I may be a slow learner but I have to confess that it was relatively late in life that I realised that people can be quite so different. An example of this is that while history excites me, to some people (like Henry Ford) history is ‘bunk’.
I like to see a landscape in the historical context and imagine what life was like for the people in certain periods. I am currently reading ‘At Home’ by Bill Bryson which examines the minutiae of life over several centuries – a good read for someone like me.
Luckily, here in Wales we are surrounded by the past. Wales has been fought over for centuries and many of the early traces of civilisation are connected with this. Wikipedia says that there are 570 hill forts dating from the Bronze Age through to the coming of the Romans. The Romans left their mark especially in the east but the most permanent reminders of past conflict are the stone castles.
My favourite in West Wales is Carreg Cennen, located on a spectacular hilltop just 4 miles from Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire, on the western fringe of the Brecon Beacons National Park. When you visit West Wales there are many more including Cilgerran in Ceredigion; Carew, Manorbier and Pembroke in Pembrokeshire and Laugharne and Llansteffan in Carmarthenshire. The choice is yours!