining, as far as I'm concerned you can never have too much castle. Situated in the market town... Continue Reading →


Keen for a pre-New Year stroll, we headed up to Crickhowell in mid Wales for a spot of shopping, light lunch and brisk walk in the crisp mountain air. Situated on the banks of the River Usk, this attractive market town is surrounded by the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park, which makes it a great base from... Continue Reading →

Dyffryn Gardens in Summer

My annual visit to Dyffryn Gardens took place a couple of weeks ago and it's looking as pretty as ever. All the flowers were in bloom, and the wild flowers (above) and the restored Italian gardens were especially lovely this year. Red, blue and purple seemed to be the dominant flower colours this year, and... Continue Reading →

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