Blow away the cobwebs with a wonderful walk taking in some Cadw sites along the way. We have a number of walks across the whole of Wales, catering for all levels of ability. The choice is yours… Embark on an ambitious hike or a gentle New Year stroll.
In the south-west, walk with princes, saints and legends. A circular walk around Nevern in Pembrokeshire will take you from the medieval castle and ancient crosses in the churchyard over the northern slopes of the Preselis to view sites spanning more than 5,000 years of history. Cadw’s Pentre Ifan Neolithic Burial Chamber is one of the highlights of this walk.
In the north, walk through the heather moorland and Iron Age hillforts of the Clwydian Range and view for yourself the superb panorama offered at the summit of Penycloddiau, one of the largest Iron Age hillforts in Wales. Alternatively walk through royal Abergwyngregyn in Snowdonia National Park. The circular walk to Aber Falls — one of Wales’s most beautiful waterfalls — and back takes in a number of historical sites that, together, tell the story of the area when it was an important llys (court) of the princes of Gwynedd in the thirteenth century, when Llywelyn ab Iorwerth and his grandson Llywelyn ap Gruffudd emerged as the dominant native rulers in Wales.
Back in the south, take a short walk from the heart of industrial Wales to the remarkable archaeological landscape of Gelligaer Common, an expanse of beautiful upland moor sandwiched between the Taf and Rhymney valleys. The trail offers a microcosm of the archaeology of the south Wales valleys before the Industrial Revolution. Or explore the tranquil countryside of the Vale of Glamorgan and visit the great Neolithic burial chambers of Tinkinswood and St Lythans and enjoy stunning views across the Ely Valley.
If a town trail is more your thing, why not meander around the historic market town of Bala, on the banks of Llyn Tegid, Wales’s largest natural lake. Take in the Bala motte, one of the largest in Wales, and the many buildings that shaped the history of the town. Or explore Lampeter in mid-Wales, which is the smallest university town in England and Wales and home to the third oldest university south of the Scottish border.
Outside the castle walls.
This short walk includes a few highlights of the town of Denbigh, many of whose fine buildings have recently benefited from a Townscape Heritage Initiative.
Walking with heather and hillforts.
Fiona Gale, Denbighshire’s county archaeologist, leads a historic walk through the Clwydian Range.
The town between two lakes.
Dylan Iorwerth is taken on a historic town trail of Bala.
A walk through royal Aber.
John G. Roberts, from the Snowdonia National Park Authority, leads us on a walk with tywysog and taeog (prince and serf) through thousands of years of history in Abergwyngregyn.
Gelligaer Common — an archaeological surprise.
Frank Olding, heritage officer of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, takes us on a short walk from the heart of industrial Wales to a remarkable archaeological landscape...
A stroll around Tinkinswood and St Lythans.
This pleasant circular walk visits both Tinkinswood and St Lythans Burial Chambers and gives stunning views across the Ely Valley before returning to its start in the village of St Nicholas.
A Pevsner perambulation.
The new Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion volume in the famous Pevsner series is something to celebrate. Julian Orbach, one of the authors, does that by following a walk through one of the two counties’ smaller towns…
Walking with princes, saints and legends.
A circular walk around Nevern in Pembrokeshire — from the medieval castle and ancient crosses in the churchyard over the northern slopes of the Preselis to view sites spanning more than 5,000 years.