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Best walks in Wales

Distance8.61km Vertical gain+23m Vertical drop-23m Duration2h30 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Barmouth - Gwynedd

A short Gwynedd walk ideal for an evening stroll. The route includes crossing the Barmouth Bridge and some excellent views across the Mawddach Estuary and surrounding mountains. The walk also includes a section of the Mawddach Trail.

The Precipice Walk near Dolgellau
Distance5.4km Vertical gain+109m Vertical drop-100m Duration1h50 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Brithdir and Llanfachreth - Gwynedd

This short walk near Dolgellau (Gwynedd) is a wonderful route offering great views and excellent walking. An ideal route if you are short of time or if the weather only allows a shorter walk.

Distance15.97km Vertical gain+674m Vertical drop-675m Duration6h10 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Llandrillo - Denbighshire

Cadair Bronwen is the highest point in the Berwyn Hills. This Denbighshire walk starts from Llandrillo in the Dee Valley and features a gentle ascent to the summit ridge. The route includes some excellent views and is typical of this part of Mid-Wales.

Distance9.63km Vertical gain+838m Vertical drop-839m Duration4h45 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Llandygai - Gwynedd

This walk takes in the three key summits in the Glyders - Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr and Tryfan. It also includes the Y Gribin ridge with its excellent opportunuties for scrambling. Do choose a fine day as the views are spectacular throughout.

Distance13.7km Vertical gain+335m Vertical drop-334m Duration4h45 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Rhossili - Swansea

This walk in the Gower Peninsula combines excellent coastal walking with an exploration of the inland countryside including two hills that offer some wonderful views. Careful navigaation is required for the inland section.

Distance5.77km Vertical gain+398m Vertical drop-372m Duration2h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Llandwrog - Gwynedd

A straightforward and short ascent in Snowdonia from the village of Fron, with fine views on the way up towards Moel Tryfan and Caernarfon castle in the north, and the Nantlle Ridge to the south.

Distance14.89km Vertical gain+975m Vertical drop-974m Duration6h35 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Bethesda - Gwynedd

The Carneddau in Snowdonia provide for some tough walking and this route is no exception. Good navigational and map reading skills are required in the early stages of the route.

Distance16.81km Vertical gain+849m Vertical drop-890m Duration6h50 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Glyn Tarell - Powys

This Powys walk starts from Cwmgwdi and visits Corn Du passing the monument to the Lost Lad before continuing to Pen y Fan, the highest point in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Continuing, the walk then visits the summits of Cribyn and Fan y Big before returning to the start along the western side of Cwm Cynwyn.

Distance10.89km Vertical gain+467m Vertical drop-466m Duration4h15 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Cilcain - Flintshire

This excellent walk takes in the highest point on the Clwydian Hills and includes a lengthy section north along the main ridge. Offering contrasting views as far as Snowdonia, with many of the peaks easily recognised, to the west and the delights of Merseyside and beyond to the east the route has much to offer. Apart from being busy around Moel Famau, the route is generally quiet with navigation offering few problems.

Distance15.01km Vertical gain+181m Vertical drop-186m Duration4h45 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Pennard - Swansea

This walk is one of the classic routes in the Gower Peninsula offering some wonderful coastal and inland scenery. The highlights are many and varied from Three Cliff Bay to Ilston Cwm. The walk follows a section of the Wales Coast Path.

Distance13.66km Vertical gain+204m Vertical drop-201m Duration4h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Llangennith' Llanmadoc and Cheriton - Swansea

This walk in the County of Swansea features some of the wonderful coastal scenery found in the the Gower Peninsula. The route includes a length section on a sandy beach and includes the wonderful viewpoint of Llanmdoc Hill from where you can see most of the walk just undertaken.

Distance15.6km Vertical gain+906m Vertical drop-907m Duration6h35 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Llanberis - Gwynedd

A Snowdonia walk that explores two less frequented summits from Llanberis. The walk offers grandstand views over many of the high peaks of Snowdonia and is more challenging than first impressions might suggest.

Distance17.99km Vertical gain+652m Vertical drop-685m Duration6h40 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Llanddeusant - Carmarthenshire

This is a brilliant linear trail in the Brecon Beacons National Park, incorporating many good viewpoints and one extra-special one. It begins in Carmarthenshire near the village of Llandeusant and ends in Powys in the Glyntawe valley, crossing a mountain ridge that beats Pen-y-Fan in my view, but because it's less accessible is less well-known.

Distance2.5km Vertical gain+234m Vertical drop-0m Duration1h15 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Llanfoist Fawr - Monmouthshire

This Monmouthshire walk offers a short and direct ascent of the Sugar Loaf, which lies a few miles west of Abergavenny. The route is generally easy to follow and should be saved for a fine day as the views from the summit are excellent in fine weather.

Distance6.07km Vertical gain+270m Vertical drop-266m Duration2h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Capel Curig - Conwy

The minor Snowdonia summit of Crimpiau provides an excellent walk from Capel Curig. The route crosses quite mountainous terrain and the view down Llyn Crafnant is one of the great panoramas in the area. Do make sure you are suitably equipped for this walk.

Distance16.78km Vertical gain+353m Vertical drop-351m Duration5h40 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Barmouth - Gwynedd

This Gwynedd walk is full of variety. The route includes a crossing of the Barmouth Bridge, a section of woodland with many waterfalls, two beautifully located lakes and some mountain vistas.

Distance10.28km Vertical gain+190m Vertical drop-194m Duration3h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Llanfihangel-y-Pennant - Gwynedd

This Gwynedd walk is full of interest with a section across the hills, an historic chapel and a ruined castle. The final section is through a gorge. This is a surprisingly beautiful part of Snowdonia.

Distance11.15km Vertical gain+818m Vertical drop-816m Duration5h10 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Llanberis - Gwynedd

This Snowdonia walk starts from Pen-y-Pass and uses the Pyg Track towards the summit of Snowdon. The route then crosses Y Lliwedd to pick up the Miner's Track for the return to the start. Good navigational skills are essential when leaving Snowdon and because of this, the walk is recommended for experienced walkers only.

Distance12.74km Vertical gain+735m Vertical drop-740m Duration5h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Trawsfynydd - Gwynedd

This Snowdonia walk explores two contrasting mountains in the Rhinogs. Not so popular as other parts of the National Park this walk provides some wonderful scenery amidst unspoilt surroundings.

Distance13.52km Vertical gain+719m Vertical drop-715m Duration5h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Llanfrothen - Gwynedd

This Snowdonia walk explores four peaks in the Moelwyns. These summits are not the most popular in the area but offer excellent walking and an insight into the now defunct slate quarrying industry.

Distance14.04km Vertical gain+950m Vertical drop-939m Duration6h15 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Llanberis - Gwynedd

Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, is the objective of this walk. This route is the easiest way to Snowdon's summit. Starting in Llanberis, it must be remembered this walk is a serious mountain expedition so you should go fully prepared.

Pen y Fan
Distance7.49km Vertical gain+457m Vertical drop-451m Duration3h15 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Glyn Tarell - Powys

A circular hike which allows easy access to Pen y Fan (886 m); the highest peak in Brecon Beacons and South Wales. A walk through stunning landscapes, surrounded by sheep.
Very busy intinerary in high season.

Distance7.24km Vertical gain+174m Vertical drop-180m Duration2h30 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Aberdaron - Gwynedd

A short Gwynedd walk that includes a section of the Wales Coast Path along the northern coast of the Lleyn Peninsula. For many the highlight will be the beautiful beach of Whistling Sands.

Distance10.88km Vertical gain+287m Vertical drop-280m Duration3h50 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Pontarfynach - Ceredigion

A Ceredigion walk in the Cambrian Mountains that takes you to the summit of Pen y Garn. The walk provides some wide ranging views across some wild country. The route follows good tracks and paths for the most part.

Distance6.27km Vertical gain+248m Vertical drop-250m Duration2h25 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Tywyn - Gwynedd

This is a short walk in the Snowodnia National Park, easily manageable in about a couple of hours making it suitable for families, for an evening excursion or for the remains of a day curtailed by bad weather. It is rewarding and enjoyable, in a land of Arthurian legend, providing varying interest and ever changing panoramas from coastal to more distant mountains.

Distance22.22km Vertical gain+947m Vertical drop-922m Duration8h35 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Trawsfynydd - Gwynedd

Rhinog Fach is located in some of the roughest terrain in Snowdonia and in addition to including the summit of this rugged mountain this walk visits five of the small tarns scattered across the landscape nearby.

Distance11.45km Vertical gain+844m Vertical drop-844m Duration5h15 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Betws Garmon - Gwynedd

This ascent of Snowdon is realatively quiet yet allows the walker to appreciate the grandeur of the highest mountain in Wales. The outward route uses Snowdon's south ridge with the return route following the Rhyd-Ddu path.

Distance22.67km Vertical gain+910m Vertical drop-904m Duration8h40 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant - Powys

This lengthy walk in the Berwyns provides the walker with the opportunity to visit the highets hill in the range together with many other peaks on the main and associated ridges. As an added bonus you can see the beautiful waterfall of Pistyll Rhaeadr and also enjoy some solitude as many of the peaks are not often walked.

Distance8.7km Vertical gain+484m Vertical drop-487m Duration3h40 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Llanycil - Gwynedd

A walk to the summit of Arenig Fawr is a rewarding excursion in southern Snowdonia. Starting from Arenig near Llyn Celyn, the route offers excellent walking. Passing Llyn Arenig Fawr the ascent is relatively easy. Descent is over unpathed ground and good navigational skills are recommended.

Distance15.55km Vertical gain+778m Vertical drop-776m Duration6h20 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Llanuwchllyn - Gwynedd

Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy are both included in this southern Snowdonia walk from Llanuwchllyn. A linear route, the approach follows the ridge to one of the highest mountains in Wales. Route finding is generally easy but this walk is best saved for a fine day to enjoy the excellent views.

Distance3.42km Vertical gain+572m Vertical drop-572m Duration2h20 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Capel Curig - Conwy

This challenging route to the summit of Tryfan is one the great walks and scrambles of Snowdonia. Starting from the Ogwen Valley, much of the ascent up Tryfan's north ridge involves the use of hands. In winter this route takes on a different character when ice and snow are present and should only be attempted by those experienced in winter mountaineering.

Distance9.03km Vertical gain+286m Vertical drop-288m Duration3h15 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Caerhun - Conwy

This walk on the eastern side of the Carneddau mountains in Snowdonia offers a sense of solitude and excellent mountain scenery. The route is generally easy to follow although careful navigation is needed on the section from Dulyn Reservoir back to the start.

Distance5.82km Vertical gain+224m Vertical drop-224m Duration2h10 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Llandudno - Conwy

This walk starts from Llandudno and climbs the Great Orme to enjoy great views and some solitude away from the bustle of Llandudno. There is some steep uphill and downhill walking so wear appropriate footwear.

Distance7.99km Vertical gain+49m Vertical drop-47m Duration2h25 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Llangennith' Llanmadoc and Cheriton - Swansea

The Gower coast offers many excellent walking opportunities. This route starts from Llanmadoc and uses a section of the Wales Coast Path to follow an anti-clockwisde route around Whiteford Sands a spit that extends out into the Loughor Estuary.

Distance19.23km Vertical gain+620m Vertical drop-621m Duration7h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Trawsfynydd - Gwynedd

A wonderful Snowdonia walk that explores the rocky and wild terrain of the northern Rhinogs. This area sees few walkers yet offers some spectacular country. Do choose a good day as navigation can be tricky.

Distance4.19km Vertical gain+94m Vertical drop-93m Duration1h25 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Llandygai - Gwynedd

Llyn Idwal lies in a spectacular location under the Glyder Mountains in Snowdonia. This walk provides a mountain experience without too much effort walking through a rocky amphitheatre in the mountains.

Distance5.19km Vertical gain+59m Vertical drop-59m Duration1h35 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Trefriw - Conwy

This Snowdonia walk provides aeasy circuit of picturesque Llyn Tranant, a reservoir nestling in the Carneddau mountains. The route is easy to follow and provides some rugged scenery without to much effort. Ideal for a family walk and picnic.

Distance4.52km Vertical gain+283m Vertical drop-282m Duration2h00 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Llantilio Pertholey - Monmouthshire

The Skirrid (Ysgyryd Fawr) is a solitary hill rising from the countryside to the east of Abergavenny. This walk takes the most direct route to the summit and includes a steep ascent. The return route takes through pleasat woodland on the western flank of the hill.

Coastal hike through Mumbles
Distance5.98km Vertical gain+98m Vertical drop-99m Duration1h55 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Mumbles - Swansea

A pleasant coastal loop starting from The Mumbles then through Limeslade and Langland bay.

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