The beautiful island of Anglesey is criss crossed with quiet lanes and paths, making it an ideal base for walkers. Its coast path runs through spectacular scenery, with 95% of it in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This is the place to come for seabirds, wildlife and a wealth of ancient history.
Distance: 125 miles From: St. Cybi's Church, Holyhead To: St. Cybi's Church, Holyhead (circular)
Coastal, all less than 720ft above sea-level so fairly easy walking
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A route which samples the Marches, and takes you to one of the stunning Marcher castles at Chirk. In fact the whole of Welsh history seems to be represented on the Maelor Way. There’s Offa’s Dyke, and a wealth of industrial heritage including the Llangollen Canal and Thomas Telford’s Chirk aqueduct.
This also is the heart of one of the walking epicentres of Wales because you visit the beautiful Ceiriog Valley and see the Berwyn Mountains, and the footpath joins on to several other fantastic routes, including the Marches Way, the Sandstone Way, the Shropshire Way and Offa's Dyke Path National Trail.
Distance: 24 miles From: Grindley Brook, Cheshire To: Bronygarth, Shropshire, via Chirk
Hills with valley views - allow time to explore Chirk
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Walk from the junction with the Llangollen Canal to Newtown, with stretches that include a section of the Severn Valley. It cuts through border country giving access to fairly level walking and to Berriew, one of the prettiest villages in Wales.
Look out for Lledan Brook Aqueduct at Welshpool, and Belan Locks, two miles to the south of the town, where there’s a weir, two locks and some fascinating lime kilns.
Distance: 35 miles From: Frankton Junction, Shropshire To: Newtown, Powys
Mostly level walking along canal path
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The Mynydd Hiraethog and Denbigh Moors Footpath Network covers an extensive footpath network in the rural south-east of Conwy and into Denbighshire. There’s a linear 40 mile route, together with six shorter circular routes which can each be walked individually.
The Denbigh Moors are to the North of the Cambrian Mountains and are a rare surviving part of an immense grouse moor and shooting estate. The eastern side of the moor includes the peaks of Tir Mostyn and Foel Goch, and the Clocaenog Forest and the two major valleys of the moorland, the Alwen and Brenig, are now occupied by reservoirs and rivers.
Most dramatic of all on the moor, is the ruined hunting lodge Gwylfa Hiraethog, which was built for the first Viscount of Devonport in 1908 and was once the highest occupied building in Wales.
Distance: 40 miles (main trail) From: Pentrefoelas, Conwy To: Denbigh, Denbighshire
Moorland, riverside and forest
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The North Wales Path winds for 60 miles along the coast from Bangor to Prestatyn, mostly along public footpaths. It takes you to traditional seaside resorts which you can reach from the path, and also gives you stunning mountain and coastal views.
Near Prestatyn the route follows the Prestatyn Dyserth Way, a 2 2/3 mile former railway. Between the Prestatyn Dyserth and the Offas Dyke Path National Trail, Bishopswood is an SSSi, and the limestone hill Graig Fawr is owned by the National Trust.
Some of the most stunning views on the path come from Little Ormes Head, where you can look over Snowdonia, and the top of the cliffs of Great Ormes Head – 680 feet high and popular with climbers.
Distance: 60 miles From: Bangor, Gwynedd To: Prestatyn, Denbighshire
Mostly coastal footpaths. Some climbs but suitable for families
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A relatively new coastal path, along the top of the Llŷn Peninsula, following pilgrim's routes to Bardsey Island. It's "The only long distance walk in Britain to finish with a sea voyage to an island, and a real adventure" according to co-ordinator Peter Hewlett.
The route takes in many of the most breathtaking views and loveliest villages in Llŷn, and is ideal for walking end to end, or in small chunks as day walks.
Distance: 47 miles From: Clynnog Fawr, Gwynedd To: Bardsey Island
Coastal, some hills
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The 26-mile walk of a 15-year-old girl helped inspire the founding of Bible Society, from Llanfihangel-y-Pennant to Bala Lake.
For more information on this route, visit the website: www.biblesociety.org.uk
Nearly ten years in the planning, the 61m/99km-long Wat’s Dyke Way which runs through pastoral countryside close to the Welsh border between Llanymynech in Powys and Holywell in Flintshire, is now open and waymarked.
For more information on this new trail, visit the dedicated website: www.watsdykeway.org
Taith Ardudwy Way is a well signposted upland pathway of 24 miles from Barmouth in the south to Llandecwyn in the north. The route is divided into three sections:
Southern: Barmouth to Tal y Bont (8 miles)
Central: Tal y Bont to Harlech (13 miles)
Northern: Harlech to Llandecwyn (12 miles).
The Way traverses Ardudwy, an ancient commote, (an administrative area in the Middle Ages). It visits each of the parishes bordering Cardigan Bay and crosses the geological formation of Cambrian Rocks, amongst the oldest in Wales, known as the Harlech Dome. The Way is chosen to take in some of the best coastal and mountain views in Wales, visiting prehistoric sites and offers the chance to see varied vegetation and rare birds of the area.
24 miles From: Barmouth To: Llandecwyn
Quiet lanes, tracks, and pathways all of which are waymerked with a Buzzard logo.
Find out more information about Taith Ardudwy Way.