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Appreciating South Wales from a hot air balloon

04/04/2014 Jo Bailey Features

The best way to view the UK has to be from above, specifically from the comfort of a hot air balloon basket. South Wales is one of the most attractive parts of the UK. It is home to sweeping valleys, imposing mountains, rippling rivers and an abundance of wildlife. These views are spectacular from any vantage point, but they take on a whole new, even more beautiful light when viewed on a hot air balloon ride in South Wales.

There are so many things to be appreciated in South Wales that it is not possible for one single hot air balloon ride to showcase them all, but on any one occasion, you can be sure that you will be privy to a lot of beauty as you look down from the basket. Below are just a few of the most significant sights that you may see on your South Wales hot air balloon flight:

Brecon Beacons National Park

The Brecon Beacons are the jewel in South Wales’ crown. The spectacular mountain range is composed of stunning sandstone peaks which majestically reach out to the heavens. The Brecon Beacons National Park was first established in 1957. It is a stunning area of natural beauty ranging over 519 square miles of land, encompassing, Fforest Fawr, or the Great Forest as it is also known, and the Black Mountain, as well as a large area of moorland where visitors will see wild ponies and Welsh mountain sheep amongst other wildlife, as they float past in their hot air balloon.

Vale of Glamorgan

The Vale of Glamorgan is located in the south of Wales and is home to some of the most stunning views in the area. The county is situated on a rugged coastline and is home to such wonderful attractions as the Vale of Glamorgan Railway, Barry Island Pleasure Park, St Donat’s Castle and Comeston Medieval village.

The Big Pit National Coal Museum

The Big Pit National Coal Museum is a fantastic attraction to visit, but it is also great to view from above. The industrial heritage museum is home to a number of large scale mining developments which it won’t be difficult to spot from your hot air balloon ride in South Wales.

Porthcawl Waterfront

Porthcawl’s seafront is a quaint area in Bridgend. It is home to an attractive promenade and road train, and is often visited by historical steam boats in the summer months – a must see attraction for history buffs and ship enthusiasts.


Of course, no hot air balloon ride in South Wales would be complete without a trip over the Cardiff skyline, with its mix of old and modern buildings, including the Senedd Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Castle and the clock tower of city hall.

As you can see from this brief selection of attractions, South Wales is an extremely interesting and diverse place, and it only gets more interesting when viewed as part of a pleasant hot air balloon ride.

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