Green Walks in Wales South / De Cymru

This region comprises Wales to the south of the railway line between Machynlleth and Middletown (which is situated between Welshpool and Shrewsbury stations).

Neighbouring regions are

Note also some of the most convenient hubs for multi-day walking on different routes.


Llwybr Clawdd Offa
Offa’s Dyke Path

Length >60km
Max transport gap >20km

A walk of 286km between Chepstow and Prestatyn.

Image: Devil’s Pulpit, looking towards Tintern Abbey

Llwybr Cribffordd Morgannwg
Glamorgan Ridgeway Trail

Length <60km
Max transport gap <20km

A 43km route between Margam and Caerphilly.

Llwybr Dyffryn Gwy
Wye Valley Walk

Length >60km
Max transport gap >20km

A 223km walk between Rhyd-y-benwch, near the source of the river, and Chepstow, where it empties into the Severn.

Llwybr Hafren
Severn Way

Length >60km
Max transport gap > 30km

A 338km walk between the river’s source on Pumlumon Fawr and the upper boundary of the Bristol Channel at Severn Beach.

Heart of Wales Line Trail
Llwybr Rheilffordd Calon Cymru

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A 235km walk between Craven Arms and Llanelli.

Llwybr Taf
Taff Trail

Length >60km
Max transport gap > 30km

A walk of 88km between Brecon and Cardiff.

Taith Gerdded Glan yr Afon Rhymni
Rhymney Valley Riverside Walk

Length <60km
Max transport gap <20km

A 55km walk between Bute Town (at the head of the valley) and Cardiff.

Taith Gerdded Rhodfa Cwm Rhymni
Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk

Length <60km
Max transport gap <20km

A 45km walk around the Rhymney basin.

Taith Gerdded Sirhywi
Sirhowy Valley Walk

Length <60km
Max transport gap <20km

A 42km walk along and above the Sirhowy Valley between Tredegar and Tredegar House, just to the west of Newport.


Some places lend themselves to being hubs, where you may pitch up for a few days’ car-free walking, fanning out on a different route (or part of a route) each day. The hub becomes a walking-place for recreation at walking pace. Hubs in this area include

AberystwythAberystwyth has good transport links along the coast and inland to the south, and through mid-Wales.
BreconBrecon is a handy hub for the Beacons, and there are links to the hills to the north, and towards Hereford.
CardiffCardiff is a prime hub, with transport links radiating east and west, and through the valleys to the north. Some walks in the Forest of Dean and in the Bristol area are also accessible.
CarmarthenCarmarthen has good links with the coast around it and with the inland corridors.
Hay-on-WyeHay is a good local hub, serving days out on Offa’s Dyke Path and the Wye Valley Walk, as well as local forays into the north-eastern corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the hinterland to the north.
LlandrindodLlandrindod is the fulcrum of the Heart of Wales Line, and has other links into mid-Wales.
LlanelliLlanelli, at the southern end of the Heart of Wales Line, also serves coast and country between Carmarthen and Port Talbot.
MachynllethA town on the hinge of North and South Wales, Machynlleth is a hub for the coast in both directions, and into the south of Snowdonia.
NewportNewport is the natural hub for the eastern Valleys and the lower Wye Valley. The Forest of Dean and the Bristol area are also accessible.
SwanseaThe Gower Peninsula is very local, and the railway offers the coast in the same way that is does from the Llanelli hub. The western Valleys are also accessible.

Guided and group walks

Saturday Walking Club

This online-driven group has been well established in the London area for some years, but the reach of their walks goes far beyond the M25. Their walks are all free (the word “club” may be a bit misleading) and there are walks on other days of the week. You may download a route from their extensive catalogue to enable you to walk on your own — you are expected to carry your own copy of the route-map if you join a group walk.

Image: Sheffield Park

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