One-third of South Wales is covered by the Brecon Beacons National Park, which encompasses the expansive Fforest Fawr, the 90-foot Henrhyd Waterfall and the Brecon Beacons mountain range. Mountain sheep graze and Welsh mountain ponies roam across the park's grassy moorlands.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park covers nearly 250 square miles in South Wales. Here, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path meanders along the western edge of Wales, stretching 186 miles from St. Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south. Traversing cliff-top trails, stunning beaches and picturesque harbors, this National Trail is primarily restricted to walking, though some sections permit cycling as well.
In Vale of Glamorgan outside the capital city of Cardiff, the Dyffryn Gardens are set on a 55-acre estate anchored by a grand Edwardian manor house. An exceptional example of Edwardian garden design, Dyffryn includes formal lawns, intimate garden rooms and colorful seasonal beddings, in addition to a statuary and an arboretum with trees from around the world. Several rooms in Dyffryn House have recently been restored to their original splendor and opened to the public.
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