WHETHER the sun is shining or rain is in the air, the Welsh countryside is always the perfect place for a getaway.
Global travel site Big Travel 7 has released its list of the best walks in Wales.
From epic coastal paths to easy family strolls to hard hilly hikes, the country has it all.
So if you’re ready to embrace the great outdoors, these are Big Travel 7’s top walks to try.
Chepstow to Tintern Abbey, Wye Valley
The Wye Valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which stretches along the Welsh-English border.
The five-mile walk from Chepstow to Tintern Abbey makes up part of the Wye Valley Walk.
En route, you encounter enchanted forests paths, climb ancient stone steps and come across some wonderful viewpoints that make perfect picnic stops.
Source of the Severn Trail, Hafren Forest, Powys
The seven-mile Source of the Severn Trail is a well-marked, well-trodden walk through the tranquil Hafren Forest.
On this walk, you’ll be in the shade of majestic pine trees and you’ll pass waterfalls and moorland on your way to the trickling source of the River Severn.
The spot is marked by a large wooden post.
Llangollen Canal Path, Llangollen
This tranquil walk along the canal path takes you from Llangollen in North Wales to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Victorian engineer, Thomas Telford finished its construction in 1805. It is made from local stone and is the tallest navigable aqueduct in the world.
Wales Coast Path
This is the most epic walking route in Wales.
The 870-mile Wales Coast Path runs from the Welsh border to Chepstow and traces the outline of the whole country.
Along the way, you’ll encounter sweeping vistas, wonderful wildlife and plenty of heritage sites. This walk showcases the best of the Welsh landscape.
Pyg Track, Snowdonia
Snowdonia is a popular spot with walkers but if you are looking for one of the quieter trails to take, follow the Pyg track that starts in the Pen-y-Pass car park.
This scenic track is an easy walk with just a few steep bits.
When you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views that take in Crib Goch and Llyn Llydaw Lake.
Llanddwyn Island Circular Walk, Anglesey
Llanddwyn Island is on the west coast of Anglesey. Here you’ll find the church of St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers.
So, what better place for a romantic, hand-in-hand stroll with your loved one. The 3.5-mile looped route begins in the Newborough Forest car park and takes you on a discovery of the island.
You have to walk along Newborough beach to reach Llanddwyn, and this is one of the best beaches in North Wales, so be sure to pack your swimsuit if you want to go for a dip.
The Cambrian Way
The Cambrian Way is a long-distance route that takes you through the wilds of Wales.
It stretches some 298 miles from Cardiff to Conwy, but, if you don’t have the time or energy to complete the whole route, just do the Cardiff section.
Following the nine-mile Cardiff stretch, you’ll wander alongside canals, through pretty walks and into wonderful woodland and forests.