- West Wales
West Wales ( _cy. Gorllewin Cymru) is the western area of
Walesbordered by South Walesto the east and Mid Walesto the north. It is a region of Wales and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and NI and has several thousand square miles of land.
The area is loosely-defined, but is generally considered to include
Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshireand Ceredigion. Swanseaand Neath Port Talbotare included in the former Welsh Development Agencyand ELWaWest Wales regions [http://wales.gov.uk/dpsp/40382121/wsp-101104-pt2-e.pdf?lang=en] , although they are generally considered to be in South Wales.
Many people consider the true beginning of West Wales to be the
Loughorbridge and the border of Swanseaand Carmarthenshirewhen travelling west towards Carmarthenshire. At this point, road signs change from English before Welsh to Welsh before English. This is due to the vastly increased use of the Welsh languagein the West Wales area.
The area includes the
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
The name West Wales was also applied to the
Kingdom of Cornwallbefore the conquest by the Anglo-Saxons during the period of the Heptarchy.This is due to misunderstanding. The Anglo-saxon word Waleas means " foreigners<>, which gave its name to Wales - foreigners/foreign". This was also applied to Cornwall as "West wales" meaning " West foreigners ", although, this is misunderstood as that Cornwall was part of Wales.In fact, Cornwall never belonged to Wales. It was part of the same people, the Brythons, but was never ruled by them.
For many purposes Wales can be divided into only three regions,
North Wales, South Walesand West Wales. In this scenario the boundary between West Wales and North Wales is marked by the Ceredigion- Powysborder. Powys itself is divided, Brecknock being included in South Wales with Montgomeryshireincluded in North Wales.
Geography of Wales
South West Wales
* [http://www.wildwestwales.com/ Wild West Wales]
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