Wonderfully lush, this is one of Britain’s finest riverside landscapes: many artists and writers have found inspiration here. It also attracts canoeists, climbers and riders, while the Wye Valley Walk and Offa’s Dyke Park National Trail are hugely popular with walkers.
Famous for its beaches, surf and walking trails, Gower also contains exceptional ecological and archaeological sites. Within a few miles of each other are three Nature Reserves, several Sites of Special Scientific Interest and the earliest known human burial site in Western Europe, Paviland Cave.
One of Wales’ little-known gems, the Llŷn Peninsula is a natural extension of Snowdonia. Around a quarter of the peninsula includes superb, unspoilt coastal scenery, long-extinct volcanic peaks and Iron Age forts.
At its heart is the Clwydian Range, a 21-mile chain of hills stretching from Prestatyn to Llangollen on the lively River Dee. There are wonderful views of undulating countryside from the Offa’s Dyke National Trail, which runs right through the region.
Most of Anglesey’s coast, from South Stack in the west to Puffin Island in the east, is an AONB. The coast path is a great way to explore, passing wild beaches, flower-dotted heathland and mud flats busy with birds.