Wales is traced by a spider’s web of over a dozen wonderful long-distance paths (LDPs). Three of these – the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Offa’s Dyke Path and Glyndŵr’s Way – are additionally designated National Trails, waymarked at frequent intervals by an acorn symbol. The following is a brief rundown of the most popular LDPs.
All Wales Coastal Path (861 miles) By early summer 2012 existing and new coastal trails will be joined to form a continuous whole. Some of the best bits are covered by the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, the Llŷn Coastal Path (wgwynedd.gov.uk) and the Anglesey Coastal Path (wangleseycoastalpath.com).
Cambrian Way (275 miles; wcambrianway.org.uk) The longest, wildest and most arduous of the Welsh LDPs, cutting north–south over the remote Cambrian Mountains.
Glyndŵr’s Way (135 miles; wnationaltrail.co.uk/glyndwrsway) A lengthy meander among the remote mountains and lakes of mid-Wales, visiting sites associated with the great fifteenth-century Welsh hero.For more information, see Knighton.
Landsker Borderlands Trail (60 miles; wldwa.org.uk) Gentle waterways, quiet villages and easy trails characterize this slightly contrived circular walk around the Landsker region in Pembrokeshire.
Offa’s Dyke Path (177 miles) The classic Welsh LDP, running from Prestatyn in the north to Chepstow in south Wales, tracing the line of the eighth-century earthwork along the English border for a third of the way. A blend of wooded lowland walking and higher hilltops, with exhilarating open territory through the Black Mountains.For more information, see Montgomeryshire.
Pembrokeshire Coast Path (186 miles) This hugely rewarding coastal trail dips into quiet coves and climbs over headlands, with sweeping ocean views and plenty of birdlife on the cliffs and offshore islands.For more information, see Tenby and around.
Wye Valley Walk (136 miles; wwyevalleywalk.org) A lovely, sylvan, sea-to-source trek following the River Wye from Chepstow to Plynlimon, beginning with a long section through a dramatic wooded gorge.For more information, see The Wye Valley Walk.