TOP CHRISTMAS WALKS IN WALES

Berwyn Hills

Sitting in the northeast of Wales, the Berwyn Hills have something for everyone. With high level moorland offering spectacular views across Snowdonia, waymarked woodland trails through the valleys and a waterfall higher than Niagra, a walk through the hills is well worth the effort. You can either follow the Offa’s Dyke Path, use the forestry centre as a walking base or take the route straight thorugh Berwyn Hills.

For more information, please visit www.walking.visitwales.com and follow the links to the Berwyns.

Isle of Anglesey Coast

There’s no shortage of things to look at along the 125 mile coastal path – 95% of the route has been classified an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether you’re in the market for a leisurely stroll or an energetic trek, the path caters for all. Highlights include Holyhead mountain, Menai Suspension Bridge and Cemlyn Nature Reserve. Not only a perfect walking route, the rocky cliffs, quiet sheltered coves and open wetlands make it a birdwatchers' paradise.

For more information, please visit www.walking.visitwales.com and follow the links to the Isle of Anglesey Coast.

Glyndwr's Way, Powys

By far the best way to explore the uncrowded beauties of central Wales's wild uplands is along the 132-mile Glyndwr's Way, which can be easily broken up into a series of day trips.

The National Trail has been developed primarily for walkers. It begins at Knighton on the English border and leads through the town of Machynlleth, finishing by the Montgomeryshire Canal in Welshpool. There are spectacular views over Cadair Idris, Lake Vyrnwy, the Cambrian Mountains and Y Golfa.

In winter, mid Wales under a cover of snow is a spectacular sight, but be wary of the changeable Welsh climate and limited daylight hours in winter.

For more information visit www.nationaltrail.co.uk/GlyndwrsWay/