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29 Jul 2022

5 outdoor spaces for summer walks in Wales

5 man awyr agored ar gyfer teithiau cerdded haf yng Nghymru

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This week (29th July – 5th August) is #LoveParksWeek and so, with the summer holidays beginning, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite (and most stunning) outdoor spaces across the network - perfect for a lovely summer walk.  

Whether you’re looking for a slow and easy amble with the kids, or a more strenuous hill climb, we think we’ve got you covered. 

Here are five outdoor spaces in Wales for a summer walk:  

 

Aber Falls – Snowdonia National Park 

Aber Falls, at 120 ft, is one of Snowdonia’s most impressive and dramatic waterfalls and is well worth the journey North.  

The round trip walk to Aber Falls is around 1 hour.  The route offers plenty of opportunities for picnics, with wide open spaces, making it a perfect destination for families and young children.  

The closest train station is Bangor, with buses running from Bangor to Abergwyngregyn. Plan your journey here.  

Aberfalls

Parc Bryn Bach – Tredegar  

Parc Bryn Bach, 340 acres of land set in the heart of Tredegar, is a stunning outdoor location for summer walks during the lovely Welsh weather and is also a great place to get stuck into a number of other outdoor activities.  

Some of these activities, such as paddleboarding, tiki boarding and open water swimming, take place on the large lake situated within the beautiful nature reserve.  

The reserve also hosts a café, caravan park and bunk house facilities for a longer stay.  

The quickest way to get to the park using public transport is getting the train to Rhymney station, then the bus to Parc Bryn Bach. Plan your journey here.  

Parc Bryn Bach

Cwm Idwal 

Cwm Idwal is world famous for it’s bowl-shaped mountainous range filled with crystal clear waters of Llyn Idwal.  

At a duration of three hours, this walk is more for the experienced walker, or those who want to make a day of it!  

Want to get there by bus? Snowdon Sherpa buses run from Betws y Coed and Bangor to Ogwen car park. For latest timetables please visit Gwynedd County Council. 

Cwm Idwal

St David’s Peninsula 

This part of the Pembrokeshire coast is a real haven for coastal creatures. You’d be unlucky to finish a walk here without spotting something exciting, with dolphins, porpoises, seals, puffins, razorbills and lots of other regular visitors to the area. 

The route starts at St David’s, following a glorious stretch of Pembrokeshire’s coastline, visiting tucked away coves along the way.  

There are regular buses into this area from Haverfordwest train station and Fishguard train station. Plan your journey here.  

St David's Peninsula

Henrhyd Falls – Brecon Beacons 

 Henrhyd Falls is the highest waterfall in South Wales, at 90ft tall.  

If you walk quietly along the footpath towards the waterfall, you may see a glimpse of woodlands birds such as woodpeckers, warblers and wrens. Trout are often seen trying to jump in and out of the lower waterfalls.  

The quickest way to reach the falls via public transport is by getting the train to Neath station, followed by a bus trip from Neath to Moriah Chapel, about a 10-minute walk to the falls.  

Plan your journey here. 

Henrhyd Falls

 

Enjoy your walking and stay safe!

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