Isla and Mia
Wales Nature Ambassador
“Nature heals, inspires, brings courage, reveals, calms, teaches, connects and much, much more. For free. It’s right there, outside your door.”
Isla grew up in nature with her wild hearted mother. At 16, a life changing accident made her connection with the outdoors and her body stronger. She now spends every moment she can with her own daughter in the mountains near her home.
Why Hay Bluff is so special
“Hay Bluff is a beautiful wild space with incredible views, dramatic changing light and weather, rich wildlife and is often deserted. It’s my kingdom. My reliable sanctuary. It’s always there, although never the same. Sometimes when the going is tough, it reminds me what it is to feel alive, connected and content, for that moment.”
Why spend more time outdoors?
“Our dislocation from nature is accelerating. Our stress levels are compounding and inevitably it is leading to depression and anxiety in our children and ourselves. Nature heals, inspires, brings courage, reveals, calms, teaches, connects and much, much more. For free. It’s right there, outside your door.”
My other favourite places in Wales
- Whitesands and the stretch of beautiful rugged coastline around St David’s, Pembrokeshire. It’s great for sandcastle building, rock pooling and activities on the water. There are some fabulous camp sites too, wild and family orientated.
- Brecon Beacons National Park. There are so many walks for all abilities in secluded valleys, mountains tops, lowlands and tumbling streams and rivers. Not to mention the historical and geological interest.
- Elan Valley. Dramatic Victorian dams and reservoirs, vast wild open land, rich bird life-home of the Red Kite. Camp next to a mountain stream, star gaze, fish, cycle, safari! It’s a wonderful vast playground for all interests and abilities.