Close Icon
Henrhyd Waterfall Brecon Beacons

May 2018 is National Walking Month and to celebrate this, we have been highlighting a selection of the best walking routes in some of our favourite areas. At the start of the month, we showcased a number of walking trails in the Peak District National Park and now we are focusing on the beautiful area of South Wales, looking at walks in the Brecon Beacons National Park, on the Pembrokeshire Coast and even in trails beginning in cosmopolitan Cardiff.

We have also created a printable wildlife challenge to keep little ones occupied on long trails, making walking something fun as well as healthy and educational.

Wildlife challenge checklist

Click image for full size infographic

Our Favourite Walks in South Wales



Carningli or ‘the mountain of Angels’ is an extinct volcano sporting an impressive rocky outcrop and offering those that reach the top spectacular views over Newport, the River Nevern and the coastline. Dominated by the remains of Bronze Age huts, there are plenty of signs of the hill’s history. This route takes about 2 hours and begins in the town of Newport, circling 3.5 miles to the summit of Carningli and back to Newport.

Route map for Carningli 

Cardiff – The Taff Trail

Taff Trail

The Taff Trail runs 55 miles follows the River Taff from Roald Dahl Plass on Cardiff Waterfront to the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, offering a variety of scenery from cosmopolitan Cardiff to industrial Pontypridd and finally into the spectacular scenery of the Brecon Beacons. The route has been created out of converted railway lines, former canals as well as forestry tracks, and can be traversed on foot and by bike, with a number of shorter, more manageable sections linking to the trail.

Route map for the Taff Trail

Rhossili Bay – Rhossili Headland Walk

Rhosilli Bay

Rhossili Bay has been voted Wales’ Best Beach for 2018, if that wasn’t enough to convince you to visit, what about the fact that it has been voted the 3rd Best Beach in the UK in TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards for 2018 and has been within the top 10 for the past 6 years? The beach is a popular destination for bathers but also has a gloomy history with the shifting sands and forceful tides being accountable or numerous shipwrecks over the years. The remains of the Helvetia that foundered on the beach in 1887 are still visible to this date at low tide. This walk traverses 3.5 miles, along the headland overlooking the beautiful bay, past the remains of Iron Age hill forts and towards the Worms Head, before returning along an area known as The Vile.

Route map for the Rhosilli Headland Walk 

Brecon Beacons – Henrhyd Falls and Nant Llech

Henrhyd Waterfall Brecon Beacons

This beautiful circular walk in the Breacon Beacons takes you to the highest waterfall in South Wales, Henryd Falls. Plunging from a height of 90 feet into the Graig Llech Gorge, it is no wonder that producers decided to use this spectacular waterfall as the hiding place for the Batcave in the 2012 Batman film, the Dark Knight Rises. Best viewed after a heavy downpour to make the falls look all the more fantastic, visitors can also walk behind the waterfall. The  3.5 mile walk then doubles back on itself to pass the disused watermill, Melin Llech.

Route map for Henrhyd Falls and Nant Llech

We have a wide selection of holiday cottages in the South Wales area, browse our selection or take a look at our Wales Travel Guide for more ideas on attractions, activities, things to do and places to eat or drink in South Wales.

Images courtesy of: Ceridwen; Gareth James.

Get involved in the Discussion

Sign up to receive discounts, exclusive offers, travel tips and guides.