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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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                                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                                Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                                1. Exercise Daily

                                                It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                                If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                                Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                                2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                                Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                                One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                                This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                                3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                                Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                                Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                                Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                                4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                                Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                                The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                                • Eat unprocessed foods
                                                • Eat more veggies
                                                • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                                • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                                Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                                  5. Watch Out for Travel

                                                  Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                                  This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                                  If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                                  6. Start Slow

                                                  Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                                  If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                                  7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                                  Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                                  My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                                  If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                                  I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                                  Final Thoughts

                                                  Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                                  Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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