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Best Hiking Trails in Wales

Overview

This country in the United Kingdom is known for its rugged beauty.  While Wales doesn’t have the towering mountains like its neighbour Scotland, the mountainous areas of Snowdonia National Park and Brecon Beacons National Park draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.  Discover the best hikes in Snowdonia National Park, in north Wales, and Brecon Beacons National Park in south Wales. Popular hikes include Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) – highest peak in Wales, Snowdon Horsehoe, Cadair Idris, Pen y Fan and so much more.  The long distance trails in Wales are also popular, including Offa’s Dyke Path and Glyndwr’s Way.  The best time to hike in Wales are between the months of May to September.  See below for more details on where and when to go hiking in Wales. 

Capital: Cardiff

When To Hike in Wales?

May – September: better views, less rain, less crowded in May and June and Sept; Jul – Aug crowded, just as rainy or rainier even but warmer
October: early part may be warm enough still
November – April: cold and rainy/snowy

Climate: Oceanic: cool, humid and cloudy for much of the year.  Snowdonia is one of the wettest places in the UK. 

 

Wales weather – Met Office

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy: Many marked paths, there are numerous guidebooks, maps and apps for hiking trip planning.

Transportation required: Good public transport; car is essential for some parts

Where to Stay in Wales for hiking:

  • Snowdonia: Beddgelert, Llanberis, Dolgellau, Betws-Y-Coed
  • Brecon Beacons National Park: Brecon

Top Places to Hike in Wales

The main mountain ranges are the Cambrian and Carneddau. Wales has three national parks, two of which contain mountains. The highest peak is Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh) (1085 m) in Snowdonia National Park.

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Brecon Beacons National Park

Snowdonia National Park

Wales's Long Distance Trails

Wales's Walking & Hiking Resources

Wales Hiking Books: There are numerous hiking books for Wales

  • Mountain Walking Snowdonia: 40 of the finest routes in Snowdonia, by Terry Fletcher, 2016, Cicerone Guide
  • Walking on the Brecon Beacons: 45 circular walks in the National Park, by Andrew Davies and David Whittaker, 2012, Cicerone Guide
  • Hillwalking in Wales, Volumes 1 & 2, by Peter Hermon, 2010, Cicerone Guide (focuses on walks up to 2000 ft)
  • Best Walks in North Wales, by Richard Sale, 2006, Quarto Publishing Group UK
  • Walking the Cambrian Way: Classic Wales mountain trek – south to north from Cardiff to Conroy, by George Tod & Richard Tyler, 2019, Cicerone Guide
  • Mountain and Hill Walking in Snowdonia, Volumes 1 & 2, by Carl Rogers, 2009, Mara Books
  • There are many Cicerone guides – https://www.cicerone.co.uk/wales-and-welsh-borders
  • Ordnance Survey National Trail Guides
  • Lonely Planet Wales, 7th Edition, by Peter Dragicevich and Anna Kaminski, 2021, Lonely Planet Publications
  • Rough Guide to Wales, 9th Edition, by Tim Burford, Norm Longley and James Stewart, 2018, APA

 

Wales Hiking Associations:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Wales:

  • Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) – six routes to the summit, highest peak in Wales
  • Snowdon Horseshoe – demanding hike taking in a few peaks including Snowdon
  • Cadair Idris (Pen y Gadair) – in Snowdonia National Park
  • Pen y Fan – in Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Brecon Beacons Horseshoe Circular Walk – Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Beddgelert Loop – Snowdonia National Park
  • Moel Siabod – Snowdonia National Park
  • Carmarthen Fans – Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Crib Goch – Snowdonia National Park
  • Tryfan, Glyderau and Y Garn – Snowdonia National Park

Easy Hiking Trails in Wales:

  • Four Waterfalls Trail
  • Cwm Idwal

 

Wales Hiking Websites:

 

Wales Official Tourism Site:

 

Wales Weather website:

 

Wales Hiking Apps: there seems to be many, a few are listed below

 

Wales Hiking Maps: 

What Else To Do

  • Walking Wales Coast Path which is the first footpath in the world to outline an entire country
  • Castles

Other Important Points

  • Welsh is spoken in many places and many names (ie. of mountains, parks) are in Welsh