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The Best Walks in Mid Wales

Updated: Feb 15, 2023

(According to Hush Hush Glamping, anyway! )

The region is jam-packed full of wonderful walking opportunities, boasting a plethora of walking routes to suit all ages and abilities. The countryside varies from open moorland to ancient woodland to tranquil rivers; providing the ideal landscape for walking or hiking.

Nestled beneath the majestic Radnor Forest, offering incredible views of the Radnor Valley, Black Mountains and beyond; Hush Hush Glamping provides the perfect base to explore our top 5 recommended walking destinations in Mid Wales as below…

Hop in the car and drive just 45 minutes to reach the Elan Valley Visitor’s Centre for a day full of wonder and adventure. Situated just outside the picturesque town of Rhayader, this stunning collection of dams, reservoirs and 73-mile aqueduct offer incredible scenery – a true hiker’s delight! There are 6 brilliant dams to explore: Craig Gogh, Garreg Ddu, Pen y Garreg, Caban Coch, Claerwen and Dol y Mynach. Built over 100 years ago to supply clean water to Birmingham, this impressive work of civil engineering provides much-needed natural habitats for numerous species of flora and fauna, as well as wonderful walks for visitors to enjoy.

Step outside your luxury glamping pod and walk for just ten minutes through our fields to discover the remarkable Radnor Forest. Ancient legend reports that the forest is home to the last dragon in Wales, who sleeps undisturbed in the forest. But above all, the Radnor Forest is best known for its enchanted Water-Break-Its-Neck Waterfall. Nestled in Warren Wood, just 6 miles from Hush Hush Glamping, the waterfall offers breath taking scenery and fantastic walking trails through magical woodland. Local girl Ellie Goulding, who grew up in Lyonshall, actually filmed parts of her Your Song video at the waterfall!

Hergest Ridge straddles the English and Welsh border, running from Kington in Herefordshire to the idyllic village of Gladestry in Powys. This much-loved stretch of the Offa’s Dyke walking trail was the inspiration behind 1974 album ‘Hergest Ridge’ by Mike Oldfield; and it’s easy to see why! Drive just 20 minutes to the main carpark in Kington and climb 400m for spectacular 360-degree views of the Black Mountains and Malvern Halls. Discover rugged moorland with grazing wild ponies, and marvel upon the natural Whetstone near the ridge’s summit – which, in medieval times, was used as a place to distribute food to those suffering from leprosy.

The quaint Victorian town of Llandrindod Wells once welcomed thousands of visitors each year to enjoy the famous spa waters. The man-made glistening lake was originally built for boating and is still popular for fishing and model boating today. Discover the striking sculpture of a dragon in the lake’s centre, as well as admiring the abundance of geese, ducks, and swans, during the circular mile-long walk around the lake. The nearby picnic area is especially popular in the summer months, with the lovely Lakeside Café providing the perfect pit stop for a light lunch or tasty treat.

Boasting two notorious National Trails and a large National Park, the Brecon Beacons is a true walker’s paradise! This designated Unesco Geopark is home to Wales’ largest expanse of open hill common, with Welsh mountain ponies grazing the land. There are miles and miles of walking routes to explore – whether you prefer a gentle ramble or an energetic hike, there’s something to suit everyone. With rolling green pastures, enchanted waterfalls, dramatic mountains, and fascinating caves, it’s no wonder that the Brecon Beacons is known as one of the UK’s most interesting regions. Pen y Fan and Cribyn are the highest peaks, offering panoramic views across Wales and English. For a region guide of the Brecon Beacons, walking route guides, GPS coordinates, head to 10 Adventures.

Enjoy Wonderful Walks from Hush Hush Glamping

Book a stay at Hush Hush Glamping - the perfect base to explore these recommended walking destinations in Mid Wales.

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