Top romantic Welsh walks for St Dwynwen’s Day

Press release
Couple walking on beach
Published : 21 Jan 2022

National Trust Cymru care for miles of walking trails across Wales, perfect for a winter stroll with your loved one to celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen (St Dwynwen’s Day).

To mark this day, 25 January, dedicated to love, wrap up warm and choose from frost covered parklands and gardens; following in the footsteps of some of history’s famous couples. Hike up hills and share the views with your someone special or pick a coastal path and walk across the sand, hand in hand. 

Discover the top ten most romantic walking trails for you to enjoy with your loved one on Dydd Santes Dwynwen (St Dwynwen’s Day): 

1. Porthdinllaen, Llŷn Peninsula

A picture-perfect fishing village perched on a beautiful stretch of sandy beach and has a rich history, spectacular views and wildlife abound. It has its fair share of romantic charm with its secluded location with views across the Irish Sea. 

2. Erddig, Wrexham 

You’ll find old romance at Erddig, walking in the footsteps of servant sweethearts Lucy Hitchman and Ernest Jones, who worked at Erddig just before the First World War. They fell in love and took strolls around the park on their afternoons off together.

3. Beddgelert, Snowdonia  

Beddgelert is a village in the heart of Snowdonia and the perfect place for a romantic getaway. From the kissing gate at the river, follow the mountain views to find the grave of Gelert, the much-loved folktale of Prince Llywelyn's faithful hound. This circular walk heads through ancient woodland to reach the spectacular Aberglaslyn gorge, before bringing you back to the picturesque village of Beddgelert. 

4. Stackpole, Pembrokeshire 

Spend precious together-time in Pembrokeshire.  Take a loved one on a wander through Bosherston Lily Ponds to the secluded Barafundle Bay. Meander along the coastline, high above the waves and if you time it right take a sunset stroll along Broadhaven Beach on your way back. 

5. Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

Woo your special person at Bodnant Garden, a world-class garden in North Wales. Follow your heart on a winter garden trail under the twisted trunks of the Laburnum Arch. Head to the rose terraces and you will be rewarded with romantic panoramic vistas of this world-famous garden. 

6. Dyffryn Gardens, Cardiff 

Walk hand in hand through grand vistas and intimate spaces at the elegant, Dyffryn Gardens. Explore a sensory garden and wander through the glasshouse of exotic flowering plants transporting you to faraway places.

7. Powis Castle, Welshpool

Wales is famous for its castles, and Medieval Powis Castle set high on a rock overlooking its world-famous garden terraces and aerial views across the deer park won’t fail to impress. The gardens are spectacular whatever the season, sheltered by a labyrinth of towering topiary yew hedges. Take a romantic wander among the formal herbaceous borders and lead statues, and you’ll find secluded benches hidden in the great arches of box hedge to cosy up with a loved one on a wintry day.

8. Mwnt, Ceredigion 

If you and your loved one have a shared passion for wildlife, Mwnt is a beautiful hidden cove, and one of the best places in Ceredigion to spot bottlenose dolphins. Pack your binoculars and a picnic for two and take a walk past the little white-washed chapel (popular for weddings) up to the top of Foel y Mwnt to see if you can catch a glimpse of dolphins that might be swimming, playing and feeding in the bay below. To reach the beach, follow the signed local stretches of Wales’ Coastal Path.

9. Rhosili, Gower 

What could be more romantic than a walking hand in hand along the beach at sunset. Rhosili is the longest beach in Wales, with dramatic coastline, shipwrecks and clifftop views. In the summer, return to Rhosili to wander in fields blooming with wildflowers against the stunning backdrop of Worm’s Head. 

10. St David’s Peninsula, Pembrokeshire 

The wild and windswept Peninsula of St David’s, is a place of historic pilgrimage and the perfect destination for romantics, with secluded beaches and picturesque cottages for a weekend getaway. St David’s Head, named after the patron saint of Wales, has been a cultural hotspot for thousands of years, and an idyllic spot for bird-lovers. 

Please follow the latest Welsh Government regulations and guidance when visiting. Changes to government restrictions may affect your visit, so please check the relevant individual property webpage for the latest information when planning your visit.