South Wales is one of the most easily accessible holiday destinations from London. No joining the throng of tourists heading down to Cornwall, nor those flocking south to the New Forest and the Isle of Wight. Take the winding roads West and delight in the oasis of greenery that awaits as soon as you cross the Severn Bridge.
First stop, Swansea. To get a taste of the new region that you’re exploring head to Swansea indoor market. It’s one of the largest markets in Wales with traders selling their wares at over 100 stores open 6 days a week. With Welsh cakes served straight off the griddle you’re sure to receive a warm welcome. This is a great place to stop for lunch as all manner of delicacies are on offer. And you’ll also want a well-stocked fridge in your holiday cottage, so this is an excellent place to buy supplies.
Following the coastline south a few miles you’ll arrive at Mumbles, the gateway to the magnificent Pembrokeshire coast. A vibrant village with a strong community feel the best of both worlds awaits. Browse through the eclectic mix of shops that inhabit The Mumbles Mile and then swap the shops for the shore as you traverse Mumble’s headland and settle down for a paddle at Bracelet Bay. It’s a rocky, blue flag beach which is great for little explorers to go crabbing.
We can’t leave our meander through South Wales without mentioning that giant of all Welsh beaches, Rhossili Bay. Located on the south western tip of the Gower Peninsular, the bay is part of the very first area to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1956. There are 19 miles to traverse between Mumbles and Rhossili Bay encompassing some of the spectacular scenery you’re ever likely to come across. For those that are looking for a truly immersive experience now’s your chance. Take a boat tour and enjoy a closer look at the caves and coves from the water. And for the truly brave, a spot of coasteering?
However you decide to spend your days, your beautiful Welsh holiday cottage will be waiting for you.