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National Trails

  • Offa's Dyke Footpath (Chepstow-Prestatyn, 280 km)
      actually situated in the border areas with England and passes thru the latter country also.

  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path (Amroth-Cardigan, 300 km)


    In this section, it is appropriate to attach details of an unofficial long-distance path

  • Cambrian Way (Cardiff - Conwy, 440 km)
      is a North-South trail entirely within Wales. Official recognition for this path was denied after vigorous opposition from landowners etc., but exists in a semi-official way. The effect is that although the general strategic route is agreed upon, there are different recommended routes, here and there, locally. This arrangement does have its advantages, as well as disadvantages. The two most well-known guides are A Cambrian Way, Richard Sale, Constable and Cambrian Way by A.J. Drake, Belshara Press. Information is available from the Cambrian Way Association, Llanerchindda Farm, Cynghordy, Llandovery SA20 0NB.

Other Long Paths

  • Wye Valley Path (Rhayader-Chepstow, 170 km)
      which includes a stretch in England,

  • Glyndwr's Way (Knighton-Welshpool, 205 km)
      which loops around Mid-Wales, connecting with the Offa's Dyke Path at both ends.

  • Severn Way (Plynlimon - Severn Beach near Bristol, 340 km)

Shorter Footpaths

  • Ceiriog Valley Walk
    20 km from Chirk to Llanarmon D.C. (which, incidentally is the start of the old Wayfarer's Cycle Track of the 1950s). Read my account

  • Landsker Borderlands Trail
    96km

Unofficial Paths

Information from an acquaintance on an unofficial path :- The course of Sarn Helen is definite in only a few places (ref. various Ordnance Survey maps) and in most of these places the track is not a public right of way. Thus, the footpaths that are followed are public ones that are close to the supposed course of Sarn Helen. In several places the possible course is desputed, there being one or two reasonable alternatives.

Sarn Helen: Walking a Roman Road through Wales (ISBN 1-85-284-101-X).