Best walks in Wales

Discover Pembrokeshire, Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons on foot with our favourite hikes in Wales

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales

A guide to the best hikes in Wales, from the sandy beaches and coastal cliffs of Pembrokeshire to the mountains and lakes of Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons.

There are just over three million people living in Wales, offering plenty of opportunities to discover your own quiet corner of the countryside. Running the entire length of the country’s coastline is an 870-mile footpath, while several more long-distance trails allow you to explore the hills, mountains and riverbanks further inland.

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Our list below comprises 28 of our favourite Welsh hikes – strap up your boots and get walking!

1. Rhosgadfan, Gwynedd

Ellyn Cwellyn and Mynydd Mawr in north-west Snowdonia
Ellyn Cwellyn and Mynydd Mawr in north-west Snowdonia ©Alamy

Enjoy this nine-mile mountain walk through open hills and slate quarries in the Snowdonia National Park. Map and route.


2. Yr Eifl, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd

Looking north at Yr Eifl and the Llyn Peninsula
Looking north at Yr Eifl and the Llyn Peninsula ©Alamy

A three-hour loop walk above the verdant valleys of the Llyn Peninsula and on to the crown of Yr Eifl with views of the Menai Strait. Map and route.


3. Mawddach Estuary, Gwynedd

Barmouth Bridge over Mawddach Estuary
Barmouth Bridge over Mawddach Estuary ©Getty

Savour the beautiful scenery on this 10-mile walk to the stunning Cregennen Lakes in the foothills of Cader Idris in Snowdonia National Park. Route and map.


4. Llanbedr Woods, Gwynedd

The Afon Artro is 4.5 miles long
The Afon Artro is 4.5 miles long ©Getty

Pass through this ancient woodland teeming with wildlife in north-west Wales. This walk is especially glorious in late summer and autumn when the woods are filled with colour and foraging creatures. Map and route.


5. Snowdon, Gwynedd

Snowdon summit in snow
Snowdon summit in snow ©Getty

Take on the peaks and crags of Snowdon and immerse yourself in what is one of the wildest places in Wales with this seven-mile mountain walk. Map and route.


6. Llyn Tegid, Gwynedd

Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid) near the small town of Bala in Gwynedd in Wales in the United Kingdom.
Ellyn Tegid, known as Lake Bala in English, sit in the east of Snowdonia National Park ©Getty

Known in English as Lake Bala, Llyn Tegid is the largest natural lake in Wales – explore its banks and surrounding forests in the east of Snowdonia National Park with this 8.5-mile hike. Map and route.


7. Gwydir Castle, Llanrwst, Conwy

Wonder around the lush grounds of Gwydir Castle in Snowdonia
Wonder around the lush grounds of Gwydir Castle in Snowdonia ©Alamy

Stroll around this Tudor mansion and its former estate on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales’ northern region of Conwy. Route and Map.


8. Aber Falls, Gwynedd

View of Aber Falls in Showdonia National Park
Autumn encroaches on Aber Falls in Snowdonia ©Getty

Admire Aber Falls and discover the surrounding history and wildlife on this dramatic valley walk through the north-west fringes of Snowdonia National Park. Route and map.


9. Llyn y Dywarchen, Gwynedd

Llyn y Dywarchen, Gwynedd
Llyn y Dywarchen, Gwynedd ©Getty

Hike through deep valleys, along meandering forest paths and beside an old mountain railway to a mysterious lake in Wales’ Snowdonia National Park. Map and route.


10. Coed y Brenin, Gwynedd

Coed y Brenin waterfalls
Coed y Brenin waterfalls ©Getty

This refreshing 3.5-mile route through ancient forest, thick with greenery, mist and roaring torrents is the perfect family walk. Map and route.


11. Harlech to Llandecwyn, Gwynedd

Bryn Cader Faner – or ‘The Welsh Crown of Thorns’ as it is often called – was described by archaeologist Aubrey Burl as one of the wonders of prehistoric Wales
Bryn Cader Faner – or ‘The Welsh Crown of Thorns’ as it is often called – was described by archaeologist Aubrey Burl as one of the wonders of prehistoric Wales ©Alamy

From the cylindrical towers of a 13th-century castle, ascend into the Snowdonia mountains to follow a prehistoric trackway to an extraordinary Bronze Age cairn. Route and map.


12. Cnicht, Snowdonia

Cnicht Snowdonia ©Alamy
Cnicht Snowdonia ©Alamy

Venture into the Moelwynion mountain range in Wales, climbing through a prehistoric landscape to the pyramidal zenith of mighty Cnicht. Map and route.


13. Marloes Peninsula, Pembrokeshire

Marloes Peninsula, Pembrokeshire
Rainbow above Wooltack Point on the Deer Park in Pembrokeshire ©Alamy

Rainbow above Wooltack Point on the Deer Park in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK ©Drew BuckleyOne of the finest stretches on the Pembrokeshire coastline, the Marloes Peninsula takes in a long sandy beach, dramatic rock formations and clifftops of wildflowers. Map and route.


14. Dyffryn Fernant Garden, Pembrokeshire

Dyffryn Fernant gardens
Dyffryn Fernant gardens ©Alamy

Few places talk to the landscape quite like Dyffryn – explore these pretty gardens in Pembrokeshire National Park then step into the hills for a seven-mile loop walk. Map and route.


15. Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire

Look for cormorants and other seabirds on the cliffs of Caldey Island
Look for cormorants and other seabirds on the cliffs of Caldey Island ©Getty

Explore the historic Welsh island of Caldey and its Cistercian abbey, where woodlands resound with birdsong and path verges blush pink in spring with clumps of thrift. Map and route.


16. Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Iconic Tenby faces north towards First and Second Bay
Iconic Tenby faces north towards First and Second Bay ©Getty

Perched on the western fringes of Carmarthen Bay, the charming seaside towns of Tenby and Saundersfoot are designated conservation areas that offer superb Blue Flag beaches and picturesque harbours. Explore the beaches and seaside towns of south Pembrokeshire’s sandy coast with a seven-mile circular walk. Map and route.


17. Ramsey Island, Pembrokeshire

group of Guillemots on Skomer Island, Wales
Guillemots are one of many species that make this island their home ©Getty

Escape to an isolated Welsh island and ramble over a rugged landscape teeming with wildlife. Map and route.


18. Preseli Hills, Pembrokeshire

Winter in the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire looking towards Newport on the coast.
View of the coast from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire ©Getty

Nordic walking – somewhere between hiking and running – is a great way to explore the British countryside. Try it for yourself with ramble through one of the most captivating prehistoric landscapes in Wales. Map and route.


19. Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire

Puffin
Puffin ©Getty

Sand eels make up a large park of a puffin’s diet ©GettySee puffins on one of the most accessible and important seabird colonies in north-west Europe. Map and route.


20. St David’s Peninsula, Pembrokeshire

Whitesands Bay, Wales
Stroll along the blissful shores of Whitesands Bay ©Getty

This superb coastal walk follows the trails of some of the Dark Age saints, for whom the St Davids Peninsula was a place of pilgrimage, and passes beside the wild waters of Ramsey Sound. Map and route.


21. Cribyn, Powys

Cribyn, at 795m, sits 101m below the tallest peak in southern Britain, Pen y Fan. But far from inferior, the angular mount affords spectacular views over the surrounding countryside, making it well worth the climb
Often overshadowed by its towering neighbour, Pen y Fan, this verdant mountain in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales is one of Britain’s most understated peaks. ©Alamy

Cribyn, at 795m, sits 101m below the tallest peak in southern Britain, Pen y Fan. But far from inferior, the angular mount affords spectacular views over the surrounding countryside, making it well worth the climb Map and route.


22. Pen y Fan, Powys

View of snow covered farmland and hills at sunrise, looking from Mynydd Llangorse, Llangorse Lake ©Alamy
View of snow covered farmland and hills at sunrise, looking from Mynydd Llangorse, Llangorse Lake, to Pen y Fan ©Alamy

Pen y Fan is one of the most popular peaks in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Most visitors hike to the mountain top from the Storey Arms – but for a quieter and more rewarding route, take the path up from Taf Fechan Forest past Neuadd Reservoir. Map and route.


23. Blorenge, Monmouthshire

Keeper's Pond on the flanks of Blorenge in the Brecon Beacons
Keeper’s Pond on the flanks of Blorenge in the Brecon Beacons ©Getty

The rounded hilltop of Blorenge in the Brecon Beacons National Park was once dominated by industry – now, wildlife flourishes among vast swathes of heather moorland. Map and route.


24. Llyn y Fan Fach, Camarthenshire

Llyn y Fan Fach, Powys
Llyn y Fan Fach, Powys ©Getty

A four-mile walk in the west of the Brecon Beacons National Park along a bustling river, a lonely llyn and a wild mountain ridge. Map and route.


25. Sugar Loaf mountain, Monmouthshire

The summit of Sugar Loaf mountain, Mynydd Pen y Fal, in the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons national park, Wales at sunrise.
The summit of Sugar Loaf mountain in the Black Mountains Wales ©Getty

In its relatively modest 596m, the summit of Sugar Loaf in the Brecon Beacons National Park encompasses much that is magical about mountains, hills and woodland – explore this wonderful Welsh peak with a five-mile circular walk. Map and route.


26. Llanthony and Hatterall Ridge, Monmouthshire

Llanthony Priory, Wales
Llanthony Priory, Wales ©Getty

Get your heart racing with a 4.5-mile circular walk, ascending from a valley of ancient architecture to the sweeping mountain views of Offa’s Dyke Path. Map and route.


27. Craig-Cerrig-gleisiad, Powys

Craig Cerrig Gleisiad, Wales
Craig Cerrig Gleisiad, Wales ©Getty

Climb any of the Brecon Beacons and you’ll find a stirring view. But the best of them all is the glowering peak of Craig-Cerrig-gleisiad. Map and route.


28. Carn Pica, Powys

Look out for wild ponies on the ridge up to Carn Pica
Look out for wild ponies on the ridge up to Carn Pica ©Daniel Graham

A five-mile circular walk from Talybont Reservoir to the summit of Carn Pica in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Map and route.