Will’s Walks in Wales

It’s been a busy couple of years walking and I almost feel I’ve little left of Wales to discover. I’ve walked around it’s whole perimeter, I’ve walked the length of it three times, and the width of it twice while I’ve also had many summer weekends out wild camping. Along the way I’ve discovered some fantastic routes that I know would make great day walks- all just the right length for an autumn/winter day.

So here are my first four recommended Welsh walks, each with a picture from my visit

I’ve marked the routes as best as possible but you should look at a map and familiarise yourselves with the route before setting off. Also, bear in mind they are not all to scale with each other so for an idea of distance I’ve given a fairly good but not precise measurement.

1. Craig Cerrig Gleisiad

Craig Cerrig Gleisiad

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Where: Begins in a lay by on the main road from Cardiff to Brecon, just past Pen y Fan.

Description: A route around one of the quieter, and wilder parts of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The route circles the cwm of Craig Cerrig Gleisiad, a steep and rugged escarpment that forms a horseshoe around a quiet haven. Here you will find a nature reserve, home to rare arctic alpine plants high up on the cliffs and wildlife such as peregrine falcons and ravens. Once you’ve climbed up to the top you’ll have views of the fields and hills of mid Wales and the table tops of Pen y Fan and Corn Du behind you.

Distance/Time: 7 miles/ 3.5 hours

Difficulty: 3/5

2. Gwaun Valley/ Preseli Hills

Gwaun Valley

Where: In the Pembrokeshire National Park. Begins in the car park below Cerrig Lladron, off the B4329 road between Eglwyswrw and Haverfordwest.

Description: Panoramic views from the top of Cerrig Lladron, on a clear day you will be able to see all of Pembrokeshire and beyond to Gower, Lundy Island and even the Lleyn Peninsula. Lower down in the Gwaun Valley you’ll follow a river through the woodland and pass by one of the most peculiar pubs. Essentially an old ladies living room.

Distance/Time: 10.5 miles/ 5.5 hours

Difficulty: 4/5

3. Aberdaron


Where: The very tip of the Lleyn Peninsula in North West Wales.

Description: Visits the pretty fishing village of Aberdaron and Porth Oer beach, also known as Whistling Sands for the strange squeaking noise made by your footsteps.
In between the path along the coast hangs on the edge with the clear water below, while you will have perfect views across the often menacing channel to Bardsey, ‘island of 20,000 saints’.

Distance/Time: 9.5 miles/4.5 hours

Difficulty: 2/5

4. Clywedog Reservoir


Where: Just north of Llanidloes, Mid Wales on the B4518.

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Description: A combination of waterside, upland and woodland walking, taking in part of the Glyndwr’s Way National Trail. The highlight is the stretch along the reservoir, where the path follows around its inlets poking into woodland that not only touches the water’s edge but can be seen drowned below it.

Distance/Time: 10.5 miles/ 5.5 hours

Difficulty: 3/5

Please do get in touch if you try out any of these walks, I’d love to hear how you got on and see any pictures. Keep an eye on my blog for my next lot of Will’s Walks in Wales