Last spring, upon turning 60 years of age, I received a senior bus pass which allows me to travel for free upon most civically funded buses. And, I put it to use! Villages and towns here in Wales, and much of the U.K., retain their individuality and uniqueness, so even a trip of 30 minutes in either direction is a journey to a place of discovery.
It’s a wonderful way to unwind on a day off — and there’s plenty more within two hours’ distance. This is just a sampler.
My favourite seaside town is Porthcawl, here in early April before their Coney-Island-type beach is hit by the summer throngs.
Dinas Powys: Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival
A country stroll in Dinas Powys as part of the free Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival held in late May, early June.
Last summer was the first ‘real’ summer of sunshine and heat since I moved here in 2010, so no, the summers are not usually so bright — but I am hoping for a repeat in 2014.
Llantwit Major is a well-maintained village with a bit of money.
The beach at Llantwit Major was a good half hour or more from the town centre — distance signs tend to be lacking. This is an entry point to a trail.
Big Cheese Festival, Caerphilly — late July
The Big Cheese Festival at nearby Caerphilly — a wonderful family summer weekend. It is not, however, a cheese festival! Caerphilly itself is and produces the Big Cheese.
Caerphilly Castle — my favourite castle in Wales (of which there are many) — so dramatic.
The beach at Barry Island Amusement Park, where I believe half of Wales lost their virginity or was conceived. It’s a hot, hot spot!
Part of the Wales Coast Walk heading from Penarth.