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Walking

Find out where you can walk in Wales and what information you can get to plan your visit

Two women walking along a trail at Pont Llam yr Ewig, Coed y Brenin Forest Park

Walking in Wales

Whether you fancy a short amble or a longer ramble, walking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors.

As well as walking in towns and cities, there are plenty of other places to walk in Wales.

Read on to find out where you can walk.

  • Open access land: You can walk anywhere on land which has been designated as “open access”. There are restrictions on access land that can exist from time to time, for reasons such as land management and public safety
  • Public footpaths: There are public footpaths all over Wales. These are maintained by a range of organisations such as local authorities, the National Parks, the National Trust and many other landowners
  • Other public rights of way: You can walk on bridleways and byways. These are open to other users such as cyclists and horse riders, too
  • Long distance walks: Wales has its share of long distance walks with three National Trails and the Wales Coast Path, a 870 mile-long route around the whole of Wales
  • Woodlands and national nature reserves: You can walk in most of the woodlands and national nature reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales. There are waymarked routes through many of these special places as well as facilities such as visitor centres and information panels to help you enjoy your visit

For more information about open access land and public rights of way, go to managing access.

National Trails

National Trails are long distance routes through some of the best landscapes in England and Wales.

There are three National Trails in Wales:

  • Glyndŵr’s Way
  • Offa’s Dyke Path
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path

For information about each trail and to plan your walk, see the National Trails website.

Wales Coast Path

From the outskirts of Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south, the Wales Coast Path provides a continuous walking route around the whole of Wales.

To find out more, see the Wales Coast Path website.

Walking in our woodlands and National Nature Reserves

Each entry in the places to visit section of this website contains information about walking routes in the woodlands and national nature reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales.

If you have a smartphone, you can download our free PlacesToGo app which includes all of these walking routes along with information on recreation facilities.

Accessible routes in our woodlands and National Nature Reserves

There are walking trails suitable for all abilities in our woodlands and National Nature Reserves all over Wales.

All our trails are waymarked from the car park and some have sections of boardwalk.

For our pick of places with barrier free walking trails go to Places to visit for all abilities

Route closures and diversions

Sometimes a public right of way has to be closed or diverted.

Signage on-site should tell you whether a public right of way is open or closed.

For more information about how exclusions or restrictions are applied to open access land, go to managing access.

Organising a walking event in our woodlands

Go to Woodlands and You to find out how to get permission to organise a walking event in one of the woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales.

The Countryside Code

The Countryside Code applies to all parts of the countryside in England and Wales.

It aims to help everyone respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors.

You can download a copy of the Countryside Code before your walk.

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