The 3 most beautiful walks in Wales

Randonnées au Pays de Galle

Wales has many treasures to offer in its diverse landscapes! That’s why we’ve come up with 3 ideas for walks!

Welcome to Wales, also known as Cymru in Welsh! Here, English and Welsh intersect on signs and in conversation, but don’t worry, you’ll find your way around. Whatever the season, remember to pack a k-way, closed hiking boots, plenty of water and food (anticipate the weather and unforeseen events), a cap (or any other kind of headgear), sun cream and sunglasses, and off you go for a few kilometers of greenery in this Celtic nation par excellence!

Here are 3 ideas for walks in Wales, that green land of legends and fairy tales.

1. Walking in Pembrokeshire

In this national park, which is virtually the only predominantly coastal park in Great Britain, you’ll have the opportunity to discover a vigorous, verdant natural environment. For cultural visits, you can admire the Boathouse of the poet Dylan Thomas or the remains of the Pentre Ifan site, megaliths over 5,000 years old.

Randonnées au Pays de Galle, Dinas Head

While staying near the town of Newport in Pembrokeshire, we had the opportunity to walk around Dinas Head(Ynys Dinas), a small peninsula near the village of Dinas Cross. We followed the coastalpath, walking along the edge of the cliffs, cooled by a westerly wind from the sea. We admired some magnificent panoramas and also came across a church-like wall near what looked like a small cemetery. The weather vane at the top of the wall was buffeted by the onshore winds. Back at the parking lot, warm up with a hot chocolate or refresh with a local cider.

Duration: allow 1h30 to 2h to walk around the site.

Level: Easy.

Access: A487, Dinas Cross, Prembrokeshire National Park

There’s a bus service (the 405) between Cardigan, Newport and Fishguard. Just wave, and the bus will stop! Poppit Rocket 405 bus timetable (2018) to see here.

2. Hiking in Snowdonia

We continued along the Welsh coast, leaving behind Aberystwyth, Machynllet, Dolgellau and Beddgelert (and the tomb of the famous dog Gelert), to finally arrive at Llanberis, near Caernarfon and the Isle of Anglesey.

Randonnées au Pays de Galle, Snowdonia

So we set off on our adventure, choosing to experience the Miners Track. The start of the hike is easy: you’ll see free-roaming sheep, landscapes blending the green of the hills and the blue of a clear sky. As you ascend, the path climbs higher and higher, and Snowdon offers glimpses of several lakes (Llyn Teyrn, Llyn Lydaw, Glaslyn). On the shores of Llyn Lydaw, the largest of the lakes, you’ll come across the ruins of a small castle or fort.

It’s after these ruins that the path winds a little further and the climb becomes more difficult. Some parts of the mountainside have collapsed, and you have to use your hands and feet to keep going, but the view from the top is well worth it. Take a penny with you and insert it into the local mascot, a headless tree trunk, already besieged by hundreds of coins from all walks of life!

After the climb, we decided to make our own way back down Snowdon on its other, more accessible side. We walked along the tracks of a small train carrying other keen hikers, and managed to reach Llanberis and our hostel(Pete’s Eat) in just over an hour’s walk.

Duration: 6h to 7h, walking at a brisk pace.

Level: Difficult – not suitable for children

Access: Pen-y-Pass – A4086. Buses run between Llanberis and Pen-y-Pass.

For more information on the Snowdon Sherpa Bus, click here.

Download the Sherpa Bus map here.

Visual map of the Miners Track here.

3. Hiking on the Llyn Peninsula

After resting in Llanberis, we set off again: towards the coast (again)! We left the Snowdonia National Park, clocking up the miles until we reached Pistyll, near Nefyn, where we decided to pitch our tent in a campsite(Aberafon Holiday Park).

Randonnées au Pays de Galle, Péninsule de Llyn

From this campsite, we found a small path running along the coast. We headed due south! The coastal path offers splendid views of the Irish Sea and the surrounding Welsh landscape. Oscillating between a languorous path and a narrow passage over the cliffs, you’ll come to a small sandy beach where all you have to do is kick off your shoes and continue on to the Ty Coch Inn, a pub located on a micro-peninsula. Here, indulge in a hot drink (as the wind blows and dishevels!) and take a well-deserved break, in front of small boats rocked by the agitation of the waves.

To get back, we climbed up the hill at the foot of which the pub is anchored, and crossed a golf course green to reach the center of Nefyn, then finally our campsite a little further on.

Duration: 2h (one way)

Level: Easy.

Access: between Nefyn and Pistyll – B4417.