Beautiful Wales is known for its rugged coastline, mountainous national parks and fabulous Celtic culture. It has an incredibly varied selection of walking routes ranging from the high mountains of Snowdonia and Snowdon to the all Wales Coast Path that covers the entire welsh coastline.
Whatever your walking taste we are sure you’ll find a dream hike in this wonderful part of the world.
Cardiff Bay Trail
If you are based in the City but still want to enjoy a nice stroll then head for the Cardiff Bay Trail. This easy traffic-free circular trail runs around Cardiff Bay and across to the seaside town of Penarth via Pont y Werin.
This route is perfect for families and provides a fantastic opportunity to explore the bustling Cardiff Bay area.
Sully to Penarth
Just outside the capital city, a few miles south of Cardiff you’ll find Penarth, voted one of the best places to live in the UK, this part of Wales boasts some gorgeous walking opportunities.
Explores the rich history of the area along the Vale of Glamorgan coastal path starting below the village of Sully.
This lovely walk heads along the coast to Lavernock Point and on to Penarth’s Victorian pier, taking in historic sites along the way that include an anti-aircraft battery, prehistoric dinosaur footprints and Sully Island.
Much of this area in the North West of Wales is designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and you’ll see why if you choose here for an afternoon stroll.
Starting in Porth Ysgaden, this route ventures along the coast stopping at Porth Towyn before finishing at Porth Dinllaen. You’ll find a lovey pub here too if you need some refreshment and a well deserved pint!
Cader Idris is Snowdon’s twin in South Snowdonia and offers some simply beautiful walks.
Beginning from the south of the mountain at Minffordd you’ll climb a steep ascent through the woodland with occasional glimpses of water tumbling down the gorge where there are some impressive waterfalls.
From the gorge the Minffordd Path circuits the glacial lake of Llyn Cau to the south and west, steadily gaining height as it progresses to Craig Cau and ultimately to the top of the mountain at Penygadair.
Once you’ve reached the summit you can continue walking and enjoy the fantastic views.
Skomer is an enchanting island and a beautiful example of an island ecosystem.
Lying just off the Pembrokeshire coast it is the second largest island in Wales and one of the most important wildlife sites in the whole of Europe, if you are lucky you may even get to see puffins and grey seals.
Catch the 15 minute ferry from Martin’s Haven to North Haven and then follow the coastal footpath, lined with the red campion and bracken, towards The Wick and passing Captain Kites which is a breeding site for grey seals.
The Wick is a dramatic cliff face layered with thousands of nesting seabirds, it really is a bird-spotters paradise. Expect to see razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes and fulmars build their nests here on the smallest of ledges.
From May to August, lining the footpath on the opposite slopes is a vast colony of puffins which you may be lucky enough to spot.
Carn Ingli, Newport
Carningli is magical with its stunning 360 degree views across the Pembrokeshire tundra there is a sense of something mythical and untouchable about this hilltop south of Newport Pembrokeshire.
A short, steep walk from Newport can take you to the wishing well on Carningli’s lower slopes where there is a rocky outcrop and carved steps allowing you to climb up on to the cap stone and see the amazing view to the north.
The Nevern Estuary can be viewed in all of its beauty from this capstone, winding its way along the valley from the coast alongside a wooded valley to where it disappears towards Eglwyswrw in the east.