PEARTREE LIFE: Experiencing Languages

Are you doing anything exciting for the Easter holidays? Part 1.

Anything exciting for the Easter holidays? Cardiff is an exceptional city to stay in because of the many places you can visit nearby, such as national parks, coastlines, small towns. You can visit more than one place during your trip, so here are a few suggestions.

Brecon Beacons National Park 

The Brecon Beacons National Park is one of the three national parks in Wales, located on the Brecon Beacons range of hills in southern Wales. It includes the Black Mountain in the west, Fforest Fawr (Great Forest) and the Brecon Beacons in the centre, and the Black Mountains in the east. Outdoor activities in the park include walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, as well as sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and fishing, rock climbing, hang-gliding, caravanning, camping and caving. A long-distance cycling route, the Taff Trail, passes through the Beacons on its way from Brecon to Cardiff and, in 2005, the first walk to span the entire length of the Brecon Beacons National Park was opened. The 100-mile (161 km) route called the Beacons Way runs from Abergavenny via Ysgyryd Fawr in the east to the village of Llangadog in Carmarthenshire in the west.

Snowdonia National Park 

Situated on the west coast of Britain and covering 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is home to over 26,000 people. Besides being the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales, the largest natural lake in Wales, as well as a wealth of picturesque villages such as Betws y Coed and Beddgelert. Snowdonia is an area steeped in culture and local history, where more than half of its population speak Welsh. Snowdonia attracts thousands of visitors each year who enjoy its amazing landscapes and the variety of outdoor activities offered. The National Park Authority’s aims are to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area; promote opportunities to understand and enjoy its special qualities; and to foster the economic and social well-being of its communities.

Pembroke Castle and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park 

Pembroke Castle has a long and fascinating history for it was around 1093 that Arnulf de Montgomery built the small inner bailey standing at the end of the promontory. Only a few years later, the castle withstood a long siege by the Welsh, although its defenders were near starvation. The late 12th-century keep is both an outstanding feature and architectural novelty, as it has a massive cylindrical tower with an unusual stone dome. Views from the top are breathtaking and the castle's natural defensive position on a rocky promontory overlooking Milford Haven is immediately noticed. The main room on the second floor of the Keep has two windows embellished externally by dog tooth moulding and a carved head. 

The beauty of Britain’s only coastal national park hasn’t gone unnoticed. National Geographic Traveler magazine in the US recently rated the Pembrokeshire Coast one of the top two coastal destinations in the world. No wonder its visitors keep returning, year after year. The completion of the Wales Coast Path in 2012 prompted a wave of praise and appreciation. Rightly so, of course. No other country has created a public footpath covering its entire coastline. From that point of view, it was quite an innovation. However, in Wales, celebrating all things coastal is nothing new – especially in Pembrokeshire. The Pembrokeshire coastline is an intricate ribbon of weather-worn cliffs, dazzling beaches and secret coves, jewelled with rock pools. Here, where land, sea and sky combine, walkers, surfers, kayakers and sailors are in their favourite element.

Carmarthen: Merlin's Birthplace

‘Scratch the earth and you will find an Empire’ is an adage that suits Carmarthen admirably. Around AD 75 the Romans built a fort, naming it Moridunum, in Brythonic Celtic ‘Moridunon’ (= ‘sea fort’) from which Carmarthen derives its name. The scraps of history that exist from the ‘Dark Ages’ have been blended with mythology and tradition. Over 600 years span the period between the departure of the Romans and the arrival of the Normans in 1093. When they arrived, they found a Welsh religious community in control of the now ruined Roman town. Dedicated to Teulyddog, this was soon to become St. John’s Priory. Caerfyrddin, as the town is known in Welsh, became associated with the Merlin myth (Welsh Myrddin).

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