National Trails are walking routes developed in Wales by the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) with local authorities and National Parks.
National Trails ensures high quality walking, with good waymarking and facilities. We have three trails here in Wales...
A walk along Wales' longest national trail, the enchanting 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path in spring or early summer is a walk through paradise. Every headland is carpeted with a profusion of wild flowers of every hue, and the cry of seabirds and tang of the sea are also constant companions.
Opened in 1970, this is one of Britain’s most popular long distance paths. After passing through the resorts of Tenby, Pembroke and Milford Haven, the route sticks faithfully to the beautiful coastline of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to reach the tiny cathedral city of St Davids, before heading north to Fishguard and St Dogmaels, in the shadow of the Preseli Hills.
Some useful links:
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority - www.pcnpa.org.uk
Pembrokeshire Tourism - www.visitpembrokeshire.com
The dyke, now designated as the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail, makes a dramatic crossing of Wales from south to north. It follows loosely the line of King Offa of Mercia’s original ditch and, in doing so, also follows loosely the line of the official border between the two nations.
The early stages trace the wooded valley of the tidal Wye up to the attractive town of Monmouth. It then tracks west and then north to cross the austere, windswept ridges of the Black Mountains before dropping on to gentler ground again at Hay-on Wye.
The grassy ridges of Shropshire mark the halfway stage of the route and also signify a few days of easier going. The grand finale involves a fairly direct assault on the formidable Clwydian Range, topping out on the impressive heather-covered summit of Moel Famau, before dipping sweetly back down to join the coast at Prestatyn.
Glyndŵr’s Way is the newest of the National Trails, granted status in 2000 and opened in it’s present format in 2002.
You don’t need to be a lover of history to appreciate Glyndŵr’s Way. The real beauty of the trail lies in the incredibly varied Mid-Wales countryside that it crosses. Most of it sees very few footprints in comparison to the honeypot areas of the national parks that surround it. The path links a succession of unspoilt outposts, crossing everything from gently rolling farmland to barren and bleak moors.
Mountain lovers will be thrilled by the views across Cadair Idris and Plynlimon, whilst those that enjoy their countryside on the more serene side will be moved by stunning views over Llyn Clywedog Reservoir from the sprawling Hafren Forest.