Wild Wales Walking along the Cambrian Way and St David’s Walk
Published: Sunday 6th Oct 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Take a walk on the wild side next time you stay in one of Wales Holidays cottages. The challenging Cambrian Way is a stunning 275 mile trail traversing the whole country from Cardiff in the south-east to Conwy in North Wales.
Dividing into three sections, the Southern Section includes Brecon Beacons National Park and the finest ridges of the Black Mountains from Abergavenny. It heads west across wild moorland to the Black Mountain and down to Llandovery. The Central Section is remote and beautiful, following the Tywi Valley and wild moorland and forest known as the Elenydd.
The Way crosses uninhabited Plynlimon east of Aberystwyth, home of the sources of the Severn and Wye, and continues on to the mountain enclosed village of Dinas Mawddwy. Heading west over Cadair Idris south of Dolgellau, it drops down to Barmouth then over the Rhinogs to Maentwrog. Ascent of Snowdonia’s mountains include Cnicht and Snowdon, over the Glyders to Ogwen and then the Carnedds.
The Cambrian Way finally drops to 2000 feet before the final descent to Conwy Castle.
Visiting the best coastal and mountain scenery in Wales, the St David’s Walk runs for 250 miles from St David’s Cathedral at the south-west tip of Wales to Bangor Cathedral in the north, linking the Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia National Parks.
From the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, the Walk then turns inland across the Preseli hills to Carmarthenshire, reaching the Cambrian Way, with which it coincides for much of the central and northern sections before turning towards Bangor. St David’s Walk is not a ‘challenge’ walk, though, and offers low level alternatives to the mountain peaks.