Llangollen History Trail

Medieval churches, castle ruins, views over the Dee valley and (mostly) easy walking – there’s much to recommend on the Llangollen History Trail. With luck you may see otters by the Horseshoe Falls. No problem if not – good food and relaxation by the canal are guaranteed at the Corn Mill pub in Llangollen.

Image of a waterfall on the River Dee
View of the Horseshoe Falls on a cloudy day.
Horseshoe Falls and the Dee Valley, Llangollen, North Wales

Abergynolwyn, Snowdonia

Walk through slate quarrying history and discover the gorgeous Talyllyn and Dysynni valleys beneath the shadow of Cader Idris. Your walk starts at Abergynolwyn, a former slate village centred around the Railway Inn, taking in the romantic ruins of Castell-y-Bere before circuiting Foel Caerberllan hill. You can walk the first section, or make a day of it and catch the Talyllyn Railway steam train to Nant Gwernol.

Moelfre to Traeth Coch Anglesey

Head south on a well-marked trail. Look for seals, paddle at Traeth Bychan and go past Castell Mawr’s limestone knuckle to reach Red Wharf Bay. You’re here for the lovely Ship Inn and a grand spread of beach and Snowdonia. Bus 62 from Benllech makes the return if your legs can’t.

Porthdinllaen, Llŷn Peninsula

One of Wales’s most famous pubs, Ty Coch, a National Trust-listed hamlet and no cars in sight. What’s not to like about Porth Dinallaen headland? Within a mile or so of parking in Morfa you’ll have a drink in hand. Yr Eifl’s peaks are spread across the bay, your feet are in the sea and all is well with the world.

Couple sitting on a wall enjoying a drink outside the Ty Coch Inn
A man and a woman walking along the coast path with the sea on the left hand side
Ty Coch, Porth Dinallaen

Maenclochog circuit, Pembrokeshire

Walkers have strode the Preseli Hills for millennia. The Golden Road, a Neolithic trade route, takes you into a moorland littered with standing stones (and where Stonehenge was quarried). The goal is Foel Cwmcerwyn, the highpoint of these hills. The Tafarn Sinc pub built of corrugated iron runs it a close second.

Abereiddy, Pembrokeshire

One of Pembrokeshire’s finest coasts with a pub midway – this ticks all boxes. Beyond the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy are hidden beaches, spectacular scenery and seals before local nosh at the Sloop Inn, a cheerful nautical shack in Porthgain. To return, swish back across fields or double-back and revel in new views going south.

Fishing boat moored up at low tide in Porthgain
Image taken from coastal path coming up to the white rocks marking Porthgain harbour
Porthgain Harbour, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Cleddau Estuary, Pembrokeshire

Come here for hidden Pembrokeshire. Choose either a short estuary circuit from Lawrenny – past waterbirds and through ancient oak woods via the Lawrenny Arms on the quay – or extend it with the Landsker Borderlands Trail upstream to the Cresselly Arms. There’s no food but you can’t beat this traditional pub for peace.

Monknash to Nash Point, Glamorgan

Begin at the Plough & Harrow in Monknash and take Cwm Nash valley to discover the finest bit of coast no one knows; a long beach beneath cliffs studded with fossils. If the tide is in a cliff path still gets you to Nash Point, where a tea-hut waits before your return inland… perhaps via The Horseshoe Inn at Marcross.

A Beddgelert Circuit, Snowdonia

Much of Snowdonia’s appeal in around four hours. There’s one of its prettiest villages to start, then the Fisherman’s Path through Aberglaslyn Gorge where kayakers ride the rapids. You want mountain scenery too, so we ascend Cwm Bychan for views into the heart of Snowdonia. After which a pint in the Tanronnen Inn at Beddgelert is well-deserved. 

Stone houses and bridge in Beddgelert by the river

Hay-on-Wye, Brecon Beacons

With a terrain of river valleys and soft green hills, this easy circuit into the farmland around Hay-on-Wye makes ideal Sunday strolling. You’ll track the river then ascend for gorgeous views en route to the historic village of Clyro and the Baskerville Arms. Walk up an appetite or walk off lunch.

Related stories