Home to rolling hills, sweeping valleys, sandy bays, crumbling castles, and vast national parks, Wales certainly packs a punch when it comes to places of natural beauty. We have gathered our top 10, must see nature beauty spots in Wales... It's now up to you to get out and explore them!
At #1 on our top nature beauty spot in Wales, The Brecon Beacons National Park is a spectacular landscape jam-packed full of wide-open spaces, rolling hills and secluded waterfalls. It is made up of six main peaks that form a long ridge across southern Wales – for the most incredible views of the area, trek to Pen-y-Fan and gaze in awe. The region is also an International Dark Sky Reserve, so bring your binoculars for stargazing!
At #2 on our top nature beauty spot in Wales, Radnor Forest was once a royal hunting ground for Norman kings to hunt deer. Today, it consists of hill farms, moorlands, steep valleys, and hills. You’ll discover more red kites than people, as the hills rise to the highest point in Radnorshire: Black Mixen. Look out for the old Birmingham Water Board sighting tower, which was used to survey the 73-mile pipeline between Elan Valley and Birmingham.
For #3 on our top nature beauty spot in Wales, we highly recommend hiring a canoe and uncovering the beauty of the river Wye. The Wye is one of the most beautiful rives in Britain and is one of the few that you can navigate by canoe for over 100 miles, without any restrictions. Embark upon an exciting river adventure from several points along the Wye, with a variety of routes to choose from.
At #4 on our top nature beauty spot in Wales, Abereiddy is an idyllic village on the Pembrokeshire coast, famed for its glistening blue lagoon and black sand beach. The blue lagoon is set in a grey slate quarry, offering water sports of many varieties on its crystal-clear cobalt waters. The area is especially popular with coasteering groups and kayakers, but also lends itself to coastal walkers and explorers.
At #5 on our top nature beauty spot in Wales is this small, curved beach in Pembrokeshire, backed by sandy dunes and pine trees. On a summer’s day, the golden sands and clear waters in this secluded area take on a Caribbean-like quality, transporting you a million miles away from Britain. Be sure to check out the Bosherston Lily Ponds in the summer months; a series of 3 flooded limestone valleys that are carpeted in lilies.
At #6 on our top nature beauty spot in Wales, this long stretch of sand and signature three limestone cliffs in the Gower Peninsula provide the most scenic setting for a coastal walk. From the cliff peaks, you can take in the incredible views over to Penmaen Burrows and beyond. Or head down to the beach itself and explore the sea cave that burrows below the cliff face. It’s no surprise that this is the most photographed beach in Wales!
7) Snowdonia At #7 on our top nature beauty spot in Wales, Snowdonia National Park is a series of huge mountains, untamed landscapes, great lakes, and picturesque villages in the north of Wales. Climb 1085m to reach the peak of Mount Snowdon, where you can take in dramatic views of the Welsh, Irish and Scottish countryside. The area attracts millions of hikers every year, as well as keen wildlife watchers.
8) Fairy Glen
At #8 on our top nature beauty spot in Wales, this sheltered gorge and beauty spot is situated on the river Conwy, with its name (Ffos Noddyn) simply translating as ‘deep ditch’. This unique collection of rapids, cascades, wooded banks, and mossy rock walls take on a magical quality, proving popular with photographers and artists from all over the world. Ahh, bliss…
9) Wye Valley
At #9 on our top nature beauty spot in Wales, this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty straddles the border between England and Wales and is home to some of the most dramatic and scenic landscapes in all of Britain. Discover a place of timeless beauty and untamed nature in the birthplace of tourism. The area has seduced many artists, writers, poets, hikers, mountain bikers and canoeists over the years.
10) Tenby & Caldey Island At #10 on our top nature beauty spot in Wales, this historic harbour town is arguably the most iconic seaside town in all of Wales, notable for its colourful buildings and sandy beaches. Sunbathe on one of the three great beaches, before taking the ferry over to Caldey Island: a holy island with just 40 residents, boasting a 6th Century Celtic monastery. It’s a true haven of tranquillity and peace.