If you’re looking for a weekend break that gives you the chance to take in some fantastic scenery in addition to getting some exercise and fresh air, there are few better places to go than Wales.
The country contains walking paths suitable for people of all ages and varying levels of fitness, so you can be sure that there will be something for you and your fellow travellers.
One place you may wish to head to is the coastal village of Llangrannog. By setting off from this popular tourist resort, heading to the island Ynys-Lochtyn, walking along the Cardigan Heritage Coast Path and back to Llangranog, you may be able to see some fantastic wildlife.
Keep an eye on the skies above, as there is a range of wildlife including choughs. However, it is likely to be the prospect of glimpsing dolphins swimming in the sea that really piques your interest.
This trek is about 2.7 miles long and as it can be completed in just over an hour, it should be manageable for most people.
However, if you want something a little more challenging head to Snowdonia. A selection of walking paths can be found in the national park, including a circular trek of the Arthog area. This walk takes around six hours to complete from start to finish and spans for nine miles.
There are some steep sections – as well as slippery areas – to negotiate, so it may not be suitable if you consider yourself as unfit. If you do feel physically strong enough to go on the walk make sure that you wear a pair of sturdy shoes.
During the course of your walk you will be afforded a range of fantastic sights, including Ty’n y Coed slate quarry and the Arthog River. In addition, you can see the Cader Idris mountain. According to local legend, anyone who sleeps on the mountain either wakes up a madman or a poet.
Elsewhere in the national park you can go on the Craig y Fron to Y Bala walk. At three miles long, this is more suitable to people with low fitness levels and inexperienced hikers than Arthog.
Starting with a steady climb, before levelling off to a gradual descent, this can be a great place to take your dog for a walk. However, you should make sure that it is kept on its lead at all times.
But Snowdonia is by no means the only national park in Wales that offers some great opportunities to go walking. Indeed, there are more than 200 routes to choose from so there is plenty of choice.
One path you may want to consider is Llanychaer. This route can be completed in less than two hours and will see you walk along the Gwaun Valley.
Make sure you stop by the churchyard that can be spotted during the trek. Here you can see the Crucifixion Stone, a mysterious monument that is said to be more than 1,200 years old.
Walking along Llanychaer can be a great activity at any time of year, but you may find it particular comes alive during the spring. Not only is the valley awash with bluebells, but you can also hear fantastic birdsong.
You could always decide to take on Foel Eryr. Although this route is mostly easy to moderate to walk along – making it suitable for the majority of people – you should be aware that there is one steep part that can be wet and muddy.
Going on this 4.8-mile walk encompasses a wide variety of natural landscape, ranging from mountains to moorlands, and gives you the opportunity to see kestrels and other birds.
Among the other sights you should keep an eye out for is a Bronze Age burial cairn.
Wales offers so many fantastic walking opportunities you may find yourself going on holidays to the country for many years to come.