16 . 10 . 2018

North Wales Wildlife Trust

Snowdonia and North Wales is teeming with wildlife, birds and a huge variety of different plant species; join us as we discover some of the region’s finest Nature Reserves. The stunning landscape of our beautiful region is packed with a huge variety of wildlife, plants and birds, all making their homes in wild spaces, woodlands, meadows,…

26 . 09 . 2018

North Wales Reservoirs

Reservoirs are a common feature of our beautiful landscape, and today we celebrate some of the area’s finest. Until the onset of the Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century, man-made reservoirs in the UK were a rare sight. Natural lakes, rivers and streams provided enough fresh water to satisfy needs of small rural communities, and in…

21 . 09 . 2018

RNLI Lifeboats in Wales

The RNLI is one of the coastline’s most distinctive organisations, with stations, boats and crew members dotted along the shores of Wales.             “With courage, nothing is impossible” was the motto of Sir William Hillary, founder of the RNLI almost two hundred years ago. This inspiring man personally helped to save over 300 lives at sea…

20 . 06 . 2018

George Borrow’s Wild Wales

Even today, George Borrow’s journeys and rambles through Wales in the 1850’s are some of the most famous tales of Welsh travels, culture and history. He chronicled them all in his book Wild Wales, so join us as we travel in Borrow’s footsteps. “Wales is one of the most picturesque countries in the world, a…

15 . 03 . 2018

A visit to St Davids City, Wales

Although Cardiff may well be the official capital city of our little country, today we’re exploring the history of a little city in West Wales with a big claim; that it was once the capital of our beautiful nation. Indeed, it was the birthplace of our patron Saint, Dewi (or St David) and is named…

16 . 01 . 2018

Conwy Castle

After the Welsh uprising of the late 13th century, Edward the King of England decided there was only one way to keep the rebels in check. Work soon began in earnest on Edward’s impressive plan to remind the Welsh of their new rulers, and to control any unruly behaviour. His plan resulted in the “iron…

25 . 06 . 2017

Snowdonia Slate Mines

A quiet corner of north Wales holds deep buried secrets to the area’s bustling industrial past From a distance, the mountains that surround the little town of Blaenau Ffestiniog are breathtaking in their quiet beauty, but dig a little deeper and there is a treasure trove of secrets to unlock; a glimpse of a noisy…

28 . 05 . 2017

Snowdonia National Park

As regular readers of the Oakeley blog will know, we are absolutely thrilled to live and work in Snowdonia National Park. It is one of the finest natural spaces in Britain and it is an absolutely stunning place to live and visit, and earlier this week on the blog, we found out more about the Snowdonia Giving…

17 . 04 . 2017

Snowdonia on Television

“I am not a number, I am a free man” shouts Patrick McGoohan’s character Number 6 in The Prisoner, one of the most iconic television series from the 1960s. The line is perhaps one of the most well-known from the series that captured the public’s imagination when it was first broadcast in 1967. The Prisoner…

19 . 03 . 2017

David Lloyd George in North Wales

“He was the greatest Welshman which that unconquerable race has produced since the age of the Tudors….. and those that come after us will find the pillars of his life’s toil upstanding, massive and indestructible”. Winston Churchill’s parliamentary tribute to David Lloyd George just after his death in 1945 paid homage to the Liberal politician…

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