St. David, as the patron saint of Wales, has many Welsh miracles associated with him. One of the best know is the Synod of Berfi – where David created a hill from the flat ground so that his sermon could be better heard. The Welsh landscape is mountainous, so it is easy to see how this tale became popular! In honour of the saint, we have created a list of must-see places in the hilly Welsh countryside to visit on St. David’s Day.
Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls
Rent Sandra’s Volkswagen Polo and make the drive to Powys. Located just outside the village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant are the Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls which are truly a wonder to behold. Described by the author George Borrow as an ‘immense skein of silk’, the falls descend over 240-feet in three stages to the river below. Park up at the base and ascend to the top to admire the breath-taking views. The falls are especially spectacular after heavy rain as the increased body of water gives extra noise and drama. The lake above the waterfall is, according to fable, inhabited by a dragon who is said to capture people from the surrounding villages. As one of the seven wonders of Wales, this is a great spot to celebrate all things Welsh.
Castell Coch or the Red Castle is extraordinary both inside and out. Built by the Victorians in the High Gothic style, the castle is surrounded by a beach woodland filled with rare plants, rocky outcrops and an abandoned quarry. Take a stroll around the grounds or go on a bike ride in the forest. The interior has a fairy tale feel with elaborate ceilings, spiral staircases, decorative furniture. There’s plenty of parking on site, so rent Wayne’s BMW 1 Series, pack a picnic and get ready enjoy this Welsh beauty.
This stretch of the Welsh coastline is so packed with interesting things to see that you’ll really need a car to fit them all in to a short stay. Rent Andrey’s Audi A6 and cruise from hidden cove to golden beach in comfort. The Llŷn arc of headland has been declared as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and here the Welsh culture has been well preserved. The peninsula has plenty of buildings of historic interest including: a Gothic mansion turned art gallery, a 17th Century manor with gardens and 13th Century castle with a stunning outlook. There are plenty of coastal walks to be enjoyed, as well as places to sit and observe the water as you indulge in a plate of fish and chips.
Hire Mohammad’s Toyota Aygo and leave London behind in favour of the Welsh countryside. The Llanberis Pass is a magnificent stretch of the Welsh countryside that can be both walked and driven. Examine the rugged scenery first hand by hiking the route starting in Llanberis. If you’re brave you can walk the route in full or take the train for some stretches to give your feet a break. If you’d rather cover the ground in the car, the A4086 was voted one of the UK’s best driving roads and takes you past views of lakes, streams and mountains. If you feel a long weekend away isn’t complete without some site-seeing, there’s plenty to places to visit in the area, including two steam railways, two museums and a castle.