With three National Trails and a spectacular 870-mile coast path to explore, there's a route to suit everyone in Wales! If you're struggling to decide which stretch of coast to visit, the Wales Coast Path covers hundreds of miles of coastline, so you can choose a path to suit you. If you'd rather head for the hills, Glyndwr's Way is one of the most spectacular rural National Trails in the UK. Get acquainted with Wales' walking routes below!
The coastal one: Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Opened in 1970, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
was the first National Trail in Wales and one of just 15 National Trails in Britain. This spectacular route follows the coastline for 186 miles, showcasing some of the country's most breath taking scenery. Stretching from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the trail is perfect for anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of the diverse coastal landscapes in Wales. Explore limestone cliffs, red sandstone bays, golden beaches and lush valleys on your journey. Pembrokeshire Coastal Path passes 58 beaches and 14 harbours.
The winding one: Offa's Dyke
Stretching 177 miles from Sedbury Cliffs near Chepstow to the coastal town of Prestatyn, Offa's Dyke is one of Wales' most varied National Trails. Passing through eight counties and crossing the border between England and Wales 20 times, you're guaranteed an adventure on this unique route. The trail is perfect for anyone wishing to explore south Wales and the Welsh Borders, as it passes the iconic Brecon Beacons National Park, Wye Valley and Shropshire Hills. Though it takes roughly two weeks to complete the whole trail, you can enjoy sections of the path on circular walks.
The rural one: Glyndwr's Way
Glyndwr's Way is a 135-mile National Trail winding through farmland, woodland and beautiful forests in Mid Wales. This route is suited to shorter walks due to its rural nature and wonderful range of attractions along the way. Stop at Lake Vyrnwy, Powis Castle or Bryntail Mine to get a sense of the area's heritage. The route officially begins in Knighton on the English border, where it links with Offa's Dyke Path. Running in a horseshoe shape, the trail passes pretty market towns and villages such as Llanidloes, Abbeycwmhir and Llanfyllin.
The big one: Wales Coast Path
At 870 miles long, Wales Coast Path is the longest trail and perfectly suited to anyone wishing to explore particular sections of the coastline. Much of the path is easily accessible via coastal towns, making it perfect for daily excursions. The path has been split into eight geographical areas, North Wales Coast and Dee Estuary, Isle of Anglesey, Menai Llyn and Meirionnydd, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Gower and Swansea Bay, South Wales Coast and Severn Estuary. Each section of the trail is truly spectacular, so it's well making a plan before you set off.
The mountainous one: The Beacons Way
With some of the finest views in the National Park, The Beacons Way is a stunning 95-mile route cutting through the Brecon Beacons. Passing through some of Wales' most picturesque villages, including Llanthony and Crickhowell, the route is a great way to explore the best of the National Park. The Beacons Way can be split into eight days, but each daily route can be shortened further for a delightful afternoon stroll or a challenging hike.
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