Author Archives: Christine Unsworth

The Welsh Poppy

Welsh Poppy Meconopsis Cambrica is the County flower of Merioneth (Merionnydd). The bushy plants of the Welsh poppy produce a thick clump of pretty, lacy foliage which is attractive in itself, even before the fragile, dancing flower heads begin to … Continue reading

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The Rebecca Riots

An interesting period of Welsh history which had a major impact is the four years of the The Rebecca Riots,  when men dressed as women and attacked toll gates in many areas of West Wales in the mid-19th Century. Turnpike Trusts, made … Continue reading

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Red Campion: wildflower of the West Wales hedgebanks

One of the most attractive features of West Wales is the network of lanes edged by high banks which support a wide variety of wild flowers. In recent years it has been a matter of policy on the part of … Continue reading

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Llyn Llech Owain Country Park near Cross Hands

Llyn Llech Owain Country Park is a 158-acre expanse of woods, heath and marsh near Cross Hands in Carmarthenshire with nature trails, wooden adventure playground, toddler playground, café and visitor centre. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), … Continue reading

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Pubs around the end of the M4 and A48

OK so you’ve made it nearly as far as Pont Abraham and everyone is hungry but Motorway Services food just doesn’t appeal. Here is a list of pubs and cafés which are close to your route so you only have … Continue reading

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The Three Sarnau

Sarn Gynfelyn, Sarn-y-Bwlch and Sarn Badrig If you’re walking the Wales Coast Path, look out for these interesting geographical phenomena. Described as shallow sub-tidal reefs, the three Sarns (sarnau is the plural in Welsh) extend as long, narrow strips west … Continue reading

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Dowrog Common, St Davids

Dowrog Common is a large lowland heath 3km north east of St Davids with a wealth of wildflowers, birds and insects.   It is traversed by a narrow lane (not many passing places so you need to be good at … Continue reading

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The River Taf

Many visitors to Wales will have heard of the River Taff, which rises in the Brecon Beacons and flows south through Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff; but whilst visiting West Wales, you will discover that there is another river with a … Continue reading

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The Oystercatcher: a wading bird to see in West Wales

The Oystercatcher is the wading bird which you’re most likely to see on our West Wales coast – particularly around the mouth of estuaries such as the Teifi, Tywi and Dyfi. The birds form huge flocks in winter and smaller … Continue reading

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Out of Season – A Special Time in West Wales

A visit to West Wales has special attractions at different times of year. Out of season – in the autumn, winter and spring – many of them are connected with nature. Out of season Wales Does it rain all the time? Does it blow … Continue reading

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