Country: Wales

Category Conwy
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The Category Conwy is a subset of Caernarfonshire.

Overview

'The Welsh Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Anglesey, Gower, Llŷn, the Clwydian Range, Dee Valley and Wye Valley – boast some of the most exceptional scenery in the UK. Whether you love nature, photography, walking or just being outdoors, they're superb places for holidays, short breaks, weekends away and days out. Their hills, rivers and coastal landscapes will simply blow you away.'

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Visit Wales

Category Wales
Overview

'Discover the sights, sounds and experiences of the forest. From the quiet of the woods to the call of the wild, there's something for everyone ... ' ALERT Natural Resources Wales has taken over the functions previously carried out by Forestry Commission Wales. The Map features nature reserves, trails, and open access land, as well as ‘woodlands’. Check the Sub-Section ‘Things to do’ within the Section ‘Days Out’ for details of some of the ‘Walks’ on offer within the natural environment of Wales.

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Natural Resources Wales

Category Nature Reserves
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'Wales has more nature reserves per head of population than any other major European country. There are five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, three National Parks, 74 National Nature Reserves and hundreds more Local Nature Reserves, Wildlife Trust and RSPB Reserves etc each protecting unique habitats and the wildlife that depend on them.'

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First-Nature.com

Category Wales
Type of Website
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'Wales U3A is not a U3A. It is simply a Website which lists all the ... Welsh U3As ... with links to their own Websites so existing and prospective U3A members can see what individual U3As have to offer.'

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U3A Regions

Category Cardiganshire
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Member of the Ramblers - Ceredigion Area Grouping

Type of Website
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'Afan Forest Park has 14 way marked circular walks and has therefore become a major walking destination. Our walks are diverse, varying from a one mile leisurely stroll to a ten mile (bring a packed lunch) hike. The starting points for our walks are Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre, Rhsylyn Car Park and Glyncorrwg Ponds Visitor Centre ... We have two walking packs available to ensure that you don’t get lost out on the trails. "Walks in Afan Forest Park" and "Walks in the Corrwg Valley" include information, directions and maps on all 14 walks.'

Category Anglesey
Type of Website
Overview

'You will be in the hands of the local experts with Anglesey Walking Holidays. We pride ourselves in offering tailor-made hiking tours along the Anglesey Coast Path, now part of the Wales Coast Path. We are passionate about our island and its culture and can offer expertise and local knowledge of each Trail ...'

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Eurwyn and Gillian Williams

Category Anglesey
Type of Website
Overview

'Group set up and supported by Isle of Anglesey County Council to promote walking and tourism associated with walking on the island. Its aim is to provide a comprehensive guide for visitors walking not only the Coastal Path, but also the wonderful and numerous inland walks, around the lakes, marshes and stunning scenery that make up this beautiful and ancient land.' ALERT The Website cited here is a replacement for the original, which seems to have disappeared.

Category Merioneth
Type of Website
Overview

Usually held Mid September.

Category Merioneth
Size (acreage)1700
Type of Website
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'This huge forest is a treasure trove of walking and cycling routes, photographic opportunities and wildlife in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. Take in the stunning views across to Snowdon, picnic by the secluded lake of Llyn Llywelyn and listen out for the sound of the Old Welsh Highland railway trains, which run through the forest on route from Caernarfon to Porthmadog.'

 

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Natural Resources Wales

Category Denbighshire
Type of Walk
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Member of the Ramblers - North Wales Area Grouping

Category Blaenau Gwent
Type of Website
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'Blaenau Gwent is enriched with heritage, with every town and village having many stories to tell of their past. There are a number of trails available covering the width and breadth of the Borough, incorporating local history, places of interest and local facts. The trails are not only of great interest to history enthusiasts but also to tourists and local people who take pleasure in knowing their background and the place they reside.'

Category Conwy
Type of Website
Overview

A world-famous garden home to National Collections and Champion Trees ... With intimate corners, sweeping lawns, grand terraces and verdant woodland, there are many gardens in one at Bodnant ... With year-round colour, the garden can be whatever you want it to be, whether that's a hive of activity or a haven of tranquility and relaxation, this is truly a special place for all ages.'

 

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National Trust

Category Carmarthenshire
Size (acreage)16000
Type of Website
Overview

'Brechfa Forest covers some 6500 hectares and is looked after by Forestry Commission Wales [now Natural Resources Wales] for the benefit of people, wildlife and timber production. There are walking and mountain bike trails for you to enjoy.'

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Discover Carmarthenshire

Category Brecknockshire
Type of Website
Overview

'Little can match the enjoyment of striding along our open ridges, strolling along our peaceful towpaths or exploring our beautiful, sun-dappled woods. The Brecon Beacons National Park is full of wonderful places, guaranteed to give you a sense of exhilaration and freedom ... Within our park, there are walks for all levels of ability, with varied landscapes to choose from ...'

Category Bridgend
Type of Walk
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Member of the Ramblers - Glamorgan Area Grouping

Category Bridgend
Type of Website
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'A series of leaflets have been developed showcasing different aspects of the diverse landscape the County Borough has to offer.'

Size (acreage)100
Type of Walk
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'Comprises 38ha of secondary, and some ancient, semi-natural woodland, scrub, marshy grassland, dry grassland and ruderal habitats ... The two circular walks will take you through woodland and meadows, the woodland is a mix of ash, oak, willow and hazel and there is a fantastic display of bluebells in spring.'

Category Caerphilly
Type of Website
Overview

'Around 80% of the rights of way in the county borough are open and with about 5000 hectares of open access land available for walkers, exploring the countryside couldn’t be easier.'

See also

Caerphilly County Borough Council Countryside & Landscape Services

Category Monmouthshire
Type of Walk
Type of Website
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Member of the U3A - South Wales Grouping

Category Cardiff
Type of Walk
Type of Website
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'The club was formed in 1926. The programme of walks is sent out twice a year with a planned walk on every Saturday throughout the year. Additionally we walk on most of the Bank Holiday Mondays, have a Tuesday walk once a month and other weekday walks of special interest.'

Category Cardiff
Type of Walk
Type of Website
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'A local walking group organising weekend walks and weekends away throughout South Wales and beyond. We have a varied programme, offering something for everyone from the committed enthusiast to the absolute beginner.'

Category Cardiff
Type of Walk
Type of Website
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Member of the Ramblers - Glamorgan Area Grouping

Category Cardiganshire
Type of Walk
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Member of the Ramblers - Ceredigion Area Grouping

Category Cardiganshire
Type of Walk
Type of Website
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Member of the U3A - Mid and West Wales Grouping

Category Carmarthenshire
Type of Walk
Type of Website
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Member of the Ramblers - Carmarthenshire Area Grouping

Category Cardiganshire
Type of Website
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'The network of public paths offers an excellent way to explore Ceredigion. The diverse countryside offers a range of opportunities for the walker, from gentle coastal walks to rugged mountain hikes ...'

Category Monmouthshire
Type of Website
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'Your starting point for walking in Monmouthshire and the Wye Valley.'

Category Monmouthshire
Type of Website
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The Festival 'has become firmly established on the walker's calendar. A border town of Wales and England at the Gateway of the Wye Valley it has a rich past and stunning landscape, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. Festival usually held Mid April.

Category Swansea
Type of Website
Overview

'The Botanical Gardens house one of Wales' premier plant collections, with spectacular herbaceous borders and large glasshouses ... There is something to see throughout the year. The herbaceous borders are a fantastic sight from late March until mid October, and even during the harsh winter months the garden has lots to offer with up to 200 different plants having been seen in flower during the Christmas season. As this garden is set within the tranquil surroundings of Singleton Park, it is a very relaxing place to come and browse or gain inspiration for your own garden. There are plenty of places to sit and admire the delightful views.'

Category Denbighshire
Type of Walk
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Member of the Ramblers - North Wales Area Grouping

Category Flintshire
Overview

'A wonderful area to explore on foot. Relatively short walks are quickly rewarded by breathtaking views and stunning landscapes. But some magnificent long-distance footpaths also criss-cross the area including the Daddy of them all: Offa's Dyke National Trail.

Category Denbighshire
Type of Website
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'We specialise in individually tailored group walking tours in North Wales. Based in the beautiful Vale of Clwyd we cater for walkers of all abilities.'

Category Flintshire
Type of Walk
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'Coed Moel Famau is situated in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Clwydian Range is a chain of purple heather-clad summits topped by hillforts; Moel Famau is the highest summit in the range. The Dee Valley lies beyond these windswept hills and is home to the historic towns of Llangollen and Corwen ... There is a range of walking trails of different lengths, a blue grade mountain bike trail and children's play areas.'

 

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Natural Resources Wales

Category Conwy
Type of Website
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'Discover where to walk in Conwy through the range of leaflets and booklets we produce.'

Category Conwy
Type of Website
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'There’s a network of pushchair-friendly trails with viewpoints and hides to make the most of your visit and plenty of information to explain what you're watching. Perhaps you’ll meet one of our friendly volunteer wildlife guides who can help you discover just a little bit more?'

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RSPB

Category Conwy
Type of Walk
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Member of the Ramblers - North Wales Area Grouping

Category Denbighshire
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'Corwen is a fantastic venue for this type of event and is a wonderful base for walking enthusiasts as it offers walks from the town that suit all levels of walking. From walks around Corwen itself, finding out about the history of the town, to a high level ridge walk along the Berwyn reaching over 800 metres in height, the Corwen Walking Festival has it all. We are offering guided walks on both days and you have the choice of a full day walk or, with some of the shorter walks, doing one in the morning and another in the afternoon. We also have some evening walks and a navigation workshop, along with evening entertainment in town.' Usually held Early September.

Category Brecknockshire
Type of Website
Overview

'Our aim is to make Crickhowell an even better place to walk, stay, eat, drink, shop and to take in our fascinating history and abundant wildlife. Our area is blessed with some of the best walking country in the UK, with historical interest all around and great facilities for visitors, including the annual Crickhowell Walking Festival and excellent hospitality providers. We want to see visitors come and stay in and around Crickhowell, to enjoy and respect our countryside and to come back again and again – you will love your time here, go home refreshed and start planning your next visit!'

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Visit Crickhowell

Category Brecknockshire
Type of Website
Overview

'Takes place around the beginning of March each year and lasts nine days. It consists of a number of guided walks of various grades, all led by local experienced guides.' Usually held Late February - Early March.

Category Brecknockshire
Type of Website
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'The Crychan Forest and neighbouring Halfway Forest is set in beautiful countryside nestling between the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian Mountains. Here miles of waymarked trails take you through tranquil grassy gorges, along old drover’s routes and past cascading waterfalls, taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains of Mid Wales. The Forest is beautifully situated at the gateway of the Cambrian mountains, on the border of the Brecon Beacons National Park ... Access onto the Epynt Way can be made at 3 locations from the waymarked trails in Crychan Forest. This greatly increases the opportunity for exploring the area, the open country of the military ranges provides a contrast to the forest environment.'

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Crychan Forest Association

Category Caerphilly
Type of Website
Overview

'Cwmcarn Forest has some of the best walking in Wales. Choose from the 12 mile circular "Raven Walk" encompassing Cwmcarn Forest and the Sirhowy and Ebbw Valleys or take the "Coal, Celts and Contrasts" which takes in the impressive Twmbarlwm mountain or shorter walks in and around the Forest.'

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'Dare Valley Country Park is a great place for walking. You can stroll at will in the country park or try one of our three way marked walks.'

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Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Category Flintshire
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the Ramblers - North Wales Area Grouping

Category Denbighshire
Type of Website
Overview

'It is really easy to step out into the diverse and outstanding landscape that makes up Denbighshire, from the spectacular Eglwyseg Escarpment in the Dee Valley to the tranquil Vale of Clywd and the Coastal Dunes.'

Category Cardiganshire
Type of Website
Overview

'Whether you want to stride out over Plynlimon Mountain in the historic footsteps of George Borrow, stroll through the enchanted Hafod Estate, get close enough to feed the majestic Red Kite or just relax in the breath taking countryside, the Pumlumon area is the place for you.'

Overview

'Dinas Powys (the modern-day standardised spelling - it was previously also spelt 'Dinas Powis') is a large village and a community in the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales which takes its name from the Dinas Powys hillfort that dates from the Iron Age ... Despite the addition of several housing developments over the past fifty years, the old village centre of Dinas Powys still has a mostly unspoiled and almost rural feel, retaining a large village common and a traditional village centre complete with a post office and a range of small independent shops, public houses, restaurants and community facilities ...'

Category Carmarthenshire
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Member of the Ramblers - Carmarthenshire Area Grouping

Category Carmarthenshire
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'Nestled in a gorgeous corner of south west Wales is a walkers' paradise just waiting to be discovered. Come walking in Carmarthenshire and you will be stepping into a county of breathtaking beauty with a rural and coastal scene guaranteed to stop you in your tracks.'

Category Flintshire
Type of Website
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Downloadable PDFs of twenty-five Rural Walks plus of some other walks around and about the County.

Type of Website
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'With beautiful waterfall walks, country parks, towpaths, a seafront promenade and rights of way through some of the most spectacular views of Neath Port Talbot, the Brecon Beacons and Swansea, there is a huge variety of scenery to enjoy.'

Category Wales
Type of Website
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'Spectacular mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to a proud industrial heritage and mining tradition. The human hand and the power of ice have actively shaped these landscapes for centuries ... '

Category Radnorshire
Type of Walk
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Member of the Ramblers - Powys Area Grouping

Category Wrexham
Size (acreage)1200
Type of Website
Overview

'Explore a much-loved home, garden and estate filled with the stories of a family and their servants ... With 1,200 acres of beautiful parkland, a range of habitats and countryside walks offer a wealth of hidden treasures for all to enjoy. Erddig’s parkland is remarkably diverse, brimming with grassland, lakes, ponds, rivers, veteran trees and woodland.'

 

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National Trust

Category Caernarfonshire
Type of Walk
Type of Website
Overview

Member of the Ramblers - North Wales Area Grouping

Category Wrexham
Type of Website
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'Straddling the English border, near Whitchurch in Shropshire and Wrexham in Wales, lies one of the biggest and best raised bogs in Britain. Its astonishingly varied wildlife makes it a place of international importance.'

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Natural England

Category Brecknockshire
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'A series of nine leaflets has been published to help you to get more out of Fforest Fawr Geopark. Each Geotrail introduces you to one of the natural and man-made landscapes of this area. Some are easy strolls, others are more physically demanding. There are some that focus on the underlying rocks, others that look at how man has shaped the place.'

Category Flintshire
Type of Website
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'Rights of Way ... Rural Walks Booklet ... The Walkabout Flintshire Programme ... The Clwydian Range ... The Dee Estuary and Birding ...'

Category Brecknockshire
Type of Walk
Type of Website
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Member of the Ramblers - Powys Area Grouping

Category Cardiff
Size (acreage)110
Type of Website
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'Cathays Cemetery, in the heart of Cardiff, is the third largest municipal cemetery in the UK, covering some 110 acres, and is owned and managed by Cardiff City Council. The cemetery was opened in 1859 when it was designated both as a place of burial and “as space was limited in the Victorian era“ as a pleasant environment in which to walk ... In recent years cemeteries in towns and cities have been rediscovered as places to visit and their importance as wildlife habitats is increasingly recognised.'

 

Category Caerphilly
Type of Walk
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Member of the Ramblers - Greater Gwent Area Grouping

Category Anglesey
Type of Website
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'There are a range of geotrails and picnic areas and thought provoking, informative displays and tactile exhibits which encourage adults and children alike learn about the wonder of the world around them. '

Category Merioneth
Type of Website
Overview

'Welcome to GoBala - THE source for Trails in the Bala & Penllyn area, where you can enjoy the stunning mountain & lake scenery of Snowdonia, whether on foot, by bike, on water or by road ...'

Category Swansea
Overview

'Gower was the first place in Britain to be named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With cliffs and woodlands ringed by sparkling beaches, this tongue of land is so adored by walkers, birdwatchers, sunbathers and surfers, it’s been scooping awards ever since.'

See also

This is Gower Audio Trail [Audio Trails]

Category Swansea
Type of Website
Overview

'There are a total of 24 individual commons on Gower covering over 70 square kilometres and constituting 50% of the total land area of the Gower Peninsula ... Historically, most areas of common land in Wales have been open for public access with the consent of the landowner. In May 2005 the Countryside Rights of Way Act (CRoW) established common land, mountain, moor, heath and down as open access land where people can walk in some of the most spectacular landscapes in Wales. These areas are clearly marked on Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps.'

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Gower Commons

Category Swansea
Type of Website
Overview

Usually held Early September.

Category Conwy
Size (acreage)18000
Type of Website
Overview

'Gwydir Forest Park surrounds Betws-y-coed, one of the prettiest villages in Snowdonia National Park. Our waymarked walking trails set off from the village and include an easy boardwalk stroll, steep climbs up forested hillsides with far-reaching views, and walks around beautiful lakes.'

 

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Natural Resources Wales

Category Gwynedd
Type of Website
Overview

'Gwynedd's countryside is full of potential for anyone who ventures into the County's great outdoors. From the summits of Snowdonia to the beaches of Llŷn, its an uphill struggle to find anywhere else in Wales with such a diverse range of landscapes, habitats and things to do.'

Category Flintshire
Overview

'The Council has devised 4 circular walks in the Community for residents and visitors to the area who enjoy walking in the open countryside ... The Council also sponsors the Community Walks Group which provides free conducted walks every Friday.'

Category Brecknockshire
Type of Website
Overview

'Our walks programme, spread over four days, is broad ranging in terms of geography and interest.  There is something for all abilities and interests – all day in the hills, town walks, historical walks, a chance to learn from experts and exclusive access to paths and sites not normally open to the public. Walks are graded according to difficulty and are led by experienced walk leaders, all of whom know and love the area covered and have themselves been traversing the area for many years. Perched on the Wales-England border on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Hay on Wye is blessed with a wonderful mosaic of landscapes which is not only scenically stunning but also steeped in the stories of those who have lived, fought, worked or travelled through the area over the millennia.' Held Mid October.

Category Flintshire
Type of Website
Overview

'We have been established since 2009 to promote walking in the Holywell area. This covers Halkyn, Flint, Whitford, Trelawnyd, Carmel Brynford ... We are open to any queries regarding tracks and routes and are able to offer the services of experienced walk leaders if required.' The Group organize regular Sunday morning walks.

Category Flintshire
Type of Website
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'Holywell Rambling is one of the oldest rambling clubs in North Wales. It was formed in 1956 as a result of a conversation on a bus journey. This resulted in one the participants, Fred Long, calling a public meeting to form a Rambling Club ... The club is affiliated to the Ramblers’ Association but its walking activities are totally independent. It does however support all the RA objectives and members have and continue to hold posts within the local RA structures.'

Category Caerphilly
Type of Walk
Type of Website
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Member of the Ramblers - Greater Gwent Area Grouping

Category Bridgend
Type of Website
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'This NNR is one of Wales' top sand-dune reserves, with all the special plants, birds and insects that depend on this type of coastal habitat for their survival. Situated on the edge of the reserve is Kenfig Pool, Glamorgan's largest lake. The rest of the Reserve consists of a large expanse of sand dunes which lead to the coast and Sker Point, with lovely views across Swansea Bay to the Gower. On the western side of the Reserve is the stark horizon of Port Talbot's industrial area and steelworks - a strange contrast that only serves to highlight the wild beauty of the Reserve itself.'

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First-Nature.com

Category Cardiganshire
Type of Walk
Type of Website
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Member of the Ramblers - Ceredigion Area Grouping

Category Glamorgan
Type of Walk
Type of Website
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Where do we walk? 'Anywhere in South Wales and adjacent areas. We are indeed fortunate in covering an extremely varied area of countryside extending from the Wye Valley in the east, through to the Gower Peninsular in the west; this, of course, includes the Brecon Beacons National park and all the other mountains, valleys, coastal and farmland areas in between.'

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