If you’re looking for a top walking destination, where panoramic views, a variety of trails and routes, and fascinating culture are a guarantee, look no further than Wales for your next hiking holiday.
Whether your passion is for gorge walking, scenic coastal strolls or mountain hiking that pushes you to your physical limits, Wales has something to satisfy your needs. We’ve put together this concise guide to walking opportunities in Wales, offering some helpful tips and ideas that will help you to plan a memorable trip that’s perfect for you.
When it comes to Welsh hiking, you’d be hard pushed to find anything which rivals the magnificent views and the sense of achievement you’ll get from scaling the country’s biggest peak, Mount Snowdon.
At 3,560 ft. an ascent to the top of Snowdon isn’t for the faint-hearted or reluctant walkers. However, there are a choice of routes to the top, varying in length and gradient, so there’s something for walkers of all abilities. I promise that the view from the top is worth it. Your hard work will be rewarded with the stunning vista of the Snowdonia National Park and on clear days, it’s possible to see the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland!
That said, you shouldn’t expect crystal clear views, regardless of what time of year you’re attempting the climb. Snowdon is a mountain at the end of day and you should prepare yourself for mountain conditions. That means dressing appropriately. You should wear decent walking boots, in a design which supports your ankles as you climb – this is where people attempting the climb in trainers will struggle and are susceptible to injury.
You should also take a suitable coast, even during summer climbs. Jack Wolfskin hiking jackets are particularly useful for hiking trips, as they provide effective protection from the elements, without weighing you down. Take a look at the range of Jack Wolfskin jackets and hiking boots at Springfield Camping; they stock a huge range out outdoor brands and they offer free delivery on orders over £100, so they’re a great choice if you need to equip yourself for an upcoming hiking trip.
If you’re still intimated by the thought of climbing Wales’ biggest mountain, another option is to take the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the top. Services are frequent during the high season, although you’ll need to book in advance. You can find out more information about the railway and the route, and pre-book tickets for a journey, here.
Ever tried your hand at gorge walking? If you consider yourself something of an adrenaline junkie – and you don’t mind getting wet – this could be the thrill seeking pursuit for you.
It’s difficult to describe gorge walking to someone who isn’t familiar. Think of it as a combination of rock climbing, hill scrambling and lots of jumping off waterfalls and into rivers, and you should give yourself a decent idea of what it’s all about.
With its abundance of deep valleys and winding rivers, Wales has a landscape that could have been made for gorge walking. Autumn is the preferred season for gorge walking, as rivers are at their natural levels, so it’s the perfect time to introduce yourself to this new pursuit. Companies such as Adventures Outdoor Activity Centre – based around twenty minutes outside of Cardiff – offer gorge walking packages throughout the autumn and winter. As well as providing all of the necessary equipment, they include a safety brief in the price of their packages, to ensure you stay safe.
With over 870 miles of gorgeous coastline to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful coastal walking routes in Wales. There are also plenty of fantastic cycling routes, should you want to combine some great cycling with your walking holiday. The Wales Coast Path is a good space to start and for those ambitious enough to attempt it, the ‘End to End’ walk – the full 870 mile route – has become something of a Welsh Bucket List Item.