For those looking to venture across Wales in the most inspiring way possible, the Wales Way is a must. Offering three epic routes across several areas of this popular holiday destination, visitors can uncover the very best of this beautiful country by embarking on an unforgettable adventure in the most magical ways possible. Drive along the winding roads of the Snowdonia National Park, hike across the beautiful Brecon Beacons, cycle between stunning coastal towns and villages, or ride horseback along scenic sandy beaches. However you choose to traverse these wonderful routes, the Wales Way is sure to offer an experience you will never forget.
What is the Wales Way?
Contrary to how it may sound, the Wales Way consists of not one but three national routes that each lead through a different part of the country, but all offer some truly breath-taking sights ranging from gorgeous countryside to stunning coast. As well as providing the chance for both visitors and locals to discover new places, these mapped journeys also provide the chance to experience first-hand the diversity of the Welsh landscape, with rolling hills, snow-covered mountains and rugged cliffs all featuring along the way.
Additionally, the routes lend themselves to various modes of travel and can be joined at any point meaning no matter where you’re staying, whether you’re holidaying in the stunning surroundings of North Wales or are enjoying a spot of South Wales glamping, you will have access to at least one of these routes. Travel by car, bike, foot or even horseback to discover the Wales Way and the adventures that await!
What Routes does the Wales Way include?
The Wales Way is made up on three iconic routes: the Cambrian Way, the Coastal Way and the North Wales Way. Each route offers something different and will allow you to explore the very best of Wales. Below, we take a closer look at these journeys to give you an insight into what to expect:
The Cambrian Way
Leading from north to south, the Cambrian Way spans for 185 miles and winds across the mountainous centre of Wales. Consequently, if you’re a lover of spectacular mountain views and are looking to capture one of Wales’ many natural wonders, this is the route for you! Leading through two picturesque National Parks – the beautiful Brecon Beacons and stunning Snowdonia – there’s plenty to admire during the journey including towering peaks, shimmering lakes, quaint little market towns and much more. Those looking to follow the Cambrian Way can find the start of the route in the Victorian town of Llandudno and, if they wish, can follow it all the way down to the capital city of Cardiff. However, the opportunity to venture off the beaten track is always on offer, especially with the Wales Coast Path and Offa’s Dyke Path accessible along the way!
The Coastal Way
As you may have guessed, this route will take you on a journey along the beautiful Welsh coast, specifically 180 miles through the gorgeous region of Cardigan Bay. With superb sea views on one side and dramatic mountains on the other, the appeal of the Coastal Way is clear. Wind your way between golden sandy beaches, rustic fishing villages, soaring headlands and charming seaside towns, all while spending some quality time travelling with your partner, family or friends. The Coastal Way starts from Aberdaron, a popular coastal resort that’s well worth a visit during your stay. However, the route can be joined at several points throughout mid-Wales and ends at St Davids in the south, with the chance to visit some of Wales most popular hotspots including the Llyn Peninsula, Snowdonia and Pumlumon via alternative routes and byways throughout.
The North Wales Way
The shortest of the Wales Way routes, the North Wales Way follows an ancient trading route that winds along the northern coast for 75 miles. However, despite its reduced length, there’s so much to see and do with several standout points along the way. The iconic Edwardian fortresses of Beaumaris Castle and Caernarfon Castle can be seen near the start of the route and form part of the area’s UNESCO World Heritage site, a must for history lovers holidaying here. For those willing to venture a little further afield, Snowdonia can be accessed via several diversions while the Menai Strait and the beautiful island of Anglesey are also must-see locations that will make for a memorable experience while taking the North Wales Way. In between these iconic stops, you can expect to uncover hidden coves, rural villages and welcoming towns, each as charming as the next and all fantastic places to stop for refreshments.
While the Wales Way provides a set of well-mapped routes that are equally as enchanting, the opportunity to uncover new places and hidden locations is always an option for those willing to traverse the extensive variety of byways, detours and loops that lead off the beaten track. Whichever route you choose to explore during your time here, rest assured there will always be a wealth of popular attractions, epic scenery and secret locations just waiting to be discovered! As well as these iconic routes, check out our blog today to discover more of the most Instagrammable places in Wales to visit during your stay.