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Walking and rambling

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Walking and rambling

The hills and mountains of Wales were once seen as protection from invading armies.  However, during the nineteenth century this rugged scenery came to be seen as one of the country’s most attractive features.

Perhaps the most famous of all guidebooks on Wales was George Borrow’s Wild Wales (1862) in which he recounted his walking trip through the country in 1854.  This and other surveys of the Welsh landscape, encouraged tourism to Wales and throughout the twentieth century, Wales developed as a popular walking destination and generated considerable economic benefit to rural and coastal areas.

The advent of the railway, and later cars, made rural areas more accessible and coastal paths and walking trails throughout the countryside have made it possible for visitors to discover the heritage and beauty of rural Wales.

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