Discover challenging and dramatic walking trails shaped by the footsteps of traders, smugglers, saints and pirates. Cornish walking trails will reveal ancient tin mines, clifftop castles, timeless fishing villages and wild moors as you travel through a landscape of huge cliffs and hidden coves that goes back to the depths of time itself. In between the coastal drama, iconic harbours such as St Ives and Padstow give walkers access to some of the UK‘s best restaurants and coastal hotels. A county encircled by the wild Atlantic ocean, there is over 330 miles of spectacular world class coast path here taking you around the farthest corners of England - put simply it feels like walking on the edge of the world.
Stretching from coast to coast across the southwest of England, Devon is a richly diverse county with rugged shores and cliffs in the north, and classic Victorian seaside resorts in the south. In between you'll find tranquil green pastures, wooded gorges and the two dramatic wild moors in the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Choose Devon for its walking variety, and you'll find that the popular image of cream teas and thatched cottages is true - but that Devon is so much more once you explore it on two feet. Coast to coast routes like the Two Moors Way will offer a journey through it all from the wild northern shores that inspired the Romantic poets to the maritime ports of the south coast.
Free your soul and clear your mind! Walking on the wild moors of these National Parks is a wonderful antidote to modern living. England's last true wilderness, Dartmoor offers 365 square miles of virtually uninhabited freedom with high moors and twisted dramatic granite tors a land of myths, ghosts and legends. Exmoor, its smaller and more gentle neighour, is 250 Square miles of near perfect and unique beauty, with high uplands swathed in heather and steep, wooded gorges and rushing streams. See Dartmoor ponies and Exmoor stags in these wildlife rich areas, home to 30 species of mammals and over 240 types of bird. The moors offer a unique opportunity for more challenging walking where the only human sound you will hear is the rhythm of your own breath.
Avoid the crowds and discover “Secret Somerset” missed by so many rushing headlong for the far South West. The 'land of the summer people' was named in a time when this area could only be visited in the summer months as the sea receded. Today its a rich, fertile and 'for real' landscape crowned by the fine walking ridges of the Mendip and Quantock Hills both protected areas of outstanding natural beauty. Rising up over King Arthur‘s Vale of Avalon along with the magical Tor at Glastonbury, walkers will find hidden gorges, wooded combes and the best inland panoramas of the South West. Also boasting its own Jurassic Coast Path, providing a gateway into the wilds of Exmoor National Park, Somerset offers walking routes without the crowds for those who want to find..... what the rest miss.
Dorset has a comfortable old world “English” feel to it and its walking routes traverse a rather more green and agricultural land of thatched cottages, cream teas.... and fossils ! Walkers here will find the more gentle rolling farmland, pretty villages and chalk ridges beloved by Thomas Hardy that sweep down to end abruptly at the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Here, alongside the sea, those after more challenging routes can take a walking holiday through time itself amongst the dramatic chalk stacks, cliffs and arches of the Dorsetshire fossil coast. An area that can be very busy in high season but often suits walkers looking for more gentle and less exposed walking than the far west of the region.
Wales offers some of the best walking and outdoor activities to be had anywhere in the world. The 870-mile Welsh Coast Path was only fully opened in 2012 and is the world's first walk along the entire coast of a nation. The terrain is on an equally grand scale with towering cliffs, vast stretches of unspoilt golden sands, imposing castles, offshore islands and to the north there is the backdrop of Snowdonia National Park with its stunning mountains. Wales in general offers walkers great value for money compared to more popular areas like Cornwall with walking options to suit everyone, from those who want the cosmopolitan restaurants and facilities of towns like Tenby and St Davids, through to isolated and remote forests and coastal hills that sit on the very cusp of the Snowdonian Peaks. Bursting with confidence and pride in its “Welshness”, its Celtic history, language and culture there has never been a better time for walkers to enter Wales.
The South West Coast Path is the UK's longest National Trail and one of the top ten walking routes in the world. It snakes, dips and rises continuously on its way through a staggering 1014km (630 miles) of pristine coastline, 450 miles of which is through nationally protected areas. It's a challenge too; walking the entire South West Coast Path is the equivalent to scaling Mount Everest four times! From towering cliffs to hidden coves, ghostly tin mines to lush subtropical wooded creeks. One minute a dramatic rock theatre hewn out of the cliffs, the next a prehistoric fossilized forest or a 20thC Art Deco Island Hotel. What sets The South West Coast Path apart from other trails is that around almost every corner is yet another surprise as you retrace the footsteps and histories of the tin miners, fisherman, smugglers, wreckers and the customs men who chased them.
Pembrokeshire Coast Path Full Route | Pembrokeshire Coast Path South | Pembrokeshire Coast Path West | Pembrokeshire Coast Path North | Meirionydd & Snowdonia Coast Path | Ceredigion Coast Path |
"Number 1 in our Best in Travel Awards 2012"
"The 2nd best Coastal Destination in the World"
"A World Class Walking Destination where you can now circle the entire country on foot "
Wales has charged into the new Millennium, fuelled by devolution, self government and reborn pride.
From the Manic Street Preachers to the Millennium Stadium, from celebrating the words of Dylan Thomas to restoring the great Castles of the past. The Y Ddraig Goch - Red Dragon flags flutter everywhere in a resurgent wind of Welsh self confidence and cultural pride - quite simply for the visitor, there has never been a better time to be walking Wales !
The population of Wales is only around 3 million and ¾ of its people are densely concentrated around Cardiff and Swansea in its South East Corner. For the walker, the rest of Wales is a place of great space, a sense of freedom, under big skies and remote Mountains.
Walking in Wales gives the chance to reconnect with the natural world, free from the crowds, and without the disappointments of mass tourism and heaving populations.
Wales holds no less than Three National Parks, linked by a network of long distance footpaths that now includes the Welsh Coast Path, the longest and most dramatic National Trail in the UK. 2012 saw the opening of this route covering every mile of the Welsh Coastline and The Welsh Coast Path now joins the best of the Worlds Walking Paths as one part of the International Appalachian Trail.
Within Wales, it links to the Offa’s Dyke National Trail giving a complete 1000 mile walking route around this nations borders. This is a unique concept and one the Worlds Walking Community are flocking to experience, confirming that Wales has now become a world class walking destination.
It is the incredible diversity of walking in Wales that attracts walkers, with trails through everything from the high peaks and mountains of Snowdonia, to the wild beauty of the Atlantic Coastline. From the mind blowing expanses of remote moorlands, to deep forested trails that track some of the UK’s longest and most immense rivers from their mountainous source all the way to the ocean.
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See below for our map of the main walking routes in Wales. We will be gradually adding walking holidays on all sections of the Welsh Coast Path over the next few years. Meanwhile, follow the links to find out about our current walking options on The Pembrokeshire Coast Path, the first and best loved Welsh National Trail and the inspiration for The full Welsh Coast Path that has followed in its success.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path - Full Route (186 miles)
Pembrokeshire Coast Path South Section
Pembrokeshire Coast Path West Section
Pembrokeshire Coast Path North Section
Meirionydd & Snowdonia Coast Path - coming for 2017 season
Ceredigion Coast Path - coming for 2017 season
Map of all
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