The National Trails
The National Trails provide one of the best
ways of immersing yourself in the Welsh countryside.
The numerous sites and monuments offer fantastic natural
heriatage, great people, and the nation's
heritage alive and kicking. Introduce yourself to the
There are three National Trails in Wales, all of them
- Glyndŵr’s Way in mid-Wales
- Offa’s Dyke Path along the Welsh-English border
- Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Who manages them?
All three National Trails are developed, maintained and funded
by a partnership between the Countryside Council for Wales and the
local authorities through which they pass.
Natural England also helps fund those parts of the Offa’s Dyke
Path that are in England.
Each trail has a dedicated Officer, co-ordinating a team of
people who look after the trail - keeping paths, gates, stiles
and signs in the best condition.
How to get on the trails
Key points along the National Trails are within easy reach of
buses and trains and essential services at towns and villages. You
can follow the trails path through the landscape with our
interactive countryside access map.
Where to begin?
An acorn symbol is used to guide travellers along all the trails
-outlining either challenging long-distance hikes or a series
of shorter and easier walks, from a few hours to a full day.
Outdoor Wales onLine
You can view National Trails and shorter routes linking to
National Trails on the Outdoor Wales onLine maps by:
- entering a place name or a post code into the website's search
- searching within a given distance of a specific location;
- manually zooming in to a specific area on the map;
- searching by actual name.
The site links to codes of conduct about how to enjoy the
outdoors safely and responsibly in a way that won’t damage the
environment and ensures respect for other users.
There’s an excellent set of official guides for the National
Trails, written by experts and full of good advice, useful
background information and full colour maps.
The guidebooks are usually presented in sections, so
you can easily read up on day trips, weekends away
or longer breaks.