In Wales, sheep outnumber people by a ratio of almost 4:1 (there are three million people and 11 million sheep). Wales is also home to 641 castles, two languages, and three national parks. Along the border that separates Wales from England, lies an easily accessible countryside – where gentrified adventure is found walking the vales, knolls and dykes of eastern Wales; where a walk in the country is an immersion in natural verdant beauty with subtle surprises around every gentle bend; and where castles abound, each with their own fairytale setting and legends of lore to explore.

Legend has it that the inspiration for the Welsh flag – a red dragon – was inspired by the mythical Merlin, who reputedly had a vision where the red dragon fought and prevailed against the white dragon of the Saxons. The Welsh embrace the dragon as a sign of victory, power, endurance and national pride, and demonstrate this in the red Celtic dragon of their flag, coupled with the Welsh motto, Y Ddraig Goch Ddyry Cychwyn or the Red Dragon leads the way.
Adopted as national symbol, leeks are linked to St. David. It is said that St. David had his soldiers wear leeks on their helmets as a way to identify themselves when they fought against the Saxons in a leek field.
Adopted as national symbol, leeks are linked to St. David. It is said that St. David had his soldiers wear leeks on their helmets as a way to identify themselves when they fought against the Saxons in a leek field.
Located in Denbighshire, North Wales, the “Red Fort” castle dates from before 1277. Today, medieval banquets and weddings are offered within the once walls-of-royalty.
Located in Denbighshire, North Wales, the “Red Fort” castle dates from before 1277. Today, medieval banquets and weddings are offered within the once walls-of-royalty.
Most castles in Wales were built for one reason: to subjugate the Welsh people. However, Powis castle stands as a stark contrast since it was built by the Welsh in the 12th century to keep the English out. Nowadays, the red gritstone castle harbors many treasures including the lovely 7th century Italianate garden with its formal terraces and sculpted grounds.
Tucked in the Vale of Ewyas with the mysterious and brooding Black Mountains as a backdrop, the Llanthony Priory was founded by the Augustinian canons who were later forced to abandon the site due to hostilities by the local Welsh populace.
Tucked in the Vale of Ewyas with the mysterious and brooding Black Mountains as a backdrop, the Llanthony Priory was founded by the Augustinian canons who were later forced to abandon the site due to hostilities by the local Welsh populace.
The largest castle in Wales and one of the largest in Europe, Caerphilly Castle was built in 1268 in South Wales and includes its own version of the leaning tower of Pisa.
The beautifully preserved Cardiff Castle is located in the heart of the Welsh capital and has been owned by the citizens of Cardiff since 1947. Built in 55 A.D. as a Roman fort, the castle’s architecture reads like a history book – embellishing Norman, Tudor and Gothic features. The photo shows the keep only, from where one can have a commanding view of Cardiff.
Welsh Mountain Ponies graze in the Brecon Beacons National Park, where grassy mountains, crags, and verdant vales define the countryside. Today, the short and sturdy Welsh Pony is classified as a rare breed.
Wales has the highest density of sheep in the world, save for New Zealand.
Wales has the highest density of sheep in the world, save for New Zealand.
The border town of Knighton is also home of Offa’s Dyke, a linear earthwork that delineated 8th century Wales from England. The dyke gets its name from the Anglo-Saxon ruler Offa, who decreed that the line of demarcation be dug during his reign from 757-796 A.D.

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  • Fantastic photos, especially the leeks. Wales is beautiful.

    on September 3, 2010 at 7:43 am Reply
  • I love Wales!

    on January 17, 2017 at 8:22 am Reply

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