If you’re like me, you’re probably getting itchy feet being cooped up inside all day. If you’re happiest roaming free on countryside trails and up mountainsides, lockdown might be taking its toll. As we brave this storm inside together, there has never been a better time to plan out your next big outdoor adventure. Hikers often have an extreme case of wanderlust and tend to travel far and wide in search of the perfect trail. Whilst Europe offers plenty of magnificent options, it’s worth looking a little closer to home – especially if the current travel restrictions stay in place for the foreseeable future. Don’t panic though! From mountain peaks to spectacular viewpoints, Wales has got you covered. We’ve compiled a list of some of some our favourite underrated hiking gems across Wales to help you plan your next foray into the great outdoors!
Sugar Loaf, Brecon Beacons
Wales boasts some of the most spectacular routes in the UK and, with its lush terrain and craggy cliffs, there really is something for every single ability. At just 596m, this rather unusual hill is by no means the tallest in the national park, yet its remote peak is definitely worth a visit. Starting from the town of Abergavenny, this modest five-mile circuit takes you through charming woodlands and boasts a truly remarkable view of verdant rolling hills dotted with plenty of sheep! Do take good care in wet weather though, as the climb up came be slippery and loose rocks are a real hazard on this trail.
Llyn Cwm Llwch, Brecon Beacons
Nestled beneath the mighty Corn Du and Pen y Fan peaks, this enchanting, glacial lake has been wrapped in mystery and legend for generations. Whatever the secrets behind this folkloric shoreline, this trail is not one to miss. Flanked by waterfalls and spectacular views, this 8-mile horse-shoe circuit is tricky at times but only takes about four hours to complete. If you can navigate the steep incline and rocky terrain up to the summit of Pen y Fan, the highest peak in Britain, you will be rewarded with magnificent panoramic views over the Brecon Beacons National Park and the mystic lake below.
St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire Coast Path Anglesey
This coastal trail takes you along one of Pembrokeshire’s most dramatic headlands, offering exhilarating sea views and routes you can tailor to both your ability and length of stay. The trail from Solva to St David’s is a popular section, just under 6 miles long and takes you from a delightful harbour town past rugged coves and untouched. For a relatively short and gentle walk, this hike packs in a scenic punch Keep your eyes peeled; if you’re lucky, you might see some welsh mountain ponies or even spot seal pups on the sandstone rock formations below! You’ll certainly need your camera from this one!
Dinas Emrys, Snowdonia
Another trail steeped in folkloric magic; this circular trail takes you past ruins where a medieval fortress is thought to have stood. Closely tied to the legends of Merlin and the age of the dragons, from which Whales gets its iconic red Dragon, this ancient landscape is as charming as it is mysterious. Past waterfalls and tumbling hills, the summit can be reached in little over two hours but can get a little challenging so be prepared for some tough inclines.