Passport-free holidays in the Cambrian Mountains

Oh no! There’s a huge backlog at the Passport Office and people are being told they’re going to have to holiday here in the UK instead! Lucky for you, there are countless reasons why a break here in the Cambrian Mountains beats a break in the Bahamas and all those other far flung destinations. Here are just five…

© Paul Chibeba

© Paul Chibeba

Amazing landscapes!
Why not swap the Loire Valley for the Elan Valley, possibly our single most beautiful spot and well worth a day’s exploration either by foot or by bike. We’ve spoken to many New Zealanders that say Wales reminds them of home, and never is Wales more rugged and romantic than in and around Elan Valley Reservoirs, perfect examples of incredible engineering complimenting outstanding Welsh natural beauty.

Cambrian Safaris ©

Cambrian Safaris ©

You can go on safari!
Why fly all the way to South Africa when you can go on safari right here in Wales? The rugged and secluded heart of Wales boasts a wonderfully diverse range of wildlife, natural and man-made landscapes, and with Cambrian Safaris you can pass through forest or open moorland, plunge into valleys and crevices and climb upland routes past reservoirs and dams. You can also spot some of the UK’s rarest wildlife. Plus there’s 100% less chance of being eaten by a lion. http://www.cambriansafaris.co.uk

We’re super friendly!
The Welsh have a reputation for being some of the happiest people around, and we’ll never do you wrong if you need directions or a good pub suggestion. So you know you’re never going to have to deal with rude locals when exploring beautiful towns and villages such as Tregaron, Llandovery and Llanwrtyd Wells, which also happens to be where the World Alternative Games are taking place this summer!

World-class activity holidays!
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to head off all the way to South America to find yourself a truly challenging mountain biking holiday. Clive Powell is the father of modern mountain biking in the UK and runs exhilarating Epic Weekends for biking experts. On the first day you’ll do a warm-up ride in the local area, and the middle day’s ride is over classic routes of about 50 miles (or 8 hours of riding). The last day’s ride is a fun day taking in some of the best descents around.

(Much) fewer tourists!
Forget the well-trodden paths of tourist hotspots throughout the globe. In the Cambrian Mountains you’ll actually have room to breathe! In fact, you might just be able to spend the whole day wandering the rugged hillsides without coming across another living soul (unless of course you stop off at the pub for lunch!) There’s a huge amount of walking to be done in the area, and you can read this online magazine for a few ideas to start with.
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