2020 is the ‘Year of Outdoors’ in Wales, so let’s celebrate it! Last Wednesday, Wales launched its ‘Year of the Outdoors’ campaign at IBTM World 2019, aiming to highlight the country’s strength in outdoor pursuits, sports and adventure, and celebrate the country’s natural landscape and wealth of outdoor experience. To help celebrate the new campaign, we are sharing some of the best walks in Wales. There truly is no better way to explore this beautiful country than walking through it.
Rhossili is encompassed by stunning views across the natural beauty of Gower Peninsula. From here, there are various walking routes to take. There’s the easy-going three-mile long stroll along the beautiful sandy beach of Rhossili Bay – voted as one of Britain’s top 4 beaches, or many enjoy extending their walk to Mewslade Bay via Worm’s Head (if the tide is low enough!). The walk from Rhossili to Worm’s Head is one of the most circular walks in Wales.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail
Twist and turn for 186 miles down one of the most breath-taking coastlines in Britain – the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The trail passes through 58 beaches, 14 harbours, and the UK’s smallest city, St David’s. You’ll set off from St Dogmaels in the north and end your journey at Amroth in the south, experiencing rugged cliffs tops, wide open beaches and winding estuaries along the way. This is a very long trail, so it’s recommended that the route is spread over 12 days, walking around 15 miles per day.
Brecon Beacons National Park
Experience what exhilaration and freedom really feels like at Brecon Beacons National Park – home of the highest mountain range in southern Britain – when you tread along the open ridges, stroll down the riverbanks or explore the wood of the waterfalls. There are walking trails here to suit all levels of ability, from uplands, to lowlands, and short walks to long walks.
If you prefer to be a bit closer to the hustle and bustle of city life, Cardiff Bay is the ideal trail for you. Cardiff Bay is one of the world’s largest regeneration projects, transformed from mudflats to a huge freshwater lake. You’ll walk a total of 6.2 miles if you walk round the whole of Cardiff Bay, passing some iconic buildings, such as the Wales Millennium Centre, the Welsh Parliament building and many shops and bars too. This is an excellent trail for cyclists and wheelchair users.
Three Cliffs Bay
With a castle, salt marshes, golden sand dunes, and of course, the three cliffs themselves, it’s not hard to see why Three Cliffs Bay is one of Gower’s most picturesque beaches. Whilst climbers can enjoy climbing the cliffs, walkers can actually walk underneath them through an archway. At 2.5 miles, this is considered a fairly easy walk.
Offa’s Dyke Path
Another one for the more experience walkers. The beautiful Offa’s Dyke Path is a 177-mile National Trail that runs alongside the border between England and Wales and the UK’s largest ancient monument. The path passes through 8 counties and 2 of Wales’ Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Wye Valley and Clwydian Range. Like the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, hikers are recommended to spread the trail over an average of 12 days.
It makes sense why Wales launched their ‘Year of Outdoors’ campaign!
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