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Study Vacations in Wales

Educational Opportunities for People of All Ages

Last year I took an extensive tour of Wales to visit the land of my ancestors: Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales; the Isle of Anglesey, separated by a bridge from mainland Wales, and the castles of Caernarfon, Conwy, and Powys. I found wild scenery, historic buildings, beautiful coastal walks, and educational opportunities for people of all ages.

My focus was the mid-section of the country, from Harlech Castle on the coast down to the university town of Aberystwyth. This area is easily accessible from the midlands of England. Direct flights from the U.S. to Birmingham often cost less than flights to London or Manchester, and immigration and baggage pickup are fast and efficient at Birmingham Airport. Travelers from the U.S. can be in Wales before noon on the day of arrival.

From Birmingham take the M54 to Shrewsbury, then go west on the A458 to Welshpool, just over the Welsh border, and consider beginning your tour of Wales at the Llyn Coed Nature Reserve in Welshpool.

The university city of Aberystwyth offers a choice of reasonably priced accommodations. During the months of April and from July through September visitors are welcomed at the Aberystwyth Conference Center, part of the Univ. of Wales. Single rooms, many with private baths, include a choice of half board, full meal plan, or bed and breakfast. Guests can use the campus sports complex, attend a full range of courses and lectures, and take part in field work.

Rheidol Study Center, also in Aberystwyth, purpose built for field study and outdoor activities, has a qualified residential staff. There is full meal plan at good rates.

Further along the coast, at Borth, a similar center is housed in an Edwardian house overlooking the Irish sea and the Dyfi estuary. Here accommodations are dormitory style.

From any one of these bases day trips can be made to a variety of centers including the Center for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth, a short drive from Aberystwyth. Visitors can spend the night in unique “eco-cabins.” The center features displays of windmills, water turbines, solar power, energy conservation, and organic gardens.

For further information about educational vacations in mid Wales write to Mid Wales Education Dept., The Station, Machynlleth, Powys, SY29 8TG Wales, U.K.

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