The Gower Peninsula from 10 Scenic Walks in Wales
10 Scenic Walks in Wales
The Gower Peninsula
Not only is the Gower Peninsula an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wales, it’s home to Rhossili Bay – voted the number one beach in the UK and among the top ten beaches in the world by TripAdvisor users.
Discover some of Wales’ most remote beaches in Britain’s only coastal national park. Pack a picnic and plan a hike to Barafundle Bay – it’s at least a half-mile walk to this secluded beach.
This region of Wales is drenched in literary history. On a coastal walk visit the Dylan Thomas boathouse in Laugharne. The white house overlooking the Taf Estuary was the poet’s home from 1949 – 1953 and is where he wrote some of his most famous works, including Under Milk Wood.
The Llyn Peninsula
Another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wales, the coast of the Llyn Peninsula stretches 84 miles. From the Llyn visitors can take a ferry to Bardsey Island, a place of Christian pilgrimage dating back to the sixth century. Visiting the island three times was considered the religious equivalent to visiting Rome.
The Isle of Anglesey
The island located off the mainland of Wales has received glowing reviews from its former royal residents – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William has said, “I know that I speak for Catherine when I say that I have never in my life known somewhere as beautiful and as welcoming as Anglesey. The views across the Menai Straits are undoubtedly among the most stunning in the British Isles."
Situated in the center of the country, Ceredigion Bay is a haven for marine wildlife. The 60-mile stretch of beach is occupied by a resident population of over 200 dolphins. Spot the majestic mammals on a boat trip or look out for them on a short stroll.
Relive Welsh history on this designated national trail in Britain; it’s named after one of Wales’ greatest legends – Owain Glyndŵr. In the 15th Century, Glyndŵr revolted against the English in hopes to establish an independent Wales. Glyndŵr's Way travels to sites associated with the revolt passing through rugged scenery in the Cambrian Mountains along the way.
Brecon Beacons National Park
During the day, stroll through the Brecon Beacons with the scenes of market towns and rolling green hills as the backdrop. Stay the night for pristine views of the constellations at the Brecon Beacons National Park Dark Sky Reserve, home to some of the darkest skies in Britain.
Offa’s Dyke Path
Positioned on the border of England and Wales, the Offa’s Dyke Path is a 177-mile walking trail named after King Offa. He ordered the construction of the dyke to divide his kingdom from neighboring kingdoms in Wales. The path journeys through Brecon Beacons National Park as well as two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wales: the Wye Valley and the Clwydian Range / Dee Valley.
Snowdonia National Park, Snowdon Summit
Hike 3,560 feet to the summit of Mount Snowdon: the highest peak in England and Wales. The mountainous terrain will offer even the most seasoned hikers a challenge, but the effort will be worth it when they reach the top to find views of Pembrokeshire National Park, the Isle of Anglesey and Ireland.