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Wales is a walker’s paradise with some truly staggering landscapes, so it is no surprise that its capital city has a plethora of fantastic options of its own. Walks around Cardiff reward with stunning coast, beautiful woodland and rich industrial heritage, whilst the city itself is green, compact and a pleasure to explore.

Experience the atmosphere of Cardiff Bay, with trails that mix gorgeous seaside views with modern culture and architecture. The historic River Taff meanders through some of the city's many delightful parks, perfect for an easy ramble. More seasoned hikers can follow the river to fairytale castles and ancient beech woodland.

For coastal hikes around Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan will lure your boots west with dramatic cliffs, castle ruins, iconic lighthouses and breathtaking scenery. Inland are many country parks and green spaces to wander, whilst vineyards have even been founded here, such is a mild climate in summer.

Intermediate
03:08
7.65 mi
Intermediate
03:02
6.56 mi
Easy
01:48
3.59 mi
Intermediate
03:10
6.63 mi
Intermediate
02:16
4.52 mi
Intermediate
04:12
10.1 mi
Easy
00:52
2.08 mi
Intermediate
03:38
8.85 mi
Intermediate
03:15
6.87 mi
Easy
01:34
3.80 mi
Easy
01:23
3.09 mi
Easy
01:13
2.58 mi
Easy
01:16
3.05 mi
Intermediate
02:29
5.47 mi
Intermediate
02:39
6.32 mi
Easy
01:43
4.18 mi
Easy
01:16
3.11 mi
Intermediate
03:45
9.01 mi
Easy
00:50
1.88 mi
Easy
01:30
3.66 mi

Top 20 best walks and hikes around Cardiff

    1
    Intermediate
    03:08
    7.65 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    2
    Intermediate
    03:02
    6.56 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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  • 3
    Easy
    01:48
    3.59 mi
    2.0 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    4
    Intermediate
    03:10
    6.63 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    5
    Intermediate
    02:16
    4.52 mi
    2.0 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    6
    Intermediate
    04:12
    10.1 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    7
    Easy
    00:52
    2.08 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    8
    Intermediate
    03:38
    8.85 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    9
    Intermediate
    03:15
    6.87 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    10
    Easy
    01:34
    3.80 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    11
    Easy
    01:23
    3.09 mi
    2.2 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    12
    Easy
    01:13
    2.58 mi
    2.1 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    13
    Easy
    01:16
    3.05 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    14
    Intermediate
    02:29
    5.47 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    15
    Intermediate
    02:39
    6.32 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    16
    Easy
    01:43
    4.18 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    17
    Easy
    01:16
    3.11 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    18
    Intermediate
    03:45
    9.01 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    19
    Easy
    00:50
    1.88 mi
    2.2 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    20
    Easy
    01:30
    3.66 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

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A compact, modern and green city

Cardiff benefits from the usual buzz of a capital city but all squeezed into a compact space. The impressive walls, gargoyles and grand towers of the castle rub shoulders with the muscular, white stanchions of the 74,000-capacity national stadium, both standing proud above verdant parkland. You can take in these sights by the river in Bute Park, the green heart of the city, with its urban woodland and arboretum.

Only a short hop away, many of the finest walks in Cardiff explore the rejuvenated bay area, where vestiges of an industrial past go hand in hand with modern architecture. The gorgeous maritime setting of Cardiff Bay Barrage links the city to pretty Penarth Marina with the charm and character of its quaint shops and picturesque pier.

Following the Taff upriver

For longer hikes around Cardiff, the trails that follow the historic River Taff upriver are an absolute delight. Experience a sumptuous journey on foot from one fairytale castle to another, where salmon leap from the water and you can watch kingfishers and grey heron eyeing prey from their perches.

Victorian masterpiece Castell Coch, with its distinctive cone-shaped turrets, is a fantastic objective. The castle is dominated by the stunning backdrop of Fforest Fawr, woodland that is well-deserving of your hiking boots. Beech woodland, an abundance of orchids, wood anemone and wild garlic all promise a colourful ramble.

The Taff was the major industrial and economic artery into the city from the coal mining valleys to the north. When roaming this land, you get a true sense of this proud heritage. For an unforgettable multi-day adventure, you can follow the Taff right into the upland heart of South Wales – the astonishing beauty of the Brecon Beacons.

Cardiff’s garden – the Vale of Glamorgan

Many of the best hiking trails around Cardiff explore the unspoilt coast and curated gardens of the Vale of Glamorgan. The reefs, sandbanks and serrated cliffs of its renowned coastline offer you invigorating days in the company of the dynamic Severn Estuary. The scenery shifts day-by-day, as you ramble alongside the second highest tidal range in the world. Inland, the many gardens, parks and greenspaces offer pleasant ambles amongst grand architecture, castle ruins and splendid fountains.

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