We live in such a beautiful area of Britain which provides ample photography opportunities. We've highlighted 5 of the best photography locations in South Wales to travel to on a lovely Spring day.
What better excuse do you need to plan your next photography trip? Grab your camera, lenses, tripod, and other essentials and get exploring the local area.
1. The Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons National Park is a stunning 6-peak mountain range which contains the highest mountain in South Wales, Pen y Fan. Popular with local photographers and walkers alike, Pen y Fan reaches 2,907 feet above sea-level. Best get your hiking boots on if you want to take photos up there!
2. Castell Coch
Castell Coch, or 'Red Castle', is a fairytale-like castle from the 19th century and sits on a hill above the village of Tongwynlais. One of Britain's richest men in 1848, John Crichton-Stuart the 3rd Marquess of Bute, inherited the castle and employed the architect William Burges (who also worked on Cardiff Castle) to reconstruct the castle as a kind of holiday home. If only we were so lucky!
Many photo opportunities are available in Castell Coch and the surrounding woodland, from the beautiful interior rooms to the spires and drawbridge. Once finished, you can enjoy a rest in the tea room just inside the castle. However if you have not paid for entry to the castle, you can walk around ten minutes to the Forest Tearooms in the woodlands.
3. Newport Wetlands
Popular with local residents, Newport Wetlands is a wildlife reserve south-east of Newport. The wetlands were established to help reduce the losses of habitats when the Cardiff Bay Barrage scheme began. Spanning 1,080 acres, the reserve is a birders' paradise. Many species can be spotted such as tufted ducks, great crested grebes, and grey herons. Entry is free and you could even bring your child along as there is a play park.
Southwest of Bridgend, Southerndown is a village which is best known for it's beach thanks to the beautiful cliffs. The beach is actually split in two and separated by a headland, which features the remains of Dunraven Castle, another photo opportunity. This can also make a fun walk for little ones as there is the chance to go fossil hunting in the Jurassic rocks. Commonly spotted are bivalves, ammonites, fragments of corals and carbonised fossil wood.
On the western side of Carmarthen Bay you will find Tenby, a walled seaside town in Pembrokeshire. Pastel coloured buildings forming the quaint town make an unusual but striking landscape. Popular with tourists, you can find many independent shops selling arts, crafts and other souvenirs. Tenby is perfect for a sunny day out.
We may have only listed 5 places here, but South Wales is rich in beautiful landscapes and mountain walks. If you have a location in mind and need advice on essential photography gear, contact us and we will be more than happy to help.
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