Wonders of Wales

Wales Part 4

Pendine Sands

This stupendous beach near Laugharne in Carmarthenshire, is about three miles wide when the tide is out. The sand is firm and a perfect texture for motor racing. The beach one of the longest in the British Isles and is twelve miles long. Malcolm Campbell broke the land speed record at 146 mph in 1924. He did this three times. Sadly the Welshman, Parry Thomas, died in 1927 while attempting to beat his record. His Car was buried in the beach but in 1969 it was dug up and fully restored. There is a racing museum near by. The beach is part of the Pembrey National park. It is a truly stupendous beach.

Llangibby Castle

This mystical Castle hidden in the wood near Usk in South East Wales is now in ruins. It was my playground as a child and I have never forgotten it. Only one tower remains but the outer wall still holds togeher. It used to be a garrison for sixty men whose job it was to protect the area from marauding Anglo Saxons coming over the border from England. It was built in the eleventh century and is still an amazing presence. This beautiful castle was the subject of a recent UK television program of at geological digs. The original gateway was found. It was retired as a castle and became a Pleasance or pleasure garden for the nearby Manor.

Pentre Ifan

The unbelievable burial site now consists of huge stones with a massive boulder roof at eight feet off the ground. it is thought that it was originally covered with earth with only a small entrance. This is near the village of Nevern in Pembrokeshire which has an amazing old church with ancient standing stones, including one from the fifth century inscribed in Ogam, an ancient writing system consisting of scored lines. A wonder in itself. There are several so liar edifices nearby.

Swallow Falls Snowdonia

One of the longest waterfalls in Wales. For one pound you can walk over the falls on a board walk. The dramatic surroundings of Snowdonia make the falls even more beautiful. They are near Bettys y Coed in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales.

Cenarth and its Coracles

Cenarth is a small gem of village in West Wales on the River Teifi. (I've already mentioned this place in my Hub, "Interesting Animals found in Wales".) The delicate looking, oval basket fishing boat is a feature of the fishermen on this stretch of river. A frame work of wood is covered with hides and waterproofed with tar. This produces a serviceable small boat used for Salmon and Sewin fishing. Two people held a net between them and closed in when a fish was caught. It is light enough to be carried home on the fisherman's back. Very practical!

Severn Bore

This an amazing wave that forms twice a year when the tides are right. A tall wave about six feet high charges up the River Severn in South Wales. Many people surf the wave as it surges up towards Gloucester getting taller and more powerful as the huge body of water is forced into an ever narrower river bed.

Barry Island

This is a sandy peninsular sporting a large funfair and it used to sport a terrifying funicular railway, but it was blown down in a gale in the seventies and replaced by a flume ride. This was the place that everyone came by charabanc for the Sunday school outing once a year. Sadly my memories were usually of sitting in the bus eating our picnic while it poured with rain. There was a large covered car park up on the cliff for this purpose.


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Llangibby CastleLlangibby Caste ArchwayRuined interior LlangibbyDecorative detail LlangibbyPentre Ifan burial tombSwallow Falls Snowdonia National ParkThe amazing Severn BoreMap showing the River SevernMalcolm Campbell at Pendine in 1927Coracle Fishing in 1974Cenarth pub with a coracle on display
Llangibby Castle
Llangibby Castle
Llangibby Caste Archway
Llangibby Caste Archway
Ruined interior Llangibby
Ruined interior Llangibby
Decorative detail Llangibby
Decorative detail Llangibby
Pentre Ifan burial tomb
Pentre Ifan burial tomb
Swallow Falls Snowdonia National Park
Swallow Falls Snowdonia National Park
The amazing Severn Bore
The amazing Severn Bore
Map showing the River Severn
Map showing the River Severn
Malcolm Campbell at Pendine in 1927
Malcolm Campbell at Pendine in 1927
Coracle Fishing in 1974
Coracle Fishing in 1974
Cenarth pub with a coracle on display
Cenarth pub with a coracle on display

Tintern Abbey Another Welsh Wonder

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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

Sounds incredible. Please send me ticket ASAP!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hey, Paper Moon You would be right at home in Wales, lots of lovely trees and as many clouds as you can handle. Seriously, Wales is an amazing country and well worth a visit. If you have a curious mind you will be very much at home. Thanks for the comment.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

I have been to Wales but not to any of the places you have featured. I enjoyed this Hub very much. Thanks!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

You will just have to come back again! Thanks for the kind comment


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I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 7 years ago

I will have to put these places on my list to see for sure. Thanks for sharing.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

You will not be disappointed. Thanks for the comment


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knell63 7 years ago from Umbria, Italy

Ahh lovely post, I'm from Cardiff but now live in Italy and your article bought back all the great things I love about Wales. Cardiff Bay, Brecon Beacons, Caerphilly Castle, the Gower in Summer. Tenby............just so many places to enjoy.


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

I absolutely love visiting Wales, dont know why it has taken me so long to find you on here, but now I am here I am staying for a while..... lovely hub thanks


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Knell Hope you don't get too homesick. Have you checked out my other Welsh hubs? I was born in Cardiff and miss my beautiful home country but not the weather!

Hi Brenda Glad you love Wales too Welcome to my world I hope you enjoy the visit.


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

Great hub again. Most people have no idea how beautiful Wales is. I guess it's the amount of rain that makes so many places wonderfully green.


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nomoretrucks 6 years ago from scotland

cool Gypsy Willow your Taid rode a Harley in Wales! im gonna have to do another painting now thats inspired me. I bet there's not many harleys with a Draig Goch on 'em. You better check my hub over the next few weeks.Especially since we won the rugby (just) last week.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

That was a good victory! I'm in New Zealand at the moment and everyone is rugby crazy. I'll look out for your hubs coming up. Have you checked out my other Welsh hubs? Thanks for the comment


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M Selvey, MSc 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Great introduction to Wales! I have been to Swallow Falls and to the Severn Bore as when I married my husband and moved to England, I brought my cat who had to go into quarantine. The quarantine facility we chose was one in the Forest of Dean. What a lovely drive it was going to visit her every week! We often stopped off at the Severn Bore pub there. Never saw the bore itself but it is beautiful scenery and worth a visit!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Glad you enjoy the beauty of Wales. lucky cat to be in the Forest of Dean!


soumyasrajan 6 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Hi! Gypsy Willow

Enjoyed those pictures very much. There is some eternal beauty there. I was reminded of time I spent in Wale, long back almost 30 years back and mostly in Aberystwyth and nearby country side. At one of these places even in those old days people were doing organic farming for themselves.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Welsh people know what is good for them. Glad you enjoyed the pictures. Thanks for dropping by soumyasrajan.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Really good Hub!! Makes me want to visit Wales.

JT


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks JT, Wales is a wonderful place. I have just returned from a visit there. Thanks for visiting my hub.


Jt Walters 5 years ago

NO problem. I enjoyed reading. It was a great hub to visit.

JT


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freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

I was born in Newport Wales but went to NZ when I was 5 . In 1997 we lived in Chepstow for a while & my brother & family came over & lived in the Forest of Dean for a while ! Your hub brought back some memories . We hope to get over there next year5 .


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Glad to rekindle memories of beautiful Wales for you. Mind you NZ is very nice too. Thank you for visiting!

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