1995-04-04: A Walk Through Wales

A Walk Through Wales (1992)

by Anthony Bailey (1933-)

This is a straightforward description of a (long) walk through Wales, from Cardiff to Bangor. It is also a description of a cultural struggle: the struggle of the Welsh to retain the Welsh language and heritage against the encroachment of the English.

This struggle is of interest to Susan and me because of the attraction we felt towards the Welsh countryside, and the enjoyment of living in a cottage in a sheep-farming village. Bailey’s book depicts the bitterness that some Welsh feel toward the encroachment of English (and presumably English-speaking) second-homers and full-time residents who tend to dilute the movement promoting the speaking of Welsh.

Certainly these feelings are not universal, but they deserve some consideration by a thoughtful person desiring to spend time in Wales.

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