Walking in Wales is
something of a national obsession. With the stunning
mountains, glorious coastline and beautiful countryside it's not
surprising that we just love to lace up our boots, stick on our
back pack and head outside.
Some of our best walks are listed below, but there are many, many
more of varying lengths and difficulties throughout the
region. Please contact one of our Tourist
Information Centres for more details.
Wales Coast Path 1400 km (870 miles)
Perhaps our most iconic walking trail. The Wales Coast Path takes in all 870
of Wales' stunning coastline. Starting in Chepstow in the
South East, the path follows the Severn Estuary and then the
Bristol Channel along the South coast, past the cities of Newport
and on to the popular seaside resort of Porthcawl. From there
the path heads to Gower and Pembrokeshire before turning right and
up the West coast and then along the North coast to
Queensferry. Quite a trek.
And if that's not enough for you, you can take the
Offa's Dyke Path back down the eastern side of
Wales to Chepstow where you can start your second lap.
Offa's Dyke National Trail 285 km (177
Offa's Dyke itself is the historic border between Wales
and England which was built around 757AD and today the path follows
this route all the way from Chepstow in the south, right the way up
through the country to Prestatyn on the North Wales coast.
The path goes through some of the most stunning
scenery in Wales - wild moorland, majestic valleys,
and mysterious woodland.
Valley Walk 218 km (136 miles)
Here's a nice long one to get you started. This
beautiful route follows the river valley from Chepstow all the way
to Rhyader. On the way, you'll pass through the historic
towns of Chepstow and Monmouth and past the imposing remains of
Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk 45 km
Using a mixture of footpaths, bridleways and cycleways,
take in the splendid panoramic views from this route which links
Rhymney and Caerphilly via the three main ridges of Mynydd-y-Grug,
Thornhill and Eglwysilian. The walk takes you from lowland farmland
to open commons which rise to over 300m above sea level.
Walk 41.8 km (26 miles)
One for fit walkers which takes you on a fascinating
journey up the Sirhowy Valley. The route links two grand mansions,
Bedwellty House in Tredegar, built by a wealthy iron baron in the
19th Century and Tredegar House in Newport, one of the finest in
The Three Castles Walk 30.5 km (19
Combining two of the things Wales is most famous for,
walking and castles. Discover an undulating landscape of
wooded hillsides and hidden valleys. This tranquil route
includes the three Norman castles of Skenfrith, Grosmont and White
Castle. These now placid remains act as dramatic reminders of this
area's once turbulent past.
Ogwr Ridgeway Walk 20km (13
Enjoy spectacular scenery and panoramic views as you walk
across the mountain ridges. From windswept heights to wooded
valleys, the scenery changes dramatically.
Sugar Loaf 10 km (6 miles)
A popular hill walk right on the edge of the Brecon Beacons and
the beautiful market town of Abergavenny. There are
spectacular views from the summit (as you'd expect) and the paths
to the top are relatively easy.
River Ogmore & Merthyr Mawr 8km (5
Riverside paths, woodlands and ancient stones are
featured in this fascinating walk through the scenic beauty and
history of the Merthyr Mawr area. The village is an outstanding
collection of thatched cottages surrounded by meadows and
woodlands. Stepping stones take you across the river to Ogmore
Castle. Built by the Normans; it commands a strategic crossing
point on the River Ewenny.
Ysgyrid Fawr/Skirrid Mountain 5 km (3
An easily accessible walk over a breathtaking mini-mountain with
fabulous views, also just outside Abergavenny.
Please remember that the information in this section is just a
guide. We've tried to make it as accurate as possible for you
but we still suggest you check all routes and information before
you set out. If you are going on one of the walks please make
sure you've got suitable clothing, shoes, maps and equipment as we
want you to be as safe as possible.