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23 Dating Ideas With Breathtaking Scenery in Wales

23 Dating Ideas With Breathtaking Scenery in Wales

With stunning landscapes and picturesque villages, there are countless places to enjoy a romantic date in Wales. Whether you want to get closer to nature or stroll around romantic ruins, there is something for everyone. Here are 23 date ideas where you will be surrounded by breathtaking Welsh scenery.

1. A Walk along the sea in Anglesey

    The Isle of Anglesey has lovely towns with lots of spots to enjoy a romantic meal or a cosy drink on your date. The area is a beautiful destination with plenty of options to have a walk along spectacular coastlines. Built in the eighteenth century, Llynnon Mill is one example where you are surrounded by unbelievable coastal views. On the Menai Strait is the French-inspired Chateâu Rhianfa, an peaceful hideaway for romance.

    2. Enjoy breathtaking coastal views in the Gower

      The Gower Peninsula is home to beautiful sandy beaches surrounded by dramatic coastline. It is an idyllic place to enjoy a quiet walk between towering cliffs and boundless ocean views. Rhossili Bay and Pennard Castle are just two of the best spots to watch an unforgettable sunset to end your date.

      3. Explore Cardiff Bay

        Away from the hustle and bustle of the capital’s city centre, Cardiff Bay is a great place to go on a date if you are a foodie or want a cultural experience. You can also go on a romantic boat ride along pretty waterways before sampling some of the local and international specialties at nearby restaurants and cafes. The Wales Millennium Centre is also a great place to enjoy a show.

        4. A romantic walk up Pen y Fan

          Brecon Beacons National Park has plenty of scenic routes for a romantic date in one of the most remarkable natural settings in Wales. The gentle slopes of Pen y Fan is a tranquil setting for a walk close to nature. From the peak, you and your date will be treated with panoramic views of quintessentially Welsh countryside.

          5. Explore the ancient remains of Carreg Cennen

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            Carreg Cennen’s castle walls have been a fixture on the rolling countryside of Carmarthenshire for centuries. The ancient fortress inspired JMW Turner to creat watercolours of the castle and the surrounding farmland. Climb the castle walls with your date and get swept away by the breathtaking views around you.

            6. A legendary walk alongside Brecon Beacons’ waterfalls

              Brecon Beacons National Park is known for its waterfalls, especially in the spectacular park’s southwestern corner. Some of the waterfalls are sources of romantic Celtic myths about princes and princesses finding love. Hear the rush of water cascade through this enchanted woodland, including at Sgwd yr Eira and Ystradfellte.

              7. A romantic picnic for two at Llangorse Lake

                Llangorse Lake in Brecon Beacons is the largest natural lake in South Wales. With wistful views, the lake is the source of legends and has an important place in Welsh history. A tenth century palace sits on the lake’s crannog, a small island close to the edge of the water. Llangorse’s grassy banks is the perfect setting for a romantic picnic.

                8. Admire the Brecon Beacons with a romantic rail trip

                  If hiking or walking exposed to the elements is not your idea of romance, take your date abroad the Brecon Mountain Railway. The scenic journey on a traditional steam locomotive takes you through the Welsh countryside and offers panoramic views of the hills of Brecon Beacons.

                  9. Stargaze in the Brecon Beacons

                    With clear skies and little light pollution, Brecon Beacons National Park is one of the best spots for staring up at the billions of twinkling stars. Make a wish with your date under the sparkling canopy of stars above you. Since 2013, the National Park has been a Dark Sky Reserve – one of only a handful in the world.

                    10. Get inspired by Dylan Thomas at Laugharne Castle

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                      The great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas remarked that the stones of River Tâf were “brown as owls”. These stones now form the walls of the garden at the ruins Laugharne Castle. You and your date can also enjoy a walk to the nearby Boathouse where the poet once lived.

                      11. Walk through the ancient ruins of Llanthony Priory

                        Nestled amidst rolling hills, the remnants of Llanthony Priory were once home to a twelfth century Augustinian priory. During a tour of wales in 1794, JMW Turner visited the ruins to sketch – just one of many sites and landscapes in the country to inspire the famous English artist. Situated in the Black Mountains, the area is popular for walking and horse riding.

                        12. Walk in the footsteps of history at Neath Abbey

                          Founded in 1130, Neath Abbey was one of the largest monasteries in Wales before the reign of Henry VII doomed many of the great ecclesiastical buildings that now lay in ruin throughout the Welsh countryside. The sprawling abbey in the Vale of Neath is a beautiful spot to walk in the footsteps of Cistercian monks and history.

                          13. A romantic stroll at Tintern Abbey

                            Tintern Abbey has stirred the brushes and pens of countless painters, poets and writers, including JMW Turner and William Wordsworth. Set in the scenic Wye Valley, the ruins boast towering Gothic arches that make this one of the most iconic medieval sites in Wales. With plenty of paths surrounding the abbey, you can walk with your date along the river to admire the ruins from different perspectives.

                            14. Experience history and the outdoors in Carew

                              The imposing Carew Castle provides a lovely waterside destination for a relaxing walk or romantic picnic. Founded in the twelfth century, the limestone castle has been abandoned since the 1680s. Yet, this beautiful rural setting still evokes a sense of power. The village of Carew is also home to the only restored tidal mill in Wales.

                              15. A seaside walk in the vibrant town of Mumbles

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                                Mumbles is a popular seaside destination for anyone wanting to escape the major cities of South Wales including nearby Swansea. Overlooking the town is Oystermouth Castle, a Norman castle with brilliant views of the sea. If the sun is out during your date, bring along a picnic in the surrounding parkland.

                                16. Pay tribute to the patron saint of lovers

                                  The final resting place of St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers and the country’s very own version of St Valentine, is Llanddwyn Island. The small island off the west coast of Anglesey is home of the ruined remains of St Dwynwen’s Church. Along with a Blue Flag beach, there are lovely coastal footpaths that form part of the Anglesey Coastal Path that offer views of Snowdonia.

                                  17. A Southern European Experience in Portmeirion

                                    Created by architect Clough Williams-Ellis, any visitor to Portmeirion might think they are in an Italian village overlooking Mediterranean. The beautiful and unique destination was built between 1925 and 1976. There is a mix of historic cottages and fashionable hotels as well as fine restaurants and a spa.

                                    18. Enjoy a day on a sandy beach at Barafundle Bay

                                      Barafundle Bay could be mistaken for a Caribbean destination. Considered one of the UK’s best beaches, pristine golden sand meets crystal clear waters in this remarkable destination. The bay also boasts sand dunes and pine trees, a picture-perfect setting for a romantic walk or day at the beach.

                                      19. Experience the outdoors at the Bosherston Lakes

                                        If your date loves lily ponds, Bosherston is the place to visit. Just five miles south of Pembroke, the little village is at the doorstep by lush woodland for a magical walk in the Bosherston Lakes and surrounding valleys. Nearby limestone cliffs are also popular with climbers, if you are looking for a more active outing.

                                        20. Fall in love in the unspoilt Llyn Peninsula

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                                          The dramatic coastal scenery of Llyn Peninsula in North Wales makes falling in love easy. The sweeping landscape and tranquil countryside are tranquil settings for a walk. The area’s beaches are surrounding by inspiring views that makes it a popular sailing destination. If you are into wildlife, head to Bardsey Island.

                                          21. Stroll in the flowery woodland of Rhandirmwyn

                                            Each spring, the woods of Rhandirmwyn in Carmarthenshire offers a beautiful display of bluebells and other wild flowers. The sights and smells of this natural wonder is a great place for a romantic walk alongside your date. Options include the historical Aberglasney Gardens, Dinefwr Park and Castle near Llandeilo, and the Gwenffrwd-Dinas Nature Reserve near Llandovery.

                                            22. Immerse yourself in history in Conwy

                                              Conwy Castle and its eight towers is an incredible medieval fortress in North Wales. One of Wales’ iconic landmarks, the castle is the source of myths and legends. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the stone castle sits on a coastal ridge overlooking the River Conwy. Conwy is filled with fine restaurants, traditional pubs and quaint cafes to relax after exploring the picturesque medieval town.

                                              23. Visit on of the greatest castles in Europe

                                                Harlech Castle near Snowdonia was the home of Owain Glyndwr, the last Welsh Prince of Wales. Built during the thirteenth century by Edward I as he invaded Wales, the imposing medieval fortress is one of the finest examples of medieval military architecture. The stunning fortification sits atop rocks overlooking the Irish Sea, offering you are your date awesome vistas.

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                                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                                Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                                Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                                1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                                Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                                This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                                In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                                The result: no more mental stress.

                                                2. Unplug

                                                Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                                How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                                It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                                Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                                3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                                Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                                Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                                4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                                That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                                How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                                • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                                • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                                • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

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                                                5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                                This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                                The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                                So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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