13 days
Duration
British Isles
Destination
Level 3 - Moderate to Challenging
Activity

Exploring Wales on Foot - a small group tour for seniors

The Exploring Wales on Foot tour is a small group walking tour designed for mature travellers. It gives the active traveller the opportunity to explore the stunning Welsh landscapes on foot.  On this 11 night tour, we travel by coach across the length of Wales with the chance to walk up to 15 kilometres each day.  The paths selected will take you through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Our tour takes us from Betwys-y-Coed in the north to St. Davids in the south. We will travel though rolling hills, rocky mountain passes and along the magical coastline.

 

Highlights of this Welsh small group walking tour

The tour, Exploring Wales on Foot, encompasses a range of natural and cultural wonders to see and explore. Throughout the experience, we will be listening to stories of local history and culture from local guides with the chance to explore some of the hidden gems of Wales. We walk to see the limestone and dolomite cliffs at Great Orme's Head and visit the walled town of Conwy (where you can see 'The Smallest House in Great Britain').  Along the way, we'll see numerous castles, including Castell Dolbadarn and Castell Coch. There is also the opportunity to enter Carreg Cennen castle, magnificently perched on a limestone outcrop. During this small group walking tour our guides share lessons about the history, landscapes and people of Wales. Our departure point is in Manchester and from there we travel to the small town of Penrhyn Bay of the northern coast of Wales. Towards the end of the tour there is the opportunity to explore Cardiff with a guided day tour before finishing up in London. Here you are welcome to end your tour by exploring the sites of the city, such as Big Ben and St. Paul's Cathedral.

This trip is paired with Odyssey's Walking Tour of Ireland & the Lake district. Click the highlighted text to learn more about this escorted tour.

For more details, click the ‘Top 5’ or ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of this page.

Walking Ireland and the Lake district tour  tour has been offered for a number of years to the active mature walker. As a result, this is a holiday program suited to a senior couple or solo travellers who enjoy a good walk. The total number of participants in this tour will be 12 or fewer with the addition of an Odyssey program leader.

Articles published by Odyssey Traveller for Walking and Hiking tours for seniors

To help you prepare for any walking program whether with Odyssey or another company this ist if articles is intended to help you prepare for your holiday.

Articles about Wales and related to walking  published by Odyssey Traveller

The following list of articles published by odyssey Traveller for mature aged and senior travellers to maximise their knowledge and enjoyment of  Wales when visiting;

For all the articles published on Wales by Odyssey Traveller, please click through on this link to view.

External articles to assist you on your walk in  Wales

 

The following external links should assist you in planning your trip to Scotland as a tourist and a walker.

 Walk with Odyssey Traveller

Walking in Wales is only one of many walking tours offered by Odyssey Traveller, please click here to view the complete list of walking tours offered. These active tours are designed for the mature traveller to enjoy in a small group holiday and learning environment.

For more details, click the ‘Top 5’ or ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of this page.

Other Odyssey Tours:

Odyssey Traveller offers escorted small group tours for mature aged and senior travellers on more than 300 departures each year. To view the touring program click through to here.

Walk with Odyssey Traveller

The Walking in Wales small group tour is one of many hiking and walking programs regularly offered by Odyssey Traveller. These tours are designed for the active mature or senior traveller to enjoy in a small group holiday and learning environment. Click through the link to know more.

We also publish articles to give more information to our loyal and prospective clients. You can start by reading our our country spotlight on Wales.

The rest of our Wales-related articles can be found here.

For more details, click the ‘Top 5’ or ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of this page.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Walking in Wales.

Wales has an array of great attractions, ranging from the quirky (Wales is home to the steepest street in the world), to the picturesque (the town of New Quay above Cardigan Bay) and the remote (the ‘Desert of Wales‘).

However, our number one pick has to be Conwy Castle, easily one of the greatest castles to visit in Europe. Its eight huge towers are set above a network of high walls, parapets and bridges, creating a truly impressive sight. It is fantastically well preserved, and an absolute must see!

There are several ingredients for a great walk. A beautiful location is, of course, number one. Here, Wales is blessed with stunning vistas from mountains and moors to coasts and coves.

However, it can be hard to enjoy the local scenery if you are not properly equipped. This does not mean ice axes and climbing ropes, but simply a sturdy pair of proper walking boots, and an adequate amount of layers. You can read more about what to pack on a walking trip here.

Walking is the best way to appreciate the full character of a destination. You will get so much more value from travelling through a location, rather than just going to it. Walking through Wales, you will get the chance to see how nature, culture and history intersect.

At Odyssey, we take the time to ensure that all walking holidays are flexible enough to cater for walkers of all confidence and experience. If you want to read more about walking tours, and how best to prepare for them, click here.


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Overview: After we meet at the Manchester hotel, we gather with the Programme Leader for a welcome dinner.

Accommodation: Mercure Manchester Picadilly or similar

Overview: After breakfast in the hotel, we drive from Manchester to Penrhyn Bay. For our first walk, we travel 5km from Penrhyn Bay to Llandudno via North Wales Path. On the way, we see Little Orme’s Head, Llandudno Bay and Llandudno Pier.

From there, we walk 3km from Llandudno to Great Orme’s Head. We drive from Great Orme’s Head to Conwy, where you’ll see ‘The Smallest House in Great Britain’ We then walk 5km along the Coastal Path to Morfa Beach.  We drive to Betws-y-Coed where we have dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Royal Oak Hotel or similar

Overview: After breakfast, we walk 4km to the picturesque Swallow Falls along Afon Llugwy. We then walk back to Betws-y-Coed via Llyn Elsi, and see the Llyn Elsi reservoir en route.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

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Accommodation: Royal Oak Hotel or similar

Overview: After breakfast, we drive to Llanberis for an 8km circular walk around the spectacular lake, Llyn Padarn. During the walk, you will be able to see the highest mountain in Wales, Mount Snowdon. and the Dolbadarn Castle.

We then drive to Moelfre, and from there we walk 7km to Dulas via the Wales Coastal Path. Along the way, we see Liligwy Bay and Dulas Bay.

We drive to Beaumaris where we spend the night after dinner at the hotel.

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Accommodation: The Bulkeley Hotel or similar

Overview: After breakfast, we begin the day with an 8km walk to Penmon Point. We then drive to Caernarfon, where we’ll enjoy a guided city highlights tour, and entrance to Caernarfon Castle.

We then drive to Harlech, and take a 6km walk to Llandanwg. This is followed by a drive to Aberystwyth, during which we’ll be able to see Snowdonia National Park.

We have dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Belle Vue Royal Hotel or similar

Overview: After breakfast, we begin the day with a 9km walk towards Borth via the Ceredigion Coastal Path. Along the way, we’ll visit the Camera Obscura on Constitution Hill. We then drive from Borth to New Quay, and walk 6km from New Quay to Cwmtydu via a coastal path.

We drive back to Aberystwyth where we spend the night.

Accommodation: Belle Vue Royal Hotel or similar

Overview: Today, we have the first part of the day at leisure in Aberystwyth. You can take the time to visit the local sights and museums, or just take a break. Later in the day we drive from Aberystwyth to St. Davids, where we have dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: St. David’s Cross Hotel or similar

Overview: After breakfast we take a 3km morning return walk to Caerfai Beach, followed by a guided city highlights tour of St. Davids, which includes entrance to Bishop’s Palace. We then drive to St. Martin’s Haven; during the drive we’ll be able see Pembrokeshire National Park. We walk from St. Martin’s Haven to St. Anne’s Head via the Welsh Coastal Path. After visiting the Old Stables Heritage Centre, we drive back to St. David’s where we spend the night.

Accommodation: St. David’s Cross Hotel or similar

Overview: In the morning we drive from St. Davids to Llanelli. From there, we take a 7km walk to Burry Port, taking the Millennium Coastal Path. We then drive from Burry Port to Carreg Cennen, where we visit Carreg Cennen Castle, and take a 7km walk around the area with a guide. We drive to Crickhowel – where we spend the night – l via Brecon Beacons, during the drive we’ll have views of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

We have dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Dragon Inn or similar

Overview: After breakfast we drive to Storey Arms, and take an 8km return walk from Storey Arms to Pen Y Fan summit, with a local guide. We then drive from Storey Arms to Libanus, where we visit the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre. In the afternoon, we drive to Llangynidr, where we take an 8km guided walk along a canal to Talybont. We drive back to Crickhowell in the evening.

Accommodation: Dragon Inn or similar

Overview: After breakfast, we drive from Crickhowell to Cardiff, stopping on the way at Tongwynlais, where we visit Castell Coch.

Once we arrive at Cardiff, we enjoy a guided city tour, and visit the Cardiff Bay area.

In the afternoon we drive to London for our last night of the tour, here we enjoy a farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Overnight London Lodge or similar

Overview: After breakfast at the hotel, the tour comes to an end.

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Circle around from Llanberis with great views of Mt Snowdon on a clear day.
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Visit Carreg Cennen with a local guide.
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Admire the scenery around St Davids on a coastal walk.
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Walk Conway to Morfa Beach via the Coastal Path.
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Enjoy the spectacular Millennium Coastal Path

What’s included in our Tour

  • 11 nights hotel accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • Transport in comfortable and modern coach.
  • Gratuities and necessary tips.
  • Services of Tour Leader for the duration of tour.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • International airfares and departure taxes.
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls and laundry.

Exploring Wales on foot, mature travellers small group walking tours
Exploring Wales on foot, mature travellers small group walking tours
Wales coastline
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