Posted March 2, 2010 by Kate Hamman
From mountain peaks to sweeping countryside, Wales is a land of natural beauty and diverse landscapes. Come experience the land and all it offers for less than you'd expect, given the pound. Take a ride on an eco-friendly roller coaster at a green theme park, eat freshly boxed organic meats and veggies from a farm, and stay at an environmentally aware inn.
GreenWood Forest Park: With a roller coaster that produces more power than it uses, GreenWood Forest Park has something for kids and earth-loving adults alike. The 20-person Green Dragon Roller Coaster travels a 250-meter track, including a 360-degree horizontal loop, simply by harnessing the power of people. The park also incorporates many other eco-friendly practices such as recycling, energy conservation, and carbon offsetting. Admission starts at £7.60 (about $11.35 U.S.; check XE.com for current exchange rates) for adults and £6.35 (about $8.59 U.S.) for children.
Aberhyddnant Organic Farm: At Aberhyddnant in Brecon Beacons, you'll see animals grazing freely, wildlife nesting in the surrounding trees, and vegetables growing in chemical-free soils. At the shop, you can purchase holiday hampers, or a box filled with enough produce and meats for a meal or weekend. Hampers start at £22 for a breakfast box that includes free-range eggs, organic bacon and sausage, a loaf of bread, organic butter, cheese, and jam, Welsh honey, and organic Welsh apple juice.
Bryn Elltyd Guest House: The Bryn Elltyd Guest House offers sustainable accommodations set against the backdrop of the Moelwyn mountain range in Snowdonia National Park. By reducing energy consumption, conserving water, and getting heat from solar collectors, the guesthouse is doing its part to leave a small footprint. Choose from the inn's six rooms that come with fair-trade hospitality trays. Rooms start at £30 (about $44.83 U.S.) per person per night.
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