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Alison Lea-Wilson
Alison Lea-Wilson

Alison Lea-Wilson founded the Anglesey Sea Salt Company with her husband David. Before that, the couple ran a seafood business and created the Anglesey Sea Zoo. Today their range of gourmet Halen Môn salts is used in the smartest kitchens, and by the best chefs, all over the world. She lives on Anglesey and has brought up three children there.

Natural Halen Môn Anglesey Sea Salt

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Ashley Charlwood
Ashley Charlwood

Since Ashley Charlwood climbed into his first raft aged ten, he has paddled some of the world’s leading whitewater destinations, including New Zealand, Peru, Zambia and the United States. Today he combines that passion with a job as director of the National White Water Centre. Lucky man.

ukrafting.co.uk

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Cadw
Cadw

Cadw is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales.

Cadw

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Cerys Matthews
Cerys Matthews

Singer, songwriter, broadcaster, author – Cerys Matthews needs little introduction. Born in Cardiff, she achieved international fame as the singer of 1990s alt-pop band Catatonia. Since they split up, she has released several solo albums and stars regularly on TV and radio, including her weekly show on Radio 6.

cerysmatthews.co.uk

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Charles Williams
Charles Williams

Charles Williams is editor of Wales View magazine. He has travelled from the mountains to the shores of Wales in the company of the most experienced foragers in the country, discovering a bountiful harvest along the way.

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Dan Snow
Dan Snow

Dan Snow is a historian, broadcaster and television presenter. A descendent of the great politician David Lloyd George he has a strong passion for Wales. Dan’s presented and appeared in many popular history-related programmes for the BBC and is the "History Hunter" for The One Show.

twitter.com/thehistoryguy

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Daniel Butler
Daniel Butler

Daniel Butler built up his repertoire bit-by-bit from learning about mushrooms that would spring up in his garden in Mid Wales. Fifteen years ago he started taking people out looking for mushrooms - his record haul is 31 edible species in one day. "Wales is the perfect mushroom habitat." he points out. "Almost every variety of edible mushroom grows here."

fungiforays.co.uk

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Dave Brailsford
Dave Brailsford MBE

Why has cycling become the most successful British Olympic sport? The answer is Dave Brailsford MBE, the performance director of British Cycling, and principal of Team Sky. Under his incredible coaching, British cyclists have won everything from the Tour de France to golds galore in the 2012 Olympics. But it all began in the mountains of Snowdonia, where Dave grew up.

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David Atkinson
David Atkinson

David Atkinson is an award-winning, full-time travel writer based in Manchester. He writes for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines covering all aspects of travel from green to business via family. David’s passion is emerging off-the-beaten-track destinations.

atkinsondavid.co.uk

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Gwen Spurlock
Gwen Spurlock

Swansea born Gwen Spurlock a Welsh surfing champion and three-times winner of the women’s UK Pro Surf Tour.

twitter.com/GwenSpurlock

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Hannah Maia Taylor
Hannah Maia Taylor

Hannah Maia Taylor's experiences include editor of the mountain biking website MBWales. She loves nothing more than riding her bike and travelling all over Wales. Hannah is also the head honcho of adventure media production company Maia Media where she spends most of her time behind the camera.

mbwales.com

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Iestyn George
Iestyn George

Iestyn George is a journalist and broadcaster. He worked as news editor of the world’s best-selling music magazine, NME , and was features editor of GQ. He has also contributed to a broad range of titles including Q, the Observer and Guardian newspapers, and Men’s Health magazine. He now lectures in journalism and runs his own publishing company.

www.digitalgas.co.uk

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James Dean Bradfield
James Dean Bradfield

James Dean Bradfield is the singer and guitarist in rock group, Manic Street Preachers. Inspired by politics, punk rock and poetry, the band’s unusual CV includes scoring a Number 1 hit single with a song about the Spanish revolution, inspiring an art exhibition featuring Picasso, Warhol and Munch and hosting the largest indoor concert in the world on Millennium eve at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. James lives in Cardiff and holidays in Wales.

manicstreetpreachers.com

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John Haylock
Jon Haylock

Jon Haylock is head of adventure at TYF, the St David’s-based activities company that has done more than any other to develop commercial coasteering; it pioneered coasteering trips in 1986. Jon says his background in rock climbing, surfing and kayaking all come into play as a coasteering guide.

tyf.com

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Jonathan Gilbert
Jonathan Gilbert

Freelance travel writer, editor of the Michelin Green Guide to Great Britain and publisher at Azalay Media travel & tourism creative agency.

Jonathan Gilbert

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Kate Humble
Kate Humble

Kate Humble is a television presenter specialising in wildlife programmes such as Springwatch and Lambing Live. Kate lives in Monmouthshire, and owns Humble by Nature a rural skills centre offering a wide range of courses for anyone interested in start a smallholding, food, foraging, cooking or working with animals.

katehumble.com

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Loel Collins
Loel Collins

Ex-director of the National White Water Centre, Loel Collins won Canoe & Kayak UK magazine’s first Professional Coach of the Year Award in 2011. He now lectures and trains paddle instructors at the University of Central Lancashire.

amazon.co.uk/Loel-Collins

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Lynn Bowles
Lynn Bowles

BBC traffic reporter Lynn Bowles became famous as Sir Terry Wogan’s ‘Totty from Splotty’ on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, which she still co-presents with DJ Chris Evans. Born and raised in Cardiff, she still escapes every weekend to her home in the hills just north of the Welsh capital.

twitter.com/RealLynnBowles

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Matt Blue
Matt Blue

Professional rafter Matt Blue represents Great Britain in raft-racing and coaches the women’s national team. He is also a national trainer of paddlesports and rafting for Canoe Wales and offers training through his company Blue Paddle.

bluepaddle.co.uk

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Neil Donoghue
Neil Donoghue

Neil Donoghue has in the past few years established himself as one of the best all round mountain bike riders. Having been a pro for 8 years he has travelled the world racing bikes. He was the 2012 UK Gravity Enduro Champion and has 6 Medals at Elite British DH Championships to name just a few of his recent accolades. He now spends a lot of his time coaching others to improve their mountain bike skills.

neildonoghuecoaching.co.uk

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Nigel Robinson
Nigel Robinson

Nigel Robinson has paddled and coached worldwide; in Papua New Guinea he won Gold in the 1999 World Sea Kayak Championships. He is co-founder of Pembrokeshire-based Sea Kayak Guides UK.

seakayakguides.co.uk

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Penny Herbert
Penny Herbert

Penny Herbert is co-director of Nolton Stables, a beach-ride specialist in Pembrokeshire that Coast magazine named in the world’s top three beach riding stables.

noltonstables.com

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Pete Jones
Pete Jones

Pete ‘PJ’ Jones is the elder statesman of Welsh surfing. Ranked among the ten greatest British surfers in a poll by Carve magazine, he was crowned Welsh, British and European champion several times during a career as a professional surfer. Today the 60-something surfer offers equipment, board hire and surfing soul from PJ’s Surf Shop in Llangennith – when he’s not in the water.

pjsurfshop.co.uk

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Phil Hurst
Phil Hurst

Phil Hurst is promotions officer with Wildlife Trusts Wales, the umbrella body that represents the six local Wildlife Trusts in Wales. “Narrowing the wealth of wildlife in Wales down to ten highlights was tricky,” says Phil. “But we hope we can share some of the thrill we still get when coming across a field of orchids or seeing a magnificent osprey for the first time.”

wtwales.org

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Ray Goodwin
Ray Goodwin

Ray Goodwin is a living legend of British canoeing. Widely considered Britain’s finest canoe coach, he completed the first circumnavigation of Wales and the first unsupported crossing of the Irish Sea. Foreign expeditions have taken him to America, Canada, Sudan and into the Arctic Circle, and he coached and canoed with Ray Mears through the Canadian wilderness for the BBC’s Bushcraft series.

raygoodwin.com

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Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas started promoting literary events in the mid 90’s after working in the music industry with bands such as New Order, Sonic Youth and Primal Scream. He currently works on The Laugharne Weekend and the literary stages of The Green Man and Latitude festivals.

thelaugharneweekend.com

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RSPB Cymru
RSPB Cymru

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and all wildlife, helping to create a better world for everyone. The RSPB’s nature reserves provide excellent opportunity to watch birds and other wildlife in some of the most beautiful parts of the country.

rspb.org.uk/wales

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Sali Hughes
Sali Hughes

Sali Hughes is the resident beauty columnist on The Guardian Weekend. She specialises in opinion columns, celebrity interviews and features on women’s issues, style, relationships and lifestyle. Sali also appears weekly on BBC Radio 5 Live and has made several TV appearances on national news and on Channel 4 entertainment shows, discussing women’s issues, style and celebrity. She has two children and lives in Brighton.

salihughesbeauty.com

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Shan Cothi
Shân Cothi

Classical singer, Bafta award-winning actress and TV presenter Shân Cothi was “nuts about horses” when she grew up on the family blacksmith’s in Carmarthenshire. After working in London’s West End, she rediscovered riding through her husband, Huw Justin Smith. His death from pancreatic cancer in 2007 inspired a charity, Amser Justin Time, and Shân’s three-week ride across Wales with her Welsh cob-cross Caio.

amserjustintime.org

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Simon Wright
Simon Wright

Simon Wright is a food writer, broadcaster, restaurateur and former Editor of the AA Restaurant Guide. He is a partner in Wright's Food Emporium, a café and food shop in Carmarthenshire.

wrightsfood.co.uk

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Watson Thomas
Watson Thomas

Watson is a Cardiff-born freelance writer who has written for everyone from The Times and the Independent Traveller to the South Wales Echo and Western Mail. Career highlight: going in search of (and finding) the Northern Lights.

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Youth Hostel Association
Youth Hostel Association

YHA is a charity working towards giving younger people the means to explore the outdoors and discover new places. It achieves this by providing affordable, self-catering accommodation across the UK, promoting opportunities to meet new people and encouraging visitors to learn more about the UK's rich wildlife and heritage. YHA hostels aren't just large sleeping rooms - you can book private rooms for individuals, groups and couples, allowing you to discover all that the UK has to offer in a way that suits you.

yha.org.uk/wales