2016: Year of Adventure experienced by everyone

Visit Wales declared 2016 the ‘Year of Adventure’.  It was a year jam-packed with adrenaline sports like coasteering, riding 100mph zip wires and mountain biking.

For the more tame, Visit Wales wanted to make Wales a ‘place where you can stretch yourself – mentally, physically and culturally’.  The Year of Adventure also included wildlife watching, culinary adventures and experiencing cultural events and festivals.

Geocaching, a treasure hunt using GPS, became an outdoor adventure phenomenon the whole family could enjoy, taking them on unexpected journeys throughout the country. While country lovers explored the rolling borderland of Offa’s Dyke Path to the Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons National Parks. Wildlife watchers revelled at dolphins in Cardigan Bay and witnessed endangered red kites soar above them. Foodies were well catered for too and plenty of culinary adventures were had from tasting cockles in Penclawdd to oysters in Anglesey.

Wales’ many opportunities for adventure needed to be shouted about. An ingenious way of doing this was through Visit Wales’ giant EPIC mirror letters – they travelled the country this summer, stopping at the most breath-taking spots – it’s aim to draw attention to some of Wales’ most spectacular places. Sioned and Sam, part of our very own Rarebits team, experienced the remarkable sight – Sam while it was within our Capital’s castle and Sioned witnessed the EPIC sign as a stunning backdrop to the UK Red Bull Cliff Diving World series in Abereiddy in Pembrokeshire.

Sam – “The EPIC art installation at Cardiff Castle commissioned by Visit Wales was truly spectacular! The giant mirrored letters forming the word EPIC certainly promoted Wales as an Adventure destination.”

Sioned – “This event completely personified #findyourepic. Not only were there world class divers competing at this epic location but during the day I saw groups coasteering nearby as well as spectators kayaking across the bay to watch the divers”.

Adventure came in all shapes and sizes in 2016 – where did you find yours? Did you find your inner Tarzan on a zip wire? Did you ride horseback through the surf? Share your EPIC adventures with us using #RarebitsOnTour.

Year of Adventure – Walk the coast path

Year of Adventure – Walk the coast path 

Wales is renowned for its beautiful coastal paths and Ceredigion on the west coast is particularly extraordinary. A challenging but popular choice, the 5 mile walk from Aberystwyth to Borth offers incredible views of Cardigan Bay and surrounding areas as well as a wealth of wildlife. If you fancy walking a bit further, follow the coast an extra 5 miles to the picturesque village of Ynyslas. The sand dunes are a stark contrast to the stony beaches of Aberystwyth and provide a great place to escape for a few hours.

Another site not to be missed is Constitution Hill, an impressive feature at the northern end of Aberystwyth’s seafront. If you’re feeling too tired from the walk, take the Aberystwyth Cliff railway up to the summit to see uninterrupted views of the surrounding towns and countryside. The hillside also boasts one of the world’s largest Victoria-style camera obscura, where you can behold 100 square miles of land and seascape.

Where to stay

Situated on the Aberystwyth seafront is Gwesty Cymru, an Edwardian guesthouse with a fresh, contemporary twist. All 8 rooms, many with sea views, feature flawless interior design and specially commissioned artwork from local artist Bethan Clwyd. After a long walk along the coast, this small but perfectly formed hotel is sure to create a welcoming and comfortable environment, many of it’s rooms has a spectacular sea views.

 

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Room with a view, sunset Aberystwyth

What to eat

The passionate chefs at Gwesty Cymru always create sensational dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Service with a smile is at the forefront of this restaurant and they ensure to create an enjoyable atmosphere whatever the occasion. Not to be missed is the 10oz sirloin steak, served with handcut chips and a grilled tomato.

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Gwesty Cymru Hotel & Restaurant

Weekend getaway to Wales this Spring!

Weekend getaway to Wales this Spring!

The Hip Horticulturist, a travel, interior and gardening blog, mentioned our website within their blog post on where to go for a UK weekend getaway!

We were thrilled to read that they picked Wales as a great place to venture for a nice couple of days and of course we couldn’t agree more. We were even more thrilled when they suggested to use our website, Welsh Rarebits, to find the perfect place to stay.

Wales weekend getaway

As mentioned in their post, Wales is a fantastic holiday destination for families and on our website we’re confident that you will find that perfect place for you and your family to enjoy.

Moreover, Wales isn’t just a family spot, it can become whatever holiday you want it to be; a romantic fling, an outdoorsy weekend, a carefree couple of days or an active adventures day or two! No matter what type of holiday you’re seeking we believe that anyone can find their perfect holiday in Wales.

As we’re an independent brand we’ve handpicked some of the best places to stay in Wales to save you time flicking through tons and tons of websites searching through different hotels. We also have a brochure that we would happily mail out to you.

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Harbourmaster, Cardigan Bay

However, we don’t just want to be a website where you discover where to stay we also want you to be inspired on how to spend your holiday! That’s why we’ve listed all the wonderful ways you can discover Wales, from where to enjoy a good bike ride, a scenic walk to what big events are happening around the time you plan to go away. In that way, you can enjoy Wales to the full!

Head over to our main website to search through our lovely selection of hotels! We also have an extensive list of offers which could not only save you money but also give you some inspiring ideas on where to go and what to do.

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Coes Faen Spa Lodge, Barmouth

You can also find alternative styles of accommodation in our extended Welsh Rarebits family by visiting The Great Little Places for B&B’s and Guesthouses and The Rare Hideaways for self-catering cottages.

Thank you The Hip Horticulturist for mentioning us within your post!

Year of Adventure – Mountain biking – North Wales

This year is Wales’ year of adventure. Why not join in the fun and do something epic? We’ve compiled a list of daring activities you have to try each month!

Mountain biking in North Wales

To kick off the year of adventure in style, why not give mountain biking a go? North Wales has many mountain biking resorts but notably Coed Llandegla offers a host of trails for both beginners and intermediate level riders. After opening in 2005, it has become one of the most popular mountain bike resorts in Wales, receiving over 200,000 visitors a year. For just £32 you can hire a bike for a full day and ride the trails to your hearts content!

Also nearby is Llangollen Railway, a heritage railway beside the historic Dee Bridge. Starting in Llangollen, the steam train follows the Rive Dee and ends 10 miles later in the charming town of Corwen. Located within an Area of Outstanding National Beauty, the views from the carriages are simply breathtaking and explore much of the natural beauty that North Wales has to offer. Whilst enjoying the picturesque scenery, indulge in a choice of light menus, including afternoon tea with homemade scones and jam. All of the stations along the railway track are of a typical Victorian design, giving you a truly historical experience like no other.

Where to stay

This January experience a fun-filled day of biking then wind down at the nearby Manorhaus Ruthin hotel. This contemporary accommodation set in the Vale of Clwyd is a mere 20 minute drive from Coed Llandegla and features a combination of classic architecture with a stylish, modern twist. The hotel also boasts a private cinema and a library for guests – the perfect way to relax after a long day of biking!

Boutique hotel in North Wales, part of the Welsh Rarebits Collection, Year of Adventure

Manorhaus Ruthin, boutique hotel in North Wales, Part of the Welsh Rarebits Collection

What to eat

The hotel prides itself on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create mouth-watering dishes, so it isn’t any surprise that it has been listed in the Michelin Guide since 2010. Be sure to try out the incredible Welsh lamb rump.

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Gourmet dining at Manorhaus in Ruthin, Welsh Rarebits Collection hotel in North Wales