I was talking to a friend recently trying to explain why living and working in West Wales is so good (I moved from England 18 years ago). You may have tried this sort of exercise before and know that sometimes a seemingly trivial aspect can encapsulate an idea.
As part of my job at West Wales Holiday Cottages, I regularly drive around West Wales visiting property owners and looking at cottages and I am constantly delighted by the scenery. Particularly in the rolling hills of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire you can come across breathtaking view after amazing vista of our countryside – hidden valleys with a patchwork of fields with tiny farms, tumbling streams and dramatic skylines.
Even in summer I seem to have these views and the country lanes, mostly to myself. I drive for miles without seeing another vehicle, enjoying the wild flowers in the hedgerows, the changing patterns of light on the hills and the delight when yet another stunning panorama unfolds. I just don’t tire of it.
To me West Wales is what the countryside should be like but rarely is; peaceful, beautiful and above all welcoming! Most first-time visitors are surprised that such a landscape exists and in such an accessible place as West Wales.