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Leisure in rural Wales

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Sport and pastimes in rural Wales

Llyn-y-Dinas near Beddgelert, from 'Views in North Wales', published by Thomas McLean, 1823

The Welsh landscape offers many opportunities for sport and leisure activities. From walking and rambling in the hills and mountains to fishing in the lakes and other coastal activities on the Welsh shores, the visitors who flock to Wales in their thousands every year are spoilt for choice.

For those who live in rural Wales, many of the popular sports and the latest cultural trends can be followed on the television or on the Web.  Yet there continues to be a strong connection between the landscape and agricultural industry of rural Wales on the one hand, and the leisure activities which interest its inhabitants on the other. Young Farmers Clubs have retained much of their popularity and agricultural shows continue to be held on an annual basis in several parts of Wales.  As well as being a method of controlling the population of animals that threaten the livelihood of farmers, hunting is also a popular pastime that is steeped in tradition.