Sunday, 26 October 2014

SOUTH WALES' SECRETS



THE RIVER WYE
The River Wye flows 215 kilometres from source to sea meandering its way through plenty of Welsh beauty along the way. The winding river serves as a border between England and Wales for much of its journey and takes in some great locations such as Tintern Abbey, Wye Valley and Chepstow Castle. Pick your riverside village or town and enjoy a day exploring a new place.


GLAMORGAN HERITAGE COAST
The beautiful and mysterious Glamorgan Heritage Coastal walk separates Swansea and Cardiff and stretches from Merthyr Mawr to Southerndown. Grab your walking boots and head down to the trail. The rugged cliffs, untouched sand dunes, and white beaches are waiting for you, all ready to create an adventure.


SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN
Located just a short train ride away from Cardiff and Newport lives the rural Welsh town; Abergavenny. It serves as the ideal Sunday escape, the perfect way to let the country air dissolve those city blues. Take a walk up the Sugar Loaf Mountain where you will succumb to some beautiful views of South Wales, and then finish the day with a meal at Michelin-starred restaurant The Walnut Tree Inn.


THE VAULTS
While a lot of clubs can be found in the form of a leaflet on your doormat, The Vaults in Cardiff Bay seems to be South Wales’ best kept night time secret. Tucked away down an alleyway next to the infamous The Valleys house lays a little door which leads you down a set of dingy stairs and into one of the coolest venues in Wales. The underground club is an old bank that has been transformed into a club reminiscent of 90s clubbing. It has three rooms; two for hardcore partying to the finest local DJs and the third is a large cinema room where you can indulge in some retro cartoons. If this sounds like your sort of night be sure to get tickets in advance as every event is a sell out.


THREE CLIFFS BAY

The Three Cliffs Bay is a beautiful Welsh costal getaway throughout the year. The crystal clear waters, golden beaches, and rugged mountains invite you to explore them in any season. After a long walk across the cliffs, tourists and locals flock alike to discover exactly why Rhosilli Bay was voted third best beach in Europe beating off competition from Greece, Italy and Spain; anyone who visits can see exactly why.


*This article was previously published in Buzz Magazine Student Guide.

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