Ten Welsh Hotels with Walks
by Adrian Mourby (July 2012)
To me Wales is synonymous with walking. I was once told the principality would be bigger than England if it were flattened out. Certainly there are plenty of hills to clamber up and valleys to saunter down, something that made Welsh tourism take off big time in the early nineteenth century, when the Napoleonic Wars stopped English gentlemen travelling to Switzerland for mountain views. These days there are plenty of urban walks to enjoy as well. Wales has redeveloped its docklands and turned small towns into heritage trails. Many hotels will recommend local walks but here are a few to get you started. Just remember to take an umbrella.
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Havannah Street, Cardiff
There’s an unmissable walk from St David´s Hotel & Spa all the way round Cardiff Bay. This 1990s dockland redevelopment is Cardiff’s playground. Enroute take in Techniquest, the old port building that is now Harry Ramsden’s Chip Shop, the Pierhead Building, the Bosphorus restaurant, the Wales Millennium Centre, the Welsh Assembly and a reconstruction of the Norwegian Church where Roald Dahl was baptised.
Follow the path out past the tennis courts of this peaceful hotel to a narrow hedged lane. Turn to your right and you’ll enjoy sea views down as far as St Non’s Retreat. A small chapel and a well here commemorate St David’s mother and there’s a gorgeous seaview south across St Non’s Bay. Come here for the sunset too.
Falcondale Drive, Lampeter
Falcondale House was remodelled in the “Italian Style” in 1859 after the owners had honeymooned in Italy. A lake was added nearby in the 1880s for boating and fishing. These days there’s a pleasant walk to be had turning north along the Lampeter Road and then right down the lane to Falcondale Lake, one of the most romantic spots in mid Wales.
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