Coastal Hikes, Medieval Castles, and Mount Snowdon

Overview

Ancient Celtic traditions, a rich cultural heritage, and an impossibly beautiful landscape happily converge in Wales. We’ve created a fantastic hiking and cultural journey that brings you along the stunning trails of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, into the exquisite Wye Valley, and to the haunting ruins of Tintern Abbey. The Welsh are natural storytellers, and you’ll meet weavers, scholars, a Cistercian monk—even a coracle enthusiast. Our meals are wonderfully local, from delightful cheeses and fresh-picked scallops to renowned Welsh lamb. Journeying from the castle-topped ridges of the Brecon Beacons to coastal villages and the mountains of Snowdonia, you’ll enjoy overnights in historic coaching inns, a royal country home, and be welcomed by Welsh families for a home-cooked meal.

Of all the WT hiking trips I have done, this is off the charts! I was so impressed with the professionalism and warmth of our guides and the varied itinerary for hikes. We experienced coastal hikes, rain and wind, Brecon Beacon hikes amidst the farmland and grazing lands....such amazing shades of green; the castles, abbeys, mines, towns, sheep, cows, ponies, sea, canals and locks. And hiking Mt. Snowdon was the ultimate.
— Martha B. Tucson, AZ

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Wye Valley / Tintern Abbey / Brecon Beacons National Park

Hiking across the historic border into Wales, enter the Wye Valley to discover the haunting ruins of Tintern Abbey with a “white monk.” Another hike brings you to the literary mecca of Hay-on-Wye, where bookshelves line the sidewalks and are tucked into the town’s meandering stone walls.

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Days 4-6
Laugharne / Pembrokeshire Coastal Path / Solva

Visit the home of Dylan Thomas with a scholar, then head to tiny St. David’s, the spiritual center of Wales. The most dramatic stretches of the Coast Path are right outside our hotel’s door, and you’ll follow sea-cliff trails to the lovely village of Solva, savor a meal at an award-winning restaurant, and join the 1,000-year-old tradition of evensong at St. David’s Cathedral.

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Days 7-10
Snowdonia National Park / Capel Curig / Snowdon

Heading to the rugged beauty of Snowdonia National Park, we’ll hike through the lush Conwy Valley and visit the ancient village of Capel Curig, where Sir Edmund Hillary’s team trained for the 1953 Everest expedition—the village pub is filled with historic climbing mementos. We’ll summit mighty Snowdon, Britain’s highest peak, via the Victorian-era train, so you can savor the wild mountain scenery on the hike down.

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Days 11-12
Caernarfon Castle / Anglesey Island

Explore the ramparts of 13th century Caernarfon Castle, then hike on tiny LLanddwyn Island, with its church dedicated to the patron saint of Welsh lovers, and enjoy views to the mountains of Snowdonia. Depart on Day 12.

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Highlights

Highlights

Discover historic Caernarfon Castle and the ruins of Tintern Abbey
Hike the best trails of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Savor the views from the summit of Mount Snowdon
Delightful meals brimming with fresh and local produce, including Gower mussels, Welsh lamb, wine and cheese tastings
Be welcomed into local homes for a classic Welsh meal
Meet scholars, weavers, climbers, and historians

Details

Length: 12 days
Cost From: $6095  
Arrive: Cardiff, Wales
Depart: Manchester, England
Lodging: 11 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches and 3 dinners
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking
Trip Level:

10 hiking days on sometimes uneven or muddy terrain with some short steep sections, 2-6 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike)

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