The Top Spots for Dog Friendly Walks in South Wales
South Wales is a truly special corner of the UK, boasting some of the most spectacular natural landscapes you can see anywhere in Europe. If you have a dog, there’s a good chance you love going on adventures and taking in scenic spots together. Whether you live in capital Cardiff or a town like Ammanford, here we take a look at five of the best dog walks South Wales has to offer.
1. St David’s Peninsula
Famous for its beautiful coastline, there are lots of dog walks in South Wales perfect for taking in the picturesque scenery. St David’s Peninsula forms the most westerly point of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and serves up a beautiful backdrop for a walk with your canine companion. Retrace the footsteps of ancient saints as you soak up the breathtaking coastal views, before heading to the UK’s smallest city, St David’s, for some refreshments.
2. Skirrid Fawr
If you’re looking for some of the more challenging dog friendly walks South Wales offers up, don’t miss this mountain peak near Abergavenny. Rising to a height of 476m, the Skirrid is called Ysgyryd Fawr in Welsh and is also known as the Holy Mountain. The views are certainly biblical from the top, where you can gaze out over the surrounding countryside towards the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons.
3. Four Falls Trail
Another challenging hike which takes you across five miles of undulating landscapes in the Brecon Beacons, there are no prizes for guessing what the highlight of this trail is. As the name suggests, it takes you past four beautiful waterfalls, while you can even climb behind one of them for a truly memorable experience. There are some steep climbs on this trek, so you and your dog will need a decent level of fitness to take it on.
4. Talybont Reservoir
This walk is perfect if you’re searching for a gentler stroll to do with your dog. Around 15 miles north of Bargoed, Talybont Reservoir is another scenic spot in the Brecon Beacons. The terrain is mostly flat and easy, taking you along old farm tracks and country lanes. If you tackle the entire circular route, it’s four miles around the reservoir and through the forest.
Ten miles west of Cowbridge along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Ogmore-by-Sea is a great place for a variety of dog walks. You can stick to spots like Dunraven Bay for pram and wheelchair-friendly routes, or take on some of the steep climbs up and down the clifftops. Ogmore Castle is well worth a visit, although your dog may prefer to tear around the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes.
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