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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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                                                Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                                                Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                                                In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

                                                And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

                                                Why is goal setting important?

                                                1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

                                                Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

                                                For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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                                                Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

                                                After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

                                                So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

                                                2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

                                                The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

                                                The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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                                                We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

                                                What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

                                                3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

                                                We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

                                                Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

                                                But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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                                                What you truly want and need

                                                Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

                                                Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

                                                Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

                                                When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

                                                Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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                                                Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

                                                Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

                                                Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

                                                The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

                                                It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

                                                Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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