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

Exploring Wales on foot, mature travellers small group walking tours

The Exploring Wales on foot, mature travellers small group walking tours is designed to allow the active traveller the chance to explore the Welsh landscapes by foot.  On this 11 night tour, we travel by coach across the length of Wales. We'll have the chance to walk for up to 15 kilometres each day.  The paths selected 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 mountain passes and along coastal trails.

Highlights of this Welsh walking small group walking tour

The tour Exploring Wales on foot, mature travellers small group walking tours includes 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. 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 Walking Through Wales small group tour our guides share lessons about the history, landscapes and people of Wales.

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.

Travel tips and articles of Interest

For Odyssey Travellers articles that maybe of interest are often published  on this website to assist you with your tour planning. For the Walking tour of Wales these articles on Clothing & Footwear, or suggestions on Packing or this two part article on travel tips part one and travel tips part two. Plus these two pieces on the walking tours for seniors  and taking a small group educational tour may also be useful. Also, we recommend that, before embarking on a walking holiday with Odyssey, you read our article about preparing for a walking holiday or tour.

 


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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

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.

What’s included in our Tour

  • Gratuities and necessary tips.
  • 11 nights hotel accommodation
  • 12 breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • Transport in comfortable and modern coach.
  • 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
Wales
Barmouth, Wales, UK

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