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32 Stunning Walks in Wales to Boost Your Mood

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Walking is an excellent way to improve your physical and mental health. It’s a low-impact activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. And Wales, with its stunning scenery and range of trails, is the perfect place to get your walking fix.

Whether you’re looking for an easy stroll along the coast or a more challenging hike through the mountains, there’s a walking route in Wales for you. Here are some suggestions across Wales to get you started:

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North Wales

  • Nant Mill Woods (Wrexham) – Easy – Gentle woodland walk with mostly flat terrain
  • Aber Falls (Abergwyngregyn) – Easy – Picturesque walk with some inclines leading to a cascading waterfall
  • Dee Valley Way (Llangollen to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct) – Easy – Follow the River Dee through scenic landscapes, passing the iconic Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
  • Abergwynant Woods (Dolgellau) – Moderate – Circular route through diverse woodlands with some uphill sections
  • Snowdon Ranger Path: Lower Section (Llanberis) – Moderate – Popular route with gradual ascent on a well-maintained path. You could decide to make it more of a challenge by ascending Y Wyddfa, the highest peak in Wales
  • Sychnant Pass (Conwy) – Easy – Scenic woodland walk along the River Sychnant
  • Anglesey Coastal Path (Penmon Point to South Stack Lighthouse) – Moderate – Breathtaking cliffside walk with stunning views of the lighthouse and surrounding coastline
  • Clwydian Range – Moel Famau (Flintshire) – Moderate – Climb to the summit of Moel Famau for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside
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Mid Wales

  • Cnwch Wood Trails (Rhayader) – Easy – Gentle, well-surfaced trail exploring the scenic Elan Valley reservoirs and woodlands
  • Llandrindod Wells Lake Circular Walk (Llandrindod Wells) – Easy – Flat, scenic walk around the picturesque Llandrindod Wells Lake, with views of the surrounding hills and countryside.
  • Hafod Estate Circular Walk (Devil’s Bridge – Pontarfynach) – Easy to Moderate – Explores the historic Hafod Estate with waterfalls, woodlands, and views of the Devil’s Bridge. Some gentle inclines on the route.
  • Aberdyfi Circular Walk (Ceredigion Coast) – Easy – Section of the Wales Coast Path with stunning coastal views, sandy beaches, and a historic harbour town. Mostly flat terrain.
  • Water-Break-Its-Neck Waterfall Walk (Presteigne) – Easy to Moderate – Scenic walk through Radnor Forest, leading to the impressive Water-Break-Its-Neck waterfall. Some gentle inclines and uneven terrain.
  • Spirit of the Miners Circular Walk (Machynlleth) – Easy to Moderate – Historical walk exploring the local mining industry, with scenic views and industrial heritage sites. Some gentle inclines.
  • Neuadd Hendidley Farm (Newtown) – Moderate – Walk through farmland and woodlands, offering scenic views and opportunities for wildlife spotting.
  • Abaty Ystrad Fflur – Strata Florida Abbey (Rhayader) – Moderate – Explores the ruins of what once was one of the largest Cistercian monasteries in Wales. Take in the surrounding countryside, with some gentle inclines and beautiful views of the valley.
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South Wales

  • Cardiff Bay Barrage Coast Path (Cardiff) – Easy – Flat, paved path along the Cardiff Bay waterfront, offering views of the docks, Millennium Centre, and surrounding areas. Wheelchair accessible.
  • Capability Brown Walk at Dinefwr (Llandeilo) – Easy Scenic walk through the historic Dinefwr Park. Enjoy woodland trails, ancient trees, and views of the River Tywi.
  • Llantwit Major to Nash Point Lighthouse (Vale of Glamorgan) – Easy – Coastal walk along the Wales Coast Path. Mostly flat terrain with some gentle inclines.
  • Rhosili Serpents Walk (Gower Peninsula) – Easy – Circular walk along the Gower Peninsula coast, showcasing the unique rock formations known as “The Serpents.” Stunning coastal views and opportunities for wildlife spotting.
  • Brecon Promenade (Brecon Beacons National Park) – Easy – Flat, riverside walk along the River Towy in Brecon, offering scenic views of the surrounding Brecon Beacons.
  • Pembrey Country Park (Burry Port) – Easy to Moderate – Explore the diverse landscapes of Pembrey Country Park, including woodlands, dunes, and a long sandy beach. Some gentle inclines and uneven paths.
  • Gwent Levels Circular Walk (Newport) – Easy – Circular walk through the Gwent Levels, a unique wetland area offering diverse birdlife and peaceful landscapes. Mostly flat terrain with some sections on raised paths.
  • Southerndown to Ogmore-by-Sea Coastal Path (Bridgend) – Easy – Short coastal path walk which is part of a section of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Offers stunning coastal views.
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West Wales

  • Cwmtydu Beach to New Quay (Ceredigion Coast Path) – Easy to Moderate – Offering stunning views of cliffs, beaches, and the charming village of New Quay. Some gentle inclines and uneven terrain.
  • Aberystwyth Promenade (Ceredigion) – Easy – Flat, paved promenade along Aberystwyth’s seafront, offering views of the harbour, beach, and surrounding coastline. Wheelchair accessible.
  • Talybont Reservoir (Brecon Beacons National Park) – Moderate – Follows the scenic Taff Trail, offering peaceful reservoir views with the Brecon Beacons National Park as your backdrop.
  • Penbryn Beach to Poppit Sands (Ceredigion) – Easy – Section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path with stunning coastal views, sandy beaches, and a unique rock arch formation. Mostly flat with some gentle inclines.
  • Cilgerran Castle and Teifi Gorge Walk (Pembrokeshire) – Easy to Moderate – Circular walk around Cilgerran Castle and the Teifi Gorge, offering historical features and natural landscapes. Some gentle inclines and uneven terrain in sections.
  • St David’s Head Circular Walk (Haverfordwest) – Easy to Moderate – Showcasing dramatic cliffs, coastal views, and the historic St David’s Cathedral. Some sections have steps and uneven terrain.
  • Tenby Harbour Walk (Tenby) – Easy – Scenic walk around the picturesque harbour town of Tenby, offering views of the colourful houses, beaches, and surrounding coastline. Wheelchair accessible.
  • St Bride’s to Little Haven (Haverfordwest) – Moderate – A scenic route with some moderate inclines and declines. Walk on grassy cliffs, rocky coves, and sandy beaches.

More information

Walking is a great way to move your body and to improve your wellbeing.

If you can walk outside in nature, it’s even better!

Remember, the walks listed in this blog are just suggestions. It’s always a good idea to check the specific conditions of the trails and how to get there and back before heading out.

Enjoy your walks across Wales!