Exploring the mountains and coast of North Wales

Discover the soaring mountains of Snowdonia, the scenic countryside of the North East Wales borderlands and Anglesey or coastal walks which wrap around the whole area, from Barmouth in the west to Flintshire in the north east. 

  • A group of young walkers on the Anglesey Coastal Path
    A group walking along the coast of Anglesey

    The beautiful island of Anglesey is criss-crossed with quiet lanes and paths, making it an ideal base for walkers. Its coast path runs through spectacular scenery, with 95% of it in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    This is the place to come for seabirds, wildlife and a wealth of ancient history.

  • Horse drawn canal boat on Llangollen Canal
    Llangollen Canal, Borderlands by DianeB1960

    Walk from the junction with the Llangollen Canal to Newtown, with stretches that include a section of the Severn Valley. The Montgomery Canal walk cuts through border country giving access to fairly level walking and to Berriew, one of the prettiest villages in Wales.

    Look out for Lledan Brook Aqueduct at Welshpool, and Belan Locks, two miles to the south of the town, where there’s a weir, two locks and some fascinating lime kilns.

  • Llyn Alwen near Mynydd Hiraethog in Snowdonia
    Llyn Arwen near Mynydd Hiraethod, Snowdonia

    The Mynydd Hiraethog and Denbigh Moors Footpath Network includes a linear 40 mile (64km) route, together with six shorter circular routes which can each be walked individually.

    The Denbigh Moors are to the north of the Cambrian Mountains and are a rare surviving part of an immense grouse moor and shooting estate. The eastern side of the moor includes the peaks of Tir Mostyn and Foel Goch, the Clocaenog Forest and the two major valleys of the moorland, the Alwen and Brenig.

  • People walking on the North Wales Path near Sychnant Pass on the Conwy and Snowdonia National Park border
    North Wales Path near Sychnant Pass, Conwy

    The North Wales Path winds for 60 miles (96 km) along the coast from Bangor to Prestatyn, mostly along public footpaths. It takes you to traditional seaside resorts which you can reach from the path, and also gives you stunning mountain and coastal views.

    Near Prestatyn, and close to the Offas Dyke Path, the route follows the Prestatyn Dyserth Way, a 2 2/3 mile (4.3 km) former railway. Some of the most stunning views on the path are of the soaring Snowdonia mountains, these can be seen from Little Ormes Head, or from Conwy Castle

  • Bardsey Island, seen from Mynydd Mawr, Snowdonia
    Bardsey Island, seen from Mynydd Mawr, Snowdonia by imaginedhorizons

    The Edge of Wales, a relatively new coastal path, along the top of the Llŷn Peninsula, following pilgrim's routes to Bardsey Island. The walk is "The only long distance walk in Britain to finish with a sea voyage to an island, and a real adventure" according to co-ordinator Peter Hewlett.

    The route takes in many of the most breathtaking views and loveliest villages in Llŷn, and is ideal for walking end to end, or in small chunks as day walks.

  • St Michael's Church in the village of Llanfihangel-y-Pennant in Snowdonia
    St Michael's church in the village of Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, Snowdonia

    This 26-mile walk through the Snowdonia National Park is a bracing walk to undertake in sections, but consider the 15 year old girl the walk is named after, who walked the entire distance barefoot in 1800 to buy a bible from Bala.

    She saved what little money she had for six years to afford her bible and walked from Llanfihangel-y-Pennant across valleys and around mountains to Bala Lake. Her journey inspired the founding of the Bible Society

  • An aerial view of Basingwerk Abbey near Holywell in North East Wales
    Basingwerk Abbey near Holywell, North East Wales

    The Wat's Dyke trail follows the route of the channel using public footpaths and quiet country lanes for a distance of 61 miles (99km) between Llanymynech, close to the Powys/Shropshire border and Basingwerk Abbey, which is within a stone’s throw of the River Dee estuary near Holywell in Flintshire.

  • Barmouth bridge over the Mawddach estuary on the coast of North Wales, with the snow topped Snowdonian mountains in the background
    Barmouth bridge crossing the Mawddach estuary, Snowdonia

    Taith Ardudwy Way is a well signposted upland pathway of 24 miles (38km) from Barmouth in the south to Llandecwyn in the north.

    The Way traverses Ardudwy, an ancient commote (an administrative area in the Middle Ages). It visits each of the parishes bordering Cardigan Bay and crosses the geological formation of Cambrian Rocks, amongst the oldest in Wales, known as the Harlech Dome. The Way is chosen to take in some of the best coastal and mountain views in Wales, visiting prehistoric sites and offers the chance to see varied vegetation and rare birds of the area.

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