Most of us have probably thought about trekking out in search of exotic wildlife or fending for ourselves in an untamed wilderness, it’s a highly exciting and romantic notion that is often inspired by the countless wildlife and survival programmes that have become popular in recent years. The problem is that actually living this dream can be difficult, especially with the demands of day-to-day life, if only there were a way to cheat a little…
Wales is a country famous for its broad, contrasting landscapes that range from rolling green hills to miles of unspoilt sandy beaches. It is the perfect backdrop for discovering stunning natural environments and beautiful local wildlife, which means that you don’t need to travel to the other side of the world or become a z-list celebrity to explore the natural world.
Perhaps one of the most recognisable examples of the Welsh landscape is the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which plays host to wild coastlines that make the area a haven for bird-watching and wildlife enthusiasts. Despite its protected status, the park is also an important nature lab and popular holiday destination that boasts everything from romantic escapes to walking, watersports and our favourite outdoor activity: Climbing.
Residents of the Pembrokeshire coast include seals, porpoises and gannets, which are typically found at the southern end of Ramsey Sound, while the regions many rivers are home to otters, butterflies and much-loved skylarks.
The Welsh Sea
There are several opportunities to take to the seas off the shores of Wales and come face to face with majestic Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises and inquisitive Grey Seals. One of the best spots to check out for aquatic wildlife is Cardigan Bay, which is an area of special conservation that rests between Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Snowdonia National Park to the north. A Bay to Remember is a local tour and boat trip provider with boats departing from Gwbert, Poppit Sands or St. Dogmaels that offers trips of either an hour, or between 1.5 and 2 hours for extended bay sailings. These excursions a highly popular so booking in advance is recommended but are well worth seeking out for anyone with a passion for local wildlife and seabirds.
If visiting exploring the Welsh national parkland has home how failed to satisfy your desire to get back to the wild, you could always try your hand at bushcraft while learning some first-rate survival skills. The Wild Bushcraft Company works predominantly within North Wales and Hampshire and offers an impressive selection of bushcraft courses that range from half and full-day bushcraft, overnight experiences and weekends to knife and bow making, hunting weapons and even instructor awards.
With its vast tracts of unspoilt landscape, Wales is the perfect destination for these kinds of excursion and with courses suitable for groups, parties and events there is sure to be something for everyone.
Returning to Base
While all of this getting back to nature is certainly fantastic, so is having a comfortable base to return home to for a cosy night’s sleep, which is where we begin to cheat just a little bit. Wales Cottage Holidays is a locally-based holiday home provider that manages a unique selection of holiday cottages across the region, from Snowdonia and Lleyn Peninsula to Pembrokeshire and West Wales. Many of these accommodations are set within the bounds of the national parks themselves or along the coast, meaning that you’ll have no problem in finding an inviting bolthole close to all of the action of the great wilds of Wales.