Walking Routes In Mid Wales
When most people think of beautiful vacation spots, they don’t think of walking about. While you may go for a walk through a famous or romantic city, or a hike through a recognised national park, walking tours are not usually at the forefront of the mind. However, there are certain regions of the world where the best way to enjoy an area is simply to walk through it. One of those regions, without a doubt, is the Mid Wales area, which not only possesses excellent walking routes, but is actually renowned for them. Here are a few words on some of the specific routes you may want to take in when you next visit this beautiful county.
Offa’s Dyke Path
A walking route full of beautiful scenery and historical significance, the Offa’s Dyke Path runs roughly 285 km from Sedbury Cliff to Prestatyn, along the England-Wales border. The name of the path comes from the belief that the dyke (which reaches up to 25 ft in height and stretches nearly 130 km) was built buy a man named Offa, who was King of Mercia in the 700s. This is a very narrow path that offers beautiful views on either side for its entire length.
Named for fifteenth century Welsh hero Owain Glyndwr, this trail (recognised as a National Trail of Wales) begins and ends near the English border, running in a horseshoe pattern throughout Wales. From the starting point at Knighton, to the end near Welshpool, the trail stretches a looping 217 km through a range of gorgeous scenery. Through rolling hills and small villages to market towns and wooded lanes, this trail offers a wonderfully diverse view of the best scenery and atmosphere that Wales has to offer.
The Beacons Way
This 100 mile walking route through the Brecon Beacons National Park offers you a chance to explore Welsh lands that are essentially untouched with the exception of people like you there to explore. It is a very open trail with several shorter routes and different options for your walking, which means this is a trail worth visiting several times if you wish to explore the entirety of the beautiful country.
From its fascinating starting point at Shropshire’s Ludlow Castle, all the way to Kington, the Mortimer Trail is a challenging walk, with several long stretches and steep climbs. However, it passes along multiple water routes, through historical countryside regions, and near beautiful scenes which makes it well worth the trip for experienced walkers. This is a very unique trail that should certainly be on your list if you wish to see all that Wales has to offer.