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Walks in South Wales explore a varied region, rich in heritage and even richer in scenic beauty. Here, you find Wales’ greatest cities, arguably its most dramatic coastal trails and Southern Britain’s highest peak.


The region is home to two contrasting but equally spectacular national parks: the Brecon Beacons and the Pembrokeshire Coast. The Brecon Beacons are home to some of the finest hiking in South Wales. It’s a region of sweeping emerald uplands, where soaring summits rise above glacially sculpted cwms. Its valleys delight with spellbinding waterfall walks, sparkling reservoir loops and gorgeous woodland ambles.


When it comes to coastal walks, you’re spoilt for choice in South Wales. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is rugged and beautiful in equal measure, a place of stunning wildlife and beguiling scenery. Meanwhile, the limestone charm of the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is also sure to enthral.

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Top 20 best walks and hikes In South Wales

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    Intermediate
    02:35
    6.13 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    03:13
    6.97 mi
    2.2 mph
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    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    04:31
    10.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    875 ft
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    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:18
    4.98 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:57
    6.88 mi
    2.3 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:48
    4.13 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:31
    3.25 mi
    2.2 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:46
    11.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:24
    5.47 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:28
    3.46 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:48
    8.85 mi
    2.3 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    00:37
    1.31 mi
    2.2 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:37
    7.54 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Difficult
    05:18
    11.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:23
    4.94 mi
    2.1 mph
    825 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:35
    8.83 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,050 ft
    2,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:46
    6.39 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:51
    6.45 mi
    2.3 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:23
    5.49 mi
    2.3 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:51
    3.88 mi
    2.1 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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Discover the Brecon Beacons


When it comes to hillwalking, the best hiking routes in South Wales can be found in the Brecon Beacons. This magnificent National Park is home to four distinct regions and South Britain’s highest peak, Pen y Fan, at 2,907 feet (886 m). From the towering escarpment of the Black Mountain and the limestone majesty of Fforest Fawr, to the sweeping cwms of the Central Beacons and the long, broad ridgelines of the Black Mountains, there’s almost endless adventure potential.


It’s not all about the hills though, there is a wealth of walking in the region’s many picturesque valleys. The southwesterly edge of the national park is known as Waterfall Country, a lovely hiking region where the Rivers Mellte, Hepste, Pyrddin and Nedd-fechan tumble through dramatic wooded gorges.


The incredible Pembrokeshire Coast


For lovers of the coast, hikes around South Wales don’t come much better than those found along the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Covering 243 square miles (629 km), it’s a region of dramatic, rocky headlands, secret coves and vast beaches that reward time and time again.


Any walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast is a treat for the senses, with the evocative sounds of the sea, spectacular sights aplenty and magical encounters with wildlife. There are few better places in Britain for birdlife, with puffins, manx shearwaters, guillemots and razorbills among the species that visit its islands, sea stacks and cliffs to raise their young. 


Exploring the southern coast


There’s more to walks in South Wales than its two national parks. On either end of its Bristol Channel coast are two AONBs. In the east, following the meandering River Wye inland, is the Wye Valley AONB and its steep-sided, wooded valleys. In the west is the sublime peninsula of the Gower AONB, with its limestone cliffs, sandy beaches and glorious downland.


In between the two, there’s a great deal to discover. Take a stroll around the regenerated Cardiff Bay before checking out Wales’ vibrant capital. Head into the South Wales Valleys, a region characterised by modest hills and a strong coal mining heritage.


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