Walking in Mid Wales

Mid Wales is fantastic for walkers, we’ve picked out some of the top routes to try here.

Walking in Mid Wales

Clare Willcocks on Feb 18, 2016

If there’s one thing Mid Wales isn’t short of, it’s fantastic walking opportunities. Stretching from the scenic coast, all the way inland to the border with England, this area in Wales covers all manner of terrain, with routes to suit all capabilities.

The Wales Coast Path - Aberystwyth to Borth

5 miles
From the very beginning, this path undulates up and down, so you may want to cut out the climb up Constitution Hill and hop on the cliff railway and start from the top. Taking in scenic views along the coast, you can walk all the way to the far end of the town of Borth and take the train back to Aberystwyth so there’s no retracing your steps.

Offa’s Dyke Path – Pandy to Hay-on-Wye

17.5 miles
This is a stunning section of the 177-mile Offa’s Dyke Path which runs the length of the Wales/England border. From Pandy you follow the trail upwards into the Black Mountains to a summit of 2,300 feet. The route runs along the ridge with incredible views of the Vale of Ewyas to one side, and the Olchon Valley on the other. At the end, descend down into the characterful village of Hay-on-Wye with its ubiquitous bookshops and two Normal castles.

Knighton Circular Walk

12 miles
Taking in sections of both the Offa’s Dyke Path and Glyndŵr's Way, this route crosses the Teme Valley and leads under the wonderful viaduct at Knucklas. A detailed description of the walk is available here – Knighton Circular Walks 4.

Brecon Beacons – Crickhowell to Table Mountain

4.5 miles
Taking around 3 hours, this lovely walk begins in the charming town of Crickhowell, which is definitely worth exploring before you set off. See the ruined Norman castle and admire the Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian influences in the architecture. When you’re ready to begin your walk, set off from the Resource and Information Centre (CRiC), through the town and out into the countryside of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Passing through fields and woodland, crossing streams and climbing up through some beautiful scenery, you’ll soon be rewarded at the summit of Table Mountain with panoramic views of the Usk Valley and Black Mountains.

Brecon Beacons – Craig-y-Nos Circular

2.5 miles
The Craig-y-Nos Circular is a great option for those wanting to combine a pleasant walk with a visit to the National Showcaves Centre (Dan yr Ogof). The walk has several highlights, including crossing the River Tawe by stepping stones, perusing the interesting memorials of St Callwen’s Church, and, of course, the views across the valley and the limestone outcrops of Dan yr Ogof.

For some interesting facts about the National Park, take a look at our Illustrated Guide to the Brecon Beacons.

Elan Valley – Reservoir Challenge

18.5 miles
As the name suggests, this is not a route for the uninitiated walker! Passing every dam, following rivers and reservoirs and incorporating a number of hills, the walk takes around 7 hours to complete and is labelled as ‘strenuous’. It is, however, a wonderful way to experience the estate as a whole, and is as rewarding as it is challenging.

Elan Valley - Cnwch Wood

1 mile
At the opposite end of the spectrum to the Reservoir Challenge, the well-surfaced walk through Cnwch Wood is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs and makes for a pleasant 30 minute stroll.

Pontneddfechan Waterfall

5.5 miles
The Pontneddfechan waterfall walk follows the ‘farewell rock’, a band of sandstone at the end of the South Wales coal field. The first stretch hugs the Neddfechan River and goes on to take in a number of stunning waterfalls, of which Sgwd Y Eira is the most famous. Otherwise known as ‘the waterfall of snow’, here you can often walk behind the cascade and peer out through the water.

Key Mid-Wales Events

While you’re out and about exploring the wonderful scenery of Mid-Wales, you may be able to coincide your visit with one of the regions fantastic annual events.

Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells – July

Showcasing the best Welsh livestock and local food and drink, with activities, crafts, displays, sports and entertainment for the whole family.

Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye – June

This 27-year-old festival brings together writers from all over the world for an inspiring 10 days celebrating arts and literature.

National Eisteddfod of Wales, Abergavenny – July/August

A celebration of the culture and language of Wales which traditionally takes place through competitive events and music, dance, visual arts, literature, original performances and more.

Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons – August

An extremely popular, family-friendly music festival which takes place against the beautiful backdrop of the Brecon Beacons.

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