WHERE TO GO
WALES Wales is the perfect destination for natureloving families. The showbiz spectacular mountains in the north are matched by the dramatic western coastline, which mellows into the seaside playgrounds of the south. Even the middle of the country is beautiful; waterfalls, castles and forests nestle among the high plains of the Brecon Beacons. Most traces of its industrial past have been pulled down or grassed over, but the fun, underground bits remain to be explored.
The Gower has beaches to suit every kind of family, from bucket-and-spade sheltered coves such as Caswell Bay, to surf dude paradise Llangennith (where you have to be careful of shipwrecks). The superstar of the coastline has to be
Rhossili (nationaltrust. org.uk/rhossili-andsouth-gower-coast) – drink in the nearunbelievable view from the Worm’s Head peninsula, then descend to the sandy shore for swimming, making sandcastles and rockpooling.
RHOSSILI BEACH - GOWER
The staggeringly beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park (breconbeacons.org) is a quiet Welsh hero. Filled with impressive ruins – Carreg Cennen Castle, perched high on a limestone crag is particularly impressive-, as well as open parkland, it’s a family-friendly place to explore. Many of the huge mountains are easy for even the smallest legs to scramble up, and provide far-reaching, soul-stirring views. Keep your eyes open to spot red kites - the area around Carreg Cennen Castle is filled with them. Soar along to the Red Kite Feeding Station (redkiteswales. co.uk) in Llanddeusant to spot dozens of them darkening the skies.
Located a mile off the rugged coast of Pembrokeshire, Skomer (welshwildlife.org/ skomer-skokholm/ skomer/) is a birders paradise, with vast flocks of puffins, shearwater and cormorants stopping on the island in season. Late Autumn is seal pup season – take your binoculars and see if you can spot one of these gorgeous creatures. Take a boat from Marloes (reservations essential) for a day trip, or splash out on an overnight stay.
FAMILY HOLIDAY GUIDE 2016