Walks in Wales
Wales has a vibrant culture and landscape distinguishing it from neighbouring England. Offa’s Dyke, a linear earthwork built in the eighth century, provides a natural border of sorts. In fact the trail that follows the Dyke offers all sorts of landscapes: fields, forests, canals and mountains. A long history of territorial conflict and religious observance is evident in the Iron Age forts, castles and abbeys scattered throughout the country.
Wales is a small country covering just 8,000 square miles. However the many hills and valleys lend it a distinctive grandeur, with 15 summits measuring over 3,000 feet high. Snowdonia National Park, located to the north, is a hill-walker’s paradise. At 3,560 feet, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is the highest peak in England and Wales.
Further south, the mountain ranges of Brecon Beacons National Park require various levels of hiking experience. Scale the summits to take in the view or amble through the lower levels. Those in search of gentler going can walk alongside the many rivers (totalling over 15,000 miles) that wind through the lush, green valleys. There are stunning waterfalls.
Sea borders the country on three sides, and the coastline stretches over 700 miles. To the west, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which covers 225 square miles, is entirely marine-based. Walk along the cliffs for views of the many seabirds, including puffins, gannets and Manx shearwaters, that live there.
The Welsh climate is similar to the English: relatively mild but sometimes wet. Snowdonia in particular is renowned for its downpours – be prepared.
Follow the links below to find walks in the counties of Wales.