Following on from our Walking Holidays in Pembrokeshire blogpost earlier on in the 2011 holiday season we are now going to continue the theme and look at some great autumnal walks close to holiday parks in Wales. The changes that the autumn months bring are spectacular in Wales. The walks along the woodland and river paths on crisp mornings and cool afternoons amidst an array of colours as the the leaves turn from green to reds and golds are simply stunning. A perfect way to spend a holiday in Wales.
Pont Felin Gat at The National Botanic Garden Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire
The first of our walks is only a short drive from The Old Vicarage Holiday Park and is at the National Botanic Garden in Wales. The wooded valley of Pont Felin Gat displays some fantastic autumn scenery, ancient woodland flowers and a thundering waterfall built 200 years ago. At a leisurely stroll the walk can take about 90 mins or less, however this can be extended by exploring the 568-acre historic Middleton Hall estate.
For more information visit http://www.gardenofwales.org.uk.
Cardigan to St.Dogmaels, Cardigan Bay
The walk from Cardigan to St Dogmaels is a only a short drive from Penlon Holiday Park,The Village and Ocean Heights Holiday Parks. A Circular route of varying length through rich agricultural land, pretty woods and the fringes of the village of St. Dogmaels offering a variety of views of the town and the Teifi estuary. A good walk for experiencing all the beauty that autumn has to offer and at a leisurely pace can take as long as 3 hours. For more information and directions of the walk please visit http://www.cardiganshirecoastandcountry.com/short-walk-st_dogmaels-cardigan.php
Brecon Canal, Brecon
This autumn walk is a 35 mile canal towpath which begins in Brecon and works its way along the Usk Valley through villages, under quaint bridges and across an aqueduct until it rambles into Five Locks in Cwmbran. Red, brown and gold trees line the path, colourful boats and with beautiful wild flowers making it a haven for birds and butterflies. It’s a mild and easy walk, so take it in small sections depending upon how much time you have. Make sure you stop along the way to sample a local pub. For more information on the towpath, visit http://www.breconbeacons.org
Bird watching along the Teifi River Trail, Cardigan
The Teifi River Trail is a holiday walk for seeing a variety of wildlife and this is especially noticeable in the autumn months. Along the trail there are huge numbers of wintering wading birds and ducks, such as wigeons, teals and pochards, as well as cormorants, herons and snipe. Keep a close eye on the reeds for warblers including the striking reed bunting with it’s black head and white collar. Stop at the three hides you pass, which overlook the estuary. The path winds through woodland, so keep an eye out for the tiny and brightly crested goldcrest and the red-breasted bullfinch.
For more information please visit http://www.visitcardigan.com/teifi-river-trail.php