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The Wales Way

Rugged cliffs, rolling hills and winding rivers as far as the eye can see: nature plays a leading role in Wales. The Wales Way combines three of the most beautiful routes through this breathtaking landscape.

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Wales is part of the United Kingdom. Although the region has its own language, culture and flag, it doesn't have an independent government. Thanks to its relatively small size, you can explore most of Wales by car in just a few days.

The Wales Way is a new collective name for three routes that run across Wales. The Cambrian Way, Coastal Way and North Wales Way lead you along mountains, lakes, castles and picturesque towns. Choose one or two, or combine them all and enjoy an extended road trip through Wales.

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    1. THE CAMBRIAN WAY

    Through the heart of Wales

    From north to south, right through the heart of Wales: The Cambrian Way boasts 300 kilometres. The starting point is the Victorian coastal town of Llandudno in the north. The road ends in the Welsh capital: Cardiff. The route is named after the homonymous Cambrian Mountains, a mountain range in the middle of Wales. Along the way you will encounter many beautiful spots. This route showcases the unparalleled diversity of Wales.

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      Conwy

      Not far from Llandudno you will come to the town of Conwy. The medieval walls of this ancient market town are some of the best preserved in the world. Here you will also find one of the most beautiful castles in Wales: Conwy Castle. Fans of the Discovery series Salvage Hunters will have a great time in the antique shop of art dealer Drew Pritchard on Conwy's High Street.

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      Snowdonia National Park

      Snowdonia National Park is the absolute natural highlight of Wales. With a surface area of 2170 square kilometres, the park covers a significant portion of your trip along the Cambrian Way. The park is home to Britain's highest mountain: Mount Snowdon (1085 m). You can easily spend a day climbing this giant, but a quicker and more leisurely way to the top is by cogwheel train. The park offers many hiking and bike trails. A must-see is the unique rock formation known as Glyder Fawr Rocks.

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      2. THE COASTAL WAY

      Wedged between the mountains and the sea

      The name gives it away: the Coastal Way takes you along the rugged cliffs of coastal Wales. The 290 km long route starts along Cardigan Bay and snakes its way along port towns, castles and fabulous viewpoints. In the north, you can cut across and connect with the North Wales Way.

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        St. David’s

        St. David’s is the smallest village in Great Britain. Its artistic character has transformed it into a beloved destination for painters and potters. One of the main architectural attractions is the impressive cathedral. St. David’s is surrounded on three sides by an epic coastline that includes natural gems such as Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Whitesands Bay.

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          Wildlife spotting

          The entire coastline is great for spotting wildlife. Puffins come and go off the coast around Skomer Island and in summer Cardigan Bay is home to the largest pod of dolphins in Great Britain. The rockier sections of the coast near Pembrokeshire and Llŷn are the perfect spot for observing seals.

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            3. THE NORTH WALES WAY

            Across the top of Wales

            This is the shortest of the three routes, but certainly not any less interesting. The North Wales Way leads you in 120 km from Abergwyngregyn to the beautiful island of Anglesey. Looking for a longer road trip? Then continue south along the Coastal Way or turn off halfway and follow the Cambrian Way.

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              Caernarfon and Beaumaris castle

              Wales boasts many castles and some of the finest are scattered along the North Wales Way. In the thirteenth century, King Edward I commissioned the construction of several fine examples. He built the impressive Caernarfon castle on top of a Roman fort and commissioned the construction of the unsurmountable Beaumaris castle in the charming port town of Beaumaris. Both castles are open for the public.

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              South Stack Lighthouse

              Lighthouses are not a luxury along the jagged, rugged coastline of Anglesey island. The South Stack Lighthouse stands on the most western tip of the island, on the tiny islet of Ynys Lawd. Access is via a descent of 400 steps. Unfortunately, the only way back is to climb those same steps again.

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