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The extent that we'd like should we see snowdonia. Instead of dartmoor yorkshire dales or the lake district. And should we climb snowdon or ben nevis while snowden has the tallest mountain in wales benevolence tallest mountain in on in scotland. First of all. Dark more and yorkshire dales are kind of dot dot motors. Let's say is not as elevated. The auction deals are beautiful. Recycling is rolling nello in sort of remote unused flat. I rolling hills farmland mostly. But he says is just want more. If you want more hardcore nature. I think i would recommend leaked district or snowdonia okay. It's me. I'd recommend snowdonia of the lakers. The lake district is more rounded. Snowdonia is no jagged. I love scotland ben. Nevis is four thousand four hundred thousand six feet so that's another thousand feet or whatever dot com and because it's so much further north it can get much colder you it to be a winner of after remember the latitude factors But bj's talking about the lake district. That's the cumbrian lake district. That's you've got to to me. The south in the north. The south. To me more tricky. I love settling down in the north. Because they can. There's plenty hikes there. But a great thing about wales is all the castles. You can't go to north wales without being just wonder struck by the castle's tell us just briefly as we visit snowden and we drive there and we explore around. We're gonna see castles. Who built them in. Why well there are two sets. If you like castles in north wales one set was built to by the princes of gwynedd. Dear understand that the area in which not only finds itself. Now if you're trying to attack them that you have to. Because it's a mountainous landscape. You have to come along mountain valleys and so defend their homeland. They built their castles in the valleys. However gwynedd there was conquered by ed to the first in the twelve eight. T's long shanks of braveheart fame so beautifully played by patrick mcgowan. But he wasn't interested in the valleys he wanted to be able to get to. His castles built his castles. Which are the most expensive set of wonderful castles you've ever seen. His cancels are on the edge of the seat. He could access bring building materials by sea. So the kessels. That i'm thinking of in wales for these big dramatic state of the art in the thirteenth century castles. They would be english. Castles built to keep the indigenous welsh. People down yeah and they would be accessible by cc. Because that's what you you don't need to control the countryside just didn't have these toll halls access by sea. And then you can administer your empire when you've been there you know there's a very narrow coastal strip with mountains on the inside so if you're going to move in granada in north wales you can move either along the coastal strip all through the valleys. Well if you build castles at the mouths of rivers on the seashore you've got landscape tied you bottle up the country king edward. He had his castles there. What are the top three or four castles that they come out and conway damaris say those hard liquor is one. How beautiful gorgeous castles this traveled. Rick steves we've been joined by. Martin landed guide from northern wales. We've been talking about snowden national park in the cultural and historic wonders nearby martin. Thanks so much for joining us. And i'd like to just close with a moment with you. You and i just spent three just exhilarating hours. We didn't take the steam train week. Climbed there's a beautiful day. We got to the top of mount snowden you as a welshman tell me what do you see and what do you think except to the view from the top is study you can see ireland from the top star. You can see the isla man. From atop snowden the see is there the lakes heavily glaciated landscape deep steep narrow valleys streams that run down them and a very green countryside is not by accident that tom jones sangha the green green grass of home. It does rain a bit. But you know it's worth putting on a coat to go out into the bbc's of snowdonia in at that moment you're in the top of wales literally. Top house martin. Thanks so much. i'm trying to us. Thank you for having in just a bit. We'll explore the outdoorsy appeal of the laid back former yugoslav nation of slovenia where they'll be celebrating thirty years of independence later this year but i british travel writer dan. Richard looks at the small outposts you can find scattered around some of the wildest places on earth it's travel with. Rick steves as a kid. Dan richards climbed trees and built folks in the countryside of western england since his enthusiasm for adventure has taken him to untamed landscapes around the world. Some even come with a place to stay and breathtaking view for his book. Outpost at journey to the wild ends beer. Dan explored the huts cabins and refugees that have sheltered wilderness adventures for decades. He joins us now on travel with rick. Steves to take to these secret worlds that you won't find on airbnb. Dan welcome hello. Thank you for having me. You mentioned in your book that it all started with a polar bear pelvis. That sat on your father's desk. I can you explain that. Just before i was born. My dad came back from an expedition That he had done to saalbach in the arctic when he was younger he was a mountaineer and explorer and he went to this the most northerly human permanent settlement on earth which is called. Neo listened as parts of a sort of geology expedition. And when he came home he unpacked his bag and he had his most amazing almost alien artifact. Which was this whole obama pelvis a very old when he found it so you know he never sort of the bear involved but he found this kind of bony frame. Bought it home and as you say kind of existed. Has this incredible object in his study. So there's the polar bear pelvis and then a photograph of your dead in snowbird. Yes and he'd stayed with his team In a number of sheds up that very very rudimentary very fragile little buildings where they had stayed for a nato team so when your school friends are going to america for their summer break you decide to go to fall board and find that shed and tell us about how you got into going to these remote outposts. Because you've gone to these places all over the world well. In light of my dad's trip. I began to think about these outposts. As witness in a way to amazing adventures and travels people had had over centuries really and often the people are gone and the only thing that remains there jumping off point and that could be a vase like scott space in antarctica or could be a like a lighthouse or a fire watching cabin and the pass. These places are now out of use but they still exist as these kind of amazing survivors memorials to things that went on and i began thinking about that and also the way that often creative people will try and make a shed or a spot and space either in the house or in the garden in a way to try and sort of interact with amuses or just create enough kind of clear space to think and create so. I began to combine those. That is so important. Just love going to the the remote fjords on the west coast of norway and finding the little tiny cabin where edvard grieg. The great norwegian composer would work and you can see the simple piano he composed on. You can look out the window and see the solitude in the pristine nature and the fastness of it. All that inspired him and you can imagine that solitude was his muse absolutely. I think a lot of the places that i visited with light that they had just enough architecture to make some difference. So you weren't completely outside and thorough. Has that line where his walden pond hot. He was caged amongst birds so the birds were free and he was with you know at his desk just in the nature so i suppose venturing to these places. You would prepare yourself to know. What was the purpose of this hutton. And what is the humanity of it. What was struggle. What was the heroics of this hut and then when you go there. It becomes a.

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