Wales self guided walking holiday options
Includes accommodation with en-suite or private bathroom, breakfast, tea and coffee making facilities, support on the route, detailed itinerary, map & guide book.
Description of Wales self guided walking holiday options
These Wales self guided walking holiday options are itineraries created by local experts who know all the ins and outs of Wales’ most spectacular walking trails. Choose your route, and the amount of time you can spare to walk, although we do recommend a minimum of seven days for most of them. And we usually plan our itineraries with about 21km of walking a day in mind.
During your walking holiday you will stay in carefully selected, locally owned accommodation which are, where possible members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme which celebrates community, local food and conservation. You will have your bags transferred for you from one accommodation to the next and we will recommend pubs and restaurants along the way for meals and snacks, booking accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis only, ensuring that your tourist spend is spread widely along the trails.
Here is the choice or walking trails that we offer.
Offa’s Dyke Path
A long distance walking trail covering 285km between Prestatyn on the north coast of Wales, heading inland all the way down through the country to Chepstow. Covering some of Wales’ most stunning inland landscapes, which in many places form a natural border with England, explore the Clwydian Hills, Llangollen, the engineering feat of the Pontcysylite Aqueduct, the historic and beautiful town of Hay-on-Wye and finally the Roman town of Chepstow on the English border and Bristol Channel. It is also home to Chepstow Castle, situated on a clifftop above the Wye, just one of many castles and historic churches or abbeys that you will see en route.
The Offa’s Dyke Path can be walked in two weeks, covering about 20km per day. Some of our guests break it up into two halves, doing the Prestatyn to Welshpool section on one holiday and then completing the Path to Chepstow on another break. It’s all tailor made, so it is totally up to you, but we can advise on all options available.
Glyndwr's Way is a 217km long distance path between Knighton and Welshpool, and another one of Wales' long distance walking trails which you can take on in either direction. Either way, it is a relatively easy hike through rolling Welsh countryside including the Radnorshire Hills, alongside Clywedog Reservoir and Plynlimon, the highest point in the Cambrian Mountains. Although you don’t actually climb this, the most elevated point on Glyndwr’s Way being Foel Fadian at 510m. Other highlights along the Way include Machynlleth, seat of Glyndwr’s Welsh Parliament in 1404, Glaslyn Nature Reserve and the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Steam Railway. You can walk the entire Way in about ten days.
The Wye Valley Walk
Another long distance walking trail from Chepstow, this one follows the idyllic environs of the River Wye for 218km to its source at Plynlimon in the Cambrian Mountains. This walking trail is also shared with England in parts, heading through Hereford and Ross-on-Wye, and then back west again to the border at Hay-On-Wye back in Wales. As you can imagine, there is a lot of history to explore along this border route but also wonderful landscapes such as the Lower Wye Gorge, undulating moorland, Dernol Valley and the Cambrian Mountains. With culturally celebrated historic towns along the way.
1 Reviews of Wales self guided walking holiday options
Reviewed on 08 Jul 2018 by Dominique Bousquet
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The landscapes. The walking. The people met along the way.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
I discovered that given my level of fitness and my desire to wander en-route, and stop and explore, my ideal walking distance per day is no more than 10 miles.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
It was very well organized. Went very smoothly from start to finish. The accommodations were lovely. A few places could do with room upgrade but the people were warm welcome and willingness to help out made up for it.
It was a wonderfully memorable vacation and I am looking forward to booking another one as soon as I can.
PlanetWhilst walking you are taking part in a healthy activity and visiting the area while reducing road congestion. The local authority encourages people to visit the area on foot using public transport in line with their desire to encourage sustainable tourism.
The Responsible Travel Code of Conduct which you receive with your information pack contains suggestions on how to be an ethical traveller by reducing water usage, recycling and properly disposing of litter, and reducing damage to the environment.
During the booking process for your holiday we reduce paper usage by corresponding by email wherever possible and only printing correspondence which is legally binding. We recycle our ink cartridges and envelopes, and use low energy light bulbs. Paper which cannot be recycled is shredded and composted.
Whilst on this holiday you will be walking at your own pace in your own group. We restrict group sizes on our self-guided walking holidays to a maximum of 12 to reduce impact on the community.
PeopleWe are a family run business and are committed to operating a Responsible Travel Policy. We aim to provide a quality and positive experience for our customers while contributing to and enhancing the local economy and respecting the environment.
The majority of the accommodations we use in Wales are locally owned and operated and use local produce for providing you with breakfast. Wherever possible we use accommodations that are registered with the Green Tourism Business Scheme. There are local shops, pubs and cafes along the route available for lunches and dinners. All these issues make a great difference to the economic welfare of the local community by providing employment.
There are a large number of National Trust Properties in Wales. The membership and entrance fees are used to restore and conserve our heritage, and provide employment for local people. We encourage you to use this walking holiday as means to support your chosen charity by way of sponsorship.
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