Autumn is the perfect time to wrap up and go for a walk. All across Wales you’ll find wooded valleys and forests bursting with autumn colour. The Elan Valley in Mid Wales offers a variety of waymarked walks set around six picturesque dams. Begin at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre which is set against the backdrop of a Victorian stone dam, here you will find lots of information on the different types of walks available, wildlife to spot, history of the dams and there’s a great cafe selling hot meals and delicious cake perfect to enjoy after your walk.
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The Abergavenny Food Festival is one of Wales’ best loved food festivals and takes place in September. The market town of Abergavenny will be packed with food stalls selling the best of Wales, The Marches and further afield poduce, a rolling programme of chefs demonstrations, children’s food academy at the castle, workshops, tutored tasting and master-classes. Eat, drink and soak up the atmosphere, it’s the perfect day out for any foodie!
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Wales is an ancient land shaped by our past from the druids, Celts and Romans to our Princes, pirates and castles. All have shaped our country so it goes without saying we have a few spooky stories to tell. To hear some of Pembrokeshire’s tales of witches, ghosts, customs and mysteries go on The Ghost Walk of Tenby. Meet outside the Lifeboat Tavern, Tudor Square in Tenby and you’ll be guided around pretty but spooky Tenby.
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Hope on your bike and join the Real Ale Wobble in November, a super event to mark the start of the Mid Wales Beer Festival. There are two routes available, a longer 28 mile and shorter 15 mile route, all waymarked and marshalled. At the start receive your beer tokens and exchange them for locally brewed ale as you go, there’s also a BBQ feed station to keep your energy levels up too! In the evening visit the festival venues where you can taste even more local ales, ciders and perries, whilst live bands provide the entertainment. Pre booking advisable.
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Not to be missed this October is a visit to the RSPB Newport Wetlands Reserve in South Wales to watch the starlings roost. Large groups of starlings gather at dusk to form great black clouds and form breathtaking acrobatic displays, swooping and diving before dramatically dropping into the reedbed for the night.
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Calling all rugby fans! This autumn Wales plays host to a number of Rugby World Cup games in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. Wales’ capital city comes alive when the rugby takes place so stay a night or two and take in the atmosphere of our cosmopolitan city. Tickets on sale now, visit the Millennium Stadium website for more details.
Autumn walking festivals
Across Wales there are many walking festivals taking place this autumn. The festivals feature guided walks to suit all, torch walks at dusk and special feature walks, it’s the ideal way to see some of Wales’ beautiful autumnal colour. Try the Snowdonia Walking Festival (24 - 25 October), Hay Walking Festival (8 - 12 October) or the Wales Valleys Walking Festival (5 - 20 September) to get started.
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As Halloween approaches, take the children to Hendrewennol Pick Your Own Farm in the Vale of Glamorgan for fun day out in the countryside. This autumn take the kids to the farm’s pumpkin picking and carving event. After you’ve carved your pumpkin it’s time to try the spooky corn maze; once you’ve managed to escape; treat your family to some yummy hot fresh food and drinks in the café.
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Looking to get away for the weekend? Come to Wales for a cottage break this autumn and discover just how beautiful Wales is in the autumn. What could be more pleasant than a walk on along the coast path in Pembrokeshire, a stroll on the sand followed by a meal in a country pub before returning to your cottage to cosy or ‘cwtch’ up in front of your log fire?
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Cwtch up in front of an open fire
There is something magical about stepping inside from a cold day out and warming yourself in front of an open log fire. Across Wales you will find cosy pubs and friendly hotel lounges with inviting open fires. A few of our favourites are the five star Osborne House in Llandudno, with fireplaces in the bedrooms, the historic ivy covered Groes Inn in Conwy, the boutique Bell at Skenfrith in Monmouthshire and the perfect country hideaway the Lake Country House in Llangammarch Wells, Mid Wales.