Wales is only half the size of The Netherlands, yet it’s packed with mountain ranges, lush valleys, rugged coastline and little market towns. This makes for excellent walking country whether clients want to walk independently or with a guide.

If you're organising a walking holiday or just want to include a walk in your itinerary there are lots of operators offering guided and self-guided walking tours and luggage transfers.

The national parks have all featured in Lonely Planet's top 500 Ultimate UK Travelist, a high accolade from one of the world's most recognised travel media specialists.

Couple birdwatching, Stack Rocks, Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire

Stack rocks, Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire

Brecon Beacons National Park

The Brecon Beacons National Park provides walkers with stunning scenery, rugged landscapes, waterfalls, castles, moorland and of course, mountains. Walks are graded from easy to hard. Details of distance and time each route will take are provided on the website along with a downloadable map. They also provide details of an eight day walking holiday named The Beacons Way which allows walkers to explore the entirety of the 99 mile (159km) park.

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National Trust Walking in Wales

National Trust list many places to walk in Wales, including seasonal, legendary and coastal  walks, From strolls to hikes they provide comprehensive details which are print friendly or downloadable on a mobile or tablet.

Female hiker on Hay Bluff, Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, with a dramatic sky in the backdrop.

Hay Bluff, Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons National Park

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

With 240 square miles (620 sq km) of park to discover, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a special place to plan a walk, which has the most blue flag beaches in the country and is only ten miles away from the coast wherever you are in the park. There are 200 circular 'web walks' to choose from including easy access, gentle strolls and half day routes. The south of the park features limestone cliffs hugging the coastline whilst the north has more a rugged landscape with hills, glacial valleys and volcanic headlands.

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Snowdonia National Park

There is plenty of information provided for walking in Snowdonia National Park. The website categorises walks from easy, moderate, hard and accessible, providing the distance and an average time to complete the walk. There are step by step route details as well as maps, images and films.

Snowdonia National Park Authority has developed a simple to use GPS-enabled app for walking Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa). It covers the 6 main paths to the summit with detailed route maps that tracks your clients progress as they ascend and help them plan ahead before visiting. The app works offline, meaning no internet or phone signal is required when using on the mountain. Each map also includes contour information to look out for hazardous sections. Download the Snowdon Walks App on the App Store or get it on Google Play.

 

Walkers resting and eating their packed lunch at the summit of Snowdon.

Mount Snowdon, Snowdonia National Park

Wales Coast Path

The Wales Coast Path is 870 miles (1,400km) of dedicated footpaths which span around the entire coastline of Wales and was the first country in the world to provide such a walking trail. The website provides an interactive map to help plan a route and also inspirational itineraries including mindfulness, heritage, culture and multi day walks.

Couple walking on Wales Coast Path overlooking Dovey estuary near Aberdovey.

Dovey estuary near Aberdovey, Snowdonia

Dark Skies in the Cambrian Mountains

For night walks, The Cambrian Mountains destination of Wales has created an astro-tourism trail which includes our Dark Sky Discovery Site locations.

  • Y Star Inn Car Park, Dylife, Powys
  • Y Bwa / The Arch, Coedwig, Cwmystwyth Forest
  • Pont ar Elan Car Park, Cwm Elan Valley
  • Coed Y Bont, Pontrhydfendigaid
  • Hostel Dolgoch, Tregaron
  • Hostel Ty’n Cornel, Llanddewi Brefi
  • Cronfa Ddŵr Llyn Brianne Reservoir, Rhandirmwyn
  • Mynydd Llanllwni Mountain, Llanllwni, Sir Gâr/Carmarthenshire
  • Llanerchaeron National Trust

Download the Cambrian Mountains & Elan Valley Dark Sky Guide for more information.

The Cambrian Mountains Dark Skies

'Cambrian Way' walking trail

The walking trail was first designed by Tony Drake 50 years ago. Residing in Gloucestershire, he enjoyed walking in Wales and left money to Ramblers Cymru following his death to complete the trail. The 298 mile walking trail links the coasts from South to North Wales and is both scenic and challenging.

The waymarked route named ‘Cambrian Way’ starts in Cardiff and ends in Conwy and could take around three weeks to complete.

Taking in sites including Devil’s Bridge, the Black Mountains, and Barmouth, walkers will need maps to ensure they stay on the path as some of the sections cannot be waymarked due to feasibility.

Maps and guidebooks can be found on Cambrian Way website.

Footpath leading to Devil's Bridge, Ceredigion

Devil's Bridge, Aberystwyth

Heart of Wales Line Trail

This scenic rail route is a long distance walking trail which weaves between stations along the Heart of Wales Line. It offers visitors and walkers a chance to explore Wales and the Borders by rail and on foot, without the car.

There are plenty of way-marked routes to choose from which can be downloaded from the Heart of Wales Line Trail website.

Ystradffin, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire

Useful links

Check out walks which are featured in the BBC One Wales 'Weatherman Walking' series, starring Wales' popular weatherman, Derek Brockway - with downloadable maps to follow.

The ramblers website has lots of useful information on walking including routes, events and guided walks. Other useful walking links, many highlighting a variety of walks with detailed information and maps:

GPS Routes
Visit Wales – Wales Coast Path
Visit Wales – walking information including Wales' long distance walking trails
Walking in Snowdonia
walkingworld.com
Walking in North Wales 
Natural Resources Wales 
Walking in Mid Wales 

Please remember the Countryside Code when walking. You can download a copy on the Natural Resources Wales website. 

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