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Norm Longley

0. 5 more highlights along the Wales Way

Inspired? From an inland surfing lagoon to one of the UK's most spectacular festivals, here are five more highlights along the Wales Way:

1. Mwnt (Coastal Way) and Llandudno (North Wales Way)

Two contrasting, but equally charming, seaside destinations. The former (pronounced “Munt”) is a diminutive, National Trust-owned beach, above which stands a gorgeous little whitewashed church in windswept solitude. Llandudno, meanwhile, is a proper pier and prom resort whose superb Victorian seafront architecture harks back to its 19th-century heyday.

2. Submerged Forest, Borth (Coastal Way)

Intermittently located along a 2-mile stretch of coast between Ynyslas and Borth, this surreal, prehistoric forest – last alive some 4500 years ago and since preserved under a layer of peat – only reveals itself during very low tides.

3. Caernarfon Castle (North Wales Way)

No trip to Wales is complete without a visit to a castle, and few come better – or indeed bigger – than Caernarfon. This hulking, muscle-bound structure was conceived as part of Edward I’s Iron Ring, a formidable chain of Norman castles that pockmark the north Wales coast.

4. Portmeirion and Festival No.6 (Coastal Way)

Clough William-Ellis’ extraordinary fantasy village – an Italianate-inspired affair built in the 1920s – is the setting for the superb Festival No.6. This spectacular event combines music, art and culture to magical effect. You’ll probably get a Welsh male voice choir too. If you choose just one festival to attend in 2018, make it this one.

5. Surf Snowdonia (Cambrian Way)

The latest addition to Wales’ burgeoning roster of groundbreaking adventure pursuits, Surf Snowdonia is the world’s first inland surfing lagoon; whether you’re a mere beginner or an expert – 2m-high waves can be generated here – this is seriously innovative stuff.

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