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To many Americans Wales is imagined to be a tiny place where many of our ancestors came from. And to be fair, it is small by American standards. The whole country is only the size of Clark County, Nevada, which is home to Las Vegas.  The whole of Wales is only 8,091 square miles, but it packs a lot in.

Lyons Wales

Beautiful Lyons in Wales

Visiting Wales

I was able to enjoy some of it when I visited a while back. I didn’t get to go to the amazing beaches of Gower, or visit the buzzing capital city Cardiff – but I did stay at a fantastic little holiday park in North Wales. Cardiff is an awesome base from which to enjoy some adventure activities.

Lyons Pendyffryn Hall is based in Conwy, a historical town with an 800-year-old castle smack bang in the middle of it.

Lyons 2

I stayed in a decent static caravan which had all mod cons and home comforts. This was my base as I explored Snowdonia National Park.

Snowdonia National Park and kayaking

Snowdonia is home to the largest mountain in England and Wales. I climbed it on my first day in the area.

Snowdonia Wales

Crazy landscape of Snowdonia in Wales

I also got to go kayaking and did some sea fishing in the Menai Strait. This body of water separates the Welsh island of Anglesey from the mainland.

I stayed in the area for four days and managed to fit in some hiking, climbing, fishing and kayaking – but I still only saw a tiny fraction of the national park, let alone much more of the country.

Despite only seeing a small percentage of Wales, I was struck by how beautiful it is. I could easily have spent weeks heading around the country – so it’s definitely somewhere to put on the bucket list, especially if you have Welsh ancestor as the locals will be delighted to hear your family’s tale!

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