A few years back I had a week’s layover in the UK and bee lined it directly to Wales. It was the only country of the United Kingdom that I hadn’t already visited. After a couple days in Swansea I boarded the famous Heart of Wales Rail Line. After about three hours I had arrived in the spa town of Llandrindod Wells, in the heart of Mid Wales.

I was fortunate to find a couchsurfing host who lived in a very old stone house a few miles outside of town on a narrow road halfway up a hill. As a female couchsurfer living alone, she normally didn’t host male couchsurfers. Because her friends and family were visiting, she decided to host me. It turned out to be one of my best couchsurfing experiences ever.

Walking opportunities abound in this part of the country. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions of Britain. There is lots of agriculture in the form of raising sheep, which you’ll most likely see on any walk. We also got a chance to visit Caban Coch Dam which is part of the Elan Valley Reservoirs and dams: a series of reservoirs, aqueducts and dam built over a hundred years ago.

There are plenty of options for accommodation in Wales from cheap hotels in Cardiff to B&B’s in the countryside spa towns of Mid-Wales. No matter where you base yourself, you are sure to lose yourself in the splendor of Wales.

 

 

view over Llandrindod Wells

bridge in Wales

a flower

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an old wagon wheel in Wales

Sheep in Mid-Wales