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Ah Wales. The little green country of poetry and long winding walks along rivers. Old Welsh culture is alive and vibrant and just try to understand the strong Welsh accent. Is that English they're speaking you wonder? Yet it's easy to slip into clichés and forget that there's also a hip modern side to Wales. In cities like Cardiff you'll find chic hotels and restaurants and an environmentally conscious citizenship. As for the outdoorsy types, you can head off for a walk (what North Americans call a hike) in almost any direction and find a trail there to take you on your way. Mountain biking is also popular, as is surfing (with a wet suit) and picnicking along the limestone cliffs along the coast. Hitchhike or rent a car and be dismayed at the names of the tiny villages. In some villages there are more letters in the name of the village than there are people in the town! If you're adventurous, head all the way out to Brecon Beacons, climb the mountains of Snowdonia, or how about that lovely walk along a river?

The Why Valley Walk is a stunningly serene blend of hill and river walking, starting in south of the country at lively little Chepstow and going all the way north to Plynlimon. All together it's a 136-mile walk but you don't have to go all the way. The beauty of this and other wilderness walks in the UK is they pass by, conveniently, at villages along the way, villages and towns complete with hostels, B&Bs, inns, pubs and cafes. So you never feel completely alone with just you and your tent for days on end. The Wye Valley Walk offers lovely contrasts as you follow the winding old River Wye, from ravine gorges, deep green forests, orchards, meadows filled with wildflowers, to remote hills and eventually, mountains. Oh, and you even get to pass by Tintern Abbey, immortalized in Wordsworth’s poem. So beautiful is this part of the world it is now designated "An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty". The abbey is surprisingly well preserved considering it was built in 1131, truly an architectural phenomenon. Continue north of the abbey to follow the lovely River Why through the Anglo-Welsh borderland, sites of countless old battles, before walking further through lands of rocky waterfalls and further north yet into those very mountains from which those waterfalls come.

If you like the poet Dylan Thomas (many women certainly did, for a while anyway until his drinking got the better of him), you can visit his hometown of Laugharne, which Dylan himself called "the strangest town in Wales". Many of Dylan's poems were set in this eccentric little place as was his radio play Under Milk Wood. You can take a guided tour of his timeless town, taking you from the 13th century Laugharne Castle which overlook Carmarthen Bay, then on to surely the most famous view in all of Wales, Dylan Thomas's home known as the Boathouse. You come upon the Boathouse by walking past the poet's cliff top writing hut where he had a magnificent view of the Taf estuary. Browns Hotel—where the writer spent so much time that he gave out the hotel's phone number as his own—is also part of the tour, as his the graveyard where Dylan (who died in 1953) and his wife Caitlin are buried, after going "gently into that good night".

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