Paths to Wellbeing

Working with communities in Wales to train volunteers to improve access to nature and local spaces.


Improving access to nature in Wales 

Ramblers Cymru’s Paths to Wellbeing project is a great example of how the Ramblers open the way for everyone to enjoy the simple pleasures of walking in nature.  The project put walking at the heart of 18 communities across Wales by giving them the tools and training to improve nature and access to walking in their local areas.  

We gave the selected communities the free tools and training needed to identify and design new walking routes and to improve existing routes. 
Together with 22 local authorities, Wildlife Trust Wales and Coed Cadw, the Woodland Trust in Wales we worked to enhance the local environment for nature to thrive with activities such as tree planting, wildflower sowing and wildlife activity days.

You can start exploring one of the 145 new walking routes that were created today.

Led by the community, for the community 

Ramblers Cymru believes that community engagement with paths and green spaces is strengthened by investing in upskilling, equipping, supporting and leading local volunteers to manage and undertake practical path and habitat maintenance and improvements. Ultimately this will connect people to the health and wellbeing benefits of nature and walking. 

We have worked with local volunteers and community members to deliver their community needs. Those taking part have gained new skills with expert support and guidance from Ramblers Cymru and our partners. 

Communities taking part 

A staggering 64 communities across Wales applied to be a part of this flagship project. 

The 18 successful communities were: 

North East Wales 

  • Clywedog Valley/Caia Park (Wrexham)  

  • Pwll Glas/Graig Fechan (Denbighshire)  

  • Llanfynydd (Flintshire) 

North West Wales 

  • Holy Island (Ynys Môn)  

  • Penmaenmawr (Conwy)  

  • Penrhyndeudraeth (Gwynedd) 

Mid Wales  

  • Llechryd (Ceredigion)  

  • Penparcau (Ceredigion)  

  • Llanwrthwl and Rhayader (Powys)  

South East Wales  

  • Grosmont (Monmouthshire)  

  • Maindee (Newport)    

  • Six Bells (Abertillery)  

South West Wales 

  • Brynberian (Pembrokeshire)  

  • Llanybydder (Carmarthenshire)  

  • Ystalyfera (Swansea) 

South Central Wales  

  • Creigiau, Pentyrch and Gwaelod-y-Garth  (Cardiff)  

  • Treherbert (Rhondda Cynon Taf)  

  • Coity Higher (Bridgend) 

Find out more 

You can now visit the Paths to Wellbeing microsite to find out more information, see the routes and download the maps.

If you have any further questions, please contact us on

This project received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.