Although a relatively small country, what Wales may lack in size, it more than makes up for in diversity, which makes it one of the most popular destinations in the UK for walkers. Mountains and valleys lay side by side with glacial lakes, rivers, scenic villages, and bustling cityscapes to make it a holiday or short break destination with something for everyone.
Wherever you visit you will find a nation that’s not only steeped in natural history, but culture and traditions too, with the Welsh language still widely spoken in some parts of the country. Iron Age forts, disused slate quarries, castles and cathedrals also speak of a Wales from times gone by.
There is plenty to occupy visitors to Wales when they tire of walking, but with so much choice, and walks throughout the country to suit all ages and abilities, it might be a while before you take off your walking boots.
One of the first walks you come to when you enter the country is the Offas Dyke Path, a walking route that runs alongside a dyke originally built by the King of Mercia to provide a natural border between England and Wales. This walk is one of many in Wales that forms part of the National Trail Network and would take around 2 weeks to complete its 177 mile length.
There are also 3 national parks in Wales that continue to draw visitors, and provide some of the best illustrations of the diversity of the landscape in Wales. The Pembrokeshire Coast, and the Brecon Beacons may both be located in the South of the country, but they provide two different prospects for walkers. The contrasts in Pembrokeshire lie between blue flag beaches and heath/moorland with walks ranging from the 186 mile National Trail along the coastline, to shorter walks and circuits around the park which are accessible to disabled users. The Brecon Beacons meanwhile has the highest mountain peak in South Wales within its boundaries, in Pen-y-fan, other ascents including the Sugar Loaf walk, and the unique site of the Henrhyd Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Wales.
Moving up to the far North, Snowdonia National Park dominates the landscape, and is the largest of the three national parks. It is a park famed for its namesake, Mount Snowdon, which has six routes to the summit to entertain walkers, and a peak that reaches 3,560 feet. The national park authority also promotes and manages walks in the Bala, Ffestiniog, Ardudwy, Cader Idris, and Dogellau areas, which range from moderate and hard mountain walks passing through valleys, farmland, and forest, to tranquil routes like the Janus Path in Beddgelert, one of a selection of walks accessible to disabled people.
“Walking in Wales” covers all these main areas, along with the main walks, sights, and attractions in each area, a summary of the bed and breakfast accommodation available, and suggestions for towns and villages to visit. Our travel partners can also help you compare price on hotels in Wales, whichever area you choose to visit. With so much to see and do, along with a host of scenic walks to try out, you’ll truly be spoilt for choice on a walking holiday to Wales.