Wales has by far the strongest cultural identity of any of the countries in the United Kingdom, the language is alive and growing and will be heard in country villages and pubs. The proud cultural heritage adds greatly to the walking in this small and relatively unpopulated country with spectacular hillcountry, seascapes and a distinct cultural feel of its own.
It’s possible to walk right around Wales; the coastal path running around its sea border provides, with the exception of the sections around the Milford Haven estuary, magnificent natural views and the uniqueness beauty of the Pembrokeshire Coast has been recognised with national park status since 1952.
The man-made earthwork barrier of Offa’s Dyke marks the old 8th century land border with England, and provides a route full of historical interest and a remarkable diversity of landscape. The interior Snowdonia range boasts mountain scenery to challenge the best of the British Isles.
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path offers some of the best coastal scenery in Wales and some of the finest walking. The path delivers constant variety and some truly enthralling moments from quaint fishing villages, attractive seaside towns, secluded coves, a string of sweeping sandy beaches, rocky headlands and towering cliffs. This beautiful corner of Wales boasts many sites of historic and cultural interest such as St. David's, the smallest city in Britain with its fine cathedral, several ruined castles and Iron Age forts. As well as being world renowned for its superb coastal scenery, the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is also famed for its wildlife with some spectacular seabird colonies, grey and common seals, dolphins and even the occasional basking shark to admire from the cliff top trails. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is an exquisite, classic British walk, always highly rewarding and not to be missed.
The 177-mile long Offa’s Dyke Path winds along the English-Welsh border from Prestatyn in the north of Wales to Chepstow in the south. This magnificent route, one of Britain’s longest Paths, follows the ancient earthwork barrier built by Offa, the warlord King of Mercia, in the 8th century to protect his kingdom from his rivals in what is now Wales following two brutal but failed invasions to subdue the Welsh. The path, largely on the Welsh side of the border, follows canal tow-paths & old drovers’ roads; meanders alongside the rivers Severn and Wye, through the beauty of the Vale of Clwyd, hills of Shropshire and over the Black Mountains. You’ll discover some wonderful market towns and remote villages; explore castles and forts and enjoy the rich and varied wildlife this region has to offer; the landscape covered by the trail is one of the hidden jewels of the Welsh crown.