It may be one of the UK's smaller nations but there's plenty packed into Wales and it's fair to say its tough to beat as a glamping destination. From the Gower and the south coast, to the isle of Anglesey and the rugged, heigh mountains of Snowdonia National Park, there's a little bit of everything here, with gaping western bays, cute harbour towns and pearly Pembrokeshire beaches along with remote countryside glamping sites in Wales' famous valleys, pronounced, of course, with extra emphasis on the 'e'. Picture-perfect villages, thick forests, high hills, town names you can't pronounce and sandy beaches so long you could walk along them for hours – what's not to love about holidaying in Wales. And, here at Hipcamp, we're always keen to bring you the very best of the nation. Bell tents, yurts and safari tents are all on offer, along with more unusual finds, such as converted aeroplanes, grand tree-houses and quirky hexagonal pods. Wales has it all, and there's no place better to search it, find it and book it than here.
The history of Wales is carved not by humans but by Mother Nature. You can almost imagine where Ireland detached itself from the Welsh coast many millions of years ago, leaving behind a jagged coastal landscape of cliff and rocks where land was torn away. Inland, great glacial landscapes create the rise and fall of the mountains and hills that are so recognisable today and, in turn, left the spoils that humans would later come to use as the foundation of their existence – the verdant hills for farming, the slate, stone and coal for mining and the forest for timber and fuel. As with any country, though, the geological history may leave its physical marks, but it is the people that leave the stories and tales, written in the annuls of time. Druids, castles and conflicts have also shaped this land as mankind has made the place its home. With it comes industry and innovation, communities and culture, all of which makes Wales the place it is today. In the valleys of the Brecon Beacons you’ll find the early Roman defensive hill forts, while later years saw sturdy stone keeps take their place in harbour towns around the coast and hillside bastions – in Conwy, Powis, Pembroke, Chirk and many more. Visit Beaumaris Castle, to experience Edward I’s precise concentric design of the 13th century, for a symbol of the battles between the English and Welsh, while Cilgerran, in the Teifi Valley, is the place to go to be reminded of the very last Welshman to hold the title of the Prince of Wales, Owain Glyndŵr. His disappearance in 1412 – he was never captured by the English – remains one of the great historical mysteries to this day.
When it comes to glamping accommodation there is no one familiar theme across the nation. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Wales is famed for its great variation, with everything from tiny canvas bell tents to large scale, jaw-dropping treehouses. Really, though, much of the glamping accommodation in the country can be categorised into one of two types. There's summer glamping accommodation that's best suited to the warmer, dryer months – safari tents, bell tents and other canvas structures like yurts and tipis fall into this category. These are usually packed away come the end of October and the glamping sites close during winter. Then there are the cosy year-round sites that you can stay at whatever the weather. These range from traditional shepherd's huts that hark back to Wales' centuries old sheep farming heritage, as well as hard-topped gypsy caravans and insulated wooden pods. Most, but not all, will have the likes of a wood-burning stove to keep you warm, while the most luxurious might feature underfloor heating and en-suite bathrooms so you needn't walk to the loo. When the sun's out, meanwhile, light the campfire and get outdoors – the stars in rural Wales are simply magical!
– Stargazing around the campfire in the Brecon Beacons International Dark Sky Reserve. – Walking the beaches, bays and clifftop bluffs of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. – Hiking the mighty peaks of Snowdonia National Park. – Castle touring in Wales' ancient towns and cities. – Canoeing through the border lands on the River Wye.
Go to the beach Wales’ coastline is 750 miles long and much of it is stunningly beautiful. Even if you don’t opt to go glamping near the beach in Wales, you might like to make it one of the day trips during your holiday as you’re never too far from the coast. Pembrokeshire has many miles of beautiful beaches (which we may have already mentioned!) and there are dozens to choose from. Visit Pembrokeshire has a full list but Barafundle is a renowned beauty spot while Tenby is a traditional seaside resort. In Snowdonia, there’s traditional seaside fun and golden sands with donkey rides, arcades and ice creams at Barmouth and on the south west tip of Wales, you’ll find the Gower Peninsula, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and its beautiful Rhossili Beach. Get adventurous Wales is the perfect place to try adventurous activities and extreme sports. Fancy riding one of the longest zip lines in the world? No problem – get yourself to Zip World in Snowdonia where a pair of parallel lines whizz you a mile over an old slate quarry. Want to take your kids on an adventurous activity they will never forget? Try coasteering – a mix of rock climbing, abseiling, swimming and exploring. Pembrokeshire is one of the best places to try it with lots of experts to make sure you hurl yourself off those rocks in a safe fashion! Wales is also a great place for a whole host of other adventurous activities including kayaking, climbing and surfing: the Visit Wales website has lots of great ideas for how to get a slice of all this action. Climb a mountain With both Snowdonia National Park and the Brecon Beacons National Park, there’s plenty of opportunity to scale mountains in Wales. Both are perfect hiking country with enough walking trails and routes to keep you on the march for a dozen glamping holidays! If you’re a bit of a peak-bagger, head for the dizzy heights of Pen-y-Fan in the Beacons, South Wales’ highest peak at 886 metres or scale Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain at 1,035 metres. But if that’s a step too far, there are lesser but no less beautiful mountains and hills to climb – and there’s always the easier option of taking the train to the top… Take a ride on a Welsh railway Snowdon’s Mountain Railway has been taking people to the summit of Snowdon since 1896 and so is one of Wales’ best-known and best-loved railway routes – but it’s far from the only one. There are plenty of heritage railways across the country that operates as tourist attractions. Some, like the Snowdon Mountain Railway, have always been visitor attractions while others were built to serve quarries and mines. All provide a fascinating insight in to Welsh history and usually amazing views of stunning countryside – at a relaxing pace! And that’s not to mention that the appeal of the railways to little Thomas fans and big engineering buffs! Visit a castle Wales has more castle sites per square mile than any other country in Europe – 600 to be precise, so you’re likely to come close to one of them while you’re glamping in Wales. Some are just ruins now, some are rather better preserved and open as tourist attractions. If you’re in south Wales, you might like to take a peek at Caerphilly Castle. It’s the country’s biggest castle, is surrounded by moats and lakes and was recently used as a backdrop for the TV series Merlin. At the other end of the country, in north Wales, is the 13th-century Conwy Castle. The castle and well-preserved medieval town walls are a major tourist attraction in the area and well worth a visit. And if you’re camping in the Brecon Beacons or the south east of Wales, and want to visit a castle, try the 15th-century Ragland Castle with its Great Tower and Castle Keep.
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