From mince pie walks to the Sugar Loaf, Ramblers Cymru and Let’s Walk Cymru groups have some tasty treats for you in this year’s Festival of Winter Walks.
With over 70 walks right across Wales between 19th December and 3rd January, there’s sure to be a walk near you.
Ramblers groups are leading everything from leisurely strolls and family walks to more challenging hikes. If you’re new to walking, you could also try a walk with a Let’s Walk Cymru group. Or if you don’t want to join a group walk, find your own winter walk with Ramblers Routes, our online library of 3,000 routes.
Here’s a selection to whet your appetite – search for a walk near you then get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of our wintery Welsh landscapes as part of Britain’s biggest walking festival.
Great Orme Mince Pie Walk
Saturday 19th December
Work up an appetite with a climb up the Great Orme for great views out to sea. Bring your own flask (and lunch), mince pies provided!
8 mile moderate walk with Vale of Clwyd Ramblers, starts from Llandudno West Shore
Family friendly walk – Llandaff Fields and Christmas in the City
Sunday 20th December
Escape the rush to get ready for Christmas with this peaceful walk perfect for stretching little legs. You’ll head through Llandaff Fields to see who can spot some holly berries, walk back along the river and pop in to Llandaff Cathedral – who has gathered around the nativity?
3 mile easy walk with Cardiff Ramblers, starts Llandaff village green
Popular Gower Beaches – a Boxing Day Walk
Saturday 26th December
Rotherslade, Langland and Caswell. There are a few ascents and descents along the route, which follows coastal, headland and inland paths that should be mud free!
6 mile moderate walk with Swansea Ramblers, starts from Bracelet Bay. Shorter 3 mile option.
Best Foot Forward in Aberafon
Tuesday 29th December
There may be a chilly sea breeze on Aberafon seafront but you’ll find a warm welcome with Let’s Walk Cymru. A gentle walk on flat, paved surfaces for around one hour, ideal for people who want to start improving their health and wellbeing through walking. Coffee and mince pies provided afterwards.
Short, easy walk with Let’s Walk Cymru, starts Mavericks Café Bar, Aberafon
Wednesday 30th December 2015
Blow away the cobwebs after Christmas with this stunning walk on the Black Mountain. Take in the spectacular views across Carmarthenshire and the Brecon Beacons before descending through a ravine past pretty waterfalls and across farmland to end your walk.
6.5 mile moderate walk with Dinefwr Ramblers, starts Brynaman Mountain Centre
Friday 1st January 2016
Start the year in the fresh air with a stroll through Hawarden Park, passing the old and new castles and exploring the estate with special permission to follow normally restricted paths. Head back through farmland with the option to stop for refreshments at the Glynne Arms.
4 mile easy walk with Deeside Ramblers, starts Tinkersdale Car Park, Hawarden
Sunday 3rd January 2016
Start the New Year with a challenge! Ease yourself into the walk with a gentle start along the River Usk before a steep climb to reach the Sugar Loaf where you'll be rewarded with fantastic views across the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. On a clear day you may be able to see the river bridges across the Bristol Channel and all the way to the Cotswolds. The walk returns through Abergavenny.
10 mile strenuous walk with Lower Wye Ramblers, starts Abergavenny