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Wales is only half the size of The Netherlands, yet it’s packed with mountain ranges, lush valleys, rugged coastline and little market towns. This makes for excellent walking country whether clients want to walk independently or with a guide.

 

If you're organising a walking holiday or just want to include a walk in your itinerary there are lots of operators offering guided and self-guided walking tours and luggage transfers

 

Check out walks which were featured in the BBC One Wales 'Weatherman Walking' series, starring our favourite weatherman, Derek Brockway - with downloadable maps to follow.

The ramblers website has lots of useful information on walking including routes, events and guided walks.   

 

Other useful links:

 

Brecon Beacons National Park

GPS Routes

National Trust

Natural Resources Wales

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park 

Snowdonia National Park

Visit Wales walking holidays and hiking in Wales  

walkingworld.com 

 

 

National Trails 

National Trails ensure high quality walking, with good way-marking and facilities. 


 

 
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path

    The 186-mile trail is one of Britain’s most popular long distance paths. It was also named one of the World's top trails by travel adviser cheapflights in 2011.  After passing through the resorts of Tenby, Pembroke and Milford Haven, the route sticks faithfully to the beautiful coastline of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to reach the tiny cathedral city of St Davids, before heading north to Fishguard and St Dogmaels, in the shadow of the Preseli Hills. The trail was recently listing as one of 25 things to do in Britain before you die.

    www.pcnpa.org.uk
  • Offa’s Dyke National Trail

    This trail is a dramatic crossing of Wales from south to north. It follows loosely the line of King Offa of Mercia’s original ditch and bank and, in doing so, follows approximately the line of the official border between Wales and England. Varied terrain and views are guaranteed.

    www.nationaltrail.co.uk/offasdyke

     
 
 
  • Glynd┼Ár’s Way

    The latest of the National Trails which crosses incredibly varied Mid-Wales countryside, is by far the least used of the National trails, but passes a succession of unspoilt outposts, and scenery from gently rolling farmland to barren and bleak moors.

    www.nationaltrail.co.uk/glyndwrsway
 

 

Other trails

 
  • Wales Coast Path
    Welcome to the Wales Coast Path – 870 miles in which to enjoy spectacular scenery, from soaring cliffs to golden sands. The Coast Path creates a complete path along the whole Welsh coastline and, together with the Offa’s Dyke Path, which traverses the Anglo-Welsh border, the total route extends to more than 1,000 miles. In Wales, you really can discover the shape of a nation.  The Coast Path winds its way through towns and villages, across cliff tops and sandy beaches, sometimes darting inland before emerging once again at a sheltered cove or tiny hamlet that you would forever miss when travelling by car, bus or train.

     

    The Wales Coast Path gives you access to so much that the country has to offer. The North Wales coast is famous for its impressive castles including the 13th Century Conwy Castle built by Edward 1 to try and suppress Welsh uprisings. The Path passes a number of other medieval castles along its way such as Caernarfon, Beaumaris, Criccieth and Harlech in the North, Aberystwyth in mid Wales along with Caldicot and St Donat’s, previously home to the media tycoon William Randolph Hurst, in the South. It passes by ancient churches such as St Hywyn’s in Aberdaron on the Llyn Peninsula where, since medieval times, pilgrims have passed on their way to Bardsey Island, the legendary isle of 20,000 saints.

    The wildlife that can be seen while exploring the Coast Path is rich and diverse. The route reveals bays, headlands, towering cliffs and inlets, all providing stunning views of nesting seabirds, guillemots, razorbills, puffins and shearwaters. Out to sea off the westerly coast, bottlenosed dolphins and porpoises can be seen playing in the surf and its sheltered inlets and coves harbour Atlantic grey seals basking on the beach or bobbing up and down in the sea.

    And let’s not forget the rich cultural heritage of Wales which is reflected along the route. You can discover the secrets of Dylan Thomas’s boat house in Laugharne where he wrote ‘Under Milk Wood’, visit Nant Gwrtheyrn on the Llyn to take in a Welsh language course, or take a trip down to Barry Island for an ice cream and the true ‘Gavin and Stacey’ experience. 

    Wales is famous for its seaside resorts from the Victorian and Edwardian splendour of towns such as Llandudno in the North to the boutique hotels of West Wales. And with 42 blue flag beaches and 51 green coast awards you can rest assured that our outstanding beaches are well managed and family friendly.

    But the real star of the show is our breathtaking scenery. The path passes through 2 National Parks and 3 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as 14 Heritage Coasts. Last year, National Geographic voted Pembrokeshire ‘one of the best coastal destinations in the world, a wonderful part of Wales that must be seen and explored’. Pembrokeshire has had its coastal path for over 40 years, but now that it is linked to the rest of Wales, locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to make the most of our wonderful coastline and discover the hidden gems we have to offer along the way. www.walescoastpath.gov.uk

 
  • Wat’s Dyke Way

    A a 61-mile (99km) path following the route of an ancient dyke, Wat's Dyke Heritage Trail which may have been built 1,500 years ago.

    www.watsdykeway.com 
  • Ceredigion Coast Path

    You can now walk the 63 miles (101km) of the Ceredigion coastline, linking the Teifi to the Dyfi estuaries and joining the Pembrokeshire Coast Path at Poppit Sands near Cardigan, which becomes part of the Wales Coast Path.

    www.ceredigioncoastpath.org.uk
  • Guided walks around Ramsey Island
    Take a guided walk around Ramsey Island with the RSPB warden, to explore the beautifully wild and rugged island nature reserve with its lovely flowers, ferns and heathers, dramatic scenery, Atlantic grey seal colony and wealth of resident and migrating birds.

    Search for more guided walks around our nature reserves.
     
 

 

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