I love Autumn. And I think it’s the perfect time to get out and explore. And if you want to make your exploration footprint a little lighter, you’re in luck as here are 5 of my favourite things to do in Wales that are also, would you believe, eco friendly.
Take a walk along the Llandegfedd reservoir trail
If you’re a local and haven’t been to Llandegfedd for a while then you’ll be pretty surprised to see the changes. Back in the Easter they opened a new visitor’s centre and cafe as well as a new six and a half mile, scenic route around the reservoir. The circular trial will have walkers going through woodland, pasture, a conservation zone and a golf course, where you’ll see loads of wildlife and be treated to wonderful views over the reservoir. And don’t worry if you don’t fancy a six mile jaunt, you can just do parts of it as it links in to other footpaths along the way.
Take a trip to the Senedd (The National Assembly for Wales)
If you’re planning to head down to Cardiff Bay, then do stop in the Senedd whilst you’re there. It is one of the most environmentally friendly parliament buildings in the world and made from traditional Welsh materials such as slate and Welsh oak. You can go in and have a wander around, grab a cup of coffee and go to the public galleries where you can observe Plenary in the Siambr, which is the Assembly’s debating chamber.
The Newport Wetlands is one of the best places for wildlife in the UK, created on former industrial wasteland, it’s now a nature reserve full with wildlife and beautiful birds that nestle amongst the reed beds, lagoons and grassland that have been developed. It’s an ideal place for children and families as well as those who love nature and love to walk. And if you’re a keen photographer, then this place is a MUST. They also host a range of events which makes autumn the perfect time to get your wellies on and go explore.
Lunch/Dinner at the Felin Fach Griffin
I had to include at least one foodie outing and I’d recommend that you visit this wonderful pub/restaurant on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It supports local producers and has the best kitchen garden with the produce being used to produce some truly wonderful meals in the restaurant. It’s such a lovely place, relaxed, cosy and friendly. Oh! and you can take your dog along too.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales
Don’t worry if you’re not a keen gardener, you’ll still love a visit to the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire. It has over 8000 different plant varieties, spread across 560 acres of beautiful countryside and there’s something to appeal to everyone. They host loads of different events and workshops for people of all ages so there’s always something interesting to do.