Walks in Wales and The Lake District
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Trum y Ddysgl seen from Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd

Beddgelert

Beddgelert nestles at the southern end of the Snowdon range. As well as Snowdon being accessible, other very good medium-height mountains can also be climbed.


The shapely hill of Mynydd Troed west of the Black Mountains

The Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains

The Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains are the southernmost group of mountains in the UK that reach over 800m in height. Their proximity to the population centres of Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff make it one of the most popular national parks.


The north escarpment of Cadair Idris as seen from the Saddle

Cadair Idris & South Snowdonia

Cadair Idris is a fantastic mountain. The mountain is itself the highest landmark in the vicinity where most other mountain summits in the area are low to medium in height.


Aran Fawddwy from the north

Dinas Mawddwy

The highest summit outside the main Snowdon range - Aran Fawddwy - can be climbed from here as well as other medium height summits providing some pleasant surprises of one sort or another to most hikers.


Glyder Fawr seen from Glyder Fach

The Ogwen Valley & Capel Curig

As far as scenic grandeur is concerned, only Snowdon itself and the Highlands of Scotland can compete with this place. It is certainly a favourite part of Wales for myself. It is a place that is better suited to the wilderness of the Cairngorms than the busy road infrastructure here.


Snowdon seen from Moel Siabod

Snowdon

Snowdon, the highest summit in Wales, is a firm favourite with many people and it offers walks to suit most tastes. It is like someone pinched this mountain out of Glen Coe as it would compete well with those classic mountains in Scotland for excitement, height, grandeur and ruggedness.


Great Gable seen from the Scafell Massif

Borrowdale

Borrowdale is a favorite with many people. It is conveniently situated to climb many classics including Great Gable and Scafell Pike - the highest summit in England. Borrowdale itself has steep craggy slopes covered in forest and is one of the prettier dales in that respect.


Crag Hill seen from Hopegill Head

Braithwaite

Braithwaite lies at the base of an impressive circuit of peaks known as the Coledale Horseshoe. The shapeliness of the peaks along with features such as their crags makes this a popular destination.


Grasmoor with Buttermere Lake in the foreground

Buttermere

Buttermere is situated in an isolated corner of the Lake District and there are many worthy summits. The amount of erosion between the summits of Red Pike and High Crag is certainly a lot less than in other lakeland areas. This is testimony to this place being quieter.


Looking east from Helvellyn towards Striding Edge

Glenridding

This is the best area for exploring the eastern Lake District with the mountains Helvellyn and Fairfield throwing down grand crag and corrie scenery to compete well with those found in the highlands of Scotland.


Skiddaw in Evening sunlight seen from Catbells

Keswick

Keswick and the classic summits of Skiddaw and Blencathra makes for a very popular destination. The town sits close to Derwentwater which is itself ringed with some nice woodland scenery.


The Scafell Range seen from Yewbarrow

Wasdale

Wasdale is a top place for all things big in the Lake District. The Scafell massif is within easy reach here along with Great Gable and Pillar. The most imposing cliffs in the Lake District can be seen here. It's a place loved by all hillwalkers.


Looking up the western arm of the horseshoe and Great Rigg

Ambleside and Grasmere

The chief attractions of the area are the Fairfield Horseshoe including Red Screes and the Langdale Pikes which include Grasmere Common. There are many smaller, picturesque fells to suit the relaxed pace including Wansfell and Loughrigg Fell.


Grey Friar seen from Great Carrs

Coniston

Located in the southern Lake District, Coniston is a nice touristy village with a few pubs and teashops. The scope for climbing mountains in the area is limited to the summits surrounding the Old Man of Coniston.


In a golden sunset, Esk Pike Bowfell and Crinkle Crags

Eskdale

Eskdale is one of those superbly varied valleys in the Lake District that offers the perfect blend of gentle scenery low down and dramatic mountains high up its valley. The entire Scafell massif can be explored from here without too much strain as can the Bowfell range.


The Vale of Kentmere Common Kentmere Reservior at the bottom

Kentmere

Kentmere is a small village hidden away in one of the quiet but quite accessible south-eastern dales of the Lake District. It's a place to escape to during busy bank holiday weekends when many other places in the Lake District are heaving with tourists.


Looking down to the Langdale valley from Crinkle Crags

Langdale

Langdale is a popular area in the Lakes. The valley provides the best walking to suit every taste whether that would be scrambling and steep walks up craggy routes or detailed explorations of the many ravines in the area.