It’s taken a while to compile this one and a fair few miles clocked up to find them all, but here it is – our guide to our favourite hidden gems in Wales.
Most visitors to Pembrokeshire will have heard of Ceibwr Bay but many of them leave without discovering the Witches Cauldron (Pwll y Wrach in Welsh) which is just a 20 minute walk along the coast path heading south from Ceibwr Bay.
The Cauldron is a natural feature in the cliffs and is (to put it simply) a sink hole. At low tide you can enter the cauldron through a small cave in the southern wall. Inside you will find a small sandy beach and a series of other caves dotted about its walls – do take care if you enter the cauldron as you could be cut off very quickly by an incoming tide.
Seals are frequent visitors to the cauldron, usually when the tide is high and if you wait overlooking the cauldron you stand a good chance of seeing one or two come in through one of the caves.
This is a lovely walk along an unclassified lane. To get there – take the B4340 from Aberystwth for some 10.5 miles, at the bridge below the house with stone arch above its door turn left on to the unclassified road. Drive on for some 400 meters passing the wood yard and there is a parking area with a picnic spot on your left, you can park here.
Exit the picnic area and turn left, follow the road to its end. The road offers lovely views of the Afon Yswyth (Ystwyth River) along much of the 4 mile walk and is set on a lovely wooded valley side. At the end of the lane is a village called Pont-rhyd-y-groes with a cafe (Cwtch) and a pub called the Miners Arms Hotel.
If you can find this beach hidden away at the end of a maze of unclassified roads on the Lleyn Peninsula you will be rewarded with a beautiful horseshoe shaped cove. A must here is to remove your shoe’s and socks to discover why the beach has been so aptly named. There is a cafe on the slipway down to the beach and there is also a large National Trust carpark (pay and display) situated in a field above.
Start your tour of the Lleyn Peninsula’s unclassified roads along the B4413 near Rhoshirwaun – good luck!
This is a beautiful walk that takes in a deep wooded valley on route to a secluded beach. Look for the sign post to Caerwedros on the A487 a mile south of Synod Inn – it’s on a crossroads with a church. Follow the road to Caerwedros for some 3.2 miles. When you reach a sharp left hand bend with a no through road in front of you – follow the no through road and park on the gravel car park just past the farm entrance on your right. From here you will need to don your walking shoe’s.
Walk along the lane until you reach Eglwys St Tysilio (The Church) on your right. Enter the Church yard through the iron gate and follow the path to the right of the Church – this will take you into the top of the wooded valley. Follow the path down and at the bottom turn left leading you to the beach along a footpath which overlooks the stream.
Around a mile north of Clarach beach is a natural causeway jutting out into Cardigan Bay. Access is on foot only along the All Wales Coast Path. You can park at the small car park above Clarach beach. Head north along the coast path until you come to Walog House – situated on the shoreline is the causeway.
This little known beach is hidden at the end of a small country lane on the outskirts of Dinas Cross in north Pembrokeshire. Access is by foot only and there is nowhere to park near by, making this a very quiet and little frequented beach. The only people you will normally see here are those walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
Situated off the A487 – head out of Dinas towards Fishguard and at the yellow ‘turning bay 300yds’ sign turn right on to the unclassified lane. Follow this lane for around a mile and look for the lane to your left. Walk down the lane to the left to reach Aberbach Beach.
This walk takes in some 8.9 miles of beautiful Carmarthenshire back lanes and ends at the Towy Bridge Pub. You can park in Pumsaint behind the community hall. At some 9 miles long this is a walk to start early in the morning – apart from the amazing scenery this walk has another bonus – there is a pub at both ends of it.
From the community centre car park head on to the A482 and turn left towards Dolaucothi Gold Mines. Take the next left and then left again so that you pass the gold mines on your right. From the gold mine you just stay on this lane until you reach The Towy Bridge Pub. You will pass through wooded valleys, farmland, moorland and glacial valleys all via this tiny back lane through some of Carmarthenshire’s most stunning countryside.
Head north out of Felindre and follow this road through the winding valley floor for some truly beautiful scenery. As you start to climb watch out for a couple of good hairpin bends before you are transported up on to the hills with truly open road in front of you. You can see for miles up here but do keep your eyes peeled as even though the traffic is minimal there are plenty of sheep! Once over the second cattle grid, the countryside changes with more tree lined road sides before bringing you into Dolfor and on to the A483.
Perched atop the Clwydian hill Range between Mold and Ruthin, these spectacular hill forts form a line of defence around 9 miles long – quite an undertaking for people some 2000 years ago. The remains of these forts is quite an awesome sight and it is understandable why this is one of the most important historic landscapes in Wales. Even if you have no interest in the history of these hills and forts they are well worth the visit just for the fine views of north east Wales that can be found from the summits.
High above this picturesque reservoir on the B4518 is a small parking spot with space enough for 5 cars, but if you can park here you will be rewarded with an absolutely stunning vista overlooking the reservoir below and over the hill tops of Powys. Don’t forget the picnic.
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