Top spring walks in Wales

As the days get longer and the weather becomes warmer it’s time to get back into the spring of things. Catch a glimpse of nature reawakening, enjoy coastal views, tiptoe though wildflower meadows and spot newborn animals on our top spring walks.

The Begwns pond surrounded by open common

The Begwns, Brecon Beacons 

Add a spring to your step as you take on this tranquil walk amongst the hills of Brecon Beacons. Follow grass paths and moderate slopes to be rewarded with spectacular views of Brecon Beacons and towards the Black Mountains of Carmarthenshire. Look out for otter footprints and resident curlews in the Monks man made pond.

Sun sets over the shingle sweep of Cemlyn Bay, Anglesey

Cemlyn, Anglesey 

Cemlyn is a place of big skies; a refuge for wildlife and a sanctuary for those wishing to escape everyday life. As well as views of the sea you might spot dolphins on this short and level stroll along the headland. It’s also home to an internationally important colony of Sandwich terns as well as Anglesey’s first lifeboat.

Fallow deer in woodland at Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire 

Follow in the footsteps of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown this spring and discover Dinefwr’s 300 ancient trees and their resident wildlife. Take a walk through meadows, woodland and bogs and look out for fallow deer. In spring you’ll catch them nursing their young by the woods and the bucks shedding their antlers, you may even find one in the park.

View of Dolaucothi Farm from Pen Lan-dolau near trig point at Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Carmarthenshire

Dolaucothi, Carmarthenshire 

Listen as the sound of nature comes alive during springtime at Dolaucothi. Amongst the woodland you may be lucky enough to hear the sound of a pecking woodpecker or sit back and relax on the bridge as you catch a glimpse of a sand martin, kingfisher or heron.

The beautifully rugged landscape of Hafod Y Llan farm, Snowdonia, Wales

Hafod y Llan, Snowdonia 

Before you set off for the hills look out for spring lambs and two resident alpacas in the low fields at Hafod y Llan followed by Welsh Black cattle grazing the slopes at Bylchau Terfyn. Part of this path has been identified by our rangers as one of the footpaths that the Snowdonia Appeal will support. Keep your eye out for our footpath team working here over the next few months.

Valerian and daisies in front of Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd, North Wales.

Penrhyn Castle, Bangor 

Combine a lunch stop with a stroll through the garden and grounds at Penrhyn Castle. Stop by the Rhododendron walk as azaleas and rhododendrons are a mass of scent and colour. Taking centre stage in front of the castle is a beautiful wildflower meadow; daffodils make their appearance first followed by ox-eye daisies and meadowsweet.

Children rolling down a slope at Plas Newydd, Anglesey

Plas Newydd, Anglesey 

For a perfect family spring walk head to Plas Newydd. This short walk around the grounds is ideal for little legs. There's plenty along the way to keep the children happy, including a treehouse and the great adventure playground. Enjoy the backdrop of Snowdonia and the Menai Strait as you roly-poly down the lawns, as the marquess did in years gone by.

Overlooking Porthor beach

Porthor, Llŷn  

Famous for its ‘whistling sands’ and glistening waters Porthor is the perfect place for a coastal walk this springtime. The views are spectacular along this rugged coastline on the northern side of the Llŷn Peninsula. Find a good view point on the headland and look out for passing dolphins, or listen out for seals.

Shadows over the sea at Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire 

Discover the very best of Pembrokeshire with five of their best springtime walks. Look for otters at Stackpole, birdwatching at Marloes Sands, beautiful coastal views at Lydsep and Treginnis or enjoy the magical bluebell woodland of Abermawr.

People walking above Rhossili Bay, Gower, Wales.

Rhossili, Gower 

Journey out along one of Wales's most iconic cliffs with breathtaking views of the golden sands of Rhossili to the rugged limestone rocks of the south Gower coast. Look out for the brilliantly coloured bloody cranesbill and the more delicate thrift which carpet the floor throughout spring and summer. Listen out for yellowhammers, they can often be seen perched on the top of blackthorn bushes.