Wales Facts: What Are They?

Wales is one of the best countries in the world and considered to have one of the lowest costs of living when compared to the whole of the UK. This makes it one of the best places to live in even if you are trying to raise a family of your own. The activities in the country help people achieve a healthy work and life balance.

Wales is pretty well-known for having a mountainous terrain spread out over a long coastline. This makes the country a great sight for nature lovers and backpackers. However, before you start trekking into the country, there are a few facts you might want to know about the place. Some of which are pretty interesting.

Menai Bridge

This is one of the more popular suspension bridges around the world because it was the first of its kind to be constructed for heavy traffic. As it connected the island of Anglesey to mainland Wales, it brought forth trade and commerce as it made it easier for people to transport goods across the Menai Strait.In the past, people had to use ferries to get across and this was a dangerous route as the waters were treacherous. The same challenge faced the transport of cattle across as it is the main income of Anglesey. The cattle had to swim across which resulted to some being swept away by the water. At the time it was built on January 30, 1826, it was the longest bridge in the world measuring 1,265 ft.

Longest place name in Europe

Still in Anglesey, one of the larger village and community in the place holds the record for having the longest name in all of Europe. The village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch was conceptualized in the 1860s for promotional purposes. It also holds the 2002 Guinness World Record for longest domain name online. Roughly translated to mean “St Mary Church In The Hollow Of The White Hazel Near To The Rapid Whirlpool Of Llantysilio Of The Red Cave” it is the second longest place name in the world second to Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu in New Zealand.

Oldest tree in Wales

Found in a small churchyard in St, Dygain’s Church, the Llangernyw Yew is one of oldest trees in Wales. The yew tree (Taxus baccata) is believed to have taken root sometime in the prehistoric Bronze Age and it is still growing. The Tree Council declared this Yew tree one of the 50 Great British trees.

Britain’s deepest cave

Wales also boasts of having the deepest cave at over 1,000 feet deep in all of Britain. Situated in Abercraf which is a county of Brecknockshire in Wales, the cave named Ogof Ffynnon Dddu or OFD can be found. This was first discovered in 1946 by two cave explorers – Peter Harvey and Ian Nixon. Translated to “Cave of the Black Spring,” it features amazing sights from rivers to waterfalls and even huge passages and amazing rock formations.

Mumbles

One of the more popular places in Wales that feature a 1794 lighthouse overseeing a Victorian Pier. The Oystermouth Castle giving a fantastic view of the Swansea bay is also a favorite tourist destination. There are also some high-end shops and unique boutiques to satisfy your shopping needs. A visit is not complete without tasting the “fresh off the boat” local seafood cuisine in the area. However, what sets Mumbles apart is the etymology of its name. It is believed that French sailors, after seeing the two islands, started to call the place Mumbles in reference to “mamelles” meaning breasts.