Refreshingly green after its post-industrial makeover, and with superb walking opportunities at every turn, the South Wales Valleys offer great variety crammed in a compact, easily accessible area.
This is an intricate, layered landscape in which successive generations have left their imprint without obliterating the traces of their ancestors. Walks visit Iron Age forts, Celtic churches and Norman castles and often follow the ancient tracks, Roman roads and old packhorse trails that cross the region and are still in use to this day.
There are expansive and uplifting views to be had everywhere, with the broad sweep of the Brecon Beacons to the north and the Severn estuary and Devon hills to the south.
This guide offers a selection of contrasting routes across the region through valleys, over ridges and along the coastline, to delight any walker.
30 day routes and 2 backpacking routes suitable for a leisurely weekend
full of points of historical and geological interest and rich in wildlife
illustrated with OS map extracts