Get a taste for South Wales... 

Love walking? Then South Wales is perfect for you, step outside of Cardiff or Newport and you've got the cliffs and vineyards of Glamorgan Heritage Coast, the Wye Valley and Vale of Usk, with trails winding their way right up through the South Wales Valleys all waiting to be discovered... 

  • A couple walking close to Mynydd Bedwellte with the Sirhowy Valley in the background
    A couple walking by Mynydd Bedwellte and Sirhowy Valley, South Wales Valleys

    One for the fit walkers, the Sirhowy Valley Ridgeway Walk takes you through the heart of the South Wales Valleys along the ridges of Mynydd Machen and Mynydd Manmoel, with panoramic views. Pass through Sirhowy Valley Country Park with its two nature reserves and pass Hall's Tramroad, built by the same Benjamin Hall whose name was given to London's Big Ben.

    There is an Iron Age hill fort along the route, which ends at Tredegar - a town made wealthy in the 18th Century, thanks to the iron industry. Enjoy the 17th Century mansion, Tredegar House, and mark the end of your walk by visiting a monument to Aneurin Bevan - the NHS pioneering MP who was born at Tredegar. 

  • Dare Valley Country Park with lake in front, near Aberdare in the South Wales Valleys
    Dare Valley Country Park, South Wales Valleys

    This is a walk of great and dramatic contrasts, starting at the River Dare, where you can choose to climb to enjoy wonderful views of the valley. Leave Dare Valley Country Park and make your way along footpaths, minor roads and forests tracks to Bryngarw Country Park near Bridgend. The route passes the Bwlch mountain and takes you through stunning scenery, before approaching the quiet but beautiful Glamorgan Heritage Coast, with its dramatic cliffs.

  • A section river along the Taff trail in Cardiff

    River Taff, Cardiff

     by Owen Mathias

    Probably the most popular walk in the Valleys, and deservedly so. The Taff Trail is suitable for walkers and cyclists and runs along converted railways, canals and forest tracks. It takes you from the Brecon Beacons National Park, right to the nation's capital.

    Most of the walking is gentle, though there are steeper sections, including an ascent of Torpantau, at 439m above sea level. You start with canalside walking at Brecon and pass through the stunning Brecon Beacons. The walk then takes you to the viaducts at Pontsarn and Cefn Coed and into the heart of the industrial heritage of the South Wales Valleys.

  • A family relaxing and enjoying the view of the Usk Valley after a walk up the Blorenge
    The Blorenge and the Usk Valley, Vale of Usk

    Gentle and beautiful pastureland and river views are to be had when you follow the river Usk from its source in the Brecon Beacons National Park, to its end at the Severn Estuary. Visit pretty and historically interesting towns and villages on the way.

    Towns like Caerleon, rumoured to be where King Arthur held court, and the site of a Roman ampitheatre and bathhouse. Less well known than the Wye Valley, the Usk offers quiet and peaceful walking, with two climbs - at Glanusk Park near Crickhowell, and to the Kemeys Ridge north of Caerleon.

  • Tintern Abbey
    Tintern Abbey, Wye Valley

    The Wye Valley Walk has been extended from 111 miles to 136 miles (178km to 219km) 
    to take in the source of the river Plynlimon. The valley offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Wales along the course of one of Britain's cleanest rivers, alive with salmon and trout.

    You're in border country and the Wye Valley Walk shows you some spectacular architecture and beautiful towns. Look over the magnificient ruins of Tintern Abbey, browse through the antique shops of Ross-on-Wye and the famous bookshops at Hay. While on the walk you'll pass through dramatic gorges and woodland, rich in wildlife.

  • Glamorgan Coast
    Glamorgan Coast

    The Glamorgan Heritage Coast is a place packed with beautiful architecture and heavy history. Walking is punctuated by castles and ancient churches, Iron Age hillforts and priories.

    It's hard to believe you're on the doorsteps of both Cardiff and Swansea as you enjoy the panoramic views to the north of the Vale, or the dramatic cliffs and stone pavements of the Heritage Coast. The Valeways Heritage Trail has been put together by Valeways, a locally based charity, who have created a network of waymarked paths which are equally good as a week's walking holiday, or as individual day routes.

  • View towards hills on the Glamorgan Ridgeway walk

    Glamorgan Ridgeway walk

    The Glamorgan Ridgeway walk is a 27 mile linear route along the southern edge of the South Wales Coalfield running from Margam Country Park, near Port Talbot, through spectacular upland and valley scenery to Caerphilly Castle.

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