1 Brecon Beacons National Park

Trek to your heart’s content amongst these wild, rambling moors, with dozens of thundering waterfalls.

2 Abergavenny Food

Some of Britain’s finest restaurants, along with a lip-smacking food festival.

3 Hay-on Wye

Britain’s capital of books, spilling over with bookshops and hosting the year’s biggest literary jamboree.

4 Llanwrytd Wells

Bizarre events galore, notably the Man versus Horse Marathon, the World Bog Snorkelling Championships and the Real Ale Wobble.

5 New Quay

Follow Dylan Thomas’s footsteps through the salty seaside town that inspired Under Milk Wood.

6 Aberaeron

Even if you’re not in town for Aberaeron’s Seafood Festival, stroll around its colourful Georgian harbour lined by great places to sleep and eat.

7 Aberystwyth

A lively, seaside university town, steeped in Welsh culture.

8 Bwlch Nant yr Arian

Visit mid-afternoon to see dozens of red kites squabbling over ten kilos of beef and lamb; bring a mountain bike and combine that with some of the best singletrack in Wales.

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