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23 seasonal walks to soak up the brilliant autumn colours

Carreg Cennen and Llygad Llwchwr

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Carreg Cennen Castle

Approximately 5.5 miles long, the dramatic Carreg Cennen Castle is the start and focal point of this stunning walk… but it’s far from the only highlight. From the castle, the route drops down to cross the river Cennen then rises back up through woods and fields onto open moorland. It also features the intriguing Llygad Llwchwr, (the Eye of the Loughor), the source of the river where it emerges after flowing for around four or five miles underground.

Tywi Valley and Twm Sion Cati’s Cave

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The Tywi river near Rhandirmwyn

A delightful walk alongside the roaring but still infant River Towy, through woodland and offering the challenge of finding the well-hidden Twm Sion Cati‘s cave. This walk follows way-marked paths through wet and oak woodlands to the fast-flowing River Tywi. It’s also a great place to spot Red Kites and there are fantastic views of the river as it crashes through the valley.

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Lawrenny

This scenic three-mile circular walk takes you through the steep-sided ancient oak woodland of Lawrenny, overlooking the main Daugleddau River and along the tidal creeks of Garron Pill and the Cresswell River. Upstream from the busy port of Milford Haven lies a world of drowned wooded valleys with a wide expanse of salt marshes and mudflats.

Dolmelynllyn Estate walk

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Rhaeadr Ddu Falls on the Dolmelynllyn Estate walk

This four-mile walk features the Rhaeadr Ddu Falls and the remains of the Cefn Coch gold mine. Continue along paths following waymarkers into Forestry Commission woodland. The walk also passes through a conifer plantation and out on to open mountain. As you pass the 19th century gold workings, look out for early and more recent stamping mills, the barracks and a powder hut. The path will lead you down to the ruined cottage of Berthlwyd.

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Chirk Garden Wood walk

This easy woodland walk has spectacular views across the Ceiriog valley. And you can meet the woodland pigs, being used to graze parkland to help restore the area to traditional wood pasture, a habitat for all kinds of wildlife.

Menai Strait wildlife and woodland walk

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Plas Newydd
Plas Newydd

Explore the walled woodland that is Glan Faenol and perhaps catch a glimpse of a seal in the Menai Strait. This walk features varied native woodland and ancient parkland with views of the house and gardens at Plas Newydd and the hills of Snowdonia. The trees provide some truly special autumn colours and Plas Newydd Gardens and the historic home are good to explore after your walk.

Sgwd yr Eira, Brecon Beacons

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Sgwd yr Eira

A gorgeous woodland walk leads to this waterfall… and the extra special element to this walk is that you can get behind the falls (be careful). It’s safest to stick to the waymarked trail, which tends to follow higher ground. There are also riverside paths, but these feature scary and dangerous drops. This walk can be made longer by taking in “The Four Falls Walk”, which is at least three hours but takes in the area’s other gorgeous waterfalls.

Bute Park and Llandaff Fields, Cardiff

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Bute Park in Autumn
Bute Park in Autumn

Walk the flat and colourful Bute Park any way you like, you can walk alongside the River Taff and take in Llandaff Fields too. Bute Park is classed as one the of the best urban tree collections in the country and you can do an officer-led Arboretum

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Margam Country Park

The 2-5-mile Monastic Trail (which has some steep sections) takes walkers around the back of Margam Castle and the iron age hillfort and up through woods to the remains of the medieval church Hen Eglwys, passing the fish pond so remember some bread to feed the ducks! Afterwards, a short drive takes you to traditional country inn The Prince of Wales at Mawdlam, Kenfig.

Castell Coch and Fforest Fawr

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Castell Coch in Autumn
Castell Coch in Autumn

The dragon trail around Forest Fawr behind Castell Coch is ideal for families. There are wood carvings along the route, fabulous views and it’s great for collecting conkers.

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Oxwich

Walk around the headland at Oxwich Bay (go as far as you want), visit the 13th century St Illtyd’s church, almost hidden in the woodland behind Oxwich. The chancel is thought to mark the original 6th century Celtic cell of Saint Illtyd. After taking in the woods with breathtaking views of the sea, visit the Oxwich Bay Hotel for refreshments.

The Skirrid

This energetic four-mile walk at Llanddewi Skirrid, near Abergavenny, takes you through woodland and out onto open mountainside. This is before a steep climb to the summit, which offers splendid views of the surrounding countryside.

Parkmill, Gower

A five-mile round walk takes you through stunning mixed woodland and an ancient, dragonfly and kingfisher-buzzed pond plus a 16th century former corn mill which is part of the historic Penrice Estate. Afterwards, the King Arthur Hotel in Reynoldston with its wooden beams, log fire and good selection of ales is a short drive away.

The Wye Valley

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Railway Viaduct, Monmouth
Railway Viaduct, Monmouth

There are plenty of walks available in the valley, which offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Wales along the course of one of Britain’s cleanest rivers, alive with salmon and trout. And you can look over the magnificent ruins of Tintern Abbey, passing through dramatic gorges and woodland rich in wildlife. One (long) option would be to start at Chepstow and finish at Monmouth. Between the two is an easy, uplifting day through gorgeous woods that open occasionally for sweeping views of the lower Wye Valley. Another shorter option would be to walk from Whitebrook to the abbey.

Sirhowy Valley

Sirhowy Valley Country Park is a great base for walking or cycling. Walk the country park with its meadows, the Sirhowy River. Take a gentle stroll along the former railway track or ramble down through the Flatwoods Meadows Local Nature Reserve alongside the river. Graig Goch Woodland Local Nature Reserve, an ancient and beautiful mixed woodland, is also nearby though there is a steep climb to reach it.

Dinefwr Castle and Park

Dinefwr’s historic parkland is famed for its abundance of wildlife and stunning valley views. Some of the ‘veteran’ trees are thought to be over 700 years old. A roughly three-mile walk takes in Newton House and Deer Park, Dinefwr Castle, the hidden Llandyfeisant church and gorgeous woodland and parkland in between.

Montgomery Canal

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Newton House and Deer Park in Dinefwr Park

Walk from the junction with the Llangollen Canal to Newtown, with stretches that include a section of the Severn Valley. The Montgomery Canal walk cuts through border country giving access to fairly level walking and to Berriew, one of the prettiest villages in Wales.

The historic Huw Tom Upland Walk

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Rowen Tree with Tal y Fan in background

This six-mile, linear route follows in the footsteps of the trade unionist Huw Thomas Edwards, recreating his daily walk to work in the slate quarries. The trail leads from Penmaenmawr on the coast to Rowen via the uplands of the Carneddau range. Look out for fantastic views of the Great Orme and Conwy Valley along the way.

Betws y Coed

Betws-y-Coed and the surrounding area boasts a glorious combination of mountain, water and trees. The Swallow Falls are justifiably well-known but less so is Llyn Elsi, a lake hidden in the mixed fir and broadleaf woodlands of Gwydyr Forest.

Bosherston Lily Ponds

An easy walk around Bosherston’s beautiful lily ponds, with options to explore the dunes and pools of the Mere Pool Valley behind Broadhaven beach. The walk is mostly along even gravel paths with two narrow causeways. This walk is rich in wildlife all year round.

Llynfi Valley

A short one from (Bottom Llan) Llangynwyd up to the historic village at the top (Top Llan) with its famous Old House hostelry. There are amazing views on the way up and two routes to choose from. You can either take the longer one which starts at the Welsh school and meanders up or the more direct route which probably boasts more scenic views. This starts at the Cross Inn pub and goes straight up a very steep hill to the village at the top.

Aberglaslyn Pass from Beddgelert

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Aberglaslyn Pass

This walk starts in Beddgelert, in the heart of Snowdonia, and takes three to four hours to cover around six miles. Attractions include Llyn Dinas, a beautiful lake; Cwm Bychan, with fine views; and Aberglaslyn Pass, a beautiful valley.

Gwaun Valley

The Gwaun Valley begins in Fishguard, where the namesake river runs into the sea. It is easily reached by road and footpath. For most of its 10 miles, it is within the confines of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The valley is pure rural idyll, thick with beech and hazel, ash and oak. For a short walk, you could park at Lower Town, Fishguard and walk up the wooded valley.

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