Walking in North West Wales

Go Walking In North West Wales

Why go Walking in North West Wales ?


Embracing Nature’s Majesty:

North West Wales stands as a pristine canvas of natural beauty, beckoning avid walkers to explore its diverse landscapes. The region boasts a harmonious blend of rugged mountains, serene lakes, and enchanting coastlines, providing an idyllic setting for those seeking to reconnect with nature.

Majestic Mountains and Peaks:

At the heart of this walker’s paradise lies Snowdonia National Park, home to the highest peak in Wales, Mount Snowdon. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a casual stroller, the park offers a plethora of trails catering to all skill levels. Ascending Snowdon rewards adventurers with panoramic views that extend to the Irish Sea, making it a must-visit destination for anyone with a love for the great outdoors. For more information see our Snowdon Walks page.

Tranquil Coastal Strolls:

The allure of North West Wales extends beyond its mountains. Coastal walks along the Llŷn Peninsula present a tranquil escape, where the sound of waves and the salty sea breeze accompany your journey. Explore hidden coves, golden beaches, and charming seaside villages, each step unveiling a new facet of the region’s coastal charm.

Diverse Trail Experiences:

Whether you’re an intrepid mountain trekker or a leisurely stroller, North West Wales caters to a spectrum of walking preferences. From the challenging trails of Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park to the meandering paths of the Mawddach Trail, the region’s diverse trail network ensures that every walker finds a route suited to their pace and desired level of adventure.

Rich History and Culture Along the Way:

Walking in North West Wales is not just about the physical journey; it’s a cultural and historical exploration. Encounter medieval castles like Conwy Castle, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, or stroll through the meticulously curated Bodnant Garden. The region’s history becomes an integral part of your walking experience, enriching your journey with tales of times gone by.

Unearth Hidden Gems:

While traversing the picturesque landscapes, walkers have the opportunity to discover hidden gems like the Fairy Glen in the Conwy Valley. This enchanting location, with its cascading waterfalls and lush surroundings, adds a touch of magic to your walking adventure, inviting you to pause and appreciate the wonders of the natural world.


Walking in North West Wales is a soul-stirring experience that transcends the physical act of putting one foot in front of the other. It’s a journey through nature’s masterpiece, where mountains, coasts, and historical treasures converge to create an immersive and rejuvenating outdoor experience. Whether you seek a challenging mountain ascent or a leisurely coastal stroll, North West Wales invites you to step into a realm where each stride is a step closer to the soul of the land.

12 health benefits of walking in North West Wales

In one wonderful day of walking in North West Wales you will enjoy all these health benefits:

1. Improved overall wellbeing: being outside and getting exercise gives you fresh air, helps you lose weight, and reduces stress. Imagine drawing on these benefits not just for 30 minutes but for a few hours or more

2. Reduced risk of heart disease: You can reduce high blood pressure and improve cholesterol through regular exercise – walking is shown to raise high-density lipoprotein, a good cholesterol

3. Control Type 2 diabetes: Hiking is a great way to control the amount of insulin a diabetic needs, helping muscles absorb blood sugar. Note, it’s not a permanent fix

4. Combat fatigue: Hectic lives leave us feeling drained, but it’s not a good tiredness. Like any exercise, hiking will give you an energy boost (even a 15-minute walk is shown to do this). Yes, you will feel physically tired at the end, but over time you feel less fatigued more generally

5. Increased bone density: Working your joints will help strengthen them, while being outdoors will give you healthy doses of bone-building Vitamin D from the sun

6. Increased cardio fitness: Again, like any regular exercise, the more you do, the easier it becomes. If walking up a hill leaves you out of breath now, getting into hiking will make that hill easier to climb as times goes on

7. Tackle osteoporosis and arthritis: moving improves circulation, pushing oxygen through the joints and helping to remove inflammation

8. Control your weight: One of the most obvious (and desirable!) benefits, just one hour of hiking can help you burn off 500 calories

9. Reduced anxiety and stress: Another big benefit, hiking will release natural endorphins that will help lift your mood. Your surroundings, too, will often inspire and lift your spirits – it’s why people head for the sea and mountains

10. Get a better night’s sleep: Tiredness from exercise and a cleansing of the mind during your hike will help you get some of the best nights’ sleep you’ve ever had!

11. Feel happier and better about yourself: Research has shown that giving yourself plenty of ‘me time’ and taking a break from technology improves creative reasoning by 50%, so your mind is refreshed as well as your body

12. Improve bonds with friends and family: Hiking with family and friends is a great way to spend time together. You are challenged yet work together; plus, it’s something to look forward to!

Our Favourite North Wales Walks so far!

Trawsfynydd Reservoir


An easy walk around Llyn Trawsfynydd reservoir near the village of Trawsfynydd, just over 8 miles in total. The walk is on tracks and paths with a section of lanes and a little bit a pavement on the way back. A lovely walk with stunning views and the interesting old nuclear power station that looked like a Soviet building of the 70s.


Trawsfynydd Reservoir
Trawsfynydd Reservoir
Trawsfynydd Reservoir

Criccieth to LLanystumdy Circular Walk

This is our favourite North Wales Coastal Path walk and is right on our doorstep. 

Starting along the coastal path past Marine Terrace towards Pwllheli and then looping inland towards the village of LLanystumdwy which is famous for the grave of the British prime minister David Lloyd George.

Here you head along the river Dwyfor Which is absolutely stunning and a playground for the dogs before heading out back in towards Criccieth

For more info see Criccieth to Llanystumdwy circular – Ramblers

Criccieth & Llanstumdwy Circular Walk (walkingbritain.co.uk)

Criccieth to Llanystumdwy circular
Criccieth to Llanystumdwy circular
Criccieth to Llanystumdwy circular
Criccieth to Llanystumdwy circular
Criccieth to Llanystumdwy circular
Criccieth to Llanystumdwy circular

Swallow Falls from Betws y Coed

Starting in the centre of Betws y Coed this walk is picturesque along the river- there are parts where you are required to walk along the roadside.

Easy Walks in Snowdonia – Rhaeadr Ewynnol – Swallow Falls from Betws y Coed | Walking In Eryri Snowdonia | Walk up Yr Wyddfa Snowdon (walkupsnowdon.co.uk)

Swallow Falls from Betws y Coed
Swallow Falls from Betws y Coed
Swallow Falls from Betws y Coed
Swallow Falls from Betws y Coed
Swallow Falls from Betws y Coed
Swallow Falls from Betws y Coed

Criccieth to Portmadog via Black Rock Sands and Borth Y Gest

We love this walk! Head towards Dylans and follow the coastal path alongside the train track towards Black Rock. Then walk across Black Rocksands and follow the coastal path to Borth Y Gest and through to Portmadog.

There are pretty coves along the way and a good view of the Porthmadog gold club. 

Borth Y Gest is very pretty a lovely place to stop for lunch or a cuppa!

This is quite a long walk but there is the option to return to Criccieth via bus or train.

See the route here!

Coast Path Criccieth to Porthmadog – Ramblers

Criccieth to Black Rock Sands Walk
Black Rock Sands
Criccieth to Black Rock Sands Walk
Criccieth to Black Rock Sands Walk
Borth y gest