Travel Reading on Wales:
United Kingdom Travel & Accommodation Guide
|Wales is a country that is part
of the United Kingdom, bordered by England to its east, and the Atlantic
Ocean and Irish Sea to its west. Wales has a population estimated at three
million and is officially bilingual; both Welsh and English have equal
status and bilingual signs are the norm throughout the land. For the majority
English is their only language, although the once-steady decline in Welsh
speaking has reversed over recent years, with the total of Welsh speakers
currently estimated to be around 20% of the population.
During the Iron Age and early medieval
period Wales was inhabited by the Celtic Britons. A distinct Welsh national
identity emerged in the centuries after the Roman withdrawal from Britain
in the 5th century, and Wales is regarded as one of the modern Celtic nations
today. In the 13th-century, the defeat of Llewelyn by Edward I completed
the Anglo-Norman conquest of Wales and brought about centuries of English
occupation. Wales was subsequently incorporated into England with the Laws
in Wales Acts 1535–1542, creating the legal entity known today as England
|Distinctive Welsh politics
developed in the 19th century, and in 1881 the Welsh Sunday Closing Act
became the first legislation applied exclusively to Wales. In 1955 Cardiff
was proclaimed as the capital city and in 1999 the National Assembly for
Wales was created, which holds responsibility for a range of devolved matters.
||The capital Cardiff
(Welsh: Caerdydd) is Wales's largest city with 317,500 people. For a period
it was the biggest coal port in the world and, for a few years before World
War One, handled a greater tonnage of cargo than either London or Liverpool.
Two-thirds of the Welsh population live in South Wales, with another concentration
in eastern North Wales. Many tourists have been drawn to Wales's "wild...
and picturesque" landscapes. From the late 19th century onwards, Wales
acquired its popular image as the "land of song", attributable in part
to the revival of the eisteddfod tradition. Actors, singers and other artists
are celebrated in Wales today, often achieving international success. Cardiff
is the largest media centre in the UK outside of London.
Llywelyn the Great founded the Principality
of Wales in 1216. Just over a hundred years after the Edwardian Conquest,
in the early 15th century Owain Glyndwr briefly restored independence to
what was to become modern Wales. Traditionally the British Royal Family
have bestowed the courtesy title of 'Prince of Wales' upon the heir apparent
of the reigning monarch. Wales is sometimes referred to as the 'Principality
of Wales', or just the 'principality', although this has no modern geographical
or constitutional basis...
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Wales on the back of a horse by Dipika Patel
A holiday to Wales offers you the
chance to experience many different things and a vacation to the principality
can be made even more special by a day's horse riding.
There are riding schools - offering
ponies and horses - situated throughout the this part of Great Britain,
giving you the opportunity to explore each part of the Welsh landscape
in the saddle.
A lot to offer
Horse riding in Wales can be compled
in large groups or individually and there are treks in the mountains, forests
and on the coast to choose from.
Expert riders are provided to lead
groups on horseback, while families should always check the individual
packages because there are various age restrictions at Welsh stables.
Wet and windy weather may also have
an effect on where you can ride, so be sure to check the forecast before
you travel to your horse riding facility of choice.
a splashing time
Beach rides are definitely worth
experiencing as they give you the opportunity to ride in glorious surroundings.
Taking the reins on the sand may
evoke images of the famous Guinness advert from years gone by as you will
feel like you are riding the waves as your trusty steed splashes through
Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire
is one of the beaches where you can take part in such an experience day
- and you may find this is the perfect spot for your whole holiday.
Not only can you trot, canter or
gallop until your heart's content right on the shore's edge, but you will
have incredible views of this beautiful coast line, which is home to a
wide array of birds and other flora and fauna.
Once you are off your horse - the
typical beach rides last for around two hours - you can investigate the
scenic Brecon Beacons National Park, in which the Black Mountain and Fforest
Fawr Geopark can be found.
Here, you can discover spectacular
waterfalls, tranquil rivers and luscious green areas - it is an ideal setting
for a walk in the fresh air.
See the famous sights
It is also possible to see Wales's
most famous mountain range on horseback, as there are a number of riding
schools and stables around the Snowdonia National Park region.
One isolated town is Betws-y-Coed,
which is situated in the heart of a park area that boasts acres of intriguing
moorland and deep valleys.
Why not jump on a horse and get close
to nature with a scenic ride through this stunning terrain in the shadows
of the largest mountain south of Scotland, Mount Snowdon?