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Epic Adventures Await in Wales’ Breathtaking National Parks

Rolling green hills in valley

Wales boasts some of the most stunning natural beauty in the UK. Nestled within its borders are three National Parks, each offering unique landscapes, activities, and experiences.

Grassy mountain range with lakes and fluffy white clouds - Eryri (Snowdonia)

1. Eryri National Park (Snowdonia)

  • Established: 1951
  • Claim to fame: Home to Yr Wyddfa (Mount Snowdon), the highest peak in Wales at 1,085 meters (3,560 ft). It is the largest National Park in Wales.
  • Landscape: Dramatic mountain ranges, glacial valleys, serene lakes like Llyn Ogwen, cascading waterfalls, and ancient woodlands.
  • Activities: Hiking (including conquering Yr Wyddfa), mountain biking, rock climbing, and exploring historical sites like castles and forts.
  • Perfect for: Hikers, climbers, adventure seekers, and those who love a good challenge.

Tip: Eryri is a popular destination, so consider visiting during spring or autumn to avoid peak crowds. If you want to climb Yr Wyddfa, remember that this is a mountain, not a leisurely country walk. The weather can be very different up top, so plan ahead – wear the correct clothing and footwear, sort your route in advance and tell people which way you are going.

Rugged coastal cliff with a rock formation arch in the blue sea - Pembrokeshire Coast

2. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park (Pembrokeshire)

  • Established: 1952
  • Claim to fame: A breathtaking coastline stretching over 300 kilometres (186 miles) with rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, hidden coves, and offshore islands.
  • Landscape: Dramatic cliffs, sheltered coves, pristine beaches, and a unique marine environment teeming with wildlife.
  • Activities: Coasteering (exploring the coastline on foot and swimming through caves), kayaking, surfing, wildlife watching (seals, dolphins, puffins), and exploring charming coastal towns and villages.
  • Perfect for: Water enthusiasts, wildlife lovers, families seeking beach fun, and those who enjoy exploring historical villages and harbours.

Tip: The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail is a long-distance route (268 km / 167 mi) for experienced walkers, while shorter sections are ideal for day trips.

Steep grassy mountain - Bannau Brycheiniog

3. Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons)

  • Established: 1957
  • Claim to fame: Rolling hills, deep valleys, waterfalls like the spectacular Sgwd Henrhyd Falls, and vast reservoirs. Known for minimal light pollution, making it a prime spot for stargazing.
  • Landscape: Rolling hills, rugged mountains, cascading waterfalls, caves, and serene reservoirs.
  • Activities: Scenic walks, horse riding, cycling, exploring caves, and stargazing at night.
  • Perfect for: Hikers, nature lovers seeking a more relaxed pace, horse riders, cyclists, and stargazers.

Tip: Ffordd y Bannau (Beacons Way) is a long-distance trail (107 km / 66 mi) that traverses the heart of the park, but there are shorter circular walks that are perfect for exploring smaller areas.

Walking is a great way to learn more about Wales, explore hidden gems, and get more active. No matter your interests or fitness level, Wales’ National Parks offer an abundance of natural beauty and activities to explore.

Being outdoors and exercising is a fantastic way to boost your wellbeing. So, lace up your appropriate footwear, pack your sense of adventure, and discover the magic of Wales!