{"LocationDetails":{"Id":204,"Name":"Wales","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Wales Holidays\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhat\u0026rsquo;s not to love about Wales? I mean really, it\u0026rsquo;s all inspiring mountain hikes, thundering waters and peaceful landscapes, and that\u0026rsquo;s before you\u0026rsquo;ve even had the pleasure of meeting the locals. This is a place where ancient legend meets exhilaration, where you\u0026rsquo;ll encounter views that take your breath away and bustling resorts where there\u0026rsquo;s something for everyone. You\u0026rsquo;ll hear Welsh being spoken pretty much everywhere you go, and although Cardiff\u0026rsquo;s the country\u0026rsquo;s cultural centre, every corner of Wales has its own story to tell.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003e2017 marked the start of the Year of Legends, which celebrates everything that makes Wales one of our most popular destinations, so if you\u0026rsquo;ve never been, now\u0026rsquo;s the perfect time. If you like to get outdoors and blow the cobwebs out with some long walks during your breaks, a Wales holiday\u0026rsquo;s the perfect opportunity. From the Brecon Beacons, to the Cambrian mountains and Offa\u0026rsquo;s Dyke National Trails, it\u0026rsquo;s pretty much a question of choosing what you\u0026rsquo;d like to discover and heading off on adventure. \u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWales is naturally dramatic, so even those chilled out days where you\u0026rsquo;re content to see where your feet take you end up being memorable. From the long sandy beaches of the coastline to the rugged mountain ranges, Wales was at the front of the queue when the views were handed out. Speaking of drama, you can barely turn a corner in good old Wales without stumbling across a view you recognise from the world of film and TV, and it\u0026rsquo;s easy to see why it\u0026rsquo;s a hit with producers.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePlaces to visit in Wales\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s something about a holiday in Wales that inspires us to get out and about and make memories, so it\u0026rsquo;s a good thing there\u0026rsquo;s a day out to suit every kind of visitor. In Mid Wales, it\u0026rsquo;s all about strolling long sandy beaches, cycling winding lanes and mooching around sleepy market towns. Known as the \u0026lsquo;Ancient Kingdom\u0026rsquo;, Powys is the largest county in Wales, and it\u0026rsquo;s home to Snowdonia, the Cambrian Mountains and the breathtaking beauty of the Brecon Beacons.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWe love the fact that you can be wandering the sleepy scenery of the Brecon Beacons one day, and cycling the rugged landscape of the Cambrain Mountains the next. Wales is the kind of country where anything goes, and there\u0026rsquo;s a day out to suit every kind of visit and every kind of family.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow, if you\u0026rsquo;re after the kind of places to visit in Wales that are all about chasing an adrenaline rush then you should head to the north. With mountain scenery that could have been made for family holidays and plenty of opportunity to try your hand at adventure activities (under the watchful eye of a professional), North Wales is perfect for those breaks with older children who like a little excitement with their family breaks.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eThings to do in Wales\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe perfect playground for that escape from it all, there are few activities you can\u0026rsquo;t enjoy in Wales, and the best thing is that it\u0026rsquo;s all right on our doorsteps. You name it, you can do it on a Wales holiday\u0026hellip;.from galloping along the shore with a spot of horse-riding in beautiful Pembrokeshire, surfing with the experts on the Gower Peninsular, or even white water rafting in bustling Cardiff. We think your break in the UK should be about trying something new and making memories, and if you\u0026rsquo;ve never packed your family onto a raft and set sail for gushing waters then now\u0026rsquo;s the time to do it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDon\u0026rsquo;t worry if you were hoping for some peace and quiet though, there are more tranquil pathways than you can shake a stick at. With the kind of beauty that changes with the seasons and sights like the Elan Valley to beckon walkers, the Brecon Beacons is one of the nation\u0026rsquo;s best-loved settings for a hike. Or, for those of you still in love with the golden age of steam, there\u0026rsquo;s no shortage of traditional steam railways to gently take you through the countryside. Just imagine hopping aboard, sitting back and watching those views glide slowly past\u0026hellip;now that\u0026rsquo;s the way to take in the scenery during you stay.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"wales","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/Wales.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Offa’s Dyke National Trail","Body":"\u003cp\u003eOffa\u0026rsquo;s Dyke National Trail follows the border between England and Wales for 177 miles of varied and beautiful landscape, and if you walk it during spring or early summer you\u0026rsquo;ll find the route in full bloom with wild flora. An exhilerating way to take in the border that sits between England and Wales, this is one of our favourite walks in Wales.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor the most part, the trail follows the stunning Dyke built by King Offa during the 8\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century. The dyke was probably designed to divide Offa\u0026rsquo;s kingdom from rival ones in what we now know and love as Wales, but as things are far more friendly between England and Wales than those kingdoms of old the trail now weaves its way across the border at various points along the route.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are some easy circular walks that take walkers from Knighton to experience a section of the national trail, and most of them include views of the dyke and and right across the rolling hills of Powys. 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Top off a cycling holiday by immersing yourself in this museum dedicated to everything to do with cycling for an hour or two and discover the history of bikes.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHave you ever wondered how big the wheel of a penny farthing really is, or just how painful the first bikes were to ride? Well, this is the place where you can find the answers to all your cycling questions, The National Cycling Collection is even home to a mock historic street (complete with a country garage) so visitors can wander along it and feel just how rural life was all those years ago.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe museum is home to some of the earliest bikes such as Penny Farthings and Boneshakers (the name says it all doesn\u0026rsquo;t it...) as well as modern models. 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This National Trust attraction is a foreboding medieval castle and former family seat \u0026ndash; and it looms proudly over the famous historic gardens below. Carefully-tended yews hang protectively over the garden\u0026rsquo;s rare plants and the rather grand layout reflects the styles of Italy and France. Original lead statues dot the landscape, and this all sits in the shadow of the circa 1200 castle that started out as a fortress.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe castle is by no means untouched having been tweaked and altered for more than four centuries, but that only adds to its charm and this is one of the most intriguing family attractions in Knighton. 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This attraction has changed little since its Victorian heyday as a judge\u0026rsquo;s home, and visitors can still see the original furniture, the holding cells and the courtroom. They can even peer into the gloomy servants rooms on the ground floor and hear the sounds of the trials that once decided the fates of local people on this very site.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eShire Hall is more a preserved house than a museum, as many of the original furnishings were found stored in the attic and it was rearranged how it would have looked during the Victorian era. 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This 72 mile landscape of wide open space is broken up by gushing, roaring dams that can be seen for miles and look spectacular. The dams and reservoirs are a stunning feat of Victorian engineering and they only make wandering the countryside that surrounds them more exhilarating.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe valley is just under an hour\u0026rsquo;s drive from Knighton, but with its dramatic landscape and stunning views you\u0026rsquo;ll be glad you made the journey. Take a picnic and wander beside one of the vast reservoirs or venture off the beaten track for awhile and walk some of the surrounding woods with their sleepy waterfalls and historic landmarks. Some choose to take the opportunity to fish, and others take to their bikes and enjoy the views on two wheels \u0026ndash; anything goes in Elan Valley and however you enjoy it you\u0026rsquo;ll be compelled to see more.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe dams that make this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so unique provide Birmingham with clean water, just as they\u0026rsquo;ve done for more than a century. 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