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.

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.

Glamorgan Heritage Coast

From Aberthaw to Porthcawl, the Glamorgan Heritage Coast offers 14 miles of breathtaking views. With secluded coves and plunging cliffs, as well as towns, villages and public houses to discover on route, there is plenty to enjoy along the country lanes and footpaths. The website supplies information on the highlights as well as a downloadable map featuring three walks around Dunraven.

Four walkers enjoying the sunset along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
Glamorgan Heritage Coast

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.

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.

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

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
Walking in Snowdonia

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

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