our iconic walks
Fresh air. Open spaces. Four walking regions. Hundreds of miles of paths and trails.
No wonder walkers love to visit North Wales. They come here to find themselves (or lose themselves) in our great outdoors. But sometimes you have to walk – just because there’s no road.
So, first things first: where do you want to go?
Anglesey, Wales’ biggest island, has 60 Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Four National Nature Reserves. A walking festival in summer. A local population that includes sharks, rays and bottlenose dolphins. More shipwrecks than anywhere else in Europe. Oh, and the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path which spans 125 miles. Mostly through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Snowdonia Mountains and Coast has a whopping 142 miles of coastal walks all told. And you can notch up long-distance miles with a walk out to sea on the The Edge of Wales Path (don’t worry, there’s a boat). Inland there are 100 big lakes to discover. 840 square miles of National Park. 90 different mountains. And no fewer than six different walks to the top of the highest one in England and Wales, Mount Snowdon.
Coastal North Wales has more clean beaches than you can wave a blue flag at. A string of seaside towns. Better weather on average than anywhere else in the UK. And 60 miles of sea views from the North Wales Path – a route that starts (or ends) in Wales’ first Walkers Are Welcome town, Prestatyn. Where, as it happens, you can join the start (or end) of Offa’s Dyke Path to see Britain’s longest ancient monument.
The North Wales Borderlands is great for going off-road. So, once you’ve explored the Ceiriog Valley, first Welsh Prime Minister Lloyd George’s ‘little bit of heaven on earth’. Walk the Alwen Trail to the Hiraethog Moors near Denbigh – home to Wales’ largest red squirrel population.
And scale Moel Famau, the highest point in the Vale of Clwyd, then you’ll be just about ready to sit and admire the incredible views over North Wales. Get a good look at where you’ve just been. And where you want to go next. Or why not try one of the audio trails which have been set up acrosst the Clwydian Range AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) for you as part of the "Heather and Hillforts project".
There are hundreds of reasons to walk in North Wales – these are just a few of them. Our approved walker-friendly accommodation is another reason. Take a look at our guided walks and tailored packages if you prefer someone else to do the hard work for you. Then again, you could always find your own way around North Wales.
Our site also lists accommodation which has been awarded Visit Wales' "Walkers Welcome" accreditation. This award means that there will be facilities for walkers, such as boot scrapers, and drying facilities.
distance: 24.30km , 15.10 miles
ascent/descent: 751.00 749.00
terrain: Coastal path and lanes, rough heathland and mountain
os grid ref: SH 287 773
lat/long 53.2647, -4.5687
distance: 17.80km , 11.00 miles
ascent/descent: 407.00 407.00
terrain: Lanes, coast & rough heathland
os grid ref: SH 531 880
lat/long 53.3682, -4.2081