Welsh Bucket List Ideas
Wales is the ideal location for a great escape bucket list at any age. Travelling can get a little more challenging as we grow older, so it’s a good idea to plan a few activities beforehand in order to make the most of your bucket list holiday. Wales is full to the brim with exciting festivals, beautiful beaches, serene natural trails and historic castles.
Ben Griffin from Great Escapes Wales shares these five ideas for bucket list activities which are perfect for travellers wanting to sample everything that Wales has to offer.
Discover Wales’ Delicious Food Festivals
Wales is fast becoming a top destination for foodies planning some edible bucket list activities. Welsh food festivals offer up a feast of traditional foods like Welsh rarebit and Welsh cakes, as well as specialist gastronomic delights including fresh fish and local honey.
The Gwledd Conwy Feast hosts green-fingered gardening experts who share advice on growing your own, whilst the Menai Seafood Festival features a lively market where local fisherman flog the catch of the day. Festivals take place all year round, so check the dates before you book your trip!
Walk (Or Ride the Train) Up Mount Snowdon
The first question everyone asks you get back from a holiday in Wales is ‘did you make it to the top of Mount Snowdon?’ If you’re an intrepid explorer then there are plenty of walk
ing routes for all skill levels. The most straightforward route, though also the busiest, is the Llanberis path, which follows the railway line.
Of course, those wanting to take it easy on their bucket list break can opt to ride the Mountain Railway and enjoy the panoramic view from the cafe at the mountain’s peak.
Relax On Golden Sand Beaches
I’ll let you in on a secret: Wales has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. 65 of Wales’ beaches have made it to the top of the list according to The Good Beach Guide. There are plenty of soft sands and 72% of Welsh beaches tested have been recommended for their excellent water quality.
Some of my favourites are Aberffraw, Llanddona, Rhosneigr and Traeth Bach. Perfect for a more relaxed and sunsoaked bucket list holiday!
Uncover Ancient Fossils At The Great Orme
If, when off on your bucket list holidays, you prefer strolling along the coastline to relaxing on the beach, then The Great Orme in Llandudno, North Wales, has spectacular coastal paths winding along the carboniferous limestone headland.
The Great Orme is a well known spot for fossil hunting, but if you'd rather sit back and enjoy the view then there is even a tramway which will take you from the Victorian seaside town below all the way to the top.
Explore Historic Castles
If you like to spend your bucket list adventures exploring heritage sites, the Welsh castles are sure to capture your interest. One of Wales’ most glorious castles is Conwy Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by Edward I in the late 13th century.
Situated on the Welsh-English border, Chirk Castle is another picturesque fortress, surrounded by stunning gardens and over 480 acres of parkland with wild sheep and ponies.
Ben Griffin is an entrepreneur who was born and bred in Conwy, a world heritage site on the North Wales coast. Ben runs Great Escapes Wales, a website providing self-catering holiday cottages in North Wales. He loves waking up to sea views and exploring Wales with his two children in his free time.
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