Walking in South Wales

South Wales is a paradise for walkers and our cottages make a perfect base for a walking holiday in Wales as they are central to the many attractions. There are walks from your cottage doorstep, coastal walks, mountain walks, waterfall walks, heritage trails, town walks – a wonderful variety of walks within easy reach. Highlights include:

The Plas Farm Trail (starts on cottage doorstep)

Your walking holiday starts the moment you arrive – The Plas Farm Trail starts on your cottage doorstep and includes an oak woodland, rolling farmland and hillside areas with panoramic views of Swansea Bay and the surrounding countryside.

Gower and Brecon Beacons Walking Holiday

Our holiday cottages are situated between the Gower Coast and Brecon Beacons mountain range – perfect for a walking holiday. The Gower was Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has some breathtaking scenery from dramatic cliff tops over looking beautiful bays to moors and commons scattered with ancient standing stones and hill forts. The Brecon Beacons provide a wonderful contrast – a wild, romantic and mountainous landscape with endless walking opportunities.

The Glamorgan Heritage Coast (cliffs and sand dunes)

The coast to the east of the holiday cottages boasts miles of dramatic limestone and shale striped cliffs, boulder-strewn beaches and sections of wide, white-sanded beaches that are just waiting to be explored.  Merthyr Mawr is home to the second highest sand dunes in Europe – colossal mounds of sand that are tough to climb, exhilarating to run down.  The landscape is remarkable – so reminiscent of the Sahara desert that Lawrence of Arabia was filmed there.  The Glamorgan Heritage Coast makes for a great day trip from our self catering holiday cottages.

Waterfall Country (walk behind waterfalls!)

Nowhere else in Britain is there such a richness and diversity of waterfalls within such a small area as can be found in the Vale of Neath, known as ‘Waterfall Country‘. The deep gorges and waterfalls of the rivers Mellte, Hepste and Nedd Fechan are spectacular and walking behind some of the waterfalls is a highlight for many of our guests. Booklets detailing the waterfall walks are available in our cottages.

‘Little Switzerland’ and the Richard Burton Trail (wood and Hollywood)

The Afan Valley, a narrow forested valley known locally as “Little Switzerland”, includes Afan Forest Park which is part of the 30,000 hectare Valleys Forest, the largest urban forest in Europe.  The park has many many miles of beautiful walks and nearby, the interesting Richard Burton Walking Trails – the legendary Hollywood actor was born in the area and the trails will take you in his childhood footsteps.

Wales Coastal Path (including Pembrokeshire daytrips)

Our cottages are only 7 miles from the coast (as the crow flies) and ideal for walking sections of the Wales Coastal Path which passes through some of Britains most spectacular and breathtaking scenery. Cherry pick some of the highlights – National Geographic recently voted the Pembrokeshire coast as the second best coastal destination in the world – perfect for daytrips from our cottages.

Fforest Fawr Geopark (the Sleeping Giant)

The upper Swansea Valley is one of the most beautiful gateways into Brecon Beacons National Park. It holds Geopark Status as one of the most impressive limestone landscapes in Europe. There are some great walks around Craig Y Nos Country Park and also Cribarth Mountain, sometimes referred to as the Sleeping Giant owing to its profile when seen from down-valley.

Our self catering holiday cottages are in a perfect central location for visiting all of the above attractions as part of an unforgettable walking holiday in Wales.  More detailed information on specific walks is available in our cottages. There are also a number of walking groups local to our holiday cottages who welcome visitors. Information on their schedules can be supplied on request.