A walking guidebook with 32 day routes and 2 weekend backpacking routes (the Coed Morgannwg Way and Glamorgan Ridgeway) across the valleys, ridges and coast of South Wales. This now-green landscape has superb walking opportunities in an easily accessible area. Packed with Roman, Celtic and other historical interest.
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
Every walk is enjoyable in all seasons; higher and more exposed ridges should be treated with some care on windy winter days
Swansea, Bridgend, Cardiff, Newport, Pontypridd, Pontypool
The ridge walks and those through forests require basic routefinding skills using map, compass and GPS, but none of the routes should present any technical difficulties, and many follow clear paths across farmland and alongside rivers and canals
- Must See
spectacular Iron Age forts, Roman roads and marching camps, Celtic churches, Norman castles and a wonderful industrial heritage; Coed Morgannwg Way; Caerphilly Castle at the end of the Glamorgan Ridgeway; Heritage Coast path; Blaenavon World Heritage Site