Walking in South Wales

walking_tafftrailmerthyrThe Taff Trail

The Mountain Pleasant provides the ideal choicefor the walking enthusiast. We are located on the Taff Trail which runs from Cardiff in the south to Brecon in the north.

The Taff Trail is a 55 mile marked route for walkers and cyclists. The Trail links parts of the historic transport network to form a continuous route. In Cardiff it runs from the Bay waterfront along the Taff corridor to Tongwynlais.

Largely traffic-free, the 55 mile trail passes through a variety of landscapes. There are many sites of interest and industrial heritage either adjacent or close to it.

walking-brecon-beaconsThe Brecon Beacons National Park

If you enjoy walking there are many routes you could try.

There are plenty of Easier Access routes for those with-limited mobility, including families with pushchairs and wheelchair users.

You could walk for 8 days across the National Park on the Beacons Way or spend just one day on the route.

walking-black-mountainsThe Black Mountains

The most easterly peaks in the Brecon Beacons National Park are the Black Mountains where you’ll find tiny villages and churches set in a rolling green landscape of picturesque hills and valleys.

Don’t mistake the area for the mountain range known as Black Mountain however; the Black Mountain is a spectacular wilderness environment in its own right at the westernmost point of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Black Mountains (plural) are a little less demanding for the laid-back walker.

The Black Mountains have long narrow valleys and isolated farms reminiscent of Bruce Chatwin’s novel On the Black Hill, which was based in the Crasswell area near Hay Bluff. The mountains rise above 2000ft. If you don’t want to climb the highest, Waun Fach, you can walk instead along the long, heath-covered ridges that cross the area – all of them have wonderful views.

Other great places to walk include:

The Wye Valley

Aberdulais Falls

Cwmcarn Forest