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|Aber Falls||4 miles (6.5 km)||Follow a splendid walking trail up to the beautiful Aber Falls on this walk in the Snowdonia National Park. Aber Falls (Rhaeadr Fawr in Welsh) is located near the village of Abergwyngregyn in Gwynedd. The walk starts at the car park at Bont Newydd and follows the North Wales Path along the Afon Rhaeadr Fawr to the 120 ft high falls. You'll pass through the stunning scenery of the Coedydd National Nature Reserve with its wonderful woodland and mountain scenery. There's also a variety of wildlife to look out for including treecreepers, sparrowhawks, woodpeckers, tree pipits, skylarks and buzzards. If you're lucky you may spot polecats, stoat and lizards too. The walk involves a moderate climb but you're rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and mountains from the high points.|
|Abergavenny Castle Meadows and Linda Vista Gardens||1 miles (2 km)||This lovely circular walk takes you around the pretty meadows surrounding Abergavenny Castle. You'll also enjoy a riverside stroll along the River Usk and a visit to the delightful Linda Vista Gardens. |
The route starts near the tourist information centre in Abergavenny and takes you along the River Usk on a good path which is also open to cyclists. The path then heads to Linda Vista gardens, which is a well laid out public park with a variety of plants and flowers. You then pass the ruins of the 11th century Abergavenny Castle where there is a good museum detailing the history of the castle.
Please note, only the first section of the route along the river is open to cyclists.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area you could pick up the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal for more waterside footpaths.
|Abermawr Woods||2 miles (2.5 km)||This short walk takes you along Abermawr Beach and through Abermawr Woods on the Pembrokeshire Coast. You'll pass along the pretty shingle beach and enjoy peaceful woodland trails in the adjacent wood. It's a lovely spot with great coastal views and bluebells in the wood in the spring. Parking is available at the turning circle near the beach from which this walk starts.|
|Afan Forest Park Country Park||11 miles (17 km)||Set in the beautiful Afan Valley in Neath Port Talbot, this 48-square-mile forest park has miles of cycling trails, walking trails and several fantastic mountain bike trails.|
For a nice easy cycle the Rheilffordd Trail is a great option. It takes you along the River Afan on a disused railway path.
For mountain bikers there are several well laid out trails. The Penhydd Trail is a 22km loop voted as the trail to ride before you die by What Mountain Bike Magazine in 2004. The 46km Skyline Trail has stunning skyline views of the Brecon Beacons, the Preselis, the Black Mountains and the South Wales coast.
Walkers will find 14 waymarked circular trails taking you along the River Afan, through the peaceful woodland and up to the Ridgetops where there are fabulous views to enjoy.
If you have time you could continue your outing by heading a couple of miles north east to the nearby Glyncorrwg Ponds where you will find lovely waterside walking and cycling trails.
|Alwen Trail||7 miles (12 km)||This is a circular cycling and walking trail around the delightful Alwen Reservoir in Conwy, North Wales.
You will pass through forest plantations and up onto Mynydd Hiraethog where there are splendid views of the surrounding area.|
The route is decorated with six interpretation panels with information about local history, culture and folklore. Wildlife lovers should look out for curlew, the rare Black Grouse and Red Squirrels.
The route is well way-marked with blue posts.
|Alyn Waters Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy peaceful walking and cycling in this lovely country park in the Alyn Valley, Wrexham. The Park is split into two sections either side of the River Alyn which runs through the centre of the park. As such there are delightful riverside walks to enjoy and other well surfaced paths taking you through woodland and grassland. |
Alyn Waters also contains a visitor centre with a cafe and gift shop, a Local Nature Reserve and a Trim Trail with a selection of different simple exercise equipment. Look out for a variety of wildlife including kingfishers, buzzards, kestrels, foxes, adders, grass snakes, smooth newts and a variety of bats.
Alyn Waters is located 3 miles North of Wrexham between Gwersyllt, Bradley and Llay. The Wat's Dyke Way Heritage Trail runs through the park so you could follow this walking route if you would like to continue your walk. Also nearby is Waun-y-llyn Country Park where you can climb to the top of Hope Mountain for wonderful views of the region.
|Amroth and Colby Woodland Garden||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy a walk along the lovely coastline at Amroth and visit the National Trust's Colby Woodland Garden. |
The walk starts near the sea front in Amroth and follows a footpath north to the delightful Colby Woodland Garden. Here you will find 8 acres of woodland, widlflower meadows and gardens with a variety of plants and flowers such as azaleas, bluebells, camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons. In the walled garden there is a Victorian Gothic inspired gazebo and fine Japanese maples. The wildflower meadow has pretty streams and ponds and there are peaceful woodland trails in the woodland garden.
The secluded wooded valley is home to a variety of wildlife. Look out for Dippers, bats, otters, frogs and toads.
After leaving the gardens you can return to the sea front on the same path and then enjoy a stroll along the prom in Amroth.
|Anglesey Coast Path||121 miles (195 km)||Follow the beautiful coastline of the Isle of Anglesey on the fabulous walk. The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path falls within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 95% of the coast. It passes through landscape that includes a mixture of farmland, coastal heath, dunes, salt-marsh, foreshore, cliffs, woodland and a National Nature Reserve.|
|Ann Griffiths Walk||7 miles (11 km)||A lovely walk along the River Vyrnwy in Powys, with the Berwyn mountains forming a splendid backdrop. The path runs from Pont Lloge, Llwydiarth to Pontrobert with scenery including river valley and gorge, meadow, woodland and forest. |
The walk is named after the 18th Century hymn writer Ann Griffiths who lived in the area. You will pass locations associated with her life including her home at Dolwar Fach and her memorial chapel at Dolanog.
|Bala Lake||7 miles (12 km)||Bala Lake (or Llyn Tegid) is the largest natural lake in Wales. The area on the south side of the lake is wonderful for walkers. Footpaths climb into the hills and forests for fabulous views of the lake below. |
The walk begins in Bala, at the visitor centre on the foreshore of the lake. You then follow footpaths along the lakeside before ascending to Craigy-Allor. From here the views over the lake and surrounding mountains are splendid. The route then descends through forest and countryside to Llanuwchllyn station. From here you can catch the Bala Lake railway back to Bala. The narrow gauge steam train runs along the southern end of the lake. It's a lovely journey with fine views of the lake and Arenig Fawr, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddw mountains.
|Beacons Reservoir||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a lovely stroll around this pretty reservoir in the fantastic Brecon Beacons. The nearby mountains of Pen Y Fan and Corn Du make a simply stunning backdrop to the walk. The walk also includes woodland sections on the western side of the reservoir and several waterside sections.|
If you're looking for a more challenging walk you could climb Pen Y Fan. The start point for this walk is near the northern end of the reservoir. This walk also makes use of the Brecon Beacons Way so you could pick this up and head deeper into this beautiful national park.
|Bishop's Castle Ring||61 miles (98 km)||This walk encircles the historic market town of Bishop’s Castle in Shropshire. The walk first heads to Clun with it’s Norman castle, church and interesting houses. You continue to Aston-on-Clun and then to the spectacular Long Mynd (video below). This heathland plateau forms part of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is owned by the National Trust. The views are spectacular, making this section one of the walk highlights.|
The next section takes you to the rocky Stiperstones and The Bog lead mines, which are of great historical interest. The final section runs through Stapely Common to the ancient stones of Mitchell’s Fold before heading through Saddlers Little Wood and returning to Bishop’s Castle.
The walk is waymarked with a green and yellow disc.
|Blaen y Glyn Waterfalls||2 miles (3 km)||This walk visits a series of beautiful waterfalls on the River Caerfanell near Talybont Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons. The walk starts from the Forestry Comission's Upper Blaen-y-Glyn car park and takes you to Lower Blaen-y-Gly. You'll pass along woodland paths with several pretty falls to enjoy. There is also a picnic area.|
If you'd like to extend your walk you could pick up the Taff Trail and follow it to the nearby Talybont Reservoir. The Fan Y Big and the Cribyn mountain climb also starts from the same point.
|Blorenge||7 miles (12 km)||This challenging walk takes you around this prominent hill in the southeastern corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The hill is located near Abergavenny and rises to a height of 561 m (1,841 ft).|
This popular walk starts at the car park next to Keeper's pond and follows footpaths across the hill before climbing to the summit. There are fabulous views of the Usk Valley, Sugarloaf Mountain and Skirrid Fawr. You'll also pass through the Punchbowl on the eastern side of the hill. This delightful area has a large pond and woodland which attracts a wide variety wildlife.
If you're interested in more hill climbing in the area then Sugarloaf Mountain and Skirrid Fawr are also easily reachable from Abergavenny.
|Bodelwyddan Castle||2 miles (3 km)||Explore the 260 acres of parkland and gardens surrounding this 19th century castle in Denbighshire, North Wales. There are a number of walking trails taking you around the large areas of formal garden and natural woodland. The site includes an art gallery and museum with interactive exhibits. There is also a maze, a cafe and a shop.|
Bodelwyddan Castle is located about 5 miles south of Rhyl. Just to the west you will find Kinmel Park which has hundreds of acres of woodland and parkland to explore.
|Bodnant Garden||2 miles (3 km)||These beautiful 80 acre gardens in Conwy have miles of footpaths, wonnderful floral displays and spectacular views across Snowdonia. In the park you will find formal gardens bounded by clipped box hedges, ornamental ponds , tranquil pools, fountains, formal herbaceous borders, an enclosed laburnum arch and many rose gardens. There is also a pretty Pin Mill located on the delightful canal terrace, a steep wooded valley with a stream, the Dell with the river Hiraethlyn flowing through and the delightful Italianate terraces.|
The gardens are located near Tal-y-Cafn on the River Conwy.
|Breakwater Country Park||4 miles (7 km)||Enjoy over 100 acres of coastal country park on this walking route in Holyhead, Anglesey. There are fabulous views of Holyhead Mountain, the Irish Sea and the Skerries - a group of offshore islands about 7 miles from the coast. The park includes a nature trail, various other footpaths, a visitor centre and good parking facilities.|
The Anglesey Coast Path runs through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along the coast in either direction.
|Brechfa Forest||7 miles (12 km)||Enjoy miles of footpaths and mountain bike trails in this super forest in Carmarthenshire. There are three colour coded mountain bike trails of varying difficulty. The green/blue Derwen trail is great for novices looking for an introduction to the sport. The red Gorlech trail is a hard, fast, all weather surface suitable for the more experienced rider. The black Raven trail is a real test of your skills and is receiving great reviews from experienced enthusiasts of the sport.|
Walkers are catered for with a number of well laid out circular walks taking you through the peaceful forest and into the wider countryside.
The forest is located near to Abergorlech, Brechfa, and Llanybydder.
|Brecon Beacons Way||98 miles (158 km)||Follow the Beacons Way through the centre of the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park. The walk begins at Abergavenny and follows the trail through the park to Llangadog. On the way you will pass some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK with marvellous views of Sugarloaf Mountain, Skirrid Fawr, Llanthony Priory, The Black Mountains, Talybont Reservoir, Table Mountain and Pen Y Fan - the highest peak in South Wales and southern Britain.|
The walk is waymarked with a black and white disc.
|Brenig Way||31 miles (50 km)||Follow the Brenig Way way from Corwen, in the Dee Valley, to the beautiful Llyn Brenig. The walk passes through Cynwyd and Betws Gwerfil Goch, before following the River Clwyd towards Clocaenog Forest where there are fabulous views of the Clwydian range AONB. You then join the River Clywedog, leading you to Llyn Brenig where you follow the shoreline to the finish point at the visitor centre. The final section has fabulous views of Snowdonia and also crosses the Brenig dam.|
|Bridgend Circular Walk||20 miles (32 km)||Starting at Ogmore Castle on the River Ogwr, follow this relativley flat route around the town of Bridgend.|
|Bryngarw Country Park||2 miles (3.6 km)||This 120 acre country park is situated on the River Garw just north of Bridgend. There are lovely woodland trails with mature sweet chestnuts, ancient oaks and towering beeches. Look out for foxes, squirrels and wood peckers as you make your way through this section of the park.|
The park also has large areas of grassland with wildflower meadows and space where children can run and play.
The formal gardens include tranquil oriental style garden with rhododendrons, magnolia, azaleas, an ornamental bridge and tea house.
You can also enjoy riverside trails along the Garw where you can look out for otters, dippers and kingfishers. Herons can be seen around the lovely ornamental lake.
|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.
|Cadair Idris||5 miles (8 km)||The climb to the 893 m (2,930 ft) summit of Cadair Idris is one of the most popular walks in the Snowdonia National Park. This route follows the Minffordd Path and begins near the car park at Minffordd and the glacial Tal-y-llyn Lake. You begin with a lovely woodland section before ascending towards the stunning Llyn Cau. This beautiful lake is surrounded by huge cliffs and is a breathtaking sight, particularly when viewed from above. You continue around the lake towards Penygadair - the highest point on the mountain. From here there are magnificent views of the Barmouth estuary, the Cambrian Mountains,the Brecon Beacons, the Rhinogs and the rest of Snowdonia National Park. You continue east to Mynydd Moel and descend towards Moelfryn, crossing the Nant Cadair before returning to the car park through the woodland.|
|Caldey Island||2 miles (4 km)||Follow the walking trails around this fascinating and beautiful island off the Pembrokeshire coast, near Tenby. You can catch a boat from Tenby Harbour to the island. A short stroll from the jetty takes you to the attractive monastery, village green and pretty cottages of the inhabitants. There is also the fascinating Old Priory and two medieval churches to explore. Caldey is one of the Holy Islands of Britain and has a history stretching back 1500 years.|
There are good footpaths to follow to the south of the island where you will find a lighthouse and wonderful views of the Pembrokeshire Coast. There is also a lovely beach at Priory bay on the north of the island.
Caldey is also rich in interesting flora and fauna. The country's largest colony of cormorants is located at St Margaret's Island at the western end of Caldey. It is also covered in pretty, rare flowers.
|Caldicot Castle||1 miles (2 km)||This medieval castle is surrounded by a beautiful 55 acre country park with woodland, grassland and several walking paths.|
|Canaston Woods||5 miles (8 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle around these pretty woodlands in Pembrokeshire. There's 420 acres to explore with a good mountain bike track running through the centre of the woods. It's a fairly easy path so it's suitable for families. There are also numerous footpaths to follow through the ancient mixed woodland.|
The route begins near Canaston Bridge next to Blackpool Mill. There is a lay-by immediately south of Canaston Bridge where you can park. You then pick up the Knight's Way into the forest and follow various waymarked paths around the heart of the woods.
If you would like to continue your outing then you could head to the nearby Picton Castle Gardens and Slebech Park where you will find more excellent walking trails.
|Carew Castle||1 miles (2 km)||This fine castle in Pembrokeshire has a lovely one mile circular walking trail taking you around the pretty 23-acre Millpond. It's a good footpath which starts at the car park and takes you along the southern side of the castle to the interesting Tidal Mill. The present building dates from the early 19th century and is the only restored tidal Mill in Wales and one of just five in the UK. There are interactive displays which describe the operation of the mill machinery. |
You then cross the causeway over the Carew river on a little bridge before picking up the path along the mill pond on the north side of the castle. You can stop and rest in the picnic area before returning to the car park by crossing the Carew road bridge.
You can also tour the castle and see the pretty Elizabethan walled garden with herb garden and several interesting buildings and architectural features. These include three gatehouses, the 12th century Old Tower and the Great Hall which saw the gathering of most of the Welsh nobility for the Great Tournament of 1507.
If you would like to continue your walking in this area then you could head to the nearby Lawrenny Quay and enjoy riverside walking along the Cresswell River and the Daugleddau River.
|Carreg Cennen Castle||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a circular walk around this spectacularly positioned ruined castle in Carmarthenshire. The castle sits on an elevated limestone precipice with fabulous views over the lovely Brecon Beacons countryside. There are a series of good footpaths taking you around the grounds and an invigorating climb up to the castle itself. The castle includes a natural cave which leads deep into the hillside, six towers, a great twin-towered gatehouse and the fascinating King's Chamber dating from the 13th/14th century. |
The Brecon Beacons Way also runs past the castle so you can pick this up to continue your walking in the area. Carreg Cennen Castle is located about four miles south of Llandeilo on the western tip of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
|Castle Coch||3 miles (5 km)||Visit this 19th-century Gothic Revival in Tongwynlais and enjoy a walk or cycle in the adjacent Fforest Fawr in the Brecon Beacons National Park.|
The route starts in Tongwynlais taking you around the castle and then into the peaceful woodland of Fforest Fawr.
The castle is located next to the Taff Trail so you could extend your cycle/walk by heading along the River Taff.
|Cefn Onn Park||1 miles (2 km)||This gem of a park is located on the northern outskirts of Cardiff. It has a large collection of specimen trees, rare plants and flowers with well surfaced, waymarked walking paths to follow. You'll also find rhododendron and azelea bushes, carpets of bluebells and buttercups, ponds and a gently trickling stream. If you'd like to continue your walk you could pick up the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk which runs just to the north of the park and takes you through the countryside surrounding Caerphilly. |
Parking is available at the southern end of the park. Lisvane & Thornhill train station is just a few minutes walk from the park so you can easily come by train too.
|Ceredigion Coast Path||62 miles (100 km)||This walk follows the beautiful coastline of Ceredigion from Cardigan to Borth. The route passes New Quay, Llangrannog, Aberaeron and Aberystwyth. The path includes the dune system at Ynys-las, high cliffs, storm beaches, sandy bays and sea caves. Four sections of the path are designated as Heritage Coast whilst two areas within Cardigan Bay are Marine Special Areas of Conservation. The route also includes the highest numbers of dolphin sightings in the UK - see the video below for more details.|
The walk is waymarked with a coast and sea logo.
|Chirk Castle||2 miles (4 km)||Explore the gardens an wider estate surrounding this 13th century castle in Wrexham. The estate is a mixture of pasture and woodland and covers 460 acres with a number of well maintained footpaths to follow. The award-winning gardens cover 5.5 acres with lawns, herbaceous borders, rose, shrub and rock gardens, and a wooded pleasure ground. From the terrace overlooking the 18th century ha-ha there are stunning views over the Cheshire and Salop plains.|
|Church College and Lighthouse walk||9 miles (14 km)||A walk along the Glamorgan Heritage Coastline.|
|Clwydian Way||122 miles (196 km)||Explore the Clwydian Range of mountains on this circular walk through north east Wales. From the range there are splendid views of north Wales, Snowdonia, the Cheshire Plain and the Peak District.|
The walk starts at Prestatyn on the coast, taking you through some beautiful countryside and also visiting the historic towns of Ruthin, Llangollen, Corwen, Denbigh, St Asaph and Rhuddlan. Also of interest are waterside sections along the River Alwen, River Aled and the River Dee. There's also a lovely section around Llyn Brenig Reservoir in the heart of the Denbigh Moors (video below).
The walk is waymarked with a black buzzard on a white disc.
|Clyne Valley Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Explore 700 acres of wooded hillsides, steep gorges, meadows and wet valley floor in this country park in Swansea. The park is great for walking and cycling with the trackbed of the old London Midland Scottish Railway forming the park's main footpath and cycleway. There are a number of water features in the park with the Clyne River and a number of lakes and ponds to enjoy. Look out for birdlife that includes wagtails, wrens, nuthatches, robins and woodpeckers.|
If you would like to continue your walk/cycle you can follow the traffic free Swansea bike path along the coast into Swansea, or north to Gowerton. The nearby Singleton Park with its beautiful botanical gardens is also well worth visiting.
|Coed Morgannwg Way||36 miles (58 km)||This walk runs from Merthyr Tydfil to Margam, through the four forests of Coed Morgannwg, the Cynon Valley and the Dare Valley. The walk starts at the Gethin Woodland Park in Merthyr Tydfil and heads west to Aberdare and the lovely Dare Valley Country Park with 500 acres of woodlands, pasture and moorland mountainside. You continue west passing Lluest Wen Reservoir before ascending Craig y Llyn mountain - the highest point in Glamorgan and in the South Wales Valleys. The views are wonderful with the lakes Llyn Fawr and Llyn Fawr at the base of the mountain. The route the descends through more woodland to Abercregan and then across the River Avan to the Afan Argoed Country Park. The final section takes you past Bryn and Mynydd Margam to the finish point at the splendid Margam Country Park. The attraction includes the magnificent Margam Castle, an 18th Century Orangery with ornamental gardens and the Deer Park, all set within 1000 acres of beautiful countryside. |
The walk is waymarked with a white footprint logo.
|Coed Y Brenin Forest Park||5 miles (8 km)||This large forest in Snowdonia is fantastic for both cycling and walking. For walkers there are 4 well devised, all ability trails taking place on wide well maintained paths. The trails take you along the Afon Eden on a sculpture lined riverside path and along a disused tramway to the old Copper processing mill. If you're looking for more strenuous walking then you can pick up one of the 3 difficult routes. The waterfall trail takes you to the confluence of the Afon Gain and Mawddach with their twin waterfalls. The mountain trail climbs to the Mynydd Penrhos ridge with spectacular views of the surrounding area.|
Cyclists can follow a National Cycle Network trail which runs through the park. There are also a number of graded mountain bike trails. Depending on your ability and experience you can follow the blue moderate trail for a good introduction to singletrack mountain biking. The red trails are more difficult while the black (severe) trails are for the experienced mountain biker. There are 7 trails in all plus an easy forest road trail that follows the Mawddach river valley. This one is good for families looking for a more relaxing ride!
The circular route below starts near the visitor centre and takes you along the National Cycle Network trail and a riverside track. It's suitable for both walkers and cyclists.
|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.
Cosmeston Lakes is located just a few miles from Cardiff and Barry, near to the coast at Penarth.
|Craig-y-Nos Country Park||2 miles (3.6 km)||This delightful 40-acre Victorian garden is perfect for a peaceful stroll. There are well laid out walking paths taking you through woodlands, meadows, wide lawns and along the River Tawe which runs through the park.|
Craig-y-Nos Country Park is located in the Brecon Beacons National Park so the surrounding scenery is spectacular. Within the park you will find the historic Craig-y-nos Castle surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and two pretty lakes which attract a wide variety of wildlife. There is also a visitor centre and tea room with benches and picnic areas.
The park is located near Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil and Swansea.
|Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad a Fan Frynych||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy a walk through this spectacular glacial National Nature Reserve and climb to the summit of Fan Frynych on this challenging walk in the Brecon Beacons. The reserve can be easily accessed from a lay-by on the A470 from which the walk starts. Soon you will be exploring this wonderful natural amphitheatre with imposing craggy cliffs created during the Ice Age, 20000 years ago. The reserve contains rare arctic-alpine plants such as purple saxifrage and mossy saxifrage. There is also an abundance of wildlife to look out for including Peregrine falcons, merlin, red kite and a variety of butterflies. The area also contains woodland, streams and an Iron Age Hillfort. From the 629 m (2,064 ft) summit of Fan Frynych there are splendid views over the national park.|
The Brecon Beacons Way also passes the reserve so you could pick this up to continue your walk.
|Cwm Idwal||2 miles (4 km)||Explore this hanging valley in Snowdonia and enjoy some of the most spectacular mountainous scenery in the country. In a Radio Times poll in 2005, Cwm Idwal was ranked the 7th greatest natural wonder in Britain. |
This circular walk begins at the car park next to the western end of Lllyn Ogwen. You then pick up a footpath which ascends to the beautiful Llyn Idwal. It's a simply wonderful spot with the crystal clear lake and surrounding mountains forming a spectacular natural amphitheatre. The footpath runs along the edge of the lake to the Darwin Idwal Boulders and then to the Idwal Slabs. The slabs were used as a training ground for Mount Everest conqueror Edmund Hillary.
As you pass the lake you close in on the impressive headwall of Cwm Idwal know as 'The Devil's Kitchen'. From here the route descends on the western side of Llyn Idwal to Llyn Ogwen and the finish point.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb the challenging Tryfan mountain. The route starts from the eastern end of Llyn Ogwen.
|Cwmcarn Forest||6 miles (10 km)||This large country park has miles of fantastic walking and cycling trails to explore. There are 2 fabulous singletrack mountain bike trails with testing climbs, swooping descents and demanding technical sections. There are 6 walks of varying lengths and difficulty - more information can be found from the visitor centre.|
The route below starts at the visitor centre and follows a series of peaceful woodland trails through the park.
|Dare Valley Country Park||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy a cycle or walk around this large country park in Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf. There are 500 acres of woodlands, pasture and moorland mountainside to explore on a number of different waymarked trails. There's some climbing involved but you are rewarded with some truly fabulous views of the surrounding countryside and mountains.|
The Coed Morgannwg Way runs past the park so you could follow this trail if you'd like to continue your walk.
|Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes||4 miles (6 km)||These splendid gardens in Monmouthshire were built around 1895 but then buried just after WW2. They were rediscovered in 2000 and since then they have been beautifully restored. There are rock gardens, herbaceous borders, pretty ponds and a wonderful labyrinth of underground grottoes, tunnels and sunken ferneries. |
The walk below takes you through the 7 acre gardens before heading into adjacent woodland where you can extend your walk along a variety of paths and tracks.
|Dinas Island||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy stunning coastal views on this circular walk on the Pembrokeshire Coast. Dinas Island is actually a peninsula with a wonderful 466ft (142m) viewpoint at the high point known as Pen-y-fan. It's a steep climb but you are rewarded with wonderful views of Cardigan Bay, Fishguard Bay, Snowdonia and Llyn. The headland itself is very attractive, covered with a variety of plants and flowers including gorse, bracken, hawthorn, blackthorn, heather, foxglove and orchids. There's also good birdwatching opportunities as you may see choughs, peregrine falcons and various other sea birds.|
The walk starts at the car park at Cwm Yr Eglwys at the south eastern end of Dinas Island. You then follow the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to Pen-y-fan passing the Old Sailor Pub on the way. You can also reach Dinas Island by following the Pembrokeshire Coast Path from nearby Fishguard.
|Dinefwr Park||4 miles (6.5 km)||Explore the 12th-century Welsh castle, the historic house, the 18th-century landscaped park and the medieval deer park in this large park in Llandeilo.|
|Dolgoch Falls||1 miles (2 km)||Travel on the marvellous Talyllyn Railway to Dolgoch and visit the beautiful Dolgoch Falls on this walk in the Snowdonia National Park. You can pick up the steam operated railway from the seaside town of Tywyn on the Cardigan Bay coast. It will then take you on a lovely journey through the Fathew valley to Dolgoch where a short walk will take you to the falls. There are footpaths taking you to the three levels of the falls which are spectacular in wet weather. |
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area you can enjoy waymarked woodland walks in the Nant Gwernol ravine. Alight at Nant Gwernol station to enjoy these walks.
|Dover Castle||1 miles (1.5 km)||Explore the grounds of the largest castle in England and enjoy fabulous views of the White Cliffs of Dover. Highlights include the Secret Wartime Tunnels with a recreation of the Dunkirk evacuation in Operation Dynamo: Rescue from Dunkirk, complete with dramatic projections of swooping Spitfires and real film footage. In the Great Tower you can immerse yourself in the royal court of King Henry II with its richly furnished chambers adorned with vibrant wall hangings. |
The White Cliffs Country Trails and the Saxon Shore Way run past the castle so you could easily extend your walk.
|Dyfi Valley Way||102 miles (164 km)||A walk through the beautiful Dyfi Valley taking you from Aberdyfi on the coast to Llanuwchllyn before returning along the river to Borth. There is a long wooded section through Dyfi Forest and waterside sections along the river to enjoy.|
|Ebbw Valley Walk||16 miles (26 km)||Travel through the beautiful Ebbw Valley on this walk from Festival Park in Ebbw Vale to the Sirhowy Valley Country Park, near Risca.|
|Epynt Way||40 miles (64 km)||A circular cycling and walking route on lanes and bridleways within the boundary of the MOD's busy Sennybridge Army Training Area. The establishment of the Epynt Way,has gone some way to compensating for the reduction in public access across this attractive area by the MOD. The village of Llangammarch Wells with its railway station makes a good access point for the route.|
The route is waymarked with a disc featuring a white horse.
|Erddig Hall and Country Park||2 miles (3.5 km)||Explore the 1,200-acre country park surrounding the 18th century Erddig Hall in Wrexham. You can enjoy a riverside stroll along the River Clywedog, visit the 13.5-acre walled garden with fruit trees and water features before exploring the huge parkland, rolling farmland and woodland areas. Cyclists can also enjoy the park with a particularly lovely trail running along the river.|
You can also tour the impressive Erddig Hall with its grand rooms, furniture and gallery. There are a number of interesting outbuildings with stables, a smithy, a joiners' shop and a sawmill too.
|Fan Gyhirych||1 miles (2 km)||This walk climbs to the 2379 feet (or 725 m) summit of Fan Gyhirych mountain in the Fforest Fawr section of the Brecon Beacons National Park. There are splendid views over the surrounding area and of Cray Reservoir. The area is great for walkers as the entire hill is open country giving you the freedom to roam at will. The walk can be extended by continuing east to the nearby Fan Nedd.|
|Fan Y Big and the Cribyn||7 miles (12 km)||This walk makes use of the Brecon Beacons Way to take you to Fan Y Big and Cribyn mountains from the Blaen y Glyn Waterfalls. You start off in the Blaen y Glyn car park and climb to the 719 m (2,359 ft) summit of Fan Y Big. This section passes along the spectacular Craig Fan Ddu with wonderful views towards Fan Y Big. From the Fan Y Big summit you continue west along Craig Cwm Cymwyn to the 795 m (2,608 ft) summit of Cribyn. You can extend the walk by continuing west to the summit of Pen Y Fan. |
It's a spectacularly beautiful area with wide ranging views across the national park. Also look out for a wide variety of wildlife which includes red kites, sky larks, meadow pipits, peregrines and kestrels.
|Foel Cwmcerwyn||4 miles (6 km)||Climb to the highest point in the Presili Hills on this challenging walk in Pembrokeshire. The hill stands at 1759 feet and commands wonderful views of the surrounding area.|
The walk starts at the Bwlch Gwynt car park on the B4329 and follows a woodland trail through the northern end of the Pantmeanog Forest before picking up a mountain track to the Foel Cwmcerwyn summit. Here you will find a trig point, a number of cairns and fabulous views. You can also reach the hill from the little village of Rosebush in the south-west.
From the same car park you can also easily climb Foel Eryr. It's only about a half a mile climb from Bwlch Gwynt and makes a nice extension to the walk. Alternatively you could extend your walk by following the wonderful Preseli Hills Golden Road east.
|Forest Farm Country Park||3 miles (4.5 km)||This lovely country park and nature reserve in Cardiff is a great place for a peaceful cycle or walk. There are 150 acres to explore with a section of the Taff Trail running through the park alongside the River Taff. The Cardiff Merthyr canal also runs through the site - look out for Kingfishers and Herons on the water. There is also a peaceful woodland section.|
|Four Valleys Path||19 miles (30 km)||Explore the four former slate mining valleys of Nantlle, Gwyrfai, Padarn and Ogwen on this beautiful walk through Gwynedd. The walk runs from Penygroes to Bethesda passing along the edge of the Snowdonia National Park along the way. Highlights on the walk include the 13th century, Dolbadarn Castle which features one of the finest surviving examples of a Welsh round tower. You will also pass between Llyn Peris and Llyn Padarn in Snowdonia. These glacially formed lakes are overlooked by Elidir Fawr mountain, with the busy village of Llanberis located on the southern shore of Llyn Padarn.|
The walk is waymarked with a green and white disc.
|Four Waterfalls Walk||5 miles (8 km)||This is a specatacular walk visiting four beautiful waterfalls near Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons. It is one of the best waterfall walks in Britain with delightful woodland gorges, riverside trails along the Afon Mellte and a series of roaring waterfalls. |
The trail starts at the woodland parking area south of Ystradfellte and visits Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd y Pannwr and Sgwd-yr-Eira waterfalls. Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn is a particularly impressive and powerful waterfall which will take your breath away. There are also many other smaller waterfalls dotted around this area known as Waterfall Country.
There are some challenging sections on the walk but the footpaths are well surfaced and maintained.
|Garn Fawr||1 miles (2 km)||This short circular walk climbs the spectacular Garn Fawr viewpoint on the Pembrokeshire Coast. There is a parking area just opposite a grassy path which leads to the high point and an OS trig point. A little scramble is required to climb to the 213m (699 feet) summit where there are wonderful views over the surrounding coast and countryside. The Pen Caer peninsula and the lighthouse at Strumble Head are clearly visible. The area is also the site of a very fine 2,500 year old Iron Age Fort. It is still possible to make out much of the layout of its ramparts. |
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head north along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to the nearby Strumble Head where you can look out for porpoises and seals.
|Garth Hill||4 miles (6 km)||This challenging walk takes you to the summit of Garth Hill near Cardiff. The hill is thought to be the inspiration for the fictional hill featured in the film 'The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain' starring Hugh Grant. |
The walk begins in the village of Taff's Well and follows the Taff Ely Ridgeway Walk to the 307 m (1,007 ft) summit. Here you can enjoy fantastic views of Cardiff, the Bristol Channel and the Taff Valley. You will also find a number of burial sites dating from the early to middle Bronze Age, around 2000 BC. You descend on country lanes, crossing the River Taff and finishing back in Taff's Well.
|Glamorgan Ridgeway Walk||33 miles (53 km)||Follow the Glamorgan Ridgeway from Margam Country Park, near Port Talbot, through beautiful upland and valley
scenery, to Caerphilly Castle. There are fabulous panoramic views of the Brecon Beacons to the north, the Bristol Channel and Devon and Somerset to the south.|
The walk begins at the splendid Margam Country Park (video below). The attraction includes the magnificent Margam Castle, an 18th Century Orangery with ornamental gardens and the Deer Park, all set within 1000 acres of beautiful countryside. From Margam you begin by heading east to Bettws and Blackmill. You then pass through Llantrisant forest, Llantrisant, Garth Hill and Caerphilly Common. From Garth Hill there are fine views of Cardiff and the Taff valley. It is thought to be the inspiration for 'Ffynnon Garw', the fictional mountain (or hill) featured in the book, and film, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. The walk also passes near to Taff's Well - the only thermal spring in Wales located in Taff's Well park. You also climb Caerphilly mountain with more tremendous views to enjoy as shown in the latter part of the video below. The final section descends into Caerphilly, finishing near the castle.
|Gloucestershire Way||94 miles (151 km)||Travel from Chepstow in Wales to Tewkesbury in Gloucestshire and visit the Forest of Dean, the Severn Plain and the Cotswolds on this beautiful and varied walk.|
The recommended stages for the walk are:
Chepstow to Parkend - 13.5 miles
Parkend to May Hill - 14 miles
May Hill to Gloucester - 13 miles
Gloucester to Crickley - 12 miles
Crickley to Salperton - 12 miles
Salperton to Stow-on-the-Wold - 11 miles
Stow to Winchcombe - 13 miles
Winchcombe to Tewkesbury - 11.5 miles
Worcestershire Way Link - 12 miles.
The walk takes place mainly on field and woodland paths and is well waymarked with a yellow disc featuring Gloucester Cathedral.
|Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach||5 miles (8 km)||Explore the Glyderau mountain range on this spectacular walk in Snowdonia. The challenging walk visits the peaks of Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach with incredible views towards Tryfan and over Llyn Ogwen and Llyn Idwal. You will also pass incredible rock formations in the form of the Cantilever Stone and Castell y Gwynt. |
The walk starts at Llyn Ogwen by Idwal Cottage where parking is available. You then climb towards the pretty Llyn Bochlywd and then on to Bwlch Tryfan. You continue to the peak of Glyder Fach, the second highest of the Glyderau range and the sixth highest in Wales. There is a challenging section over the spectacular Bristly Ridge where some scrambling is required. It's a stunning ridge with truly awe inspiring views over Nant Ffrancon and Cwm Idwal. At the summit of Glyder Fach you will find the precariously positioned Cantilever Stone.
The climb then continues to the high point of the Glyderau range at the 1000m high Glyder Fawr. You will pass the magnificent Castell y Gwynt with its series of tall spiky rocks and enjoy views towards Snowdon on this section.
The descent back to Llyn Ogwen passes the two pretty lakes of Llyn y Cwn and Llyn Idwal with wonderful views over the Ogwen Valley.
If you'd like to continue your walking in this area then the Cwm Idwal and Tryfan walks are both nearby.
|Glyncorrwg Ponds||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this country park set within the Afan Forest. The Glyncorrwg Ponds are a series of small, beatiful lakes set along a narrow valley. You can follow a number of way-marked walks which run past the ponds, along the River Corrwg and through the surrounding hills and woodland. The walks are of varying difficulty with some gentle waterside strolls and more strenuous hill climbing. With the latter you are rewarded with fabulous views of the Afan Valley, the Gower Peninsular, the Brecon Beacons and Somerset. |
Cyclists will find a world class centre for mountain bikers. There is a technical singletrack route to challenge you plus miles of comfortable family cycling trails.
The circular route below takes you past the ponds and along the River Corrwg before returning to the start point through peaceful woodland trails. You can find more details about all the different walks and cycle rides at the visitor centre. If you would like to extend your outing you could head deeper into the fabulous Afan Forest Park Country Park where you will find more mountain bike tracks and walking trails.
|Glynllifon Country Park||3 miles (4.6 km)||Explore the woodland, gardens, parkland and riverside in this beautiful country park in Gwynedd. The park and gardens are Grade One listed and home to some of the rarest flora and fauna in the Wales. Glynllifon contains many lovely walking trails including one through woodland and along the River Llifon with follies and sculptures along the way. There is also a cafe and a maze and exhibits such as steam power pistons restored by Fred Dibnah.|
|Gnoll Estate Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||Explore 240 acres of woodland and wide open spaces in this country park in Neath. There are miles of walking trails taking you to Mosshouse Wood Reservoir, Mosshouse Woods, two large duck ponds, two impressive 18th century cascades and the Gnoll House ruins. Gnoll Park was voted as the Best Picnic spot in Wales in the 2010 Warburtons National Picnic Awards. |
The park is located just a short walk from Neath town centre. There is a lovely waterside walking path running along the nearby Neath River and Neath Canal so this is a good option if you would like to continue your walk.
|Gower Way||35 miles (56 km)||This walk takes you through the stunning Gower AONB from Penlle'r Castell in the north, to Rhossili on the Gower Peninsula, in the south. The route was inaugurated by the Prince of Wales in 1998 and takes you past a variety of impressive historical sites, including ancient cairns, standing stones and Norman chapels.|
The first section runs from Penlle'r Castell to Gowerton, passing the Upper and Lower Lliw Valley reservoirs, before crossing the River Lliw a Gorseinon.
The second section runs from Gowerton to Penmaen where you can enjoy splendid coastal views of Oxwich Bay.
The final section runs from Penmaen to Rhossili, with more fabulous views of the Gower Peninsula.
The walk is waymarked with a black, green and yellow disc.
|Great Orme Country Park||3 miles (4.5 km)||Explore this limestone headland in Llandudno and enjoy spectacular views of the North Wales coast. Waymarked trails take you around the park where there are views of Liverpool Bay and the Irish Sea, the Carneddau mountains, the Menai Strait and Anglesey. You can also climb to the summit of the park or catch the Great Orme Victorian Tramway and Cable Car to get there.|
|Greenfield Valley Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Explore 70 acres of woodlands, reservoirs, ancient monuments and industrial history near Holywell in North Wales. There is also a museum, maze, adventure treehouse, water play area and Victorian Farm House.|
The walk also passes the Grade I listed listed ruins of the 12th century Basingwerk Abbey.
|Henrhyd Falls||3 miles (5 km)||Visit the spectacular Henrhyd Falls on this splendid walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The falls are the highest in South Wales at 90 feet (27m).|
The walk starts at the National Trust car park and follows a footpath to the falls and then along the Nant Llech River towards Ynyswen. On the way you will pass through a lovely wooded valley where you will see another small waterfall and a disused watermill before coming to the River Tawe. Return to the start point on the same path.
The final scene of the film The Dark Knight Rises was filmed at Henrhyd Falls, where it doubled as the entrance for the Batcave.
|Kerry Ridgeway||15 miles (24 km)||This is an exceptionally beautiful walk or cycle through Powys and then into Shropshire.|
The route runs along a ridge top overlooking Wales on the one side and England on the other with spectacular views for the duration of the ride.
You start at Cider House Farm near Kerry and head east to Bishop's Castle passing through Ceri Forest on the way. You will pass through heather moors, woodlands and bilberry rich heaths with fabulous views of the Welsh and Shropshire Hills.
|Landsker Borderlands Trail||59 miles (95 km)||A super circular walk through the Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire countryside visting the River Cleddau estuary, the Ogham stones, the Norman castles at Llawhaden and Carew Castle as well as the prehistoric remains at Llawhaden.|
|Lawrenny Quay and the Daugleddau River||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy woodland trails and riverside paths on this walk in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Although most of the park lies on or near the coast this area is unusual in that it lies several miles inland. |
The little village of Lawrenny lies on a peninsula of the Cleddau estuary. The walk starts from the pretty Lawrenny Quay where this is a yacht club, pub and the popular tea rooms. The walk then picks up the Landsker Borderlands Trail and passes through Lawrenny Wood with views of the Daugleddau River. There are also nice glimpses through the trees to Benton Castle on the other side of the river. You continue along the Daugleddau to Garron Pill where you can either head south to Lawrenny village or you can just return the same way. At the end of your walk you can reward yourself with food and drink at the splendid Lawrenny Quayside where you can sit outside and enjoy great views of the river.
If you would like to continue your walk then you could head east along the Cresswell River to Cresswell Quay, using the Landsker Borderlands Trail. Carew Castle is also nearby, just a few miles south of Cresswell Quay.
|Llangollen Canal||49 miles (79 km)||Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Llangollen Canal. The canal runs from Llangollen in Wales to Hurleston near Nantwich in Cheshire. You can walk along the canal towpath from start to finish, while cyclists can enjoy the section from Llangollen to Chirk using National Cycle Network routes 85 and 84. This first section starts at the wonderful Horseshoe Falls just to the west of Llangollen. You then head through Llangollen to the wonderful Pontcysyllte Aqueduct where the canal is carried over the valley of the River Dee. The magnificent structure is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain and a World Heritage Site. There are wonderful views of the Dee valley from this major highlight on the route. You can explore the Aqueduct by clicking on the google street view link below.|
You continue to Chirk where you will pass the National Trust owned Chirk Castle. The castle has award-winning gardens and a 460 acre estate to explore so is well worth the small detour from the canal.
The next section runs to Ellesmere passing Hindford and the pretty Frankton Locks on the way. At Frankton Junction you can pick up the Montgomery Canal which runs to Newton. When you reach Ellesmere you will pass close to the lovely Ellesmere Country Park where you can enjoy lakeside and woodland walks.
You continue east to Whitchurch passing the delightful Colmere Country Park, the Ellesmere Canal and Bettisfield on the way. The final section runs from Whitchurch to Hurleston passing Marbury (with its series of meres) and Wrenbury.
|Llangollen Round||32 miles (51 km)||Explore the beautiful area around the town of Llangollen, in Denbighshire, on this circular walk, devised to raise funds for the Cancer Research UK charity. This is a challenging walk visiting every summit around the Vale of Llangollen with views of Snowdonia, the mid-Wales mountains, the River Dee Valley and the Shropshire Hills.|
Highlights on the walk include the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (video below) - the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain. You will also visit Moel y Gaer (Welsh for 'bald hill of the fortress') an Iron Age hill fort on the summit of Llantysilio Mountain.
|Llangorse Lake||4 miles (6 km)||Follow good footpaths around the western side of this beautiful lake in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Llangorse is the largest natural lake in Wales and a must see of the region. It is located near to the town of Brecon and the village of Llangors. |
The walk starts at the northern end of the lake where parking is available. You then follow waymarked public footpaths through the pretty countryside to a lakeside viewpoint at Llangasty. The lake is surrounded by some lovely scenery with green hills, fields and meadows. The area is also a nature reserve so look out for a variety of wildlife on your walk. These include otters, water voles, coots, swallows, swifts and geese. Also of interest is the Crannog - an ancient man-made island of oak, willow and hazel wood.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then the Taff Trail is located nearby.
|Llwybr Ceiriog Trail||23 miles (37 km)||A circular walk or cycle through the beautiful Ceiriog Valley. The trail visits the pretty villages of Bronygarth and Pandy and contains some challenging climbs. The views of the River Ceiriog and the hills of the Ceiriog Valley are a stunning reward for your efforts though.|
The route is well waymarked with a black and white disc.
|Llyn Clywedog||4 miles (7 km)||The scenery surrounding this large reservoir near Llanidloes is truly wonderful. This walk takes you along the western side of the reservoir along the Glyndwr's Way long distance footpath. You start at the car park at south western end of the water with views of the Afon Clywedog. You then head past the spectacular dam which is the tallest concrete dam in the UK, with a height of 72 metres and a length of 230 metres. The walk continues to the north western edge of the reservoir with a mixture of lakeside sections and woodland trails. It's a splendid area for bird watching too. Look out for red kites, buzzards and ravens on your walk. |
The whole of this route is designed for walkers but cyclists can enjoy the second half of the route where there is a splendid trail along the lakeside. For the first half you can follow country lanes to the west of the lake.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area you could continue along the Glyndwr's Way or the Sabrina Way into the adjacent Hafren Forest.
|Llyn Coastal Path||81 miles (130 km)||Follow the Llyn Peninsula from Caernarfon to Porthmadog on this stunning coastal walk. The route is often completed in 7 sections:|
Caernarfon to Trefor
Trefor to Morfa Nefyn
Morfa Nefyn to Llangwnnadl
Llangwnnadl to Aberdaron
Aberdaron to Abersoch
Abersoch to Pwllheli
Pwllheli to Porthmadog
As well as the stunning scenery you can look out for bottle-nosed dolphins and Atlantic grey seals as these are often seen off the coast.
The walk is waymarked with a blue, green and white logo.
|Llyn Cwm Llwch||3 miles (5 km)||Llyn Cwm Llwch is the best preserved glacial lake in South Wales. There are many legends about the lake and the fairies that live on an invisible island in the lake. |
This walk takes you through the Cwm Llwch valley to this popular beauty spot in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The walk starts at the car park near the lake and involves a steep climb along the Cwm Llwch river to the beautiful lake. The surrounding scenery of the Brecon mountains is simply stunning.
|Llyn Gwynant||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy a circular walk around this beautiful lake in Snowdonia.|
|Llyn Llech Owain||2 miles (2.5 km)||Enjoy waterside paths and woodland trails in this 158-acre country park in Carmarthenshire. The well surfaced paths take you alongside the large lake and then into the surrounding woodland. The park is also open to cyclists with an easy forest track and a more challenging mountain bike trail to try.|
|Llyn y Fan Fach||5 miles (8 km)||This is a super waterside walk through a particularly beautiful section of the Brecon Beacons. The walk starts at a parking area north of the lake and takes you along the Afon Sawddle to the lovely Llyn y Fan Fach. It's a good track that climbs steadily towards the lake where you will first reach the Dam before climbing to Bannau Sir Gaer on the western side of the water. From here there a truly wonderful views over the lake and surrounding mountains. |
The Brecon Beacons Way runs past the lake so you could pick this up and head east to Llyn y Fan Fawr to continue your walk.
|Llys y Fran Reservoir Country Park||6 miles (9 km)||This 350 acre country park contains a beautiful 212 acre reservoir with a waterside cycling and walking path. The park includes grassland and woodland with cycle hire available in the park. As well as the 6.5 mile reservoir perimeter track, there is also a 1.5 mile trail suitable for families.|
|Loggerheads Country Park||3 miles (5 km)||Explore the beautiful Clwydian Range and Dee Valley in this stunning country park in Mold. Dramatic limestone cliffs, wooded gorges and secluded grasslands dominate the scenery while the River Alyn also runs through the park. Highlights include the walkway over the Devil's Gorge - a popular spot for abseilers. There are also several caves to explore, a restored water mill and the pretty riverside tea gardens.|
The park contains the Clwydian Range Centre where you will find a wealth of information including details of the way-marked walks in the park. Loggerheads is located just to the west of Mold. Clywd Forest is only about a mile to the west and is a good option if you would like to continue your outing. You could also climb the splendid Moel Famau for wonderful views over the area.
|Maelor Way||24 miles (38 km)||This splendid walk takes you from the Shropshire/Cheshire border into Wales.|
The path starts at Grindley Brook near Whitchurch and heads west to Penley in Wales, passing around the pretty Hanmer Mere on the way. You continue to Overton and then Erbistock where you join the River Dee and then the River Ceiriog to Chirk before the final waterside section leads to the finish point at Bronygarth.
This is a beautiful walk through some fabulous English and Welsh countryside. It also has several waterside streches along the two rivers with a stroll along the Llangollen Canal near Chirk to enjoy also.
|Manorbier Castle||2 miles (3 km)||This Norman castle near Tenby is well worth a visit. It includes pretty gardens and sits next to the coast so you can easily extend your walk to the nearby Manorbier Bay. After you have explored the castle grounds, the gardens, the dovecote and mill you can enjoy a short stroll to the delightful Manorbier Beach.|
|Margam Country Park||3 miles (5 km)|| This large country park includes the magnificent Margam Castle, an 18th Century Orangery with ornamental gardens and a Deer Park, all set within 1000 acres of beautiful countryside. |
The park is excellent for cycling with miles of tarmac roads and rough tracks. A section of the National Cycle Network known as the Celtic Trail Route 4 runs through the northern end of the park. The only place that you are not allowed to cycle is the Orangery Gardens.
There is also a splendid, 5 mile mountain Bike Trail. It is waymarked with yellow markers and takes place on tracks, paths and rough ground. The Margam Activity Centre offers guided rides for families.
Margam is also great for walking with several different colour coded waymarked trails taking you to the different sections of the park.
|Martin's Haven||1 miles (2 km)||Explore the beautiful Marloes Peninsula on this circular coastal walk in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. It's a wonderful area with great views towards the nearby Skomer Island, spectacular cliff tops and fields with pink wildflowers and heather in the summer.|
The walk starts at the Martin's Haven car park near the excellent Lockley Lodge Visitor Centre. You then head towards the coastguard hut and Wooltack Point for great views across St Bride's Bay. You continue along the coast with more splendid views towards Skokholm and Grassholm islands. The area is wonderful for wildlife with wild ponies, gannets and seals to look out for in the autumn months.
To continue your walking in the area you can catch the boat from Martin's Haven to the wonderful Skomer Island from April to October.
|Mawddach Trail||9 miles (14 km)||This splendid cycling and walking trail takes you along the old Ruabon to Barmouth railway line on excellent paths. The route runs for about 9 miles from the coastal town of Barmouth to Dolgellau, through the Snowdonia National Park. You start by crossing the Barmouth Bridge over the lovely River Mawddach estuary on the coast of Cardigan Bay. The route then runs right alongside the estuary to Penmaenpool Bridge where you can stop for some riverside refreshments. The final stretch continues along the river to the historic town of Dolgellau. It's a beautiful trail with lots of bird watching opportunities around the estuary. The nearby Cadair Idris also makes for a wonderful backdrop for the whole of the route. It's also a very flat trail so it's perfect for people of all abilities.|
|Millennium Coastal Park Llanelli||14 miles (22 km)||This fabulous country park in Carmarthenshire has miles of coastal cycling and walking paths to enjoy. You can follow National Cycle Route 4 along a super traffic free path which passes along the beautiful Loughor estuary and the Gower peninsula. The route takes you past Llanelli beach and Tywyn beach to Burry Port where you will find a pretty harbour, beach and the newest marina in Wales. You then head back east passing Sandy Water Park and Machynys beach before coming to the National Wetlands Centre where you can look out for a variety of birdlife. Look out for flocks of dunlin, ringed plover, sanderling and redshank along the coast whilst shelduck, oystercatcher and curlew can be seen further out on the mudflats. |
Other highlights in the park include the excellent Discovery Centre where you will find a wealth of information about the area in a fabulous modern building.
If you would like to continue your outing you could head west along the coast to the fabulous Pembrey Country Park where you will find more lovely coastal scenery, woodland wildlife trails and bike hire from the Ski Pembrey centre.
|Moel Famau Country Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||Climb to the top of Moel Famau mountain on this circular walk through the stunning Moel Famau Country Park. The walk starts at the car park at Bwlch Penbarra and immediately picks up the Offa's Dyke Path to take you to the 1818ft peak. Part of the Clwydian Range the mountain peak proffers wonderful views of the Wirral, Merseyside, Snowdonia, the Dee Valley and the coast. At the summit you will also find the 19th century Jubilee Tower constructed in 1810 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of King George III. The climb from the car park is not too strenuous so would suit reasonably fit walkers. It also takes place on a good path. From the summit the trails then descend through the Clwyd Forest before returning you to the car park. |
If you'd like to continue your walking in this beautiful area then you could visit the nearby Loggerheads Country Park. Located just a few miles to the east it contains dramatic limestone cliffs, wooded gorges and secluded grasslands next to the River Alyn.
Moel Famau is located near Mold in in Flintshire.
|Moel Siabod||5 miles (8 km)||Climb to the summit of Moel Siabod on this challenging walk in Snowdonia. The mountain reaches a peak of 872m making it the highest peak in the Moelwynion mountain range. The views from the summit are particularly special. On a clear day the you can see Snowdonia, Glyderrau and the Carneddau ranges. |
The start point at the village of Pont Cyfyng is delightful, with views of the Afon (river) Llugwy and the Llugwy waterfalls. You then ascend to the summit passing a small lake, a quarry and the lovely Llyn-y-Foel on the way. There's also the spectacular Deaer Ddu south east ridge which requires some scrambling before you reach the summit.
This is a challenging walk with some scrambling required. You are rewarded with wonderful views throughout.
|Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal||37 miles (60 km)||Follow the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal from Brecon to Newport on this super waterside walking and cycling route. Walkers can enjoy the whole route along canal towpaths while cyclists can follow National Cycle Network routes 4, 47 and 49 from Newport to Pontypool. The cycle path is wide and well surfaced so it's a lovely, safe ride. The cycle section runs for about 12 miles. |
The whole route runs from Brecon to Newport passing through the beautiful and dramatic scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The first section runs from Brecon to Talybont-on-Usk via Pencelli. It's a 6.5 mile walk with views of the River Usk and the pretty Brynich Lock.
The canal continues to the delightful Llangynidr locks and then on to Cricklehowell and Abergavenny. There's an opportunity here to visit Abergavenny Castle Meadows and Linda Vista Gardens with a small detour from the canal.
The next section runs from Abergavenny to Pontypool, passing the noteworthy Goytre Wharf, with its historic limekilns.
The final section runs from Pontypool to Newport via Cwmbran. This section is open to cyclists. The route finishes in Newport near the castle.
|Montgomery Canal||35 miles (56 km)||Enjoy easy waterside cycling and walking along the Montgomery Canal through Powys and Shropshire. The whole of the route can be walked while cyclists can enjoy the section from Newtown to Welshpool along National Cycle Network route 81. It's a great ride and suitable for families and people of all abilities. |
Starting in Newtown you follow the River Severn towards Llanllwchaiarn and the start of the canal. You then follow the towpath north passing the Pwll Penarth Nature Reserve and a series of pretty villages including Abermule and Berriew where the canal is carried over the River Rhiw aqueduct. The route continues to Welshpool passing Powis Castle and the Llyn Coed y Dinas Nature Reserve. It's a super section of the canal with wildlife such as otters and water voles to look out for.
From Welshpool you continue north to Arddleen and Four Crosses where you cross the Vyrnwy Aqueduct. It's a highlight of the route with splendid views of the River Vyrnwy to enjoy.
The route continues through Pant and Maesbury Marsh before finishing at Frankton Locks in Shropshire. Here you can pick up the Llangollen Canal and enjoy more waterside walking.
|Mynydd Illtud Common||2 miles (3 km)||Starting at the Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre, enjoy a stroll across the pretty Mynydd Illtud Common on this easy circular walk. From the common there are great views towards Pen Y Fan and Corn Du, the Black Mountains and the river Usk. It's a good spot for wildlife too - look out for red kites, larks and butterflies.|
|Neath Canal||3 miles (5 km)||This section of the Neath Canal makes for a lovely waterside cycle or walk. It runs along the National Cycle Network route from the parking area at Craig Nedd, Resolven to Glynneath. You'll pass pretty locks and bridges with views of the River Neath along the way.|
|Newborough Forest||8 miles (13 km)||Explore this fabulous coastal forest in Anglesey on this cycling and walking route in Wales. There are miles of trails through the peaceful woodland leading you to the stunning Llanddwyn Bay and Newborough Warren Nature Reserve. This large dune, mudflat, saltmarsh and beach system attracts a large lumber of coastal birds including oystercatchers, lapwings, curlew, skylarks and meadow pipits.|
The Anglesey Coast Path runs past the site so you could pick this trail up and continue your exercise.
|North Berwyn Way||15 miles (24 km)||This challenging walk explores the North Berwyn Mountains, to the south of the River Dee, in Denbighshire. The route starts in Llangollen and heads west to Corwen, passing Ceiriog Forest and Cynwyd, before a final waterside section along the River Dee takes you to Corwen. The area of the Berwyn Mountains is wild and covered in thick heather with some acidic grassland and bracken. The views of North Wales from the peaks are spectacular. |
The walk is waymarked with a blue and white disc.
|North Wales Path||60 miles (96 km)||Explore hills, valleys, mountains and the beautiful coast on this stunning walk through North Wales.The walk starts at Bangor (Gwynedd) in the west and heads to Prestatyn (Denbighshire) in the east. |
The first section runs between the seaside towns of Bangor and Conwy passing through the Carneddau mountain range in the Snowdonia National Park on the way. You will also pass the 120 ft Aber Falls in the foothills of the Carneddau range before coming to Conwy Mountain. The mountain overlooks the sea of Conwy Bay and is topped by Neolithic hut circles and the hillfort of Castell Caer Seion.
The next section runs along the coast from Conwy to Colwyn Bay via Llandudno. There are fabulous views of Conwy Sands, Ormes Bay and Penrhyn Bay as you follow this beautiful section of coastline. Also of interest is Llandudno Pier in the seaside resort of Llandudno. At 2,295 ft the pier is the longest in Wales.
The final section runs from Colwyn Bay to Prestatyn. There are more lovely, long coastal sections as you pass Abergele before arriving at the popular seaside town of Rhyl. You then head inland to Dyserth before finishing at Prestatyn.
The walk is waymarked with a green and black disc.
|Ogwr Ridgeway Walk||13 miles (21 km)||Enjoy spectacular views of the Ogwr Fach, Garw and Llynfi valleys on this walk from Mynydd Maendy to Margam Country Park near Port Talbot. The walk passes through the village of Blackmill, located at the confluence of the Ogwr Fach and Ogmore rivers. You finish at the splendid Margam Country Park. The attraction includes the magnificent Margam Castle, an 18th Century Orangery with ornamental gardens and the Deer Park, all set within 1000 acres of beautiful countryside. |
The walk is waymarked with a green and white disc.
|Padarn Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||This country park in Snowdonia has a number of splendid way-marked walking trails to follow. There are 800 acres to explore through oak woodland and along lakeside paths. |
The beautiful Llyn Padarn lake is the centrepiece of the park. You can stroll along the lakeside or catch the Llanberis Lake Railway which runs along the easten edge of the lake. It's a splendid 1 hour ride with views of the 13th century Dolbadarn Castle and the twin lakes of Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris. Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales makes a wonderful backdrop.
|Parc Bryn Bach||2 miles (3.5 km)||Enjoy waterside cycling and walking in this lovely country park in Tredegar. In the park you can enjoy a 2.2km scenic lakeside cycle/walking trail, a 2km single woodland cycle track and a National Standard BMX Track. Cycle hire is available within the park.|
|Parc Cwm Darran||3 miles (5 km)||This cycling and walking route takes you along an abandoned rail track and under a number of historic bridges used to transport coal from nearby collieries dotted around the surrounding countryside. You then head through the delightful Parc Cwm Darran. This country park was built on the site of the former Ogilvie Colliery. It features one of Wales' last remaining Powder Stores and an interactive learning centre which tells the story of the area's great industrial past. In the park you will find peaceful woodland trails, lakeside paths and sunny wildflower meadows in the Cwmllwydrew Meadows Local Nature Reserve. At the end of your exercise you can refresh yourself in the Lakeside Coffee Shop.|
The Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk runs past the park so you could pick up this long distance trail if you wanted to extend your walk.
|Parc Penallta||4 miles (6 km)||Explore three way-marked trails in this country park created on a former colliery site. There's a delightful wetlands area with boardwalks, peaceful woodland trails, pretty lakes and open grassland. You can climb the High Point Observatory for spectacular views across the county and admire the park's sculptures which include the 'Sultan' pit pony - one of the UK’s largest figurative earth sculptures.|
For cyclists National Cycle Network Route 47 runs through the park. You could pick this up and head east to the lovely Sirhowy Valley Country Park on the safe off road track. The Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk also runs through the park so this is a good way of extending your walk.
The park is located close to Ystrad Mynach rail station and not far from Hengoed.
|Pembrey Country Park||7 miles (12 km)||With stunning views of the Gower Peninsula and Carmarthen Bay this coastal country park is one of the most popular in the UK. It is perfect for a long cycle or walk with numerous well laid trails, National Cycle Network route 4 and St Illtyd's Walk all running through the park and the adjacent Pembrey Forest.|
Highlights include the gorgeous Cefn Sidan beach with 8 miles of golden sand and extensive dunes. There are also 8 Wildlife trails, the beautiful Corsican pine forest and a Conservation pond with bird hides.
The off road cycle trail is perfect for a family cycle ride - you can bring your own bike or hire one from the Ski Pembrey centre. Here you could also hire some skis and try the dry sky slope in the park! It's a top class facility with an Alpine Ski Lodge, Cafe and a floodlit 130m main slope. There's also a fantastic toboggan run, crazy golf and pony trekking on offer.
If you'd like to continue your walk/cycle then you could head further into the adjacent Pembrey Forest - it covers nearly 2500 acres with several lovely woodland trails and interesting wildlife including sparrowhawk and goshawk. You could also follow National Cycle Route 4 along the coast to Llanelli where you will find the splendid Millennium Coastal Parkor follow St Illtyd's Walk into the beautiful countryside.
|Pembroke Castle||2 miles (3 km)||This is a short walk around the fascinating medieval Pembroke Castle. It's an attractive area with the castle surrounded by a large Mill Pond. This walk starts near the castle at a parking area in the town and explores the castle grounds before crossing the mill pond bridge for a great view across the water to the castle. You can return the same way or head through the town.|
|Pen Y Fan||5 miles (8 km)||Climb the highest peak in South Wales and southern Britain on this stunning walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park.|
This is a challenging climb to the 2906 feet (886m) summit but the footpaths are generally very good for most of the walk.
You start at the car park at Pont ar Daf about 10 miles north of Merthyr Tydfil. The first stage passes through woodland and crosses Blaen Taf Fawr before ascending toward Bwlch Duwynt. You continue to Corn Du where there are fabulous views of the Neuadd Valley, Cantref Reservoir, Beacons Reservoir and Llwyn-on Reservoir. Shortly after you reach the summit of Pen Y Fan where you will find a former Bronze Age burial chamber. The views are fantastic with Sugar Loaf, the Bristol Channel , Carmarthen Bay, Swansea Bay, the Gower Peninsula, the Black Mountains, the Cambrian Mountains and Exmoor all visible on a clear day.
From the summit you descend to Corn Du and then on to the heather covered Y Gyrn. You soon come to a woodland area and the finish point at the car park.
The Brecon Beacons Way runs past the mountain so you could pick this up to continue your walk. Beacons Reservoir is also very near the start point to the walk so you could enjoy an easy waterside stroll here too.
|Penllergare Valley Woods||1 miles (2 km)||Penllergare Valley Woods in Swansea is a wonderful place for walkers with miles of woodland trails, lakes, and beautiful waterfalls. Once the estate of botanist and pioneer photographer John Dillwyn Llewelyn, the woods have recently been restored by the Penllergare Trust. It's an enchanting place with terraces, waterfalls and cascades and the beautiful stone arched Llewelyn Bridge. There's good walking paths taking you along the river, around the upper and lower lake and through woodland and parkland. There are also good facilities with car parking and a coffee shop.|
|Penrhyn Castle||1 miles (2 km)||Explore 60 acres of woodland and parkland surrounding this large 19th-century neo-Norman castle near Bangor, Gwynedd. In the grounds you will find peaceful woodland trails, exotic tree and shrub collections, a Victorian walled garden with ornamental ponds and a lovely Rhododendron Walk with rhododendrons and azaleas. The views from the grounds over the coast towards Snowdonia are also magnificent. You can also tour the castle with its beautiful carvings, mock-Norman furniture, collection of paintings and model railway museum. |
To continue your walking in the area you could head to the nearby Plas Newydd where there are lovely woodland walks and pretty gardens, with views of the Menai Strait.
|Pentre Ifan||2 miles (3 km)||Visit the largest and most well preserved neolithic dolmen in Wales on this fascinating walk in Pembrokeshire. |
The walk starts from the Pentre Ifan car park and follows footpaths and country lanes to the burial chamber. It's an impressive sight with 7 principal stones including a 5 metre long capstone. Built around 3,500 B.C it is classed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
After leaving the dolmen the walk then heads to the delightful Pentre Ifan Wood where you can enjoy several woodland trails. Here you will find ancient oak trees, a variety of plants and around 400 species of lichen. From the woods it is a short stroll back to the car park.
|Pererindod Melangell||15 miles (24 km)||Travel from Pont Llogel to Llangynog and enjoy fabulous views of Lake Vyrnwy on this challenging walk. There are also wonderful views of the Cambrian and Berwyn Mountains and the Vyrnwy and Tanat Valleys.|
Lake Vyrnwy is also a RSPB Nature Reserve so look out for redwings, fieldfares, goosanders, little grebes and mallards. See the video below for more details.
The walk is waymarked with a green/blue disc.
|Picton Castle Gardens||1 miles (2 km)||Explore the stunning gardens surrounding this 13th century stately home in Pembrokeshire. There's well laid out footpaths taking you through 40 acres of gardens with some woodland trails to try too. Highlights include rhododendrons, peaceful woodlands, an exotic jungle garden and a pretty walled garden. There also two nice ponds with fish, frogs, eels and dragonflies to look out for. It's great for families with an adventure playground, jungle boardwalk and maze.|
If you feel like extending your walk you could visit the nearby Slebech Park Estate where you will find miles of woodland trails.
|Pistyll Rhaeadr||2 miles (3 km)||Visit this spectacular 240-foot (73 m) waterfall regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. The walk begins at the car park at the foot of the waterfall and takes you past the falls and then along a footpath running next to the Afon/River Rhaeadr. You return to the start point along a country lane. The falls are surrounded by some beautiful countryside so there's ample opportunity to continue your walk. There is a B&B and a cafe near the falls so you can also refresh yourself after the walk.|
|Plas Newydd||2 miles (4 km)||This walk takes you through the woodland and gardens surrounding this mansion in Llanfairpwll, Anglesey. The house is situated on the Menai Strait so there are fabulous views across the water towards Snowdonia. Woodland trails take you to a pretty rhododendron garden, while there is also a spring garden and Australasian arboretum with an an italianate-style summer terrace.|
You can also explore the house which was Lord and Lady Anglesey's family home. It contains Rex Whistler's largest ever painting and fine 1930s furniture.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could pick up the Anglesey Coast Path which runs past the house. Penrhyn Castle is also not far away and has 60 acres of beautiful grounds to explore.
|Plas yn Rhiw||2 miles (3.5 km)||This walk takes you to this National Trust owned 17th century manor house in Rhiw, Gwynedd. The house is surrounded by beautiful ornamental gardens, woodland trails and grounds. The route takes you around the house on footpaths and country lanes with simply stunning views of Cardigan Bay, Hell's Mouth and the and the Llyn Peninsula.|
|Plynlimon||5 miles (8 km)||Climb to the highest point in the Cambrian Mountains on this challenging circular walk in Ceredigion. There are wonderful views of the reservoirs, countryside and forests of mid-wales to enjoy.|
The walk starts from the parking area on the A44 at Esteddfa Gurig. You then pass a farm and then through a gate marked 'All Walks' before beginning the ascent. The path takes you to the summit of Pen Pumlumon Fawr which stands at a height of 752 metres (2,467 ft). Here you will find a trig point and magnificent views in all directions. You can then descend the same way or via Pen Y Drawsallt, to the west.
|Pontsticill Reservoir||7 miles (10.5 km)||This circular walk takes you around the beautiful Pontsticill Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The reservoir is located a few miles north of Merthyr Tydfil on the Taff Trail. You can catch the splendid Brecon Mountain Railway to Pontsticill station next to the reservoir. The railway runs from Pant near Merthyr Tydfil along the full length of the Pontsticill Reservoir to Torpantau high in the Brecon Beacons.|
The walk starts near the Dam and Pontsticill station and heads along the Taff Trail through a woodland area on the western side of the reservoir. You return on the eastern side, climbing towards Cwm Criban for splendid views of Pontsticill and the surrounding countryside. You then descend towards the dam and the finish point.
|Porthkerry Country Park||4 miles (6.5 km)||Explore 220 acres of woodland, meadows and coast in this super country park near Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan. The route starts at the car park on the coast and takes you along the pretty pebble beach before turning inland into the woodland on nature trails. You will pass through the pretty grassland with its wildflower meadow and calming stream. You will also pass Viaduct wood with super views of the impressive Porthkerry Viaduct. The route below is designed for walkers but a nice easy cycle track runs through the centre of the park just up from the coast. It makes for a nice, safe ride for families.|
Facilities in the park include an excellent cafe, chidlren's play area and a 12 hole golf course.
|Portmeirion||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy a walk around this popular tourist attraction built in the style of an Italian village. The village is located on the estuary of the River Dwyryd, about 2 miles east of Porthmadog. Portmeirion was used as 'The Village' in the 1960s television show The Prisoner.|
|Powis Castle||4 miles (7 km)||Explore the world-class gardens surrounding this historic castle in Welshpool. Powis Castle gardens are regarded as one of the greatest surviving examples of Baroque garden design in Britain. Highlights include the dramatic Italianate terraces, informal woodland, the Edwardian formal garden and superb views of the surrounding countryside - the long mountain and the Breidden Hills are visible on a clear day. Also look out for the 30ft-high yew hedge, ornate dancing statues and stunning herbaceous borders.|
The original castle dates back to the 13th century but has seen many changes since then. You can go inside and see the fine state rooms and wonderful collections including paintings, tapestries, sculpture and furniture. In the Clive Museum you can see more than 300 items from India and the Far East, dating from the 17th to 19th centuries, from Hindu gods to gold and weapons. Also make time to visit the coach house and stables which are some of the earliest brick buildings in mid-Wales.
|Preseli Hills Golden Road||6 miles (10 km)||This splendid walking trail runs right along the spine of the Preseli Hills giving wonderful views of the area. On a clear day you can see Cardigan Bay, Snowdonia and even Ireland. You will also pass two quarries which are believed to have provided the stones for Stonehenge. The road is thought to date back to Neolithic times. |
The walk starts at the Bwlch Gwynt car park on the B4329 and heads east following the trail past the northern end of the Pantmeanog Forest. Here you have the option to take a short detour south to Foel Cwmcerwyn, the highest point in the Presili Hills. You continue east to the Bronze Age burial cairn at Foel Feddau and then on to the rocky tor Carn Bica, which overlooks Bedd Arthur, a Neolithic ring of stones in the shape of an eye. The final section takes you past Foel Drygarn Iron Age fortress before finishing near Crymych. On the route you can look out for wildlife such as buzzard, red kite and wild ponies on the grassland.
|Radnor Forest Ride||62 miles (100 km)||A shared walking and cycle path that runs from Llanfair Waterdine on the English-Welsh border to the Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre.|
The path follows a series of bridleways and minor country roads through some wondeful scenery including the beautiful Wye Valley and the spectacular Brecon Beacons.
|Ramsey Island||4 miles (6 km)||Explore this beautiful island and RSPB Nature Reserve on this circular walk off the Pembrokeshire Coast. There are great walking trails running from the ferry landing taking you around the southern and middle section of the island. Ramsey is run by the RSPB so it's wonderful for bird watching with guillemots, razorbills, kttiwakes and fulmars to look out for. The island also has 120m high cliffs where you may see choughs and peregrines. In spring and summer Ramsey is covered in pretty flowers including bluebells, spring squills, pink thrift and purple heather. |
To reach the island you can catch a boat from St Justinians from April (or easter if it comes sooner) to October. See the RSPB link below for details.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could try the Treginnis Peninsula walk.
|Raven Walk||12 miles (19 km)||This circular route has some challenging climbs but with some truly tremendous views of the Sirhowy and Ebbw valleys as the reward. The walk starts at the Cwmcarn Visitor Centre and heads to Mynydd Islwyn, Ynys Hywel and Glenside before returning to Cwmcarn. The route includes views of the Sirhowy and Ebbw rivers, the Severn Estuary in the south and the Brecon Beacons in the north. You will also visit Nant-y-draenog reservoir on the way.|
The path is waymarked with the distinctive black and white Raven walk logo.
|Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk||28 miles (45 km)||Explore the beautiful Rhymney Valley on this circular walk through the county borough of Caerphilly. The route starts at the pretty Penallta Community Park and visits Caerphilly, Bedwas, Hengoed, Rudry and Machen. Here you will climb Mynydd Machen (the highest point on the walk) where there are spectacular views of the Rhymney Valley, Cardiff and the Bristol Channel. The route also visits the 17th century Ruperra Castle ruins in Lower Machen and the delightful Parc Cwm Darran where you can enjoy peaceful woodland trails, lakeside paths and sunny wildflower meadows. You'll also pass near Cefn Onn Park which is also well worth a visit.|
The walk is waymarked with a green and white disc.
|Sarn Sabrina Walk||25 miles (40 km)||This stunning circular walk explores the area around the town of Llanidloes in Powys. You begin at Llanidloes and pass along the beautiful Llyn Clywedog with its large dam, before climbing into the Cambrian mountains, where you will arrive at the highest point of the range at Plynlimon. Here you will find the source of the River Severn - the longest river in Britain, marked with a post in both English and Welsh. The route then returns to Llanidloes, passing through Hafren Forest, before joining the River Severn for a long waterside section that leads you to the finish point of the walk.|
The walk is named after the Celtic myth of Sabrina, a water nymph said to inhabit the waters of the River Severn.
|Scolton Manor Country Park||1 miles (2 km)||Explore 60 acres of country park surrounding this Victorian manor house in Haverfordwest. There are woodland trails and grassland in the park while in and around the manor you can enjoy grand period rooms, railway displays, a farming exhibition, a costume exhibition, stable, art exhibitions and a World War II homefront exhibition. |
Scolton Manor is located about 5 miles north of Haverfordwest.
|Severn Way||224 miles (360 km)||Follow the River Severn from its source at Plynlimon in Powys, to Bristol, the mouth of the river. You start the walk at Plynlimon in upland Mid Wales, before descending into Llanidloes, Newtown, Powys, and Welshpool. The route then follows the towpath of the Montgomeryshire Canal passing The Wrekin and continuing on through Shrewsbury, the Severn Gorge, and the historic town of Ironbridge. You then cross into Worcestershire passing Bewdley, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcester and Upton-upon-Severn in the Malvern Hills. The next section passes through Gloucestershire, visiting Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Berkeley Castle and on to the Severn Estuary and the mouth of the Severn. The final section takes you from Severn beach to Bristol via Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton and through the Avon Gorge. |
The route is well waymarked with a blue and white logo.
|Singleton Park||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the beautiful botanical gardens in this large park in Swansea. The gardens feature Herbaceous borders, Rock garden, Ornamental gardens, Japanese bridge, Glasshouses and a Herb garden. There's also a boating lake with pedal boats available for hire.|
|Sirhowy Valley Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||Explore 1000 acres of woodland and meadows in this beautiful country park in Risca. You can follow the waterside path along the Sirhowy River and climb to Graig Goch Woods for wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. |
For cyclists National Cycle Network Route 47 runs through the park. You could pick this up and head west to Parc Penallta. If you're on foot you could extend your walk along the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk or the Sirhowy Valley Ridgeway Walk which run past the park.
|Sirhowy Valley Ridgeway Walk||26 miles (42 km)||This walk runs through the beautiful Sirhowy Valley in south Wales. The trail starts at the delightful Tredegar House Country Park near Newport. Here you will find a 17th-century mansion surrounded by 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland. The trail then heads north towards Risca and Blackwood before finishing at Tredegar.|
Highlights on the walk include waterside sections along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal near Newport and along the Sirhowy river through Blackwood. You also visit the pretty Sirhowy Valley Country Park at Risca and climb Mynydd Machen where there are spectacular views of the Rhymney Valley and Sirhowy Valley, Cardiff and the Bristol Channel.
The walk is waymarked with yellow arrow on a white disc.
|Skirrid Fawr||9 miles (14.5 km)||Climb this 486m (1594 feet) mountain in the Brecon Beacons on this challenging walk. Skirrid Fawr (or Ysgyryd Fawr) forms part of the Black Mountains range.|
The walk starts in Abergavenny, next to the tourist information centre and follows the Marches Way long distance trail to the summit. Here you will find the ruins of an iron–age hill fort and St Michael's medieval Roman Catholic church. There are splendid views across the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains, Abergavenny and the surrounding countryside.
The walk descends through woodland areas before rejoining the Marches Way and returning to Abergavenny.
If you'd like to climb another black mountain then the iconic Sugarloaf is also near Abergavenny. The Brecon Beacons Way also runs through the area so you could pick this up to continue your walk.
|Skomer Island||4 miles (6 km)||Visit this beautiful Island on the Pembrokeshire Coast and enjoy wonderful coastal views and thousands of breeding seabirds. The island has lovely walking trails along the coast and down the centre of the island. |
You can visit the island from April to October by catching a boat from Martin's Haven near Marloes village (Click here for information on sailing times). The island is fantastic for wildlife watching with Puffins, Manx Shearwaters, Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Razorbills, Gannets and Fulmars to look out for. In April you can see the Atlantic Grey Seal as they gather to moult at North Haven.
The island itself is lovely with fields, cliff tops and interesting coastal rock formations. In the spring and summer months it is covered with pretty flowers such as Bluebells and Campion. Look out for the Skomer Vole and the multitude of Rabbits as you make your way across the reserve. It's a special place and a must see if you are visiting the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
To continue your walking in the area you could explore the wonderful Marloes Peninsula on the Martin's Haven Walk.
|Slebech Park||2 miles (3 km)||This 600 acre estate is covered with miles of footpaths making it an excellent location for walkers. It sits on the Dau cleddau river Estuary and consists of Bluebell covered Beech wood, wildflower meadows and riverside paths. This circular walk starts from the car park and follows a very good path around the estate passing woodland and ponds. You finish with a riverside stretch along the Dau cleddau river.|
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head a mile or so west to the wonderful Picton Castle Gardens.
Slebech Park is located a few miles east of Haverfordwest.
|Snowdon Llanberis Path||9 miles (14.5 km)||Climb to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales on this challenging walk. The Llanberis Path is the longest of the six routes to the top of Snowdon but because of it's gradual elevation it is generally considered the easiest route to the summit. It's very popular with leisure walkers as it runs parallel with the Snowdon Mountain railway which starts at Llanberis. As such you can use the railway to take you up (or down) part of the route.|
The path starts in Llanberis near to the Royal Victoria Hotel and climbs towards Hebron Station with great views back towards Dinorwig Slate Quarry and Elidir Fawr. You continue to Halfway House, with wonderful views of Moel Cynghorion, Foel Goch, Foel Gron, Moel Eilio and the Cwm Brwynog valley. At Halfway House you can purchase refreshments in the summer months. The next stage ascends towards Cwm Glas Bach with views of the Llyn Du'r Arddu lake. The final section takes you from Bwlch Glas to the summit where there are magnificent views over Snowdonia, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Peak District and the Lake District.
If you're looking for more challenging climbs to the summit you could try the Snowdon Miners Track or the Snowdon Pyg Track.
|Snowdon Miners Track||8 miles (13 km)||This route follows the Miners Track to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales. It is a slightly longer route than the alternative Pyg Track but has the advantage of waterside sections alongside the mountain's three beautiful lakes of Llyn Teyrn, Llyn Llydaw and Glaslyn.|
The walk begins in the Pen y Pass car park and ascends to the pretty Llyn Teyrn before coming to the much larger Llyn Llydaw. The path crosses the lake and then runs right along it's northern edge, making for a lovely waterside section. At the lake you'll also pass the ruins of the old Britannia Copper Mine crushing mill.
You continue along a steep section to Llyn Glaslyn and then Bwlch Glas where you can see the tracks of the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The final section takes you from Bwlch Glas to the Snowdon summit where there are magnificent views over Snowdonia, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Peak District and the Lake District.
The Pyg Track starts from the same car park. It is a shorter route but has more challenging rocky sections.
|Snowdon Pyg Track||7 miles (11 km)||Climb to the summit of Snowdon on this challenging walk in the Snowdonia National Park. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, and the third highest in Britain, standing at a height of 1,085 metres (3,560 ft). The Pyg Track is one of six paths to the Snowdon summit. It is generally regarded as the most challenging as it crosses some rough and rocky terrain. |
The walk begins in the Pen y Pass car park and ascends to Bwlch y Moch. You continue past the beautiful glacial lakes of Llyn Llydaw and Glaslyn on your way to Bwlch Glas where you can see the tracks of the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The final section takes you from Bwlch Glas to the summit where there are magnificent views over Snowdonia, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Peak District and the Lake District.
The Snowdon Miners Track also starts from the same car park and has the advantage of waterside sections along the mountain's three beautiful lakes of Llyn Teyrn, Llyn Llydaw and Glaslyn.
|Snowdon Rhyd Ddu Path||7 miles (12 km)||The Rhyd Ddu Path is one of the six main routes to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales. It is considered to be one of the quietest and most beautiful, though there are some challenging sections where care should be taken.|
The path begins in the car park in the village of Rhyd Ddu and ascends to Pen ar Lon, Rhos Boeth and Llechog, before reaching the 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) summit. On the asent you will enjoy magnificent views of Llyn y Gadair and Llyn Cwellyn lakes, and the summits of Moel Hebog, Moel yr Ogof, Moel Lefn, Mynydd Drws y Coed and Mynydd Mawr. From the Snowdon summit there are views over Snowdonia, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Peak District and the Lake District.
|Solva Harbour||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a walk around the beautiful Solva Harbour on the Pembrokeshire Coast. There are good walking trails on the east and west side of the harbour with the rocky headland of the Gribin giving wonderful views of the coast and St Bride's Bay. There are also great views of the River Solva and of the pretty Solva beach.|
This walk starts from the car park and follows good footpaths to the Gribin on the eastern side of the harbour. At the Gribin summit you will find an Iron Age fort and really wonderful views of the harbour and the coast. You can descend to the pebble beach at Gwadn where you may see breeding chough. After returning to the village you could stop for refreshments at the lovely Harbour Inn which has outdoor tables overlooking the river. The walk then continues along the western side of the harbour where there is more lovely scenery.
If you would like to continue your walk you could pick up the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and head west towards St David's or east towards Newgale.
|South of the Landsker Trail||62 miles (100 km)||This circular walk explores the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park around Pembroke. The walk begins at Narberth and includes a fantastic coastal section through Tenby, Saundersfoot, Manorbier and the beautiful National Trust owned Stackpole Estate. The estate consists of 12 square kilometres of farmland, lakes, woodland, beaches, and cliffs including the spectacular Stackpole Quay. The video below shows the coastal section from Freshwater East to Stackpole|
The route then heads inland where you can enjoy riverside sections along the River Creswell and the River Cleddau. You will also pass Carew Castle on the River Carew and the charming Landshipping Quay before returning to Narberth.
|St David's Head||3 miles (5.5 km)||Widely considered to be the most spectacular coastal headland on the Pembrokeshire Coast, this stunning area is a must see when visiting the National Park. This circular walk makes use of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and other public footpaths to take you on a tour of the St David's Peninsula. You'll enjoy great views over the beautiful Whitesands Bay towards the nearby Ramsey Island.|
The area is also geologically fascinating. You will pass Carn Llidi, a huge jagged tor, towering above the coast. You can climb the tor for stunning views to the east. The route also passes the Neolithic burial chamber of Coetan Arthur which dates from about 4000BC.
|St Govan's Chapel||4 miles (6 km)||This fascinating 13th century chapel is situated by the side of a spectacular limestone cliff on the Pembrokeshire Coast. This circular walk takes you from the delightful village of Bosherton to the coastal chapel, passing through the beautiful Stackpole Estate on the way.|
The walk starts in Bosherton with it's fine pub, pretty cottages and 13th century Norman church. You then follow a nice country lane through the countryside to the coast where you can climb down the 52 stone steps to the little chapel. There's a doorway into the chapel on the north side, where you will find low stone benches and an empty bell-cote in a single chamber. The view out of the window towards the sea is wonderful.
After leaving the chapel and climbing back up the steps you continue to St Govan's Head for more great coastal views. Look out for a variety of seabirds, including guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes.
The next section takes you from St Govan's Head to the sand dunes at Broad Haven. You then pass along the lovely Stackpole Lily Ponds where you can look out for waterlilies in the summer and wildlife which includes the resident otters. The final waterside section along the ponds leads you back into Bosherton.
|St Illtyd's Walk||60 miles (96 km)||A religous walk from Pembrey Country Park (Carmarthenshire) to Margam Country Park (Neath). The path runs through Hendry, Pontardawe and Bryn.
You will visit Penlle'r Castell ruin on the summit of Mynydd y Betws (with fabulous views), the spectacular Melincourt Falls on the Neath River and the Vale of Neath. There are also splendid views of the Black Mountains and peaceful wooded sections near Abercregan. The two splendid country parks at either end of the walk are also real highlights on this challenging walk.|
The walk is waymarked with a white and yellow disc.
|Stackpole Estate||6 miles (10 km)||Explore the wonderful National Trust owned Stackpole Estate on this circular walk in the Pembrokeshire National Park. In the estate you'll find miles of coastal footpaths, woodland trails and waterside sections along the beautiful, large lake. |
Stackpole is located near Freshwater East on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. There's 12 square kilometres to explore on a variety of good footpaths. This walk starts at the Stackpole Quay car park and takes you along the coast path to Stackpole Head with wonderful views of Barafundle Bay. You'll also pass the striking natural stone arches known as the Lattice Windows.
The route then heads towards Bosherton passing the delightful Stackpole Warrens. This area of grassland is great for wildlife watching with butterflies and birds visiting the wildflower meadows in the summer months. At the little village of Bosherton you can enjoy refreshments at the pub and visit the fascinating Norman church of the late 13th century.
From Bosherton you continue along the lovely Stackpole Lily Ponds. Look out for waterlilies in the summer and wildlife which includes the resident otters. The final section takes you along the deer park track, returning to the car park.
If you'd like to continue your walking in this area then you could head along the coast to the fascinating, 13th century St Govan's Chapel.
|Strumble Head||2 miles (3 km)||This circular walk takes you to this wonderful rocky headland on the Pembrokeshire coast. Strumble Head is a great place for wildlife watching with porpoises and seals regular visitors to the seas below. It's a lovely area with the well known Strumble Head Lighthouse and a beautiful coastline with views towards Dinas Head and Cardigan Bay.|
This walk starts off at the Strumble Head car park and takes you along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to Porthsychan before returning through the countryside on a country lane. The final stretch back to the car park has great views of the lighthouse for most of the way.
If you'd like to extend your walk you could head south along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to the rocky volcanic outcrop Garn Fawr where you will find an Iron Age Hillfort and spectacular views of the surrounding area.
|Sugarloaf Mountain||5 miles (8 km)||Climb to the summit of this iconic mountain on this challenging walk in Monmouthshire, Wales. Sugarloaf is part of the Black Mountains range and stands at a height of 1,955 feet (596 metres). |
The walk starts at the car park to the south of the summit near the town of Abergavenny. You head towards the lovely oak woodland of St Mary's Vale where you will pass pretty streams and a variety of woodland wildlife. You continue on to the summit where there are fabulous views of the Severn Estuary, the Cotswolds to the east, as far as the Brecon Beacons including Pen y Fan and Corn Du to the west and the Bristol Channel to the south. There are also great views over the nearby Usk River Valley and Abergavenny. On a clear day you could also see the Shropshire Hills and Somerset.
You descend towards Mynydd Llanwenarth, passing ancient medieval ditches before returning to the finish point, back at the car park.
If you'd like to continue your climbing in the area then the Skirrid Fawr walk also starts in Abergavenny. You could also pick up the splendid Brecon Beacons Way which runs through the area.
|Swallow Falls||2 miles (4 km)||This walk follows the Afon Llugwy from Betws-y-Coed to the beautiful Swallow Falls in the Snowdonia National Park. This is a popular riverside walk, passing along woodland trails with a series of waterfalls to enjoy. |
The walk starts in the delightful village of Betws-y-Coed in the Conwy valley. The area is popular with walkers as it is surrounded by some wonderful woodland trails, the Clogwyn Cyrrau Nature Reserve, the Llyn Elsi, and the rivers Conwy, Llugwy and Lledr. This walk takes you along the Llugwy passing the wooden Miner's Bridge and several smaller waterfalls before coming to Swallow Falls. The falls are charming and are best enjoyed after wet weather. You can enjoy refreshments at the nearby Swallow Falls Hotel.
|Swansea Canal||4 miles (5.7 km)||Enjoy an easy waterside cycle or walk along the Swansea Canal and River Tawe. The route runs from Clydach to Pontardawe along route number 43 of the National Cycle Network. The route uses the canal towpath and a riverside trail, passing locks and bridges on the way. Look out for a variety of wildlife including otters, kingfishers, dippers, ducks, moths, butterflies and beetles.|
|Table Mountain||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy wonderful views over the Brecon Beacons on this moderate climb to the 451m peak of Table Mountain (Crug Hywel). The walk starts from the pretty town of Crickhowell with its ruined Norman castle and 16th century 13-arched bridge across the river Usk. You then follow the Table Mountain footpath which starts at the northern end of the town. It passes through fields and woodland to the unusual flat top of the mountain. At the top you will find an Iron Age Hill Fort and wonderful views in all directions. |
If you would like to continue your walking in this area then you could pick up the Usk Valley Walk which runs past Crickhowell. The long distance Brecon Beacons Way also passes Table Mountain so you can easily pick this up too.
|Taf Fechan Forest||6 miles (9 km)||Enjoy a series of beautiful waterfalls and delightful woodland trails on this walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park. |
The walk begins at the Taf Fechan Forest car park near the northern end of Pentwyn Reservoir. You then head to Lower and Upper Neuadd Reservoirs on peaceful woodland trails. You'll pass along the Taf Fechan River which is dotted with a number of picturesque waterfalls. The trail then passes along the lovely Lower and Upper Neuadd Reservoirs with the imposing Pen Y Fan making a wonderful backdrop. The route returns to the car park on alternative woodland trails.
The whole of this route is designed for walkers but the eastern leg takes place on a super track which is suitable for walkers and cyclists.
The route can be extended by following the Taff Trail to the nearby Blaen y Glyn Waterfalls.
|Taff Ely Ridgeway Walk||16 miles (26 km)||Follow the Taff Ely Ridgeway Walk/Ffordd y Bryniau through the Ely Valley and Taff Vale on this walk in South Wales. The trail starts near Glynogwr and heads through Llantrisant forest, Llantrisant and Garth Hill before finishing on Caerphilly Common. From Garth Hill there are fine views of Cardiff and the Taff valley. It is thought to be the inspiration for 'Ffynnon Garw', the fictional mountain (or hill) featured in the book, and film, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. The walk also passes near to Taff's Well - the only thermal spring in Wales located in Taff's Well park. The walk finishes on Caerphilly mountain with more tremendous views to enjoy as shown in the latter part of the video below.|
The walk is waymarked with a yellow and white disc.
|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.
|Taith Ardudwy Way||24 miles (39 km)||This walk takes you through the Snowdonia National Park from Barmouth, on the Mawddach Estuary, to Llandecwyn. The route is divided into three sections:
Southern: Barmouth to Tal y Bont (8 miles)
Central: Tal y Bont to Harlech (13 miles)
Northern: Harlech to Llandecwyn (12 miles).
Highlights on the walk include the lovely views of the Mawddach Estuary at Barmouth (video below), fabulous views of the Rhinogydd range of mountains in Snowdonia and the Bryn Cader Faner Bronze Age round cairn towards the end of the route. Also look out for buzzards and red kites as these are regularly seen on the trail.
There are challenging climbs on the walk but you will be rewarded with some of the best coastal/mountain views in Wales. The walk is waymarked with a Buzzard logo.
|Tal-y-llyn Lake||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy a waterside walk around this stunning glacial lake in the Snowdonia National Park. The lake is situated at the foot of the imposing Cadair Idris the second highest mountain in Wales. There is a lovely walking trail along the northern end of the lake which will take you from Tal-y-llyn to Dol-ffanog. At the south western end of the lake you will find a lakeside hotel where you can get a Welsh cream tea and other refreshments.|
|Talybont Reservoir||6 miles (10 km)||This circular cycling and walking route takes you around the lovely Talybont Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The route makes use of National Cycle Route 8 and the Taff Trail to take you around the 318 acres (1.29 km2) reservoir. |
You start off at the northern end of the reservoir, near the dam, where roadside parking is available. You then climb through the woodland area on the eastern side of the water, along the Taff Trail. There are splendid views over the water to the surrounding hills and beautiful waterfalls near Abercynafon at the southern end of the reservoir.
The return leg follows a country lane along the western side of the water and Talybont Forest.
If you would like to extend your walk then you could continue west along the Taff Trail to the beautiful Blaen y Glyn Waterfalls.
|Three Castles Walk||20 miles (32 km)||Visit the three Norman fortresses of Skenfrith, White Castle and Grosmont on this beautiful circular walk through Monmouthshire. The trail takes the walker through woodland and over hills including Graig Syfyrddin (Edmunds Tump), from which there are spectacular views of the Welsh Marches, the Black Mountains and the Forest of Dean. |
The walk is waymarked with a brown and white disc featuring a castle.
|Tintern Old Station||2 miles (2.5 km)||This park is situated in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) near Chepstow. It was voted the UK's favourite park in the 2011 People's Choice Green Flag Award public poll. The station was originally opened in 1876 and closed in 1959. It now serves as a popular tourist attraction with three old carriages used as a gift shop and museum with old railway memorabilia. There is a one mile circular walk around the park with a section along the River Wye. You could follow the river further along the Wye Valley Walk if you wanted to continue your walk.|
|Tredegar House Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||This striking 17th-century mansion in Newport is surrounded by 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland. Highlights include the large lake which has a lovely waterside walking path. There are also three delightful formal gardens - The Orchard Garden, the Cedar Garden and the Orangery Garden. |
The Sirhowy Valley Ridgeway Walk starts at Tredegar so you could continue your walk along this lovely waymarked trail towards Machen.
|Treginnis Peninsula||6 miles (9.5 km)||This circular walk explores the beautiful coastline and fascinating geological features of the Treginnies Peninsula in the Pembrokeshire National Park. You will pass the oldest volcanic rocks in Wales, formed over 600 million years ago. It's a particularly beautiful stretch of coast with wonderful views over to the nearby Ramsey Island. It's also a great area for wildlife watching. Look out for birds including Peregrine, Oystercatcher, Kittiwake and Shag. You may also see porpoises in the water below and deer on Ramsey Island.|
The walk starts at the Porth Clais car park and follows country lanes towards Treginnis Lodge where there are super views towards Skomer Island and St Bride's Bay.
Just past Treginnis Lodge you turn right off the country lane at the sign for Pencnwc Farm, and head north towards Porthstinian/St Justinian. At St Justinian you will pass the RNLI station, the Grade I listed ruined chapel and the small harbour where you can catch boats to Ramsey Island.
At St Justinian you pick up the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and head south passing the Iron Age hillfort of Castell Heinif and Seal Bay where you can look out for seal pups in late summer and early autumn. You then head east along the coast passing Porthlysgi Bay with views of Skomer Island, Midland Isle and the Marloes Peninsula in the distance. Finally you pass around the pretty Porthclais Harbour before returning to the car park. It's a lovely area with wild horses and stunning coastal views while in the summer many of the coastal fields are covered with pretty heather.
|Tryfan||2 miles (3.6 km)||This is a very popular and very challenging climb to the top of Tryfan in Snowdonia. Tryfan has a distinctive pointed shape with rugged crags making it stand it out amongst the other peaks in the area. This route takes you to the 917.5 m (3,010 ft) summit via the north ridge. The path is difficult in many places so scrambling with both hands is required.|
The walk starts from the parking area next to Lllyn Ogwen and ascends to Milestone Buttress and then onto the eye catching Canon Stone. This splinter of rock protrudes from the mountain at a 45 degree angle. The route continues to the north ridge where you will scramble over several boulders before reaching the summit. At the summit you will see the striking boulders of Adam and Eve. It is said that if you jump between the rocks on the 'Leap of Faith' you will be rewarded the Freedom of Tryfan.
The descent takes you to Bwlch Tryfan and then onto the pretty Llyn Bochlwyd. You continue with lovely views of the lake to Bochlwyd Buttress and then back to the shores of Lyn Ogwen.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Cwm Idwal for more stunning mountainous scenery. The route starts from the eastern end of Llyn Ogwen.
You could also tackle the nearby Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach.
|Ty Mawr Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a peaceful riverside walk in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The walk starts at the Pontcycyllte Aqueduct which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site (video below). The Aqueduct carries the
Shropshire Union canal high above the Dee Valley and is nicknamed 'the stream in the sky'. It's a beautiful spot and offers fabulous views of the area. The walk then follows the River Dee to Ty Mawr - a 35 acre country park which is also a working farm with donkeys, pigs, goats, llamas and chickens. The river attracts many different birds including herons, kingfishers, swans, ducks and goosanders. Also look out for otters and jumping salmon!|
If you would like to continue your walk you could follow the Offa's Dyke Path and the Shropshire Union Canal which run just past the park.
|Upper Ceiriog Trail||14 miles (22 km)||This is a circular cycling or walking trail through the countryside around Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog near Wrexham. The trail takes you on a tour of the beautiful Ceiriog Valley with views of the River Ceiriog and a visit to the village of Pandy. For cyclists a mountain bike is advised as the trail is quite rugged in sections.|
|Usk Reservoir||5 miles (8 km)||Follow the circular cycling and walking trail around the beautiful Usk Reservoir on this route in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The route begins at the car park next to the dam at the eastern end of the reservoir. It follows good compacted-stone forestry tracks and tarmac roads alongside the waters edge and through the surrounding woodland of the Glasfynydd Forest. There are also splendid views of the surrounding countryside and mountains. Look out for wildlife around the reservoir including Red Kites.|
N.B From Friday 14th August 2015 for about 10 weeks parts of the trail on the western side of the reservoir will be closed for maintenance.
|Usk Valley Walk||48 miles (77 km)||This super waterside walk follows the River Usk, the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and the Brecon and Newport Canal from Caerleon to Brecon. The walk passes through Abergavenny and Usk and is is enclosed by beautiful hills for the whole of its length. There are also splendid views of the Brecon Beacon mountains, particularly towards the end of the walk. The route is relativley flat as much of it takes place alongside the river or the canals, so there are only a few notable climbs. |
The walk is waymarked with white disc.
|Valeways Millennium Heritage Trail||65 miles (105 km)||This is a circular walk through the Vale of Glamorgan which includes a splendid coastal section along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. The route runs through Peterston-super-Ely, Barry, Cowbridge, Llantwit Major, St Brides Major and Llanharry, Ewenny Priory and St. Fagans. The route includes a waterside section along the River Ely as you pass the through the beautiful Ely Valley. You will also pass through the lovely Porthkerry country Park near Barry, while also visiting the historic castles at Boverton and St Donat's.|
The walk is waymarked with a yellow and white disc.
|Wat's Dyke Way Heritage Trail||62 miles (99 km)||A new walking route running through the pastoral countryside near the Welsh-English border. The trail runs from Llanymynech in Powys to Holywell in Flintshire following Wat's Dyke - a 40-mile earthwork. On the route: |
Montgomery Canal - the walk follows the canal from the start at Llanymynech to Maesbury (video below).
Oswestry - the next stage takes you to this interesting town with a Celtic Hill Fort.
Erbistock - you will cross the River Dee at this pretty village.
Wrexham - the walk then heads to the largest town in north Wales, passing the National Trust Property of Erddig Hall just before.
Alyn Waters Country Park - the next stage takes you through this lovely park and the villages of Hope and Caergwrle
Holywell - the finish point for the walk, taking its name from the nearby St Winefride’s Holy Well, one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. The walk finishes at Basingwerk Abbey - a 12th century Cistercian monastery.
The walk is waymarked with a green and white disc.
|Waun-y-llyn Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Climb to the top of |
Hope Mountainon this walk through Waun-y-llyn Country Park in Hope, Flintshire. The top of the mountain is really beautiful, with a small lake and wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. This circular walk starts from the car park and takes you up to the high point on the mountain. You could also start the walk from nearby Hope or Caergwrle. Footpaths take you through peaceful woodland to the country park which is only about a mile from both villages.
If you enjoy this walk then you could head to the nearby Alyn Waters Country Park where you'll find woodland trails and riverside walks along the River Alyn. The park is located near to Wrexham.
|Wepre Park||3 miles (5 km)||Follow a series of walking trails through the ancient woodland of this pretty country park in Connah's Quay in Flintshire. There are 160 acres to explore with highlights including the river, waterfall and the 12th century ruins of Ewloe Castle.|
|Wye Valley Walk||138 miles (222 km)||This walk takes you through the beautiful Wye Valley in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Wales.
The walk begins on the mouth of the River Wye at Chepstow Castle in Monmouthshire and follows the River Wye north to Monmouth. You continue through Ross on Wye to Hereford and then onto Hay on Wye. You then return to Wales and head to Builth Wells, Newbridge and Rhayader before the final stretch takes you towards the source of the Wye on the slopes of Plynlimon mountain in Powys.
There's plenty of spectacular mountainous scenery as you pass through the Wye Valley AONB, with several waterside sections along the River Wye to enjoy.
The walk is well waymarked with a white disc featuring a leaping salmon.
|Wysis Way||55 miles (88 km)||The Wysis Way runs for 55 miles from Monmouth in Wales to Kemble, in Gloucestershire. The way links the Offa's Dyke and Thames Path national trails. |
Starting from the Wye Bridge in Monmouth the Wysis Way heads eastwards up The Kymin Hill and on into the Forest of Dean. Continuing east the trail goes through Hillersland before continuing through the Forest, passing through Nailsbridge, Harrow Hill and Mitcheldean on its way to the top of May Hill where there are fabulous views of the River Severn. From May Hill, it continues eastward through Glasshouse, Taynton, Tibberton and the edge of Highnam before reaching Gloucester. At Gloucester, the trail heads south east to Robinswood Hill, before continuing southeasterly through Painswick, Bisley and Oakridge Lynch before reaching its end in Kemble, where it meets the Thames Path.
|Y Garn||4 miles (7 km)||Enjoy breathtaking views over the Snowdonia National Park on this challenging climb to the 947 m (3,107 ft) summit of Y Garn. |
The walk starts at the car park at the western end of Llyn Ogwen and climbs to the wonderful natural amphitheatre of Cwm Idwal. In a Radio Times poll in 2005, Cwm Idwal was ranked the 7th greatest natural wonder in Britain. You pass along the beautiful clear waters of Llyn Idwal before climbing towards Pinnacle Crag. You continue to the summit with views Llyn Clyd and the Ogwen Valley. The route then descends towards the Devil's Kitchen and Cwm Idwal before returning to the car park.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could try the challenging Tryfan mountain.