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A walk, a pint and a locally caught sewin

Cenarth Falls, a lovely little village about half hour's drive in land from Aberaeron in Mid Wales, renown for traditional fishing in Wales through the use of a coracle. The walk along the river can be rewarded by a refreshment or two in one of the two pubs in this historic village.It's a quaint little place and far enough away from the coast to be classed as off the beaten track in Wales.   Located on the border between the three counties of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, Cenarth is in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I cant remember the name of the pub with the coracle man sculpture outside, but I do remember the pint of Tomos Watkin, the authentic feel to the pub and the locally caught sewin from the river Teifi that runs outside.  All in all, a very memorable day with the exception of remembering the name of the pub (but that's another story!)


Off track in North Wales


hill and vale 1, originally uploaded by Vertigogen.

There's a few places in Wales that can claim they are truly off the beaten rack and these tend to be en route to the more crowded obvious honeypots. For instance, travel from the North of England to Snowdonia via the busy A55 and you miss out on so much. This is North Wales Borderlands country and a little gem we discovered recently was the Clwydian Hills near Mold. This area is so quiet and so beautiful and yet so close to access the rest of North Wales. Escapism at its best and certainly off the beaten track in Wales. The Clwyidian Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a 35km stretch of low-lying limestone hills that offer a more relaxing laid-back alternative to the more dramatic Snowdonia National Park. Highly recommend this as a not-so-obvious getaway, and a great secluded place to stay that we stumbled across recently is Gwenoldy. Away from the main flow, over a hill, basically in the middle of nowhere. It feels like you have the whole landscape to yourself, and the truth is, you probably do!