Did you know Wales produces its own whisky? It
might not be as well known as its Scottish or Irish counterparts,
but that is changing.
Penderyn Whisky (which takes its name from the village in the
Brecon Beacons National Park where the distillery is based) started
production in 2000 and the first bottle was released on St David's
Day in 2004. It was the first whisky to be (legally!) produced in
Wales since the 19th century. The distillery is situated on a
natural spring and it uses this water, to produce the whisky.
The visitor centre opened in 2008 and gives visitors a tour
explaining how the distilling process works. Even better, at the
end of the tour you get the chance to sample the whisky (or vodka,
gin or cream liquor that they also produce).
And if you're really into your whisky, why not try the Penderyn Distillery Master
Class tour. This includes a detailed tour of the
distillery, an in-depth look at how the whisky is made and also an
expert tasting session.
For more details take a look at their website - www.welsh-whisky.co.uk
This time next week, thousands of people will start to
congregate at the top Caerphilly Mountain for what is rapidly
becoming one of Wales' biggest annual sporting events. For
the third year running the Tour of Britain rolls into town.
Starting in Machynlleth, stage 5 winds it way through the Elan
Valley and Brecon Beacons before arriving in Caerphilly where after
150 miles of racing the riders will face one final obstacle, the
infamous Caerphilly Mountain. Not content to make the riders
struggle up it once, the route takes the race around the outskirts
of the town and back to the foot for another go.
It will certainly prove to be a tough conclusion to the stage,
especially the second time around.
Some of the world best cyclists will be competing as they aim for
the race leaders Gold Jersey as well as making the final
preparations for the World Championships in Florence the following
Household names such as Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will be
taking part as well as world class sprinter Alessandro Petacchi,
winner of the famous Liege-Bastogne-Liege race Dan Martin and the
young sensation from this year's Tour de France, the Columbian
climber Nairo Quintana.
To find out more about the race, visit the Tour of Britain website
Whilst Snowdon, as the highest mountain in Wales,
is understandably on your list of favourite places in
Wales, so too is the highest mountain in the Southern
half of the country - Pen y Fan.
Situated in the Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan climbs to 886 metres and
is very popular with walkers.
Those climbing the mountain from the Storey Arms side will pass a
memorial obelisk. It was built in memory to a five year old
boy called Tommy Jones who, in 1900 got lost whilst visiting his
grandparents. After a 29 day search his body was found having
died from hypothermia. The obelisk marks the spot where his
body was found.
The views from the top of the mountain are spectacular. On a
clear day you can enjoy vistas of the Southern Wales Valleys, the
Bristol Channel and beyond to Exmoor to the South, Cardigan Bay to
the West and the Cambrian Mountains to the North.
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