Are you looking for places to scatter ashes near you? Or perhaps you just want to find a nice, quiet spot to say goodbye?
South Wales has some of the most beautiful places to scatter ashes in the UK. With its deep valleys, attractive beaches and large national parks, it offers plenty of options for a peaceful, scenic send-off.
In this article, we look at a few of the very best.
The Brecon Beacons
Scattering ashes at the top of a mountain can feel very meaningful – especially if the person who has died loved being among nature.
The Brecon Beacons National Park has plenty of peaks to choose from. The park is home to a large mountain range, also called the Brecon Beacons. Many of the mountains have walking routes, so they’re relatively easy to climb – and all offer spectacular views of the local scenery.
You don’t have to ask permission to scatter ashes in the Brecon Beacons, as long as the place you choose has public access. However, you might want to choose a quiet time so you can say goodbye in peace.
Beaches are among the most popular places to spread ashes – and it’s easy to see why. With wide ocean views and the calming sound of waves in the air, beaches provide the perfect atmosphere for quiet reflection.
South Wales has some of the prettiest, most peaceful beaches in the whole of the UK. And Rhossili Bay might just be the most beautiful of all. It has stunning views, unspoilt scenery and more than 3 miles of sand. No wonder it’s been voted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world.
Most importantly, the bay has many secluded areas that would be ideal for a private ceremony.
Welsh historic sites
Was your loved one a fan of history? South Wales has many magnificent historic buildings where you can scatter ashes – as long as you get permission first.
Cadw, an organisation that looks after historic monuments across Wales, has a website that lists lots of possible locations.
Here are a few ideas to you could consider:
- Bishops Palace, St Davids: a ruined medieval palace in Britain’s smallest city.
- Tretower Court and Castle: a medieval tower surrounded by beautiful scenery.
- Newport Castle: the remains of a powerful fortress on the banks of the River Usk.
- Haverfordwest Priory: impressive ruins set among restored medieval gardens.
You must ask permission before scattering ashes at a Cadw site. You can do this by sending Cadw an email or letter.
What are the rules for scattering ashes in Wales?
The rules for scattering ashes in Wales are the same as in the rest of the UK.
In short, there’s nothing in UK law that says you can’t scatter ashes in certain places. However, some locations have their own rules about what’s allowed.
- Check the local rules for beaches and parks.
- Get permission if you plan to scatter ashes on private land.
- Try to choose a quiet place and time. This way, you won’t disturb other people and they won’t disturb you.
For more advice, read our guide to scattering ashes.
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