Welsh destinations nominated in Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018

We know that beautiful Wales takes some beating, but it’s nice to have confirmation. So let’s give a big congratulations to the five Welsh destinations that have been named as finalists in this year’s Countryfile Magazine Awards. Read on to learn more about each amazing place and find out how to vote. You’ll have to hurry though, voting closes 5 March 2018.

Pembrokeshire Coast – Holiday Destination of the Year

Full image of Whitsands bay taken from the left hand side
Whitesands Bay by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Home to the only truly coastal National Park in the UK, Pembrokeshire is no stranger to accolades – National Geographic named it the second best coastal destination in the world. It’s easy to see why. With more than 200 miles of stunning shorelines, bays, beaches headlands and coves, this is seaside with a serious wow factor.

Snowdonia – National Park of the Year

Walking path along the lake Llyn Idwal, Snowdonia National Park
Walking path along Llyn Idwal, Snowdonia by matt.setlack
Wales’ first National Park, Snowdonia has been bewitching visitors since 1951. As the tallest mountain in southern Britain skyscraping Snowdon often makes the headlines, but there’s much more to the National Park than this 3560ft/1056m summit. From the rocky peaks, past green valleys, dense woodland and all the way down to the sandy coast, Snowdonia surprises at every level.

Newborough, Anglesey – Beach of the Year

Family on Newborough Beach, Anglesey.
Llanddwyn Beach, Isle of Anglesey
Stretching for 3.5 miles/5.6km of golden sand, Newborough on the Isle of Anglesey is a bona fide beach beauty. Backed by tumbling dunes, a forest packed with wildlife (eyes peeled for red squirrels) and the Newborough Warren nature reserve, it covers a lot of beachside bases. And did we mention the spectacular views to the towering peaks of Snowdonia? A true coastal champion.

Bodnant Garden, Conwy – Garden of the Year

Fountain and red and white flowers at Bodnant Garden
Bodnant Gardens, North Wales
Any serious garden enthusiast knows that 80-acre Bodnant is unmissable. The formal terraces are the last word in horticultural elegance while wild nature abounds in The Dell, an untamed wilderness home to the tallest redwoods in the UK. Visit in early spring for breathtaking blooms of daffodils, magnolias and camellias, while the 180ft/35m long laburnum arch – possibly Bodnant’s most celebrated feature – produces a magnificent cascade of long yellow flowers during May and June.

Castell Dinas Bran, Denbighshire – Landmark of the Year

Dinas Bran Castle on top of a hill
Dinas Bran Castle, North Wales Borderlands by David Knight
Unlike many of the castles here in Wales built by English invaders, Castell Dinas Bran is 100 percent Welsh. Constructed high on a hilltop above Llangollen by the ancient princes of Powys, its lofty position still poses a challenge for any would-be attacker (or sightseer). A trip to these atmospheric ruins is a breathtaking experience, thanks to both the lung-busting climb and the spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside from the summit. 

That’s the rundown on the Welsh finalists in this year’s competition. To cast your vote, head to the Countryfile Magazine website by 5 March 2018.