No one can deny, Wales has an epic landscape, especially for dog walking! From breath-taking mountain ranges to the dramatic coastline, your pooch will be positively spoilt with places to walk and sniff! So, we’ve hand-picked our favourite spots in Wales where you can stretch your pet’s four legs…
The Wales Coast Path
Four-legged friends will love following their nose along (parts of) this 870-mile coastal path! In 2012, it became the world’s first uninterrupted route along a national coast and is a fantastic way for you and your pet to experience Wales’ coastal landscape. It’s a bit much for you and Fido to walk the entire length of the path (sore paws alert) so Visit Wales have put together a selection of the best short walks for you to pick and choose from depending on whereabouts you’re staying.
Snowdonia National Park
A World Heritage Site, Snowdonia National Park is a super popular destination for hiking with furry friends in tow. Great to visit any time of the year, you can embark on gentle strolls or if your pet is an adventurer, hike up one of Snowdonia’s mountains! Visit Beddgelert, which is named after legendary hound Gelert and up the road is Llyn Cwellyn where you can enjoy outstanding views of Mount Snowdon. A portion of the park lies on the Welsh coast, so venture south where Afon Mawddach meets the sea and wander around the stunning sandy estuary.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Canine companions will think they’re in heaven whilst exploring this breath-taking part of Wales. Designated as a National Park purely for its dramatic coastline, Pembrokeshire spans over 186 miles and includes 58 beaches! The entire path will take you about 10-15 days to complete but for the regular holiday-goers, there are over 200 short walks for you and your pooch to choose from.
The largest of Wales counties, Carmarthenshire has something for all two and four-legged folk in the way of walking. With a mixture of both coastal and rural landscapes to explore, this is a walkers’ paradise. Head south to Llanelli for some fantastic seaside strolls or for a more rugged, country experience go north to Brechfa Forest.
Brecon Beacons National Park
The last of Wales’ National Parks but by no means the least. The Brecon Beacons boasts an awe-inspiring landscape of heather-clad mountains, spectacular waterfalls and a Dark Sky Reserve – a real treat for both you and Fido! Thrill seekers should climb up the park’s highest peak Pen y Fan or walk along to Henrhyd Falls, the highest waterfall in South Wales. And whatever your walking ability, when in the Brecon Beacons, you must venture along some part of The Beacons Way. This 95-mile linear walk has some of the best views and traverses mountain ranges, deep valleys, moorland and towns.
There are epic adventures everywhere you go in Wales, many tailor-made for our canine friends! For more info on woof-tastic holidays in Wales visit http://www.visitwales.com/holidays-breaks/dog-friendly-holidays.