Short Walks in West Wales
With walks up to 2 hours long, these are easy to fit into a spare morning or afternoon! Spread across West Wales, these walks are suitable for all ages - and legs of all sizes!
Spot red kites and buzzards soaring overhead and dolphins playing in the sea of Cardigan Bay; look for old mills, secret beaches, and of course the occasional ice cream truck!
The map shows the start points, details, and a link to a map for each walk. Use the map to zoom in and find ones in the area you're interested in.
Clarach to BorthCeredigion
Section 7; Part 2 This bit is famed for being strenuous. There are a few big ascents so be prepared! View of the Sarn Cynfelin causeway at low tide from Wallog. It is glacial moraine from the last Ice Age.
Talley Carmel Chapel (Route D)Carmarthenshire
This circle takes you to the north east of Talley and excellent views. If you turn left at Pen-yr-heol-wen, the walk can be extended to parking area near Cwm-yr-Eglwys (2miles extra). Drovers’ route goes on over hills to Caeo (3m more).
3 main walks. From Abergorlech, walk northwest and back in circle for 3.5m (2hrs). Extend further north to include Forest Garden Walk (5m and 3 hrs). Can be slippery. Alt parking at Byrgwm (west of Abergorlech) for 4mile walk over 2.5 hours. All are moderate. Views of Cothi and forest.
Aberystwyth Constitution HillCeredigion
Latlon given is for start point; not for parking. Park wherever possible in town and start the walk whichever end suits you best. The cliffs along this route are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The next third of the walk is through woodland, and the final third crosses farmland. Good paths and minor roads.
The walk combines town and country, beach and woodland. There’s a section of promenade, fields with livestock and plenty of refreshments in the town’s many pubs and cafes.
Borth to Tal-y-BontCeredigion
Level walking at the edge of the Dyfi Estuary rising over gentle hills, pasture and along woodland trails to village. Can also park at Talybont
Start at Trefin or Carreg Sampson. Rugged coast; fields and livestock, reasonably level, stiles. See Carreg Sampson Cromlech, Trwyn Llwyd quarry and Aberfelin Mill.
Kidwelly to FerrysideCarmarthenshire
This walk will take you along footpaths and quiet country roads and farmland. The village of Llansaint has places to eat.
Cwm Tydu to New QuayCeredigion
Section 3; Part 2 Amazing geology defines this part of the route: folded rock patterns in the cliffs. Birds Rock is a former coastguard lookout, so you can be sure of good views of dolphins and seabirds. A moderate walk.
Gwbert to MwntCeredigion
Section 1; Part 2. Note this section is currently diverted to an inland walk along lanes. A coastal option is in development.
Ynys Dawela ParkCarmarthenshire
West of Brynamman, the park was once a working farm and has pond and grasslands with lots of plant and animal life. Most paths surfaced/ fairly level. Steep slope and steps on eastern edge and Riverside southern boundary also steep. Can also park on Llandeilo road nr junction with Brynbach Rd, which has no public access for vehicles.
Great views on clear day or Brecon Beacons and Carmarthen Bay coast. The Burry inlet can be seen (very important for wildfowl and waders). Not too many steep bits. Paths may be muddy. Walks with different distances available.
Just to north east of Llanelli, 3 routes on map; also many trails in Troserch Wood. Park here or in Llangennech. Stiles, kissing gates and steps. Can be muddy. Walk A: 3.5m- banks of Afon Morlais, lanes, woodland tracks; B: 4.5m thru old parkland and best bits of walk A. Good views of Loughor Estuary, Gower coastline etc; C: 6.5m includes fields, old oak woods and lanes.
Ferryside – IscoedCarmarthenshire
Walk north along edge of estuary where you can see waders in winter; herons and shelducks at other times. Some gradients and short sections on minor roads. Bronze Age standing stones near Iscoed, a working farm (Iscoed Home Farm) and historic house and brick ruin further on.
Ferryside to LlansaintCarmarthenshire
One of 3 circular walks which can be linked. Add Tregoning Hill and/or Iscoed for long walk. Muddy stretches in wet weather. Good grazing land. Great views across saltmarshes on woth of Gwendraeth Estuary and Pembrey Forest and Gower.
The route takes you to the medieval church, which is in the corner of the site of a Roman Fort. Traces of the Roman Road run northwest from here. The old stone bridge at Dolauhirion is picturesque and the Towy River always a delight. You can choose to do the north or south section.
Brechfa, Bygwm WalkCarmarthenshire
A 4 mile walk through the forest opening up to give views of the Cothi Valley. The path can be muddy in wet weather but the woodland is lovely as are the views.
Most of walk is on well-defined paths and mostly gentle with a few steep sections. Paths likely to be muddy in places at all times of year. Lots of ancient woodland and old mills including National Woollen Museum. Very peaceful area.
Tresaith and AberporthCeredigion
Walk part of the coastal path and then turn inland through woodland and farmland.
To the north of the A44 (turn off at Goginan), these walks offer lovely views, hillforts, old mines. There are hills, pasture, rough moorland and forestry. Full circuit is 10 miles, but can divide into 4 and 6.
Pen Dinas and Rheidol CircularCeredigion
Links five nature reserves with woodland, riverbank and hilltop. Park at Morrisons and walk westwards on Rheidol Cycle Trail. Short diversion to the riverside walk. Pen Dinas has Iron Age hill fort and monument to Duke of Wellington. A great way to spend a few hours around the town.
Talybont Circular Spirit of the MinersCeredigion
A mixture of open field, tracks and woodland. There are fabulous views over Dyfi valley and Cadair Idris. Moderate. Park near triangular grassed area by the two pubs at Talybont, or in the lane beside the Black Lion, opposite public toilets.
An easy walk from an unspoilt village in the heart of rural Ceredigion. fields with livestock mostly.
A lovely walk around farmland, through woodland and by the river. Wet and muddy in places after periods of heavy rain.
Twm Town WalkCeredigion
This is a fairly easy walk on paths which are well marked. It crosses sheep pasture with some quiet lanes.
Starts village of Pont-rhyd-y-groes near waterwheel. Moderate with several long climbs and steep descents. Rough and muddy. Take care near gorge. Superb bridge high above gorge plus waterfall.
Start Nant Yr Arian car park. Moderate with numerous long ascents and steep downhills. Surface rough and wet in places. Fantastic views.
Summerhill / AmrothPembrokeshire
Runs west along coast as far as Wiseman’s Bridge, then inland with wooded valleys, fields and livestock. Moderate; muddy in places, 1.5m minor roads. Alternative parking at Wiseman’s Bridge. 51.715944, -4.694694
Lamphey, West Hill LanePembrokeshire
The walk is through fields with livestock; country lane, some road, muddy in places. You could start the walk in Freshwater East if preferred or just walk one way and whoever doesn’t feel like a walk can drive to the other end.
With no gradients, this is a walk across open countryside with fields and livestock. Stone stiles and steps and a short stretch of road. It makes a nice addition to a visit to Carew Castle. Three Loops: Carew Newton section 1.6m and 1 hr; Milton loop 1.7m, 1 hr.
Landshipping / CoedcanlasPembrokeshire
You can see disused pits from the coal mining era, the old quay and lagoons. Very peaceful. Walk along foreshore, through fields with livestock and on minor roads for 1.5km. Lovely views of the waterway.
Starting at Uzmaston, just south of Haverfordwest, this is a varied walk which takes you through fields, woodland and along the riverside for 2 stretches. Part of the walk is on bridleways and 2.2miles of minor roads; about one third is alongside the estuary. Some muddy stretches.
This walk consists of tidal estuary, coast path, fields and livestock, and woodland. It is moderate terrain with 1.1 minor roads. Park at Monk Haven and go west of St Ishmaels up the Gann Estuary and round. Shortcut in middle. Check tide tables for estuary walk
No dogs are allowed on the island. The cliff edge is steep in parts. Boat crossings from St Justinian near St Davids. Contact 01437 720392 St Davids Visitor Centre for boat crossing details.
St Brides / MarloesPembrokeshire
Half coast. Fairly level with fields and livestock, stiles, muddy in places. See medieval church at St Brides, a lime kiln and remains of 2 stone cottages from the 6th Century.
Half coastal on rugged cliff edge; fields and livestock inland. Start point is Pointz Castle on A487 between Solva and Newgale. OR start Solva and do short linear bit before circle commences. At low tide you can wander down to the cute little beach of Porthmynawyd.
See fabulous flowers in spring along the coast and walk cliff edge plus fields with livestock. No stiles. 2 circles either side of Porth Clais include chapel dedicated to mother of St David, St Non. Water from her eponymous well is said to have healing powers.
Penberry / TreleddydPembrokeshire
NB Access by bus only; no car park. Take Strumble Shuttle 404. Between Abereiddi and the tip of the peninsula. You can see all of west Pembrokeshire from top of Carn Penberry. The map marker shows the start of the walk NOT a parking place
Porthgain / AbereiddiPembrokeshire
Rugged coast, cliff edge, fields and livestock, steep descent to Porthgain. Interesting industrial heritage. Good food in Porthgain.
Pwll Deri / PwllcrochanPembrokeshire
Walk on edge of some of highest cliffs in Pembrokeshire about half of the way and take care when descending to Pwllcrochan beach. Good chance of seeing baby seals in late summer/early autumn. Look out for Choughs. Inland paths muddy in places, 1.4m minor roads.
Garn Fawr topPembrokeshire
This is the shortest linear route up to the top of the fort and back. It’s a rugged path up to mountain viewpoint.
Forest track, moor, livestock. Includes highest point in Pembrokeshire, Foel Cwmcerwyn.
Cwm Gwaun, Coed TregynonPembrokeshire
Walk along wooded slopes, acoss moorland and through fields with livestock; some minor roads. 5 stiles.
See Llanwnda ancient church and village. A relatively easy walk which is fairly level with steep up and down stretch at Cwm Felin; shortcut muddy in places and there may be livestock in fields; great views. 0.6m minor roads. This walk can be cut in half if wished, cutting out the coastal section.