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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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                                                How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                                                To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                                                All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                                                There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                                                With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                                                What follows is a list of thirteen of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived. If you want to learn how to be successful, these 13 tips are essential:

                                                1. Think Big

                                                  From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                                                  “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                                                  There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                                                  Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                                                  Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                                                  Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                                                  Instead be ambitious.

                                                  2. Find What You Love to Do and Do It

                                                    From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                                                    “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                                                    This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                                                    Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                                                    If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                                                    Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                                                    Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first.

                                                    Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                                                    3. Learn How to Balance Life

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                                                      From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                                                      “There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.”

                                                      All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                                                      If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                                                      However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                                                      If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                                                      In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                                                      To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life can help you.

                                                      4. Do Not Be Afraid of Failure

                                                        From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                                                        “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                                                        There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                                                        Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                                                        His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                                                        He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                                                        Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                                                        Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                                                        If you find it difficult to fight your fear of failure, here’s a guide for you: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It Step-By-Step)

                                                        5. Have an Unwavering Resolution to Succeed

                                                          From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                                                          “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                                                          This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                                                          It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.

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                                                          If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

                                                          Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                                                          6. Be a Person of Action

                                                            From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                                                            “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                                                            Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                                                            Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                                                            When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renaissance era Italy, we think of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Or think about the present day, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                                                            You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                                                            All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                                                            Applying this to you?

                                                            Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                                                            7. Cultivate Positive Relationships

                                                              From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                                              The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                                              The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                                              People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                                              This is key to good leadership.

                                                              It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                                              But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                                              What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

                                                              As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

                                                              8. Don’t Be Afraid of Introducing New Ideas

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                                                                From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                                                “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                                                It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                                                Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                                                If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                                                9. Believe in Your Capacity to Succeed

                                                                  From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                                                  “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                                                  Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                                                  It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                                                  Keep dreaming!

                                                                  10. Always Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude

                                                                    From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                                                    “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                                                    Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                                                    Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                                                    If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                                                    However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                                                    11. Don’t Let Discouragement Stop You from Pressing On

                                                                      From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

                                                                      “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                                                      It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

                                                                      When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.

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                                                                      Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                                                      If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                                                      This is How Self Doubt Keeps You Stuck and How to Overcome It

                                                                      12. Be Willing to Work Hard

                                                                        From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                                                        “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                                                        You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                                                        Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                                                        True success comes from work.

                                                                        You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.

                                                                        Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                                                        13. Be Brave Enough to Follow Your Intuition

                                                                          From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                                                          “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                                                          In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                                                          If you strongly believe and desire something, chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                                                          It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                                                          Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                                                          Final Thoughts

                                                                          What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to achieving success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

                                                                          Moreover, no matter what stage of life you’re at now, you can still make a difference and pursue success. You can make resetting your life possible when you do this: How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

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