Queen B’s Top 5 Welsh Walks
Queen B’s Top 5 Welsh Walks
2021 is the year of exploring the great outdoors! As Wales begins to slowly re-open, the highlight of our social calendars is meeting with our pals to go for a walk and freeze our arses off in a pub garden, but I digress!
May is National Walking Month as well as National Pet Month so it seems only fitting that I share my top 5 Fave Welsh Walks with you all as inspiration to explore all the amazing beauty spots Wales has to offer - how bloody lucky are we?!
Fresh air is good for the soul guys - the evenings are getting warmer and lighter so throw on your ‘Hapus’ jumper, borrow Mabel, your sister’s Cavapoo, and drink in that wonderful Welsh Air!
Roath Park literally has it all. It is a Grade 1 listed historic park with a 30 acre man-made lake you can go fishing or boating on. The Scott Memorial Lighthouse on the lake is one of Cardiff’s iconic images.
It has a Wild Garden with winding paths and wildflowers. Its Botanic Gardens are be-a-utiful! It has a superb tree and shrub collection, floral displays, adventure playground and Roath Park Conservatory.
But if you’re looking for something more active, Roath Pleasure Gardens provide bowls, tennis and basketball facilities. Roath Recreation Ground (or The Rec to us locals) is the home of Welsh baseball and has football and rugby pitches plus a children’s playground - plus some random gym equipment around the edge which I totally haven’t awkwardly tried….
If like me you’re not going to be playing Welsh basketball anytime soon, just grab an ice cream and a blanket and watch the boats on the lake. Minimum effort, maximum satisfaction.
Shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, theatre, boat tours, live events – There is never a dull moment at Cardiff Bay - in fact it’s where I got engaged at the end of 2021!
Grab a takeaway coffee from my fave Coffi Co, meet up with your friends and you could easily sit on the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away… only it won’t roll away, because of the barrage. And if you’re all walked out - jump on a Next Bike and cycle it instead!
This is my absolute favourite coastal walk and holds a special place in my heart! Spot on for those mornings to clear the night-before-wine-fog (so my mum tells me) or those afternoons where the kids are climbing the walls (so my sister tells me) and you need to get some clear fresh air and breeaattthhhhhee… Plus if you get there super early, you may even find it shrouded in sea fog, and honestly, it’s the stuff of myths and legends!
This walk is across the Gower coast and the views are stunning! It has been known to see rare birds on this walk such as the peregrine, falcon and raven. At certain times of year, you might even see grey seals in the water, and perhaps even a basking shark if you’re lucky!
Ridgeway has nostalgic memories for me – a place I used to visit a lot with my grandparents as a kid. Ridgeway overlooks Rogerstone and the nearby woodland areas. You may not know this but it has the nickname of “Little Switzerland” due to the gorgeous panoramic views and style of housing in that area. You learn something new every day right?! Plus there’s a super cute coffee place on the top of the ridge too - the brownies are incredible!
Llandudno Pier is one of my favourites - It is Wales’ longest pier and has the BEST views. The bonus being, that if you walk allllll the way to end of it, there’s a cafe with arguably the MOST AMAZING views, so grab a takeaway coffee and sit and stare just watching the world go by!
The attractions aren’t open just yet but when I can get my mitts on those 2p machines, I’ll be straight down there making my small fortune! Anyone else a fan of those coin pushing machines?!
So go on, get yourself outdoors and explore what we have right here on our doorstep in Wales – it’s bloody lush! And if you fancy repping Queen B & Co on your tour of Wales, then check out my Welsh tees, jumpers totes and more by heading on over to www.thequeenbstore.com