What to expect

Wales has 622 trails including medium, difficult, easy, and extra difficult trails. The trail with the highest elevation climb is the Newport Parrog to Iron Bridge and the one with the least climb is the Welsh 3000s Ultra Route. The longest trail is Wales Coast Path at 1400 km. To complete this hike you should budget at least 74 days. For a shorter adventure, you can try the Porthgain Brickworks a t 1.12 km. This could be done in as little as 1 days. Trails with the best offering of hostels include Crimpiau and Creigiau Gleision from Llyn Crafnant, Coast from Borth to Aberystwyth, Moel Siabod Circuit from Plas y Brenin - Capel Curig, Ruabon Mountain and The Limestone Edges of Llangollen, and Llandrindod Wells - Heritage Trail.

Guide to hiking in Wales

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FAQs about hiking in Wales

What is the climate like for hiking in Wales?

In Wales, winter (December-February) presents colder, wetter conditions and fewer daylight hours, making hiking challenging. The mild spring (March-May) is a fine season for hiking with longer daylight and blossoming landscapes. Summer (June-August) offers the best conditions, while autumn (September-November) offers vibrant foliage. Find weather information here.

Do I need a permit to hike in Wales?

In Wales, public paths and rights of way typically don't require permits for hiking. For access to private lands or protected areas, contact the local authority or Natural Resources Wales. Obtain permits for national parks through their individual websites, like Snowdonia National Park.

Is wild camping allowed in Wales?

Wild camping in Wales is technically illegal without landowner's permission, but is often tolerated in higher fell areas if practiced responsibly. Be discreet, leave no trace, and camp only for a night. Check guidelines from the UK's Countryside Code.

Are there mountain rescue services in Wales?

In case of hiking emergencies in Wales, contact the local Mountain Rescue team via the UK emergency number, 999, then ask for 'Police', then 'Mountain Rescue'. The Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) is the overarching organisation for local teams.

Are there dangerous plants in Wales?

While hiking in Wales, you'll encounter a variety of flora. The countryside blooms with heather, gorse, and bluebells, while the woodlands host a variety of mosses, lichens, and ferns. In Snowdonia, rare plants like the Snowdon lily are a treat. More information at Plantlife.

What wildlife should I be aware of when hiking in Wales?

In Wales, hikers may spot red kites, Welsh mountain ponies, and otters. Watch out for midges and ticks in warmer months, and take precautions against Lyme disease. Keep an eye on the skies for peregrine falcons in mountainous areas. For more information, visit RSPB.