TOP CHRISTMAS WALKS IN WALES

Around Dolgellau, Gwynedd

Among the many notable walks around Dolgellau are the 10-mile Mawddach Trail down the broad Mawddach estuary to the sea; a 4-mile amble from Fairbourne to Barmouth across the estuary mouth via the Barmouth Bridge railway viaduct; the Glyn Aran circular walk at 2.5 miles; and the ascent of 893m (2,930ft) Cadair Idris, one of Wales's most rewarding mountain climbs.

For more information visit www.snowdoniaguide.com/dolgellau.html or www.snowdonia-npa.gov.uk/

Llyn Peninsula

In its entirety the Lyn Peninsula is 84 miles long, stretching from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, but you can take your pick of the many glorious walks by joining the path at any point along the way. Most of the walk is coastal but in places it moves inland and on to higher ground, offering stunning views across the whole of the Peninsula.

For more information visit www.visitsnowdonia.info/path/

Moel-Y-Gest, Gwynedd

Squeezed between Snowdonia and the sea, this rocky and imposing hill overlooks Porthmadog and Tremadog Bay. But don’t be fooled by the word hill – standing 858ft above sea level it’s a hill that thinks it’s a mountain. The two summits, eastern and western, are connected by a ridge that offers spectacular coast and mountain views of its Snowdonia neighbour. A footpath to the eastern summit leaves the A497 in Porthmadog, alternatively, a circular walk of the two summits starts in Borth-y-Gest.

For more information please contact Laura Mahoney at the Sports Council for Wales on or