08 . 04 . 2019

A day out in beautiful Caernarfon

Today on the blog we head to one of the Welsh coast’s most regal of towns, and finds that there’s a whole lot more to Caernarfon than just castles and crowns.  When Edward I decided that the noisy Welsh rebels of the 13th century were keeping him from world domination, he pondered on a way…

05 . 04 . 2019

Attractions on the Wales Coast Path

“What a wonderful thing: to walk the entire length of a country’s coastline, to trace it’s every nook, cranny, cliff-face, indent and estuary. How better to truly appreciate the shape – and soul – of a nation?” said the Lonely Planet guide book last year, when they rated the entire Wales Coast Path as one…

02 . 04 . 2019

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Wales

It is often said that every day can be a school day, and while I’m not so keen on the idea of soggy mash or corridor bullies, I’m always excited about a good day out and giving brain cells a workout…. There are a collection of buildings, areas and natural sites across Wales (and many more…

28 . 03 . 2019

Shipwrecks of the Welsh Coast

Wales’ heritage is tightly bound in a tapestry of maritime history, and the waters along the beautiful coast are rich with legends of wrecks, high drama at sea, long forgotten folklore and heart warming tales of rescue. The black seas pound against the boat’s wooden hulls, while herculean winds snap sharply through vast sails. The…

25 . 03 . 2019

Spooky North Wales

Hands up who believes in ghosts? And hands up who’s seen one, or more? Where’s the spookiest place you’ve been? With so much legend and history here in North Wales and Snowdonia, there’s no wonder that we’ve got our fair share of ghosts and ghoulies – in stories at least. Porhtmadog is said to have…

21 . 03 . 2019

Wales in Bloom

Villages and towns across the country are getting ready for the annual festival of all things floral – in a bid to impress the judges of this year’s Wales in Bloom contests. The judges of the Wales in Bloom competition are set to have a very busy summer. They will travel to the corners of the country…

18 . 03 . 2019

International Day of Happiness

This week, on March 20th, is the International Day of Happiness. Now, if you’re wondering what on earth that is, it was created by a former UN special advisor in 2013 to celebrate, inspire and advance the global happiness movement. The date of March 20th is significant because it is the Spring Equinox, a natural…

15 . 03 . 2019

Beautiful Barmouth Walk

Earlier this week on the Oakeley blog we featured a news story about the fabulous new all-weather lifeboat at Barmouth. So, if you’re heading there soon to have a look at the new vessel, then why not try this fabulous Barmouth Walk whilst you’re there? It takes you over the iconic Barmouth Bridge and into…

13 . 03 . 2019

New Lifeboat for Barmouth

Last Sunday morning, crowds turned out in nearby Barmouth, to welcome a new state of the art £2.2 million lifeboat, delivered by the RNLI. The boat, named the Ella Larsen, was escorted by lifeboats from Aberdyfi, Criccieth and Pwllheli. The new Shannon Class boat replaced the previous Mersey Class one at Barmouth (Moira Barrie) which…

06 . 03 . 2019

Pwllheli Town Walk

Today on the Oakeley blog we’re taking a walk to explore a lovely market town and community on the Llyn Peninsula, Pwllheli. The town originally grew up around the fishing and ship building industries but these days, as most of the towns along the coast, it relies heavily on tourism and now boasts many holiday…