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Top 10 legendary walks in Wales

Top 10 legendary walks in Wales

Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia
Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia


National Trust Wales – a conservation charity which protects buildings, monuments, remains and green spaces, has embraced Wales’ Year of Legends and compiled a list of 10 legendary walks that uncover the heritage, history and beauty around the country.


From dragons to fairies, Princes to Hollywood heroes there is something to discover for everyone. Below you will see a brief summary of each walk to which you can link to them individually.  

Beddgelert, Snowdonia  - walk along the River Glaslyn and visit the grave of Gelert, the faithful hound of Prince Llwelyn


Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia - dramatic mountains and views whilst discovering about the 12th century prince and his son, and the resting place of King Arthur’s sword

Cwm Llwch, Brecon Beacons - an imaginary island inhabited by fairies and a lost boy are the stories behind the visit to Cwm Llwch lake. 


Dinas Emrys, Snowdonia - discover the mountain home of the dragon featured on the Welsh flag, where at the summit you will see countryside, black cattle and waterfalls

Dinas Oleu, Barmouth - walk on the first plot of land donated to the Trust in 1895. From Barmouth town centre to the old town and up to Dinas Oleu hill giving way to views over Mawddach Estuary and Cardigan Bay. 


Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire  - see the rare white cattle which date back to the year 920. The remains of Dinefwr castle are also featured on this 3 mile walk

Henrhyd Falls, Brecon Beacons – this was home to Batman when the 90 foot waterfall became The Batcave in the Hollywood film The Dark Knight Rises.  

Skirrid, Monmouthshire - known as the Holy Mountain or Sacred Hill. Legend has it that part of the mountain broke when Jesus was crucified. A woodland walk opens to mountains where a climb to the summit gives spectacular views 


St David's Head, Pembrokeshire  - explore the coastal headland and Wales’ smallest city to learn about its ancestry and our Patron Saint.


Worm's Head, Gower - two and a half hour low tide gives the opportunity of walking to the island named from the Norse word ‘Wurm’ translated as the serpent or dragon. Beautiful coastal view of Rhossili Bay can also be captured. 

More details of the walks can be found at the National Trust’s website. You can also follow them on their social media pages including Facebook and Twitter.


Walking Wales

Year of Legends 


Published 23 January 2017

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