Walking in Wales (9 Day Tour)

Prices: US$ 3999
EU€ 3699
Duration: 9 days

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Itinerary Information

Wales Tour Details for 2018
Weds 18 April to Thurs 26 April 2018
12 places available
Depart Bristol Airport 9.30am

Return Bristol Airport 1pm

Duration: 9 days
US$ 3999
EU€ 3499

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Tour Map: Wales

Tour Map: Wales

Tour Highlights

  • Visit to Chepstow Castle
  • Visit to Tintern Abbey
  • Walk the dramtic Wye Valley
  • Hike Southern Britain's highest mountain
  • The sweeping beaches of the Gower Peninsula
  • Time spent in the quaint Brecon town of Crickhowell
  • A ghost tour of Tenby
  • Walk some of Europe's best beaches
  • Hike the wonderfully scenic Pembrokeshire Coast

Included In Tour

  • Bristol Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Entrance to Chepstow Castle
  • Entrance to Tintern Abbey
  • All 3-4 star accommodation (en suite) x 8 nights
  • All land transportation
  • 8 guided walks
  • Escort of full-time guide
  • Escort of local guides
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 6 packed lunches
  • 6 evening meals
  • 1 night in Chepstow
  • 2 nights in Crickhowell
  • 3 nights in Tenby
  • 2 nights in the Gower

Bridge over the River WyeDAY 1: MEET AT BRISTOL AIRPORT, VISIT CHEPSTOW CASTLE, WALK TO LANCAUT

Terrain: fields, rocky paths, forest track |  6 miles

You will be met with a warm welcome at Bristol Airport. We will then travel on to Chepstow in South Wales crossing over the Severn Bridge. We will visit Chepstow Castle and then walk out across the bridge over the River Wye. This is a ‘border’ walk as we cross the Wye back into England. The walk takes us to Lancaut where there was once a deserted settlement and the ramparts of an Iron Age fort can still be seen. We will walk up beside the ruins of St James Church and eventually back down to Chepstow via Wintour’s Leap.

Overnight: Chepstow, Monmouthshire. Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner.

Tintern AbbeyDAY 2: VISIT TINTERN ABBEY AND WALK THE WYE VALLEY, TRAVEL TO CRICKHOWELL

Terrain: forest track, riverside path | Elev gain 500ft. | 8 miles.

Today we visit Tintern Abbey: standing proudly beside the River Wye, since 1131, this beautiful ruin is enchanting and magnificent. The Abbey and the Norman monks who inhabited it became victims of the dissolution in 1536. We make our way across the river and follow a disused railway line through woodlands, gaininig some height to enjoy wonderful views of the Valley. Making our way along the path towards the Devils Pulpit, the views are magnificent. From this point the devil was said to have attempted to lure away the monks of the Abbey. Later on we drive on to Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons.

Walk Options: there is an option of taking a shorter walking route of just four miles. We drive on north then to Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons.

Overnight: Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons. Meals Included:  Breakfast and Lunch.

Pen-y-Fan, Brecon BeaconsDAY 3: ONE OF THE CLASSIC BRECON BEACON HIKES: CORN DU AND PEN Y FAN

Terrain: stony tracks, forest paths | Elev 1500 ft. | Walking Distance 5 miles.

This is the best hike in the Beacons, tackling the two highest peaks, Corn Du and Pen y Fan. We climb steadily to the peaks with magnificent vistas all around. The broad expanses of the beautiful Wales countryside are laid out below. The walk is completed as a spectacular horseshoe ridge circuit. We will be joined by local expert mountain guide Kevin Walker.

Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons. Meals Included:  Breakfast and Lunch.

Brecon BeaconsDAY 4: WALK TABLE MOUNTAIN AT CRICKHOWELL, TRAVEL TO TENBY

Terrain: forest tracks, open moors | Elev 1150 ft. | Walking Distance 6 miles.

We will take a walk from Crickhowell this morning. To the north of Crickhowell lies Table Mountain: it was once an important hill fort, and its Welsh name, Crug Hywel (the Fort of Hywel) has become anglicised to Crickhowell. Later in the afternoon we will travel west to Tenby on the Pembrokeshire coast.

Overnight: Tenby, Pembrokeshire. Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Pembrokeshire Coast DAY 5: PEMBROKESHIRE COAST PATH: SAUNDERSFOOT TO TENBY

Terrain: Coastal Path |  Elev 800 ft. | Walking Distance 9 miles.

Today we walk the Pembrokeshire coast between Saundersfoot and Tenby. The seascapes are lovely, but there are a couple of steep ascents. As far as mileage goes, this is a short walk, but we will take our time to enjoy the views and take photographs. Then there will be an opportunity to explore the interesting town of Tenby with its scenic harbour and beaches.

Overnight: Tenby, Pembrokeshire. Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Barafundle BeachDAY 6: PEMBROKESHIRE COAST PATH

Terrain: beach, coastal path, woodlands, fields | Elev 200ft. | Walking Distance 10 miles.

Our walk today starts in the designed landscape of the Stackpole Estate owned by the National Trust. We walk alongside the lakes through woodland to the stunning Broad Haven South Beach where we join the coast path. Following the route over the headlands and discovering hidden beaches and coves: not to be missed is Barafundle Beach, voted the World’s second best beach by National Geographic Magazine. The walk ends at Manorbier Castle, the C12th home of Giraldus Cambrensis (Gerald of Wales), with fishponds and mill leats, in the village of Manorbier.

Overnight: Tenby, Pembrokeshire. Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Three Cliffs Bay DAY 7: TRAVEL TO GOWER PENINSULA, WALK AT REYNOLDSTON AND CEFN BRYN

Terrain: sandy beach, country lanes, woodland, open moors | Elev 600ft. | Walking Distance 9 miles

Beginning at the quiet village of Reynoldston. We travel up to the moors and the high point of the Gower at Cefn Bryn. We’ll travel down to the spectacular beaches and dunes of Three Cliffs Bay where we’ll have lunch. We then climb the dunes to a great lookout point over Three Cliffs Bay and Oxwich Bay. Then making our way through the dunes and burrows, we reach Nicholaston Woods. We enter the Penrice Estate where we can admire the Norman ruin of Penrice Castle. Our circuit ends back at Reynoldston where we can enjoy a lovely pub meal at the King Arthur.

Overnight: Bishopston, Gower Peninsula, West Glamorgan. Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

HorseDAY 8: HIKE THE GOWER PENINSULA

Terrain: beach, country lanes, moorland | Elev 633ft. | Walking Distance 9 miles

Our walk will take us to Rhossili Bay at the far end of the Gower Peninsula. We start at the rugged coastal paths at Mewslade: weaving in and out of the rocky outcrops with extensive, dramatic sea views. Tides permitting we may be able to make our way out to Worm’s Head, joined to the mainland by a causeway. For those with more energy, we can continue with the second part of the walk, beginning with a wonderful stroll along the extensive sandy beach of Rhossili. We then cut through the sand dunes to walk up along the ridge overlooking the Bay – Rhossili Down and the highest point on the Gower.

Overnight: Gower Peninsula, West Glamorgan. Breakfast, Meals Included:  Lunch and Dinner.

Walking Tours WalesDAY 9: GOODBYE TO WALES AS WE TRAVEL BACK TO BRISTOL AIRPORT.

The end of our tour today. We will travel back to Bristol, a journey of approximately 2.5 hours.

Meals Included:  Breakfast.

Note: The above scheduled itinerary is subject to change for varying reasons. Any changes made by Joyce’s Ireland and / or the tour leaders will be in the interest and safety of all participants.

Note also: Many clients come on a Joyce’s Ireland tour who wish to do very little hiking. Every day there are alternative options such as sight-seeing, relaxing, reading, painting, listening to Irish traditional music, and generally just soaking up the Irish atmosphere. You can opt out of the hiking on any day! All our accommodations are based in scenic locations, so you are very welcome to just remain “home” for the day.

Walking Tours Wales

Walking Tours Wales – Wye Valley, Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire

Cymru – a land of ancient rocks and river valleys. castles and abbeys. History sings through the rugged landscape.

From the twists of the Wye Valley to the Brecon Beacons National Park and then on to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

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