08 May The 25 Best Walks in North Wales
Thanks to its varied natural landscapes, there’s an incredible range of breathtaking walks around North Wales! From dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches, to picturesque towns, to green forests and mountains, you’ll be able to discover unique sceneries whilst taking in pure fresh air and re-establishing an energising connection with nature.
This part of the country truly has something for everyone, whether you’re after a quiet walk with the family or a challenging adventure with your bravest friends. But too many options make it hard to choose, right?
Don’t worry: we’ve listed the very best walks in North Wales and divided them by category to help you plan your next day out. Here’s a little overview, but you can click on the section titles to find out what makes each of these walks unique.
Our Guide to the 25 Best Walks in North Wales
Sometimes it’s exciting to spend a few hours walking to a different place, but we can’t deny that it can be much more practical to be able to walk in a loop in order to go back to your car. Because of its mountains and coasts, North Wales is the perfect place to follow some handy circular paths.
We’ve picked a varied section of walks that start and end in the same place, some including rivers and lakes like the Aberglaslyn Pass, some taking place on the mountains (Moel Hebog or Moel Llyfnant), and some others rewarding you with stunning views of the sea, such as the Little Orme and the Talacre beach walk. Enjoy!
Oh, we do like to be beside the North Wales seaside! With over 370 miles of coastline, this area is a heaven on earth for lovers of sand, pebble beaches and high cliffs. A coastal walk in this area can take many forms: you can make the most of maritime towns like Llandudno to enjoy their promenade and slightly out-of-town paradises like the Great Orme, or walk from one seaside resort to the next one by crossing some peaceful sandy beaches.
With interesting landmarks such as the South Stack lighthouse, Telford’s architectural masterpieces and one of the top ten beach pubs in the world, you can also combine those beautiful coastal views with a few interesting cultural stops and some well-deserved refreshment breaks.
North Wales is basically a giant playground for mountain lovers! Snowdonia, with its 800 miles of hills and mountains, is the jewel in the crown of Welsh natural parks, and there are so many summits and valleys that you can discover. We’ve included some challenging hikes like the off-the-beaten-track adventure to reach the High Carneddau area and the long walk to a Bronze Age circle of stones, but there are plenty of family-friendly mountain walks, too.
Whether you’d like to reach the summit of Mount Snowdon, travel back in time by entering a valley carved by glaciers or circle a mountain lake that is believed to hide Excalibur, we’ve got your next day out sorted. Now, is your backpack ready?
The 5 best family walks
Sure, North Wales is famous for its challenging terrains and adrenalinic sports, but it’s also ideal for a quiet day out with the family! Whether you prefer the beach, mountains or walks around little towns, there are so many paths that you can enjoy with your little ones, too.
From the Victorian promenade in Llandudno, to the green-immersed walk from Rhyd Ddu to Beddgerlert, to the Mawddach Trail along a stunning estuary, you have plenty of opportunities to connect with your loved ones whilst enjoying a relaxing walk in a peaceful scenery. Or you can choose a walk that includes a specific landmark in order to keep your kids motivated, such as the caves outside Bala or the 120-feet-high Aber Falls!
It doesn’t matter where you are or what you have planned: bringing a dog will automatically make any adventure better! With its uncontaminated great outdoors and countless dog-friendly paths, North Wales is ideal to live a little adventure with your faithful pet.
Are you after a hike in the forest at Nant Mill Wood, full of opportunities for your dog to splash into the shallow stream? A walk around a lake, like Llyn Elsi near Betws-y-Coed or Llyn Padarn in Llanberis? You could also enjoy the relaxing sight of the Rhaeadr Ddu waterfalls or a quiet stroll along the towpath in Llangollen.
As you’ve probably realised by now, there’s an astonishing variety of landscapes and places to walk in North Wales, with lots of hidden gems and interesting landmarks to discover on the way. You can enjoy quiet strolls with the family, the most challenging North Wales hikes or something in between. Either way, we’re sure of one thing: you’ll have a fantastic time and make the best memories! And take lots of stunning pictures too, of course.