Sandwiched between the Snowdon summit in North Wales and the Valleys of South Wales you’ll find Mid Wales, equally rich in striking scenery, mining and historic castles and a jaw dropping coastline. 30% of Wales’s population speak the Celtic language of Welsh the majority of whom are in North and Mid Wales so you will be sure to receive a warm ‘Croeso i Gymru’ (Welcome to Wales) and experience feeding red kites or compete in the World Bog Snorkelling Championships!
What to see and do in Mid Wales:
- Elan Valley – in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains, Elan Valley provides a beautiful mix of rolling hills and picturesque reservoirs and dams. You’ll also see remains of earlier slate mining. Perfect for hiking, cycling, horseriding or relaxing. Also designated as an International Dark Sky Park making it perfect for stargazing. Explore the 6 great historical engineering achievements of the Elan Valley dams Elan Valley, Rhayader LD6 5HP, which supply water for the city of Birmingham. The historic market town of Rhayader, in the Elan Valley, is a significant crossroads for all of Wales. Get close to Red Kites at the Red Kite Feeding Station, The Red Kite Centre Gigrin Farm South Street, Rhayader LD6 5BL
- Vale of Rheidol Railway – Park Avenue, Aberystwyth SY23 1PG take a steam train through the lush woodlands and mountains of Rheidol Valley. Stop at the legendary Devil’s Bridge before continuing to the coastal university town of Aberystwyth. Here you’ll find the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth Castle, South Road, Aberystwyth SY23 1JW and the historic Cliff Railway, Cliff Railway House, Cliff Terrace, Aberystwyth SY23 2DN, the longest funicular electric cliff railway in Britain up to the top of Constitution Hill. At the summit, get a bird’s eye view over 1000 square miles of land and seascape from one the world’s largest camera obscuras.
- Cardigan Bay – has a range of picturesque villages and towns very popular with locals and tourists alike. Take a boat trip to go dolphin spotting in New Quay, enjoy honey icecream on Aberaeron Quay surrounded by the town’s beautifully multicoloured homes. Visit Cardigan town, home of the first Welsh Eisteddfod (a Welsh language talent festival) and go to the stunning nearby beaches of Llangrannog, Mwnt and Poppit Sands among many others.
- Pembrokeshire Coast National Park – rightly boasts its rating by National Geographic as the second-best coastline in the World. A breathtaking 50 beaches along 186 miles of jaw dropping coastline. A wildlife and bird watchers paradise, sail to one of many islands off the coastline to see puffins and Manx shearwaters, seals and dolphins and much more. Try out some watersports at Newgale or Dale beaches or relax in Barafundle Bay. The colourful and characterful town of Tenby is a must visit as is Pembroke Castle and the majestic St David’s Cathedral where the St David, the patron saint of Wales was buried in 589 – 5A The Pebbles, St Davids SA62 6RD
- Brecon Beacons National Park – a spectacular mountain range and popular attraction for outdoor enthusiasts of all abilities. The beacons span across Mid Wales into South Wales and include the Carreg Cennen Castle and the pretty town of Brecon. Also host to the literary Hay Festival and World Bog Snorkelling Championships near Llanwrtyd Wells, the smallest town in Wales. Visit the National Showcaves Centre for Wales, DAN-YR-OGOF Brecon Road, Swansea SA9 1GJ to discover the secrets of the underground caverns and passageways.
- National Botanic Gardens of Wales – Middleton Hall, Llanarthne SA32 8HN, both a visitor attraction and a centre for botanical research and conservation, it has the world’s largest single span glasshouse at 110m long by 60m wide. A delight and an education for any horticulturalist or budding green thumb.
If things are not going well in your realtionship and you are contemplating separation or divorce, we have found the following firms in Mid Wales
Hanratty & Co.– The Eagles, Shortbridge Street, Newtown, SY16 2LW
Milwyn Jenkins & Jenkins, Mid Wales House, Great Oak Street, Llanidloes, SY18 6BN
Wace Morgan Tomley Solicitors, 31 Market Street, Newtown, SY16 2PG
Richard George & Jenkins, Old Bank Chambers High Street, Newtown, SY16 2NT
Don’t be scared of talking about your finances. Speak to an advisor and plan your future
Divorced, separated, widowed or going into another relationship; finances are important. However, boring the prospect may be, if you are starting a new chapter in your life, you need to get your finances in some kind of order. This is not only to protect yourself and your family for things which could happen in the future, but to give you the peace of mind that you have done everything you can to take control of your life once more.
There are a number of general financial planning principles which a good advisor will follow to assess what you need. Long gone are the days of “mis-selling” products which you really didn’t need. (Think of PPI).
If you have children, you probably want to put something in place to protect them in the future too. Whatever income you have, it’s all about using every penny wisely.
You could be in your 30’s or 60’s – it’s irrelevant; it’s always worth speaking to someone in the know, to ensure you are making good use of the funds available to you. Get a divorce financial planner.
One of the first things a divorce financial planner will assess is your needs and aspirations for the future.
- When do you plan to retire?
- Do you have any pensions?
- Do you want to own your home? Where do you want to live?
- Do you want your children to be privately educated?
- What do you want your lifestyle to look like?
We have financial planners across the country and
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I am a financial adviser who works exclusively divorcing women.
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