Jamie Roberts' favourite outdoor spots

Jamie Roberts on the headland overlooking Rhossili

From plonking down on a bench and taking in the view to strenuous walks and climbs, here are Jamie Roberts' top five places to explore.

Jamie Roberts and his brother David at the top of Pen y Fan

1. Pen y Fan, Brecon 

My favourite place in Wales. I spent so much time there growing up with it being the closest mountain to Cardiff. I’ll always remember walking up there as a part of our pre- World Cup training in 2015. It’s definitely a mountain for all seasons and my place to truly escape.

Jamie Roberts with his Dad with Worm's Head in the background

2. Rhossili, Gower 

We spent many a summer in Whitford Bay caravan park and would spend hours on Rhossili beach, building sandcastles, burying my Dad in the sand and attempting to bodyboard! It’s such a beautiful beach and now I enjoy just sitting and enjoying the view.

Gelert's stone monument at Beddgelert

3. Beddgelert, Snowdonia 

I love dogs, I really want to get one, but will have to wait until I retire! So it’s no surprise that the tragic story of Beddgelert, is one of my favourite fables and going to see Gelert’s grave is a must do when in Snowdonia. There’s a great short walk you can do, I loved it as a kid.

Jamie Roberts and his brother on top of Sugar Loaf

4. Sugar Loaf, Abergavenny 

The Sugarloaf was another regular jaunt for us as a family with its proximity to Cardiff. I remember we once did a sunrise walk there, meeting at 1am! The views of the Skirrid and the Blorenge made it worthwhile. That’s the whole point of walking up a mountain, you get a real sense of achievement at the top, earning the view, and of course the pub lunch afterwards!

A view of the mansion from the Cedar garden

5. Tredegar House, Newport 

We could get to Tredegar House within 20 minutes from our house, so we would regularly stomp around in our wellies exploring the woods or take a picnic to enjoy in the grounds on sunny days.