Southern Wales Tourism

Walking

Heritage Coast WalkingWalking 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 mile)
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.

The Wye 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 Tintern Abbey

Rhymney
Valley Ridgeway Walk 45 km (28 miles)
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.

Sirhowy Valley 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 Wales.

The Three Castles Walk 30.5 km (19 miles)
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 miles)
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 miles)

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 miles)

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.

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