Lynn Bowles' favourite places

BBC traffic reporter Lynn Bowles knows a thing or two about scenic routes. When she’s not sparring with DJ Chris Evans on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, the Cardiff-born broadcaster heads straight back to her mountainside home in Wales.

  • Reflections of the sand at Rhossili Bay, Gower

    Rhossili Beach, Gower Peninsula

     by Jo Evans1

    I hadn’t been to Gower until a few years ago. We went out to Worm’s Head and along the huge beach at Rhossili to the wreck of the Helvetia, and I was genuinely shocked at how beautiful it was, and at how few people were there. I thought, ‘this is just up the road from where I was born and I didn’t know about it! How can that be?!’ Britain’s got lots of lovely places, but I didn’t think any of them had the power to take your breath away. I was truly stunned by the breadth and depth of the beauty.

  • Portmeirion Piazza, Snowdonia
    Portmeirion Piazza, Minffordd, Snowdonia by Eiona R

    Portmeirion is completely bonkers and lovely at the same time. I was lucky enough to go there for work, and we stayed in the hotel, which is just outstanding. It was so good wandering around the village in the evening, it’s such a charming place, and I love the eccentricity of it. I also love the way it has its own microclimate, and how it’s got this great stretch of sand when the tide is out, and then the sea comes rushing back in.

  • The A470 South Wales

    Brecon Beacons mountains with the A470 below

    Brecon Beacons and the A470, Mid Wales

     by Laurie Parker

    This is where I get really traffic-reportery, but I do love the A470 going north from Cardiff to Brecon. There’s a point just beyond Storey Arms where you go round a bend, with Pen y Fan above you, and the whole valley opens out ahead of you, and it’s just the most magisterial view. There are lay-bys there for people to stop and go, “Good God, what’s this??” because you just have to. It’s extraordinary, and it’s right on Cardiff’s doorstep.

  • Royal Welsh

    The Royal Welsh Show, Mid Wales

    I went to the Royal Welsh Show last year, and it’s not only a lovely drive up to Builth Wells, it’s also a grand setting when you get there, surrounded by mountains and hills. Is there anything better in the world than going to an agricultural show? I love the marquees, and that very specific smell of trodden grass, a bit of mud and some canvas. Then there are the ladies who’ve done the flower arranging. You get drawn into the spirit of the event, and you have to hang around to see who’s won. 

  • Cardiff Bay
    Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay

    My family were involved in shipping, the family firm Bowles Sand & Gravel. There used to be a dry dock next to where the Wales Millennium Centre is now, where I spent a lot of time with my dad. From home I can see the Bristol Channel and the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm. I love that view, and all the childhood stories of how the Vikings used the islands as a place from which to pillage poor old Wales. And there’s Barry Island, the Las Vegas of my life between the ages of five and ten.

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