Discover the essence of Wales on our hiking trip to all three of Wales' National Parks. Although a small country, it is second to none in its fascinating history, varied and stunning topography, and a warm and welcoming tradition of hospitality, and our hiking trip is a perfect mixture of hiking in stunning landscapes, interwoven with cultural encounters and experiences. We begin our adventure in the vibrant capital city of Cardiff before heading off to the wild windswept escarpments of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Then it's on to the coast of Pembrokeshire, widely regarded as the spiritual heartland of Wales. Finally we head North to the rugged mountains of Snowdonia, a stronghold of Welsh culture. Castles and fortresses dot the landscape, a reflection of its turbulent history. And while a part of Great Britain, Welsh culture has survived largely intact, as demonstrated by the bilingualism we'll find everywhere. Croeso I Gymru!
Not included: Travel to and from Wales, transportation to the hotel on day 1, one lunch and dinner, alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities, optional activities, and travel insurance.
This trip is for women who have some experience hiking and want to combine hiking with immersion in the history and culture of the area. We spend 3-6 hours hiking on most days at elevations ranging from sea level to 3560' (Mt. Snowdon). Hiking in Wales is quite varied from good mountain footpaths to uneven ground. Rating: 1 2  4 5 . A rating of 3 requires aerobic conditioning for a minimum of 30 - 45 minutes 3 to 4 days a week.
On this trip we combine hiking in Wales' three very different National Parks with learning about its history and culture. In addition to hiking we'll visit two of Wales most famous castles, visit a farm and have sheepdog demonstration, have a home-hosted dinner, and visit St Davids, one of the highlights of any Welsh visit.
We'll be staying in locally owned inns and lodges, in double occupancy rooms with en suite bathrooms. Please note: Not all lodgings will have elevators (lifts). It is essential that you following the packing list closely, pack light and be able to handle your own luggage - including carrying up multiple stairs.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
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