Wonderful Welsh Walks

With its world class beaches, dramatic waterfalls, rugged mountains and rolling green hills there is no denying that Wales is one of the premier hiking destinations in the World, easily we could run an article on the top 200 or even 2000 welsh walks, for a more in depth overview of hiking and the scenic landscape check out our article

The first country that put a dedicated hiking trail around its entire coast the Wales cost path has become world renowned in its short lifetime, some of the finest coastal scenery can be found on the Welsh Coast path, Part of which being the Pembrokeshire Coast path, the only coastal national park in the United Kingdom, you have the rugged mountains of snowdonia and the green rolling hills of the brecon beacons national park, there are many others to mention like the first area of the united kingdom to gain AONB status the Gower Peninsular, The Cambrian Mountains, wales is home to some truly spectacular scenery, you will regularly find hollywood rock up onto our gorgeous land to shoot some reels.

Here we have listed our top twenty welsh one day walks with all the information you need to take away to plan and execute your own adventure....

The Dragons Back - Brecon Beacons National Park.

We start with a real Welsh classic, the name Dragons back can be confused with one in the Peak District or the more famous iconic walk in Hong Kong, this challenging circular walk in the Black Mountains, Wales. The route runs for just over 7 miles and includes a visit to the highest point of the Black Mountains at Waun Fach. The scenery on even a dull day is fantastic, catch it on a clear day and you will be treated to some outstanding views.

The walk starts from the parking area near Car park LD3 0EP, Pengenffordd. (There is a small Parking charge paid to honesty box on arrival). Head north from here toward the village where you can pick up a trail heading east to Castell Dinas. This Iron Age hillfort has the highest castle in England and Wales. A Norman castle was built here in the 11th century. What remains now are crumbling walls mainly covered with earth and the outlines of ditches and ramparts from the original Iron Age fortifications, commanding extensive views up into the Black Mountains and over Talgarth towards Brecon.

After exploring the fort the route continues east to Y Grib and Pen Y Manllwyn. Here you turn south to Waun Fach which stands at a height of 811 m (2,661 ft). From here there are views over the Brecon Beacons including Rhos Fawr and the Radnor Forest. You may also see some wild ponies wandering around the area.

The walk then descends to the south west toward Pen Trumau. Soon after you turn west along Rhiw Trumau and Cwmmfforest. The route then returns to the car park. You can enjoy well earned refreshments at the Castle Inn in Pengenffordd after your exercise.

For a shorter walk you could try the climb to Waun Fach from the Castell Dinas car park.

Aberffawr (Traeth Mawr), Anglesea

This long, sandy bay is flanked by rocky headlands and backed by wildlife-rich dunes. Access is by foot only, along the bank of the River Ffraw. The Anglesey Coastal Path runs from the beach in both directions. It’s one of the best dog-friendly beaches in the UK, with magnificent viewsThis lovely circular walk takes you along the coast from the little village of Aberffraw on Anglesey.

The route runs for just over 7 miles with a couple of small climbs. There's fine sea views, a riverside trail and lots of attractive countryside paths to enjoy on the way. You'll also visit the sand dunes of Tywyn Aberffraw which lies just to the east of the village.

The walk starts in the village and follows the River Ffraw south to the coast at Aberffraw Bay. It's a lovely spot where the river meets the sea at Traeth Mawr. There's yellow gorse, a pretty beach and views towards the mountains of Snowdonia in the background.

The route then follows the coast path west along the bay to Porth Cwyfan. Here you leave the coast, heading north past The Anglesey Circuit. This motor racing circuit is located in Ty Croes and plays host to a variety of motorsport events. From here you follow the footpath east to take you back to the village.

The route then heads east of the village to visit Tywyn Aberffraw. This area of common land is one of the finest dune systems in the country. You can follow public footpaths around the peaceful dunes before returning to Aberffraw.

The Anglesey Coast Path runs through the area so you can continue your walking on this waymarked path. If you follow it north it will take you to Rhosneigr and the pretty Llyn Maelog. See the Rhosneigr and Llyn Maelog Walk for more details.

Head east and it will take you to Maltreath and the expansive Newborough Forest.

Barafundle Bay & Stackpole - Pembrokeshire.

A walk on the Stackpole Estate taking you from the village of Bosherston to the beautiful Barafundle Bay. The route then takes you to the nearby St Govan's Chapel. If you just want to walk to the bay and back it's about a 5 mile round trip. The paths are fairly flat though there are some small climbs on the way. The walk starts from the car park in Bosherston and follows a trail along the lovely Lily Pools to North Hill. The route continues to Broad Haven where there are sand dunes and a beach. You then head east past Church Rock, Saddle Point and Raming Hole before coming to Stackpole Head. From here you head north west to Barafundle Bay where there is a beautiful beach, considered one of the best in the country. The walk then heads west across Stackpole Warren before heading up to St Govan's Head and the chapel. You can then climb down to the 6th century chapel where there is a window with fine views out to sea. The route then follows a country lane north back to Bosherston and the car park.

Postcode SA71 5DN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Harlech Coastal Walk - Gwynedd.

This town on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park has some lovely coastal footpaths to try. This walk takes you along a section of the Wales Coast Path to nearby Llanenddwyn. On the way you'll visit Llandanwg Beach, Pensarn Harbour and the Morfa Dyffryn Nature Reserve. At the end of the route you can catch the train back to Harlech from Llanenddwyn.

The walk starts from Harlech Train Station, next to Harlech Castle. The impressive castle was built by Edward I during his invasion of Wales between 1282 and 1289. UNESCO considers Harlech to be one of "the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe", and it is classed as a World Heritage site.

From the castle you can pick up the Wales Coast Path and follow it west past Royal St David's golf course. This will take you to Harlech Beach where you can head south along the dunes to Llanfair and then on to Llandanwg where you can visit the noteworthy St Tanwg's Church. Also known as "the church in the sand, St Tanwg's is an early medieval church, with the western end possibly dating back to the 13th century. However, the presence of 6th century inscribed stones, and the dedication to St Tanwg, suggest much earlier use of the site as a church, possibly dating to around 453 AD as part of St Patrick's work to establish links between Ireland and Britain.

From here you head east to small village of Pensarn where there is a picturesque harbour. Follow the path past Llanbedr and then west toward Shell Island. The attractive peninsula is known for the wide variety of seashells that wash up on the beach, and for its wild flowers. Public vehicular access to the island is only possible via a causeway across the estuary of the River Artro when the tide is out. Access on foot is always possible from the adjacent Mochras/Morfa Dyffryn beach, which extends for several kilometres south of Shell Island.

The route continues south along Morfa Dyffryn National Nature Reserve. The beautiful reserve includes huge sand dunes, seashore, saltmarsh and grassland with a wide variety of wildlife to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for birds such as stonechats, skylarks and wheatears. There's also lots of pretty wildflowers in the warmer months with highlights including marsh-orchid, speedwells, thyme and maiden pink.

After passing along the reserve the route heads inland to Llanenddwyn train station where the route finishes.

To continue your walking around Harlech pick up the long distance Taith Ardudwy Way which takes you through the Snowdonia National Park from Barmouth, on the Mawddach Estuary, to Llandecwyn. You could also continue south along the coast path to visit Barmouth and try the Panorama Walk

Cadair Idris -Minfford Path

The epic circular walk to the 893 m (2,930 ft) summit of Cadair Idris is one of the most popular climbs in the Snowdonia National Park. This route follows the Minffordd Path and begins near the car park at Minffordd and the glacial Tal-y-llyn Lake. The area is part of a National Nature Reserve which includes woodland, streams, waterfalls and some wonderful geological formations such as the cliffs of Cwm Cau. The walk starts from the Dol Idris Car Park at the junction of the A487 & B4405 (postcode: LL36 9AJ). There's plenty of parking here with toilets facilities also. From here you can easily pick up the Minffordd Path which will guide you up to the summit. You begin the walk with a lovely woodland section with streams and waterfalls before ascending towards the stunning Llyn Cau. This beautiful lake is surrounded by huge cliffs and is a breathtaking sight, particularly when viewed from above. You continue around the lake towards Penygadair - the highest point on the mountain. From here there are magnificent views of the Barmouth estuary, the Cambrian Mountains, the Brecon Beacons, the Rhinogs and the rest of Snowdonia National Park. You continue east to Mynydd Moel and descend towards Moelfryn, crossing the Nant Cadair before returning to the car park through the woodland.

After your hike you can enjoy refreshments at the splendid Ty Te Cadair Tea Room where there's outdoor seating with great views. To further explore the mountain head to Cregennan Lakes on the northern slopes. There's a nice footpath round the lovely lakes with the the Cadair Idris Visitor Centre also located near by. The centre includes a wealth of information and an exhibition detailing the wildlife and geology of this fascinating area.

Postcode - LL36 9AJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

A Sugar Loaf Sunrise

They say you cant beat a good sunrise hike, and they are right, you simply cant, if you are dedicated enpough to get up early sometimes as early as 3am depending on the time of year, but the rewards are lifechanging. My favorite spot for a sunrise has to be The Sugarloaf is part of the Black Mountains range and stands at a height of 1,955 feet (596 metres).

The walk starts at the car park to the south of the summit near the town of Abergavenny. You head towards the lovely oak woodland of St Mary's Vale where you will pass pretty streams and a variety of woodland wildlife. You continue on to the summit where there are fabulous views of the Severn Estuary, the Cotswolds to the east, as far as the Brecon Beacons including Pen y Fan and Corn Du to the west and the Bristol Channel to the south. There are also great views over the nearby Usk River Valley and Abergavenny. On a clear day you could also see the Shropshire Hills and Somerset.

You descend towards Mynydd Llanwenarth, passing ancient medieval ditches before returning to the finish point, back at the car park.

If you'd like to continue your climbing in the area then the Skirrid Fawr walk also starts in Abergavenny. You could also pick up the splendid Brecon Beacons Way which runs through the area.

To start the hike from the town see our alternative Abergavenny Sugarloaf Walk which starts from the bus station in the town centre and uses an alternative path to climb to the summit

Rhydd Du Path - Snowdon.

The Rhyd Ddu Path is one of the six main routes to the summit of the