|Bute Park||2 miles (4 km)||Explore 130 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland in this beautiful park in Cardiff. The park consists of an arboretum, flower gardens, grassland, woodland and tree-lined avenues. The River Taff also runs through the park so there is a lovely waterside walking and cycling section to enjoy.|
The Taff Trail runs past the park so you could continue your cycle or walk along this excellent route. View Full Details>>
|Knapdale Forest||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this expansive forest in Argyll and Bute. It's a great place for outdoor exercise with a series of pretty lochs, waterfalls, woodland trails and lots of wildlife to look out for.|
This walking route starts at the Barnluasgan car park and takes you around Loch Coille-Bharr. The car park also gives access to a number of other good cycling and walking trails. You can visit Barnluasgan and Dubh Loch where you can look out for beavers, ospreys, eagles and red squirrels.
The whole of this route is designed for walkers but if you follow the western edge of the loch you can pick up a great cycling trail which will take you to Caol Scotnish and the wonderful Loch Sween.
To extend your outing head north and pick up the towpath of the Crinan Canal. You can follow the canal all the way to Loch Fyne with great views of the surrounding hills and countryside. View Full Details>>
|Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle||1 miles (2 km)||Visit this fascinating ruined ruined 15th and 17th century castle and enjoy wonderful views over Loch Awe. There is a good walking track running from a parking area on the A85 to the castle. It's a lovely flat path with super views of the castle and the loch for the whole way. At the castle you can explore the tower house and courtyard before climbing the keep for wonderful views over Loch Awe. There is also a jetty over the water where there are great views back to the castle. You can return on the same path or along grassy paths by the loch if it is not too wet. View Full Details>>|
|Penarth||7 miles (11 km)||The town of Penarth is based on the South Wales coast in the Vale of Glamorgan near Cardiff. It has some lovely walking trails to try along the Wales Coast Path which runs through the town.|
This walk takes you along the cliff top to the nearby Cosmeston Lakes Country Park where you can enjoy lakeisde trails with 200 acres of woodland, meadows and wetland habitats to enjoy. It's about a 3 mile walk from the seafront the park, with nice views of the beach as you go.
The walk starts on the sea front in Penarth next to the pier. The town is located at the top of limestone cliffs that have a distinctive rock formation and are referred to as the Penarth Group of rocks. From the pier you proceed south along the coastal path to the noteworthy Lavernock Point, enjoying great views of the Bristol Channel on the way. Here you will find a lovely nature reserve with varied and colourful plants and several species of butterfly to look out for. The area is also well known as the place where Guglielmo Marconi transmitted and received the first wireless signals over open sea between the Point and Flat Holmisland in the late 19th century.
At Lavernock Point you turn inland to follow footpaths to Cosmeston Lakes. The park includes a visitor centre and a number of well laid out paths. There's also a number of bird hides where you can look out for mute swans, mallards, herons, egrets and diving birds such as the great crested grebe. View Full Details>>
|Cosmeston Lakes Country Park||2 miles (3.5 km)||Explore over 200 acres of woodland, meadows and wetland habitats in this popular country park in Penarth.|
Cosmeston Lakes has a number of accessible gravel paths and wooden boardwalks taking you around and between the two large lakes which form the centrepiece of the park. Around the lakes are bird hides where you can look out for mute swans, mallards, herons, egrets and diving birds such as the great crested grebe. The reedbeds around the lake also support a great deal of wildlife - look out for dragonflies and the rare Bittern.
Other walking paths take you through the peaceful woodland with oak, ash, elm, hawthorn and blackthorn trees. Look out for birdlife that includes woodpecker, tree creeper, nuthatch, tits and buzzards.
The wildflower meadows are also beautiful with the Sully Brook running through and a wide variety of plantlife including cowslips, primrose and birdsfoot trefoil, bee orchid, pyramidal orchid, butterfly orchid and the pink willow herb. Look out for rabbits and foxes in this area of the park
Also in the park is a reconstructed 14th century medieval village where costumed guides show you around the period furnished buildings. View Full Details>>
|Crinan Canal||8 miles (12.5 km)||Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Crinan Canal in Argyll and Bute. It's a stunningly beautiful area with the canal running between Loch Crinan and Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne. Along the way there are a number of pretty locks and bridges with fabulous views of the surrounding Scottish hills and countryside. The flat towpath makes for a nice easy stroll or cycle ride.|
The route starts at the Crinan Basin with its pretty boats and views over Loch Crinan to Duntrune Castle. You then head in a south easterly direction towards Bellanoch with views of the River Add and Loch A' Bharain.
The route continues past the village of Cairnbaan to Lochgilphead. The town sits at the head of Loch Gilp and is the administrative centre of Argyll and Bute.
The final section takes you from Lochgilphead to the Ardrishaig canal basin. The pretty village contains a pier, a lighthouse and pubs where you can enjoy refreshments at the end of your exercise.
To extend your cycling in the area you could try the Crinan to Taynuilt and Tarbert to Crinan cycle routes. There's also miles of cycling and walking trails in the adjacent Knapdale Forest. It's a splendid place with several lochs and lots of wildlife to look out for. View Full Details>>
|Cardiff||16 miles (25 km)||Cardiff has some fine walks along the coast and great riverside trails along the River Taff. The Taff Trail and the beautiful Bute Park are great options in the city. If you go north of the city you can enjoy a climb to Garth Hill and pick up long distance trails including the Taff Ely Ridgeway Walk.|
This walk takes you along a section of the Wales Coast Path from Cardiff Docks to Barry Island via Penarth.
The walk starts at Atlantic Wharf and follows paths around Penarth Flats and Cardiff Bay to Penarth. There's views of the River Ely, the attractive Penarth Marina and the Victorian Penarth Pier as you pass through the popular seaside resort. The town is located at the top of limestone cliffs that have a distinctive rock formation and are referred to as the Penarth Group of rocks.
The route continues south to Lavernock Point with splendid views overlooking the Bristol Channel. Here you will find a lovely nature reserve with varied and colourful plants and several species of butterfly to look out for. The area is also noteworthy as the place where Guglielmo Marconi transmitted and received the first wireless signals over open sea between Lavernock Point and Flat Holmisland in the late 19th century.
At Lavernock you have the option of taking a detour from the coast to the nearby Cosmeston Lakes Country Park. The lakes have a series of waterside trails with 200 acres of woodland, meadows and wetland habitats to enjoy.
After exploring the park the route returns to the coast at Swanbridge Bay, where there are nice views towards Sully Island. The small tidal island is accessible on foot at low tide from the car park of the Captain's Wife public house. The pretty island is home to several unusual plants including bee orchid, the marine spleenwort and the adder's tongue fern.
The next section takes you along Sully Bay to Barry. You'll pass Barry Docks before coming to the seaside resort of Barry Island. Here you'll find several beaches and the resurrected Barry Island Pleasure Park. View Full Details>>
|West Island Way||30 miles (48 km)||Explore the beautiful Isle of Bute on this stunning walk. View Full Details>>|
|Glen Orchy||14 miles (23 km)||This large area of woodland in Argyll and Bute has miles of cycling and walking trails to follow. There's also a series of impressive waterfalls, streams and rivers to enjoy.|
You can start your outing from the car park next to the Eas Urchaidh waterfall on the River Orchy. Cross the bridge over the river to enter the woodland and pick up the trails. They run through the woods to the village of Bridge of Orchy where you can cross the river and follow country lanes along the river and back to the car park. Here you can get great views of the surrounding hills.
To extend your walk you can pick up the West Highland Way at Bridge of Orchy and follow it to the nearby Loch Tulla.
If you are coming by public transport then you could also start the route from the train station at Bridge of Orchy. View Full Details>>
|Kintyre Way||89 miles (144 km)||This walk runs from Tarbert at the north end of the Kintyre peninsula, to Dunaverty in the south. You will discover hidden coves, deserted beaches and tiny fishing communities on this beautiful walk through Argyll & Bute. There are stunning views of the Isle of Jura, the Isle of Arran and the nearby Isle of Gigha. There are also fabulous long coastal sections and lochside walks around Loch Ciaran and Lussa Loch.
Most of the route is waymarked by blue posts with the Kintyre Way logo on them. View Full Details>>
|Cowal Way||57 miles (92 km)||This stunning walk starts at Portavadie on the banks of Loch Fyne and heads to Inveruglas. The route passes the Kyle of Bute and Loch Ruel before joining the River Ruel for a riverside stretch. You then pass Loch Goil and Loch Long before finishing on west shore of Loch Lomond at Inverugla. View Full Details>>|
|Taff Trail||55 miles (88 km)||Follow the River Taff, from Cardiff to Brecon, on this fantastic waterside cycling and walking route.|
You start on the River Taff in Cardiff and head along the river northwards passing the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle. There are also views of the attractive riverside Bute park and the Weir on the Taff near Maindy as you leave the centre of Cardiff. You soon come to Radyr where you will pass the splendid Forest Farm Country Park and Castle Coch (the red castle) before passing through the village of Nantgarw. The route continues along the river through Glyntaff and on to Pontypridd where you join the trackbed of a disused railway to Merthyr Tydfil. The final section runs from Merthyr to Brecon passing the beautiful Pontsticill, Pentwyn and Talybont Reservoirs. You'll also pass the beautiful Blaen y Glyn Waterfalls before joining the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal taking you into Brecon. There are splendid views of the Brecon Beacon mountains as you approach Brecon.
The trail is waymarked with a black and yellow disc. View Full Details>>