Ancient Celtic traditions, a deep cultural heritage, and a gorgeous landscape happily converge in Wales. We’ve created a fantastic hiking journey into the verdant Wye Valley, along the wild sandstone bluffs of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, and to craggy Mt. Snowdon, the highest peak in the British Isles. As we explore from the castle-topped ridges of the Brecon Beacons to the mountains of Snowdonia, we’ll hear the unique Welsh language, one of Europe’s oldest living tongues, meet local scholars, and enjoy wonderful meals bursting with local flavor and tradition. Overnights are in historic coaching inns and a country house nestled between rugged mountains and the Irish Sea.
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
Wye Valley / Tintern Abbey / Brecon Beacons National Park
A hike across the Anglo-Welsh border brings us to the tranquil Wye Valley, where the River Wye reveals castles around every bend. This beautiful valley has been a source of inspiration to many artists and writers, Wordsworth and Coleridge among them. Our hike ends at the ruins of magnificent 12th century Tintern Abbey, where a historian leads us through the haunting halls. Another hike brings us to the delightful booklover’s mecca of Hay-on-Wye, nestled in the Black Mountains. We’ll be sure to stop in for a local craft beer or afternoon cream tea.
Laugharne / Pembrokeshire Coastal Path
At Laugharne, we visit the home of the poet Dylan Thomas with a farmer-turned-scholar as our guide, and from St. David’s at the westernmost tip of Wales, our trails lead along the dramatic Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and across the cliff tops as we keep watch for seals basking on the rocks below.
Snowdonia National Park / Capel Curig / Snowdon / Caernarfon Castle
In Snowdonia National Park, we hike from Capel Curig to the lush Conwy Valley, where Sir Edmund Hillary’s team trained for the 1953 Everest Expedition. At mighty Snowdon (3,560'), with its wild cirques and glacier-carved tarns, a classic rail car brings us to the summit, and we enjoy Snowdon’s breathtaking scenery on our hike down. After exploring 13th century Caernarfon Castle, our final hike begins on a beach on the Isle of Anglesey (a honeymoon walking spot for Prince William and Kate) and ends at tiny Llanddwyn Island, home to the ruins of a 13th century church dedicated to the patron saint of Welsh lovers. Depart on Day 9.