Guidebook launch for Wales most challenging long-distance route

Ogwen Valley Snowdonia

A new guide book for the Cambrian Way which runs over 280 miles from Cardiff to Conwy will be launched today (Monday 5th August) in Bute Park, Cardiff.

The route is currently in the process of being waymarked by Ramblers Cymru to raise its profile and make it easier for walkers to follow.

The recommended time for completing the route in one go is around three weeks, but it can be done in sections or walkers can choose to do a part of it as a day walk.

Oliver Wicks from Ramblers Cymru who is responsible for waymarking the trail said: “The entire path is around 74,000 feet of climbing the equivalent of summiting Everest two and a half times through the middle of Wales.

“We have currently completed waymarking the route up to and including the Brecon Beacons and hope to have completed the entire route by the new year.”

Will Renwick, President of Ramblers Cymru who has walked the entire route said: “If you want to see Wales at its wildest and most beautiful this is definitely the trail to walk. I'd done a lot of walking in Wales before the Cambrian Way, but it's only now, after having completed it, that I feel I've really got to know our landscape and our country. 

“There are so many fine sections that it's hard to pick a favourite, but the stretch from Cardiff to Abergavenny really stood out to me, mainly because I was so surprised by it. I'd been expecting it to be a little built up and industrial, but it was the opposite. It was so green!"

To celebrate the launch of the book, Ramblers Cymru are coordinating celebratory walks in four locations on the path (please register for your chosen walk as numbers are limited):

  • Monday 5th August – Official launch walk in Cardiff https://cambrianwaybutepark.eventbrite.co.uk 
  • Tuesday 6th August – Brecon Beacons National Park walk https://cambrianwaybreconbeacons.eventbrite.co.uk
  • Thursday 8th August – Doethie Valley and Ty’n Cornel Hostel walk (near Tregaron) https://cambrianwaydoethievalley.eventbrite.co.uk 
  • Friday 9th August – Cadair Idris walk https://cambrianwaycadairidris.eventbrite.co.uk

To pre order a copy of the new guidebook from Cicerone Press visit: https://www.cicerone.co.uk/the-cambrian-way 

The ongoing Cambrian Way waymarking project is being funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery