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The readers of Rough Guide recently voted Wales as the 10th most beautiful country in the world. Combined with England at number seven and Scotland taking the coveted top spot, the United Kingdom is clearly known throughout the world for its diverse beauty. If you’re wondering why Wales made the top 10, continue reading to discover why this small country is so breathtakingly beautiful.
The whole coastline of Wales is beautiful, but the Llyn Peninsula and the Pembrokeshire coast are perhaps two of the most spectacular regions of the country. Both areas boast unspoilt coasts with wild beaches, dramatic clifftops and a surprising array of marine life to keep your eyes open for. The Pembrokeshire coastal path is one of the most beautiful walking routes in the country, providing spectacular opportunities to admire the scenery along the way.
One of the greenest areas of the UK, Wales is filled with stunning woodland, particularly in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia. Lichen, ferns and moss cover the ground and waterfalls lurk around corners, turning the luscious green forests into ethereal glens reminiscent of ancient fairy tales. Visit during the warmer months to be confronted with green landscapes, or time your visit for autumn to see the leaves erupt in fiery hues.
The Welsh countryside is filled with pretty valleys, especially in the south-west of the country. An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Wye Valley is one of the most scenic landscapes in the UK. The River Wye weaves its way through a luscious valley lined with rolling hills and acres of woodland, providing beautiful vistas in all directions.
The Welsh countryside is filled with beautiful old castles that look like something out of a fairy tale. Scattered all around the country, from the coastline to the hills, you’ll discover ancient fortresses to explore and admire. If you’re looking for the most picturesque castles, concentrate your Welsh adventures in the north in places such as Beaumaris and Caernarfon, but don’t miss the majestic turrets of Castell Coch.
If you imagine the Welsh countryside, the first thing that pops into your head is miles upon miles of rolling hills. The hills and meadows of Wales are indeed green and plentiful, providing acres of beautiful scenery to discover. These vast stretches of untouched countryside are particularly impressive in areas surrounded by towering mountains, creating dramatic juxtapositions on the horizon.
The Welsh mountains are just as impressive as those found up in Scotland. Snowden is the highest peak in Wales and is notorious for climbers getting in trouble when they realise how challenging the ascent can be. If you’re suitably prepared, it’s definitely worth the long climb to admire the breath-taking views from its summit. Snowden isn’t the only impressive mountain in Wales, however. In the south of the country, the Brecon Beacons loom over the landscape, creating beautifully dramatic vistas.
The Welsh countryside is scattered with serene waterfalls and more dramatic cascades. Visit in summer for the chance to bathe in the picturesque pools below the falls or in winter to see the cascade of water turn to ice. The Fforest Fawr Geopark in the Brecon Beacons is known as ‘Waterfall Country’ due to the abundance of waterfalls in the area, and elsewhere you’re likely to stumble upon a beautiful waterfall just by wandering through a forest or alongside a river.