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Top Welsh beauty spots

There might not be lions and tigers, but with over 230 nature reserves in Wales, you won’t go short when it comes to experiencing the wonders of nature

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Gower Peninsula

Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has 270 miles of walking trails, which weave through the high ridges overlooking Worm’s Head, to the salt marshes of the Burry Inlet. Swansea AONB

Llŷn Peninsula

The slender, pointy bit is one of the undiscovered gems of Wales, with its sheer black cliffs at Mynydd Mawr and spectacular hill forts dating back to the Iron Age. Llŷn AONB

Clwydian Range

A 20-mile chain of undulating hills, packed with varied and striking features, from open moorland to fertile farmland. Clwydian Range AONB


A fabulous 125-mile coastal path takes in some of the oldest rock formations in Britain, while the varied habitats are a haven for ornithologists. Anglesey AONB

Wye Valley

The entire length of the Wye is designated an AONB, making it arguably the finest lowland landscape in Britain, beloved of poets and artists. Wye Valley AONB

Snowdonia National Park

One of Britain’s best-loved mountains, Snowdon, soars above a majestic landscape of lakes, forests and picturesque villages like Betws-y-Coed and Beddgelert. Snowdonia NP

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Britain’s only coastal national park is a spectacular mix of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and winding estuaries. PembrokeshireCoast.org.uk

Brecon Beacons National Park

The highest mountains in southern Britain aren’t the only highlight in this magical region of ancient woodlands, reservoirs, breathtaking waterfalls and caves.  Brecon Beacons NP

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