If you enjoy walking, maybe you should consider taking your hobby to new and different places and when is a better time to do that then on your holiday? More and more people each year are discovering just how great a walking holiday can be, particularly those in the UK who are looking for ‘staycation ideas’ for their family and friends and one of the most popular places in the UK is Wales. Here’s why.
The grassy mountains of the Brecon Beacons have been moulded throughout millennia to be one of the best places for walking, mountain biking and horse riding with their caves, forests and a historic canal that provide scenery for some of Wales’ most pleasant towns. If you’re looking for a challenging pursuit, Snowdonia National Park might suit you best. Snowdonia is well known for being the highest peak in Wales, and even if you don’t feel like braving it the whole way, you can jump on the Snowdon Mountain Railway to enjoy high tea in the summit café. There’s plenty more here to enjoy, even if you’re staying on ground level, such as the natural splendour of the waterfalls and lakes which provide a romantic backdrop for a getaway with that special someone.
Long distance trails
As soon as you set off on one of the many long distance trails in Wales you’ll be overwhelmed by inspirational scenery at every turn. One of these is Offa’s Dyke Path, named by Lonely Planet as one of the least famous among the world’s greatest walks.
This 177-mile coast-to-coast walk takes you from the Wye Valley to Monmouth, past Hay-on-Wye and onto the Clywidian Hills. Depending on how much adventure you’re up for, you could conquer the whole trail, spending your days walking and your nights in one of the many market towns you’ll pass on the way. Or, why not lace up your boots and explore the often overlooked 135-mile route along Glyndŵr’s Way in mid-Wales? Here you’ll see the remote farmland, hills and moors between Knighton, Machynlleth and Welshpool and have ample opportunity to take in some of the most breathtaking views across Cadair Idris and Plynlimon.
Those who want a walking holiday that’s a little slower paced might want to head to the Pembrokeshire Coast. This is a great option for family activity holidays because of the perfect mixture between wildlife watching and watersports that you can enjoy, particularly coasteering which is hugely popular here. The quaint village of Newport lies here too, home to enough pubs, restaurants, shops and galleries to help you wind down after a long day of exploring the coastline. In 2012, the world’s first uninterrupted coastal footpath was built in Wales, covering an impressive 870 miles. Wherever you choose to go along this path, you’ll find beaches hugging cliff-tops, estuaries, quiet woodlands, historic castles and the occasional industrial site, all of which will fuel your adventurous spirit.
Whether you’re planning your walking holiday with friends or family, often the best choice for accommodation in Wales is a self-catered cottage. Even if you want to take your humble pooch along with you, Mann’s Holidays offer dog friendly cottages in North Wales which provide a perfect base to start your exploration of the mountains, countryside and coast.