North Wales offers excellent scenery with breathtaking views with lush green rolling hills. It’s a famous walking spot that also features the diverse Snowdonia National Park and the great Snowdon.
With numerous walking routes, finding the ideal walking path in North Wales can be difficult because of their diversity. But some paths are a cut above the rest and the following ten are the best in North Wales.
Betws-Y-Coed to Llyn Elsi
This 6.7km walk starts at the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed, surrounded by hills, mountains, and waterfalls. It’s among the most popular villages in Snowdonia National Park and the perfect starting place for a scenic walk.
The route to Llyn Elsi is well marked and has an ascent of slightly more than 300m. It is easy to follow and is ideal for beginners. You can start the walk from the Royal Oak Hotel then head towards St. Mary’s Church.
From the start, the trail is clearly signposted. The trek will take you about two hours. But with plenty of places to stop for a bite, photography, or take in the beautiful surroundings, it could take you longer.
Wat’s Dyke from Flint to Maes Glas
This trek follows the Wales Coastal Path from the Castle at Flint and on to Basingwerk Abbey at Greenfield/Maes Glas. This is an excellent route for lovers of history as this trek is littered with plenty to see, starting with one of Edward I’s castle at Flint as well as the earthwork of Wat’s Dyke, which predates Offa’s Dyke.
While on the walk, you will also get a chance to see Ffynnon Gwenffrewi/ St Winefred’s Well and Basingwerk Abbey.
Cadair Idris Circular Walk via Mynydd Moel
This circular walk is 8.5km long. It will take you about five hours to complete the loop with a total ascent of 907m.
The summit of Cadair Idris, also known as Pen Y Gadair, has some of the best views on the land. These stretch as far as the eye can see across the breathtaking scenery of North Wales.
There are four routes to the summit. You can choose the best one depending on your experience level. The most preferred of the four is the Minfordd Path with a slight detour at the Mynydd Moel. It creates a picturesque circular walk featuring varied terrain and a challenging climb. The weather on this walk can be unpredictable, but the spectacular views are the perfect reward for all your hard work. For many climbers, this mountain peak is easily one of their favourite in Wales.
Cadair Berwyn From Pistyll Rheadr
The Cadair Berwyn from Pistyll Rheadr is one of the most famous walking routes in North Wales. If you’re after a quiet walk with a closer brush to nature, this ticks on all the right boxes.
The 8.9km trek features the impressive Berwyn Hills, which offer stunning views, and a waterfall along the way. Because this part of Snowdonia National Park is quieter, the paths are less trodden. The 533m ascent can take you between three to four and a half hours.
This walking route allows you to appreciate nature and is the perfect escape from day to day life. At times, the ascent can be quite steep. Ensure you carry the proper care and practice extra caution. Some of the patches are also boggy.
Snowdon Via the Miner and Pyg Track
The best walks in North Wales are not complete without featuring Snowdon. It’s the highest mountain in both Wales and England, standing at an impressive 1085metres tall.
There are six different paths to the summit. Each proudly demonstrating the rugged beauty of the famous peak. The best circular route is via The Miners Track and using The Pyg Track on the descent.
This loop covers about 8 miles of distance, a 723m ascent, and will take you about six hours to complete. It starts at the Pen Y Pass car park and features challenging terrain. You have to plan your hike carefully and pack appropriately before taking on the path. The summit offers magical views. But the climb can be challenging though very rewarding.
Rhinog Fawr from Graigddu-Isaf
This is a trek that is cut out for experienced walkers only. The route is breathtaking and a fine choice when the weather allows you to take in the beauty. The route covers a total distance of 9.82km and has an ascent of 582m.
Before embarking, it’s imperative to conduct thorough research and planning because most of the routes around the Rhinog Fawr can be well hidden.
Expect a few challenging times when the terrain can get somewhat complicated. Some of the sections are subject to scrambling, and the rock tends to be damp. Bring a good pair of boots and take your time when climbing. Tackling the route slowly is safer and gives you a chance to take in the remarkable surroundings during the climb.
Expect to spend about 5 hours on this route. But owing to the impressive scenery and challenging route, you could take a longer time. If the weather permits, you can stop and have a picnic anywhere on the route.
The Llyn Dinas is a shorter and easier route with a distance of about 2.82km and an ascent of 73m. It’s an excellent route when you don’t have time and is perfect for novices.
The route is perfect for gentle family strolls with exceptional views. It’s a great way to get out and about and appreciate the beautiful surroundings that Snowdonia has to offer without putting in too much work.
At Nant Gwynant, there’s a small café called Caffe Gwynant. It’s a superb stopover where you can stop to refuel before proceeding with the stroll. The entire route should take about an hour and a half, but that depends on your pace, the number of stops, and how long you stop.
Gelert’s Grave Walk, Beddgelert
This is another easy family walk. It will take just over an hour to complete the 1.6km trek. This route is perfect if you have limited time, or you’re bringing the entire family along. The walk will take you to the village of Beddgelert along the Glaslyn River and Gelert’s Grave.
Gelert was a loyal four-legged companion of King Llewelyn the Great. Legend has it that Gelert was killed after being mistakenly thought to have killed the king’s child but was, in fact, trying to protect the baby from a wolf.
Filled with remorse for killing his faithful hound, the king buried his loyal companion here in Begggelert. It’s a great story to tell your kids as your walk past Gelert’s Grave and his bronze statue.
Loggerheads to Moel Famau
Moel Famau is known for its picturesque paths, heathlands and forests. It’s a little gem of a mountain that doesn’t get as much credit as other places. Although technically it’s not a mountain because it’s just 554 metres, it feels every bit like a mountain when you’re standing proudly on top of it.
The best route is from Loggerheads. It covers 12km in about 4 hours, with a total ascent of 422 metres. The trek takes you on a circular route covering a riverside, forest paths and a mountain. At the peak, you can see as far as Snowdonia and even Snowdon on a clear day.
Aber Falls Circular Walk
Understandably, mountain walkers have their favourites when it comes to nature. Some love the lush rolling heels, others love the expansive views from the tops of mountains, and others appreciate the power and roar of waterfalls.
If you’re the latter, you will love the family-friendly circular walk that Aber Falls has to offer. The walk takes you from Abergwyngregyn to the Rhaeadr Fawr waterfalls then back along the North Wales Path. Its q quick 6.5km that should take about three hours to complete.
The path offers an expansive range of impressive sights and the sounds of mighty waterfalls. The best time to come here is after a heavy downpour. Panoramic views of Anglesey and the Menai Strait are also visible on this walk.