Walking

Walking

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


Where can I walk in Wales? Family walking

 

What about accessible walking routes?

Where are the accessible routes in the woodlands and national nature reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales?

How do I find out about route closures and diversions?

How do I get permission for a walking event in a woodland managed by Natural Resources Wales?

The Countryside Code

Where can I walk 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

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

National Trails in Wales

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.

Walks to castles, churches and chapels

The Visit Wales website contains lots of useful information about walking, including 10 of the best walks and cycle rides to take in the sights of castles, churches and chapels.

You can also see these routes on the online route planning and sharing website Trailzilla.

Walking in woodlands and national nature reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales

Each entry in the places to go 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.

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What about accessible walking routes?

Some of the walking routes managed by local authorities and other organisations are accessible to wheelchair users.

For each of these routes, there is a link from the MyRec map to accessibility information on the website of the organisation that manages the route.

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Where are the accessible routes in the woodlands and national nature reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales?

Some of the walking routes in the woodlands and national nature reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales are accessible to wheelchair users.

See below for a summary of the routes that are accessible to wheelchair users – please click on the links for more information about each place.

Brechfa Forest, near Carmarthen: The 450 metre-long walk from Gwarallt car park was designed for wheelchairs but involves a gradual climb of 100 feet (30 metres).

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre, near Aberystwyth: The trail around the lake is suitable for wheelchairs. There is wheelchair access to the visitor centre and café and there are accessible toilets and a hearing loop in the café.

Cadair Idris National Nature Reserve, near Dolgellau:The two short circular paths from the car park are level and accessible for wheelchairs. There is wheelchair access to the visitor centre and café, a lift to the exhibition and accessible toilets.

Coed y Brenin Forest Park, near Dolgellau: There are several all-ability walking trails in Coed y Brenin Forest Park. These include a riverside route and a trail to Glasdir Copper Mine. There is also a mountain bike trail suitable for riders using adaptive bikes which may be hired from the onsite bike shop. The visitor centre has a lift, accessible toilets and a hearing loop.

Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve, near Bangor: The main path from Bont Newydd car park to the Rhadeadr Fawr waterfall is suitable for wheelchair users. The kissing gates have RADAR locks to open fully and there are accessible toilets in the car park.

Cors Caron National Nature Reserve, near Tregaron:The circular boardwalk around the bog is fully accessible with passing and resting places along the way.  There are accessible toilets in the main car park.

Cwm Rhaeadr, near Llandovery: The all ability trail through the woodlands passes by two ponds and is suitable for wheelchair users.

Dinas Rock, near Neath: The short riverside route through a narrow wooded gorge to the cascades is suitable for more robust wheelchairs. There are accessible toilets in Cwm Porth car park.

Dyfi National Nature Reserve, near Aberystwyth:There is a car park for disabled visitors which has access over the sand (via a hard surfaced track and wooden ramp suitable for wheelchairs) to the Ynyslas Visitor Centre. The toilets in the visitor centre are accessible.

Garwnant Visitor Centre, near Merthyr Tydfil: There is a half mile (one kilometre) circular all-ability trail from the car park. There is wheelchair access to the visitor centre and café and a hearing loop. The accessible toilets include a Changing Places toilet (which needs a RADAR key).

Hafren Forest, near Llandiloes: The all ability boardwalk goes along the riverbank to a raised platform with picnic bench by the Cascades Falls. The disabled toilets in the car park are open from Easter to October.

Irfon Forest (Pwll Bo), near Llanwrtyd Wells: The walk along a riverside path and through a variety of woodlands is suitable for all and has a number of benches along the way.

Llyn Crafnant, Gwydir Forest Park, near Llanwrst: The Afon Crafnant Amble is an all ability trail suitable for wheelchairs. There are benches along the route and accessible toilets in the car park.

Newborough Forest, Anglesey: Two of the exercise stations on the Trim Trail are wheelchair accessible and there are accessible toilets in the car park.

Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve, near Newport: The paths around the reedbeds are accessible to wheelchairs and there are wheelchair spaces in the viewing screens and hide. There is wheelchair access to the visitor centre and café, disabled toilets and three electric mobility scooters to hire.

Stackpole National Nature Reserve, near Pembroke: There is a wheelchair accessible lakeside path and mobility toilets (all facilities are provided by the National Trust which owns and manages the reserve in partnership with Natural Resources Wales).

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How do I find out about 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.

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How do I get permission for a walking event in a woodland managed by Natural Resources Wales?

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.

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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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