south wales

Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre

We visited the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre today just south of Brecon.  The centre gives you some background information on the National Park and best of all, as you can see, gives you a great view of Pen y Fan. Pen y Fan is the highest peak in South Wales (886 metres / 2,907 ft above sea-level).

The visitor centre also has some nice tea-rooms with seating outside which is great when it’s sunny – just watch out for the hungry sparrows and chaffinches which pester you for crumbs!

Plenty of car parking if you’re travelling by car though there is a small charge. You can find a location map below.

Cardiff Bay Barrage Art Illusion

A walk across the Cardiff Bay Barrage is a great way to spend a few hours in Cardiff. If you’re in a car then access the barrage from the Penarth end where there’s a large carpark.  If you’re on foot then either walk from the Cardiff Bay visitor centre near the Norwegian Church, or catch a boat across the Bay from Mermaid Quay near the National Assembly Senedd building.

There’s lots to see, there are 3 boat locks between the Bay and the sea that operate every 30 minutes.  From the sea-ward side of the barrage there’s a great view in clear conditions across to Penarth pier, Flat Holm and Steep Holm and the English coast across the Severn. (more…)

Cardiff International Whitewater Centre, Cardiff Bay

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONz_q47INkc

We visited the new Cardiff International Whitewater Centre in Cardiff Bay yesterday.  This is part of the Sports village that is being developed on the west side of the Bay.  Nearby is the Cardiff Arena Ice Rink and the Cardiff International swimming pool.

The pumped river is about 250m long.  It looks lots of fun, you can either try the kayaks or go white water rafting as a group.  Each white water raft has a “captain” on board who ensures that everyone is safe.  It’s not cheap, between £250 and £300 for 6 people but you’re on the water for about 2 hours which is about as long as most people can last for!  It’s pretty tiring!! (more…)

Useful South Wales Travel Information

View of a pond and trees in snowy conditionsI’ve been getting lots of visitors over the past day or two looking for information on South Wales travel and M4 webcams.

Here are some previous posts that I’ve done over the last year or so that you may find useful rather than you having to search around:

http://www.south-wales.org/2009/uk-weather-rain-and-snow-radar/

http://www.south-wales.org/2009/m4-motorway-traffic-cams/

You may also find this page useful as it has lots of useful links to all sorts of travel information – http://www.south-wales.org/useful-south-wales-links/

Update: Wednesday 6th January – it seems the webcams are struggling with the load of people trying to have a look.  You may find that they don’t work for you.

Update: Thursday 16th December 2010 – you may find this new page useful – http://www.south-wales.org/2010/useful-information-for-south-wales-snow/

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