5 walking regions for a great escape Come west, walkers. Whether you prefer celebrated mountain tracks or quiet hillside paths, whether you come for a week or just on a spare weekend, your ideal getaway is closer than you think. Snowdonia National Park Swallow Falls, near Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia The Welsh name Eryri derives from eyr (eagle) and nowhere in southern Britain matches Snowdonia for grandeur. This is a landscape forged by volcanic fire and ice. For every seven-hour hike up Snowdon via Crib Goch’s knife-edge ridge there’s a short waterfall ramble. And the views on both are magic. Search for walking operators in Snowdonia North Wales Borderlands Clwydian Range, Snowdonia The Berwyn and Clywdian Hills are often bypassed for Snowdonia. Yet from the Berwyn ridge you get all the views and none of the crowds. You’ll also see a waterfall higher than Niagra at Pistyll Rhaedaer, a wraparound panorama of North Wales from Moel Famau in the Clwydian Hills and Offa’s Dyke yokes both regions for a longer walk. Search for walking operators in North Wales Borderlands Brecon Beacons National Park Llangorse Lake, Brecon Beacons Hardened hillwalker or gentle stroller: the Brecon Beacons National Park provides as much adventure as you want. A geology of remote limestone uplands and gorgeous river valleys means there’s lots of walks, try a hike up the famous Pen y Fan, ambles along the Monmouthshire canal or walks from the Usk Valley between the waterfalls. All within an hour of Cardiff. Search for walking operators in the Brecon Beacons National Park Pembrokeshire Coast Path Coastline walk, Pembrokeshire Pembrokeshire is Britain’s only coastal National Park. Walk here to follow ragged seacliffs to secret strands, walk through wildflowers and wilder hills, see peregrines and porpoises. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path reveals it slowly over 15 fabulous days or there are over 200 short circuits to tick off – we love the lily ponds of Bosherton. Search for walking operators in Pembrokeshire The Gower Peninsula Three Cliffs Bay, Gower For walkers the UK’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a joy, with far too many options on its 15-mile peninsula: ragged cliffs from Port Eynon to the Worm’s Head at Rhossili or beautiful Three Cliffs Bay; the bird-busy saltmarshes of North Gower or high heath traversed by the Gower Way. All accessible from Swansea.Search for walking operators in Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Walks in North Wales Explore the soaring mountains and refreshing coastal walks of North Wales. North Wales attractions Where to go and what to see during your adventure across the lands and seas of North Wales. 10 pub walks Find a walk on which the pub en route is as appealing as the scenery. Wales’ National Trails Lace up your boots: four waymarked long-distance routes that offer inspirational walking. 10 walks through history Come for heritage and scenery on these ten short walks on the Wales Coast Path. 10 short coast path walks A few hours on the Wales Coast Path is also enough for a voyage of discovery.