Powys is a place to be savoured, and the jaw-dropping scenery is worth much more of your time than a fleeting car journey. It’s time to take a deep breath of fresh air and immerse yourself in the gorgeous surroundings that mid Wales has to offer. What we have for you here are the best hikes and walks to help you take it all in. Whether it’s a stroll along the beach or testing yourself up in the mountain ranges; there’s something for everyone here.
Ceredigion coast path
Spanning across the Welsh coastline, this walking route is 65 miles of endless views of the western horizon. With the path being such a distance, you may find yourself straying too far for your own comfort. To keep it simple, we recommend you starting at Ynyslas and work your way down to Aberystwyth, however, the choice is yours!
The Mawddach trail
While a proper path is nice to walk on, let your curiosity get the better of you and follow the Mawddach trail along a disused railway line. With ample parking opportunities dotted along the way, you can join the trail at any point and follow it along the estuary. Going from Barmouth to Dolgellau, the trail is 9.5 miles long, making it a perfect day out for all the family.
Venturing further inland, you’ll begin to notice that the landscape starts to get more varied. After all, one of Wales’ crown jewels is the mountainous region of Snowdonia. Although not as treacherous, the Torrent walk is still a route with plenty to behold. Whilst only 4 kilometres long, the Torrent has so much to see packed into one route, including the Clywedog river, natural wildlife and much more, along the way down this Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Footsteps of the parson
Stuck between which side of the Rheidol river to explore? We don’t blame you, but why not venture into both by following in the Footsteps of the Parson? This is a circular walk with breath-taking drops along the way. The main attraction of the trail is Parson’s Bridge – once a single plank of wood that was hung from the sides of the gorge, the bridge has remained a popular tourist attraction for over 70 years thanks to its picturesque views.
A 5 kilometre walk along some of the greenest meadows you will ever come across. If you aren’t sold on Precipice walk from that alone, just wait until you catch a glimpse of Snowdonia’s Mountain ranges in the distance, along with the view of Llyn Cynwch. At 800 feet above sea level, the views along the way were inevitably going to impress. The route takes you through the historic Nannau estate, dating back to the 12th century.
Coed Y Brenin
Why take a walk to see one waterfall when you can see two on the same route? Not to mention an abandoned goldmine enroute. Although a short trail at 3.5km, there are so many sights to see in Coed Y Brenin Forest Park that will make you want to get your camera out. Both waterfalls, Pistyll Y Cain and Rhaeadr Mawddach, are magnificent and will give you cause to stop and take a break before venturing out again to find the Gwynfynydd Goldmine. With no steep sections, on-site car park and picnic areas, the waterfalls and goldmine trail are accessible to anyone who wishes to explore one of the many jewels of the Snowdonia National Park.
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