The Wales Way

Morfa Nefyn on the Llyn Peninsula, Wales

The Wales Way is a new family of three national routes - inspired by Visit Wales - that lead you into the heart of real Wales.

Choose from three routes through the Welsh countryside, the Coastal Way, the Cambrian Way and the North Coast Way, each taking in a different part of Wales’ stunning heritage and landscape.

Travel the west coast around Cardigan Bay between the sea and mountains, cross the spine of Wales between Cardiff and Llandudno through National Parks and big green spaces or wind past mighty castles into the island of Anglesey – tour Wales your way.

The North Wales Way (Fford Gogledd Cymru)

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1. Chester Fairoaks Club Site

Start your journey just outside of Wales at our Chester Fairoaks Club Site, a perfect base to explore the surrounding countryside and architecture. Make sure to visit the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – opened in 1805, the aqueduct carried the Llangollen canal over the Dee River valley.

2. Marli Farm CL

Continue on through the seaside resort town of Rhyl, and visit Bodelwyddan Castle & Park, a family-friendly museum set in over 200 acres of grounds where you can explore the collection of Welsh art and fine furniture in the beautiful Victorian rooms. Younger visitors can enjoy interactive galleries, trails, quizzes and hands-on activities.

3. Hafodty Farm CL

Our next stop offers a pitch on a working farm and great access to the Welsh Mountain Zoo! Take a break from the cultural heritage and experience chimp encounters, sea lion feeding and more.

Hop on the Great Orme Tramway and climb a mile high up the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve, taking in the spectacular views.

4. Cefn Farm CL

There’s plenty to see on your way to our next site, taking in the edges of Snowdonia National Park. Venture into the hills and you’ll find Aber Falls, a nice hike for those wanting to get closer to nature.

Fans of the weird and wonderful will want to visit the iconic Llanfairpwll Station. Known for its longer name, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, this boasts the longest place name in Europe, and the second longest place name in the world.

5. Gorsgoch Farm CL

Our last stop takes you to Holy Island, separated from mainland Wales by the Menai Strait. Make the crossing via the North Wales Expressway, or take the scenic route across the Menai Bridge. Once on Holy Island, be sure to visit the South Stack Lighthouse, home to thousands of seabirds and outstanding views.

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The Coastal Way (Ffordd Arfordirol)

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1. St David’s Leithyr Meadow Club Site

Start your journey in St David’s, nestled in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Before you head off, make sure to explore Whitesands Bay and St David’s Cathedral.

For a glimpse into the past, visit The Gwaun Valley – the surrounding Preseli Mountains are littered with prehistoric monuments, with Stonehenge’s bluestones being taken from these very hills – although nobody quite knows how they got to Wiltshire!

2. Gwern-y-Bwlch Club Site

Head out along the scenic stretch of west Wales coastline and be sure to stop off at the Blue Lagoon for water sports and beautiful views.

On your way through to the 13th century Cilgerran Castle, you’ll pass Castell Henllys - a group of Iron Age roundhouses built on a hill fort in 30 acres of parkland. Head on through to Aberystwyth, a town with plenty to explore, including three charming railways exploring the Rheidol Valley, Cambrian Coast and Cardigan Bay.

3. Min-y-Don Club Site

Make your journey into Snowdonia National Park, arguably the highlight of this tour. The bravest of you could tackle Mount Snowdon, or simply explore the local countryside and soaring hills. Cycle the Mawddach Trail for a scenic family ride runs for nine traffic-free miles from Dolgellau to Barmouth, past two RSPB reserves.

4. Gwythrian Farm CL

First stop on this leg is Portmeirion – built between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village, this unique coastal resort featured in the spy drama The Prisoner.

Make your way around the coast and indulge yourself in the history of Criccieth Castle, perched on a headland with a view of St George’s Channel. Towards the end of your journey lies Llŷn Peninsula AONB extending 30 miles into the Irish Sea. Sample some of the 84 mile coastal path, taking in the views of Hell’s Mouth (Porth Neigwl) and the surrounding countryside.

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The Cambrian Way (Ffordd Cambria)

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1. Tredegar House Club Site

Start your tour at our Club site set in a country house just outside of Cardiff. Make sure to take some time exploring Cardiff and all it has to offer before taking your journey into the mountains. Visit St Fagans - one of the world’s best open-air museums. Explore more than 40 original Welsh buildings, from Celtic times onwards, from chapels and farms to a pub and miners’ institute.

Before you reach Brecon Beacons National Park, visit the Royal Mint Experience, from which every single coin in your pocket, purse and piggy bank was made.

2. Brecon Beacons Club Site

Perched on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park is Penderyn Distillery which launches on St Davids’ Day 2004. Take a whisky and chocolate tour, see how the whisky is made then sample some of the products in the Tasting Bar.

From here, you can explore the full wonder of the Brecon Beacons, where on a clear night you can see the Milky Way, major constellations bright nebulas and meteor showers.

3. Gwern-Y-Bwlch Club Site

Cyclists will want to visit the Mawddach Estuary where the River Mawddach meets the sea at arguably Wales’ most spectacular estuary, carving a great sandy gouge in the mountains of Snowdonia. Follow the nine-mile traffic free route through the hills.

4. Coed-Y-Llywn Club Site

Head east from Trawsfynydd and the road sweeps past the Arenig mountains to Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake). It’s the largest natural lake in Wales, with its own unique species of fish – the Gwyniad - and is popular with windsurfers, yachters and anglers.

Adventure –seekers should visit Zip World in Blaenau Ffestiniog – an enormous slate quarry turned adventure centre, where you can try out all sorts of activities including zip safari, treetop adventures and rollercoasters!

5. Riverside Touring Park

The north of Wales offers beautiful scenery, most notably around the area of Betws-y-Coed, the traditional gateway to the mountains. Fun fact: Betws-y-Coed is the most misspelt place name in Britain (the local website found 364 different variations).

On your way through to Llandudno – an immaculate Victorian/Edwardian resort, complete with pier and promenade – visit Bodnant Gardens - one of Wales’ national treasures.

Find out more about the Cambrian Way.