Wild Wales

This year’s European Football Championship put the underdogs on the map and Wales is one of the teams that went far this year. Why not take a look at where those Celts come from?

You notice that something has changed when you drive into Wales. Suddenly, you will find that all signs are in both English and Welsh. The names are longer and have fewer vowels, if any at all. How on earth do you pronounce Bwlch? Also, you find one of the world’s longest place names here: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

As you move between high mountains and hills the weather will constantly change. Rain, wind and sun, rain, wind and sun … again and again. Just like Norway there is no bad weather, just bad clothing. You do relax when driving in Wales, looking out at the picturesque lakes and rhododendron covered hills. The traffic is quieter, there are fewer people, but more sheep. More sheep than people, actually. The scenery here does not allow agriculture to the same extent as in England, and much of the revenues used to come from mining.

Many visit Wales to hike in the mountains, to go kayaking or fishing in the rivers. A popular destination in Wales is the highest mountain, Snowdon (1085 above sea level). You can hike up, of course, or you can take the train. The Snowdon Mountain Railway celebrates its 120 year anniversary in 2016.

Talking about trains: In Wales, several of the old railways have been restored and put into service. They do not cover long routes, but contribute to the “olde worlde” feel. An expression Joe likes to use.

You can find some of the trains here:
Breacon Mountain Railway (in Breacon Beacons)

So put on your hiking boots, take a walk and enjoy the lovely scenery Wales has to offer. Find a small B&B to stay in and I promise you, there will be no need to count sheep to fall asleep.

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