Vale of Clwyd, Wales / Dyffryn Clwyd, Cymru
Main towns: Rhuddlan
Vale of Clwyd, Wales / Dyffryn Clwyd, Cymru Reviews
Croeso i'r Dyffryn Clwyd ~ Welcome to the Vale of Clwyd Mar 28, 2008
Situated between the rolling hills of the Clwydian Range and the rigid peaks of Snowdonia, lies peacefully, the beautiful Vale of Clwyd in North Wales, UK.
I would personally like to welcome you to my homeland - a place full of charm and character that will grip even the most 'difficult to please' type of visitor!
The Vale of Clwyd has always been my home, and always will be, despite the fact that in just less than 3 weeks time, I will endure a big adventure touring Canada, USA, New Zealand, and Australia, initially for 12 months, but like a lot of people, I may stay out there for longer! But no matter how far I travel across the globe I will always refer to the Vale of Clwyd as 'Home'.
With excellent transport links by air, road, rail and ferry, the Vale of Clwyd is easily accessible from anywhere in the world!! Public transport in the area is pretty good value, although it can be difficult to catch a bus if you're in the more rural areas :/ as they are not numerous in those types of areas. In the towns, however, they usually run every 20 minutes or so which isn't too bad.
The main towns (starting from the north down) are the riverside town of Rhuddlan situated by the mouth of the River Clwyd, the cathedral city of St. Asaph where you will find the smallest cathedral in the UK (an architectral gem), the medieval castle town of Denbigh and the historic market town of Ruthin. Although these towns have their own unique 'feel' to them, the communities are very close knit and the people are very friendly (typical Welsh towns I suppose)
Closeby, are the seaside resorts of Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, and Llandudno all of which have panoramic views across the Irish Sea and the Welsh countryside. They are very popular holiday resorts, Prestatyn being known for Pontins Holiday Park and golden sand beaches, and the rest best known for shopping and beautiful promenades along the beach!
For those who are interested in the wonderful outdoors then you won't be disappointed! In and around the Vale of Clwyd, there is plenty of areas to walk and mountains to climb. Moel Famau is the highest peak of the Clwydians rising 555 metres above sea level and is known for it's famous Jubilee Tower, which was built right at the top of this beautiful mountain. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like much of a tower anymore as it's now a ruin - but the views across the North West of England and North Wales are so breathtaking - definately worth a visit!
Other good places for walkers are Loggerheads Country Park situated between the towns of Ruthin and Mold, and Castell Dinas Bran (you've guessed it - 'castell' is the Welsh word for 'Castle') For the more physically active of hillwalkers and mountaineers, Snowdonia (about 40 minute drive west of the Vale) is the place for you! Mount Snowdon ('Yr Wyddfa' as it's known in Welsh) is the highest peak in Wales and England at 1085 metres above sea level) believe me or not, I haven't actually climbed this mountain yet but it's a natural gem I can tell you! Other well known mountains in Snowdonia, which are popular with climbers are the Carneddau, Cnicht, and Cader Idris - all of which are quite challenging but you will be rewarded with panoramic views across Wales (and even, sometimes, on a very clear sunny day, you can see the mountains of Ireland, and the south western coast of Scotland)
Wales is well known for it's outdoor adventure sports and in the Vale of Clwyd, you are never far away from getting that adrenaline rush!! About 30 minutes drive from Ruthin is the North Wales White Water Rafting Centre, which is playing host to a number of events involved with the London 2012 Olympics!! With excellent facilities and well qualified and experienced staff, this outdoor adventure is worth every penny you spend!! Also at Loggerheads Country Park is Devils Gorge - a hotspot for abseilers!
Vital for your needs is some sort of accommodation. The Vale of Clwyd is central to all the main attractions of North Wales and therefore, there are plenty of places to stay, from camping to caravanning, to staying in B&B's and Hotels and Hostels! For listings and availability, check out this site: http://www.beautiful-northwales.com/home.php
You can see now why I love to live in the Vale of Clwyd. I've absolutely no doubt at all, that if you visit this beautiful part of the world, you will love it too!!
This is only a brief review of Vale of Clwyd so if there's anything more you need to know about the place, or need any advice, info etc. then please don't hesitate to get in touch! I'll do the best I can to help!! :)
HAPPY TRAVELLING!! :):):)
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