The Cambrian Way
A complete north to south journey along the mountainous spine of Wales, running for 185 miles (300 km) coast to coast. It winds through two National Parks – Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons – and the big green spaces in between. In the north, there’s the Victorian coastal resort of Llandudno and in the south is Cardiff, our cosmopolitan capital city. To the north, the route cuts through the Snowdonia National Park and the highest peak in Wales and England. The central section passes the empty spaces of Pumlumon, the spectacular lakelands of the Elan Valley, and the vast Tywi Forest. To the south, the road climbs again into the Brecon Beacons National Park. Along the way, the road takes in market towns like Dolgellau, Machynlleth and Brecon. The slate quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog has reinvented itself as the adventure sports capital. Down south, the route cuts through the former coal-mining valleys, where tightly packed terraces cling to the sides of steep hillsides. For its entire length, The Cambrian Way is criss-crossed by epic long distance walking, cycling and horse riding trails, connecting the Wales Coast Path and Offa’s Dyke Path. It’s also well worth straying off the A470 road to discover loops and links off the beaten track.
The Coastal Way
It runs the entire length of Cardigan Bay. It’s a 180 mile (290 km) route that threads between blue seas on one side and mountains on the other. The start and end points – Aberdaron and St Davids – are both ancient pilgrimage destinations. In between, the coast is dotted with harbour towns and resorts, fishing villages and secret coves. There are vast stretches of sand to the north, towering cliffs to the south, and beaches of all kinds in between. Offshore, the seas are home to whales, porpoises and dolphins. The route’s cultural highlights include Harlech Castle, the fantasy village of Portmeirion, and St Davids Cathedral. There are memorable spots off the beaten track, the north coast of the Llŷn Peninsula, Snowdonia, Pumlumon, Preseli. Endless ways for your clients to discover their own secret places. Pubs and restaurants have freshly caught seafood on the menu, together with lamb and beef from the nearby pastures and local craft ales.
The North Wales Way
This follows the old trading route along the northern coast on to Anglesey. Quite apart from the resort towns and castles that line the 75 mile (120 km) trail, it’s the starting point to discover the panoramic north. From here visitors can explore the Vales of Clwyd and Conwy, the mountains of Snowdonia, the Menai Strait, and our largest island, Anglesey. Castles dominate this route, there’s the perfect concentric design of Beaumaris Castle, the polygonal towers of Caernarfon Castle, and the sheer heft of Conwy Castle and its town walls. Together with Harlech Castle, this cluster of 13th century castles forms a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The north coast also has several classic resorts along the way. The mountains of Snowdonia National Park, the Welsh name is Eryri, meaning ‘place of eagles’, loom large on the southern horizon. There are plenty of loops and interesting diversions too. It’s the gateway to the Vale of Clwyd, with market towns along the route to Llangollen.
10 reasons to include The Wales Way
- it is a family of three national touring routes;
- The Cambrian Way, 185 miles (300 km), winds through two National Parks - Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons. It starts or ends in our capital city Cardiff;
- The North Wales Way, 75 miles (125 km), traverses across the northern coastline including two sites with UNESCO World Heritage Status;
- The Coastal Way, 180 miles (290 km), explores the broad epic shoreline of Cardigan Bay;
- plot routes by car, by coach, by bike or foot;
- weave all three together for one epic adventure, link tow or pick one;
- themed itineraries are available with Travel Trade friendly products;
- there are loops and detours so that you can easily create a unique Wales road trip for you clients;
- whether it’s through a coach window or walker’s binoculars – the views from the routes are spectacular;
- look out for surprising places and experiences to make each visit special.
Resources that can help you feature The Wales Way
Food and drink suggestions along The Cambrian Way by Blas Cambrian Taste
An interactive map including over 200 local food and drink businesses, retailers, hospitality providers and food festivals that are within 40 minutes of The Cambrian Way. Explore the map for a mix of tourist sites with locally sourced produce.
We’ve also highlighted key attractions along these routes on google maps where you are able to view photos and videos:-
We have worked with VisitBritain to produce itineraries for the three routes which in particular highlight food and drink:-