The Cambrian Way is an outstandingly beautiful and challenging 275 mile trail from Cardiff to Conwy. This high level walk traverses the highest and wildest part of Wales on public rights of way or where there is direct access.
The Way divides into three sections, the Southern Section beginning with the route out of Cardiff through pleasant parkland alongside the River Taff. Pass picturesque Castell Coch, through forestry and across two industrial valleys before joining the open common ridges bordering the Vale of Usk.
Wales Cottage Holidays offers 3 Cardiff Road, sleeping 4 and located in the village of Taff's Well, near to our capital city.
Entering the Brecon Beacons National Park just north of Pontypool, the Cambrian Way takes in the Blorenge and descends into Abergavenny. After ascending Sugar Loaf, the route follows the finest ridges of the Black Mountains to Crickhowell.
For cottages here, see Sugar Loaf Cottage, a one-bedroomed cottage on an arable and fruit farm.
Then head west across the wild moorlands of the Brecon Beacons (including Pen y Fan, the highest point in South Wales) to the Black Mountain and drop down to Llandovery.
Properties in this area include Rhydins Fawr, a 5* cottage which sleeps 13 in six bedrooms, while couples or small families can stay at Beudy at the same location.
The Central Section, from Llandovery to Dinas Mawddwy, is remote and beautiful. It follows the Tywi Valley at Rhandirmwyn, once a busy metal mining area.
A remote path follows the western side of wild moorland and forest area known as the Elenydd.
After superb rambling country around Devil’s Bridge and Ponterwyd, the Way crosses the uninhabited land mass of Plynlimon, home of the sources of the Severn and Wye. The hamlet of Dylife was once the workplace of 2000 miners but now has only a few houses and a former pub. The route continues on to Mallwyd and the mountain enclosed village of Dinas Mawddwy. One of our cottages in this area is Ty Wennol, a barn conversion sleeping 4.
From Dinas Mawddwy the Northern Section of the Cambrian Way heads west on a spectacular cliff top route via Cribin and Waun Oer before climbing the dramatic summit of Cadair Idris. Close to the mountain we have Llwyniarth, a former farmhouse sleeping 6.
Barmouth is reached via the picturesque Cregennen lakes and footpath along Barmouth railway bridge and, in the town, Wales Cottage Holidays offers Middle Apartment, a three-bedroomed property with panoramic views over Barmouth harbour and the Mawddach Estuary and Apartment 2, a ground floor apartment on the outskirts about 500m away from the small estuary beach.
The 22 miles to Maentwrog is slow and difficult over the Rhinog Mountains. Nearby properties include 1 Coedyrhygen, a former stable for a couple overlooking a lake, Maesgwm Barn, a converted stone barn sleeping 9 on the edge of the Coed-y-Brenin forest, Gelli Deg, a stone cottage for 4 with great views and close to village shops and pubs, and Lofft Gwair, a cottage near Portmeirion sleeping 4 converted from an C18th hayloft.
Ascent of Snowdonia’s mountains include Cnicht and Snowdon itself, over the Glyders to Ogwen and then the Carnedds.
The magnificent finish to the Cambrian Way drops down to 2000 feet at Tal y Fan before the final descent from Conwy Mountain to the Castle. Close to Conwy see Maes Masarn, a spacious stone cottage sleeping 7 in a pretty cobbled courtyard setting, Llwyn Bedw, a cottage sleeping 6 with its own clock tower, Is-y-Coed, a top quality cottage sleeping 4, and Plas Helyg, a stone cottage sleeping 4 with a four-poster double bedroom and a minstrel's gallery.