Expert voice and celebrity writers Enjoy this? Share it with friends About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author Cadw Cadw is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales. Cadw About the author 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 About the author 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. About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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. About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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 About the author 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. About the author 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 Related items It’s a living thing Children can make history at one of our brilliant living history museums. Gay Wales: where to stay The door’s open everywhere in Wales, but here are a few places we like. Gay Wales: where to stay The door’s open everywhere in Wales, but here are a few places we like. Walks in North Wales Explore the soaring mountains and refreshing coastal walks of North Wales. Wild winter in the north Ravens, choughs, baby seals – and hundreds of thousands of wintering birds. 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