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Walking & Running

Walking in Wales ©Ramblers Wales
Ramblers Walking in Wales © Ramblers Wales

The days begin to get longer and lighter and the temperature starts to rise. It is a good time to explore the Wales Coast Path and take a look at the wildlife along the way. Alternatively, take a walk in one of our National Parks.

During spring the leaves grow on the trees and as we near the end of spring the blossom is a delight to see. Spring begins with the snowdrops, followed by daffodils, one of our National Symbols. Bluebells can be seen during April and tulips bloom as spring draws to a close. 

Organised walks

If you prefer organised walks, the Ramblers arrange walks from short flat walks at a leisurely pace and around 3 miles to much more strenuous 17 or 20 mile walks. In May the Big Welsh Walk takes place.

The Crickhowell Walking Festival takes place from 28 February - 8 March, with  expert led walks and a variety of events.

Chepstow Annual Walking Festival takes place from 12 - 14 April, with walks from 3 - 12 miles long in the beautiful countryside of Monmouthshire and the Wye Valley.

The Talgarth Walking Festival takes place from 1 to 4 May 2015, booking essential. Explore the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Wye Valley and the Usk.Talgarth is a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town.

The Llangollen Walking Festival is a friendly festival with a variety of walks including a steam train ride, wilderness walks and History walks. The festival takes place from 2-4 May 2015 in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB and Pontcysyllte UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival takes place from 21 - 24 May 2015, with a range of free walks in a varie

It is the 20th anniversary of the Llanelli Walking Festival, which takes place from 22 to 25 May 2015. Enjoy a choice of 15 walks to suit all ages and abilities, in areas including the Brecon Beacons, Gower, UNESCO World Heritage Site at Blaenavon.

From 23 May - 7 June 2015, the Isle Of Anglesey Walking And Outdoor Festival takes place. Explore this beautiful island, with a range of events on offer.




Runs and Triathlons

For distance runners there are a number of marathons and half marathons around Wales at this time. What a great way to see Welsh landscapes!

Welsh half marathons include Anglesey Half Marathon and  Newport Half Marathon on 1 March 2015, Llanelli Half Marathon on 8 March 2015 . There's a 20k run in the Wye Valley called Offa's 'Orror in April.

The Rhayader Round The Lakes 20 Mile road race takes place on 8 March, with an option of a 5 mile and kids race too.

The Vale Of Glamorgan Coastal Ultra Challenge takes place on 11 April 2015. Complete a 30 mile linear route along the entire coast of the Vale of Glamorgan. It is suitable for both runners and fast walkers. There is also a short course option of 18.5 miles taking in the second half of the route.

The Snowdonia Half Marathon and the Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon takes place in May.

The Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival is a new event taking place on 17 May 2015, with a series of trail running events for all ages and abilities on a challenging but scenic course in the valleys, fields and woodland surrounding the Royal Welsh showground in Builth Wells, Mid Wales.


There's 870 miles of coast to explore