The air is crisp and the colours are sharp, making autumn the perfect time of year to enjoy spectacular views and stunning scenery.
We have chosen our top ten autumn walks, so whether you’re a seasoned walker or fancy a stroll with family and friends, there will be somewhere for you to discover.
Mary Galliers, NRW’s Recreation Marketing and Tourism Officer said:
“Our sites offer every kind of spectacular display that this time of the year has to offer; the golds, reds and browns of the leaves still on the trees and the crackle underfoot of those that have already fallen. Then there’s the purples and reds of moss on the bogs and moorlands and the rusts and yellows of grasslands, not to mention the unusual fungi and late flowering plants in sand dunes and around waterfalls.
“Autumn is a great time for visiting sites that have been busier during the summer months – so you can enjoy the once crowded beaches and popular woodland walks in relative peace and quiet.
“But an autumn walk isn’t just for enjoyment - people who are active and enjoy the outdoors are more likely to have longer, healthier and happier lives.”
Amongst our top ten autumn walks is the Elidir Trail in Pont Melin-fach near Ystradfellte. In the heart of Waterfall Country, the falls can be spectacular after heavy rain. Along the trail, according to folklore, is the entrance to the fairy kingdom. But even if you don’t spot a fairy, you’ll see plenty of mosses, ferns and lichens along the way!
Trees from around the world line the path of the Forest Grand Discovery Trail in Coed y Brenin Forest Park near Dolgellau. Finding the name labels and fascinating fact signs is great fun for younger walkers, making it a good place to visit over half term.
The vast wetland at Cors Caron National Nature Reserve near Tregaron is a dramatic sight at any time of year but its colours really come into their own in the autumn.
The walks include shorter routes ideal for families with young children and there are several that are suitable for wheelchair users. Every trail is waymarked and takes you through either a woodland or a National Nature Reserve that is managed by Natural Resources Wales.
Some of these sites also have visitor centres and cafes where you can find out more about what you’ve seen and enjoy a warming cuppa!
Our top ten autumn walks are:
Route 1: Cors Caron Walk, Cors Caron National Nature Reserve, Mid Wales
Route 2: Forest Garden Discovery Trail, Coed y Brenin Forest Park, North West Wales
Route 3: Ridgetop Trail, Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre, Mid Wales
Route 4: Coed Llangwyfan Circular, Coed Llangwyfan, North East Wales
Route 5: Dune Walk, Morfa Dyffryn National Nature Reserve, North West Wales
Route 6: Water Break-its-neck Trail, Radnor Forest, Mid Wales
Route 7: Pont Annell Walk, Caio Forest, South West Wales
Route 8: Minwear Woodland Walk, Minwear Woods, South West Wales
Route 9: Cwm Cadian Trail, Tan y Coed, Mid Wales
Route 10: Elidir Trail, Pont Melin-fach, South East Wales
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