So you are now the proud owner of your shiny new Volkswagen and are looking for somewhere to go with the family that is within an hour’s drive from Swansea. To help you along the way we have put together our top three ‘hidden gems’ that are absolutely stunning places to visit, and we think they are just too good to miss! Let us know what you think.
With its compact design, the Volkswagen up! is just perfect for nipping around in Swansea but it is highly comfortable to tackle much longer journeys with ease and efficiency too. So why not head off to Mwnt Beach at Cardigan Bay.
Mwnt Beach Cardigan Bay
Owned by the National Trust, Mwnt beach is certainly a ‘hidden gem’! This stunning beach is tucked into a sheltered sandy cove and is just enough off the beaten track to feel secluded while providing incredible views over Cardigan Bay. There is parking in a field above the beach but be aware that there are quite steep steps leading down to the beach which can make it unsuitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. Swimming conditions are considered to be safe at Mwnt but there is no lifeguard on duty and there are also several coastal paths to explore.
Rhandirmwyn Dinas Nature Reserve
The spectacular Dinas Nature Reserve is set in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains so setting off in the formidable VW Touareg, engineered to tackle the rough with equal confidence as the smooth, is the perfect way to go. Enjoy a walk through enthralling woodland, stroll along fast-flowing rivers or explore Twm Sion Cati’s Cave, if you know where to look!
While you’re there look out for the majestic red kite, and there will also be pied flycatchers, redstarts, common sandpipers, dippers and grey wagtails too. There is a 2.5 mile (4 km) circular walk where much of the trail is flat, though adjacent to the River Tywi the path can be uneven, rocky and slippery when wet.
Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey
It’s always sunshine all the way aboard the new VW Beetle Cabriolet, the soft-top that exceeds every expectation and enjoys an unmistakable Beetle personality with a raft of features that bring comfort, convenience and connectivity to every trip. So beetle over to Llanddwyn Island, on Anglesey (Postcode LL61 6SG) and discover how remarkably beautiful it is. Llanddwyn only remains attached to the mainland during low tide and is named after St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers!
Enjoy the easy going 4 mile walk that offers spectacular views of the mountains of Snowdonia together with interesting buildings and man-made features. Start from the car park by the village of Newborough and head down to the beach, turning right to continue west along the sand and ahead you can see the rocky outline of Llanddwyn Island. There are two paths from which to choose but both reach the end of the island and form a circular walk. Look back across the sea towards Snowdonia and enjoy the panorama which includes the Carneddau, the Glyders and Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales!