Wales: discover hidden gems

 

Go for a Walk About and discover hidden gems.

One of the greatest joys of heading out for walk is the anticipation of what you might find on the way; a spectacular secret view, a hidden historical ruin or perfect picnic spot. Here are some of our favourite group walks in and around Wales.

 

Explore the industrial past of mid-Wales - Wednesday 30 May 2018


    Head to the hills above the quiet little village of Abergynlowyn in rural mid-Wales. The route heads along forestry tracks, passing pretty waterfalls and taking in incredible views over the nearby hills all the way to Cadair Idris and beyond. The real highlight of this walk is the old  Bryn-Eglwys slate quarry, which dates back to the early nineteenth century.  The quarry closed in 1948 but the remains of old buildings and excavations offer a fascinating glimpse of the area’s industrial history.

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    An old ice house above Michaelston-le-Pit - Thursday 31 May 2018


      Enjoy a lovely evening walk through woods and fields to visit an old ice house at White Farm above the small hamlet of Michaelston-le-Pit. The ice house is an old stone structure once used to preserve meat and other perishable items before the days of refrigerators. During winter, snow and ice would be dragged into the ice house and packed with layers of straw. Stop to take in the great views looking back across the woods towards Dinas Powys, and finish the evening at one of the three village pubs.

       

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      The legend of St Patrick - Saturday 26 May 2018


        Although St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, legend has it that he was actually from Coelbren in South Wales. This walk explores some of the natural and manmade gems of an area steeped in history, yet relatively unexplored. Visit locations where the film Pride was shot, walk down a Roman Road that St Patrick himself may have one day walked down, and stop to admire a monument to St Patrick and the pretty Henrhyd waterfall.

         

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        The Worm's Head - Thursday 31 May 2018


          Rhossili is up there with some of the world’s most beautiful coastal locations. Situated at the western tip of the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the magnificent Worm's Head seeming stands guard over Rhossili Bay. This walk climbs high above the beach to provide views of the work and surrounding areas from some of the most breath-taking viewpoints.

           

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          Views of Swansea Bay - Tuesday 29 May 2018


            This evening walk up Mynydd Dinas will treat you to a gem of a view over Swansea Bay to Somerset and beyond. The bay extends from Mumbles in the west to Kenfig in the east and from this viewpoint you’ll be able to appreciate the bay in all its glory – a great way to end the evening on a summer’s day. Following the walk there will be the chance to visit the Tyn a Twr Inn for refreshments.

             

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