Whilst Wales is a magnificent country steeped in glorious countryside and beaches, for some this is not enough to warrant a reason to visit. To give you a reason to visit in 2018, here are 18 hand-picked reasons why you should visit Wales in 2018.
It may seem trivial to some, but by scrapping the toll fees to cross the Severn bridge Wales has been opened up an abundance of opportunities for business and individuals alike. Our fellow countrymen have plenty of reasons to visit us more freely from across the way….and you can discover some of them right here in this blog.
In 2018, Wales will be celebrating its incredible coastlines and award-winning beaches to encourage visitors and locals to experience the benefits delivered by high seas. You can participate in aquatic adventures such as surfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), and coasteering. For a perfect afternoon in south Wales, why not take in the exceptional vistas on a blustery beach walk – we have plenty to choose from! From Gliffaes the best beaches to aim for are those on the Gower Peninsula.
The river Usk is one of the best rivers for wild brown trout fishing in the UK and here at Gliffaes we have 5 beats spread of 2 beautiful stretches of the Usk. Fly fishing begins on the 3rd March and runs till the end of September. We can arrange guides or ghillies to help you or if you are looking to learn fly fishing or improve upon your skills we will be running a number of courses for both beginners and improvers through the season. Those looking for even more fishing can make use of the amazing Wye and Usk Passport Scheme.
We are so fortunate at our Crickhowell hotel; nestled within an incredible treescape that never fails to amaze with each changing season, the surrounding areas of Gliffaes is within the 529 square miles of the Brecon Beacons National Park, one of the three National Parks in Wales. The others being Snowdonia and The Pembrokeshire Coast. Make a road trip of it and visit all three to experience the best scenery Wales has to offer.
We are proud to be one of the most highly sought after restaurants in Crickhowell. Gliffaes is well known locally for our buffet style afternoon tea which we serve daily from 4 till 5.30pm. In the summer take your tea and cakes on the sunny terrace or sit by the open fire in winter. Dinner is the focal point of the chef’s day and we pride ourselves on a having a delicious locally sourced menu which changes seasonally and to accompany your dinner we have an extensive cellar of around 100 wines. You can book a dinner, bed and breakfast package either on line or over the phone. We are also happy to recommend other good restaurants within the area.
At our Crickhowell hotel were are incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by some of the best natural swimming spots in the country.
Thrill seekers can reach new heights on the cliffs on the Brecon Beacons. If you want to see things from a different perspective, challenge yourself to do something different this year and explore the crags and quarries of this natural wonder. From climbing and hiking to abseiling; there’s many options for those who have an inner daredevil looking to explore.
Historical monuments are as much a part of the Welsh landscape as a Welsh cake at a tea party! While you are visiting our hotel in the Brecon Beacons, take a jaunt around nearby Tretower Courtor or Carreg Cennen Castle – with its location upon a rocky hilltop, it rewards walkers with a breathtaking vista overlooking the Brecon Beacons. For the truly adventurous, take a torch and go exploring underneath the castle in its hidden tunnels and natural caves.
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.