Discover the best walking routes and walking trails in the Vale

Posted on: Wed May 5

walking routes and trails

The last year and a bit spent in lockdown and living with restrictions has been challenging and unprecedented; however, we’re also incredibly grateful for the opportunity that it’s given us to discover the natural beauty here on our doorstep! We always knew that the Vale was full of stunning views and rolling greenery, but it’s been amazing to get to explore what we have right here in front of us over the past year. 

As Wales and the UK starts to re-open in stages, why not discover for yourself some of the amazing walking routes that we have here in the Vale? It looks like we won’t be travelling overseas for a little while longer, so what better way to spend some time with your friends and family, than discovering our picturesque part of the world. There’s so much to be discovered on our rugged Glamorgan Heritage Coast, from lighthouses to heritage walks or even discover the Neolothic Tinkinswood Burial Chamber! 

We asked around our team and below we’ve compiled some of their favourite walking routes here in the Vale. 

Family Wellbeing Walks

The Vale of Glamorgan Council have put together ten family wellbeing walks that have been designed to get you out and about with your little ones. Rather than being set to any particular area or route, these walks have activities to accompany you on any walk, encouraging you to notice the world around you. Take a look at the activity sheets on the Vale of Glamorgan Council website here

 Romilly ParkLet Cyril the Squirrel lead you around Romilly Park, Barry

Do you have any nature lovers in your family? Or little ones intrigued by trees? Well take a stroll around Romilly Park, led by Cyril the Squirrel, your Augmented Reality furry friend! Choose a long or short trail, then follow the map to identify each of the trees and unlock info about each of the trees in the app. 

Download the Augmented Reality Tree Trails app for Apple here or on Android here

Penarth Marina to Cardiff Bay Loop 

Starting out in Penarth Marina, this loop around the stunning Cardiff Bay is fairly flat and takes about 2hr30, perfect in nice weather and if you love architecture and walks with lots of options for stopping off for coffees (or something a bit stronger!). Take a look at the route here

Wales Coast Path Walks 

Explore the Glamorgan Heritage section of the Wales Coast on a selection of short and long trails, from Ogmore to Nash Point Lighthouse, there’s so much to discover. These walks are all identifiable by signage along the coast but you can get a better idea of the length of the routes and where to start on the Wales Coast Path website

vale ramblersVale Ramblers

If you’re looking to get out and about in the Vale and discover it regularly on foot but you don’t know where to start, or you’re looking to meet some new people whilst improving your health and fitness, why not join the Vale Ramblers? They’re just beginning to start organising walks and hikes again after the lockdown restrictions are easing. Find out more about the Vale Ramblers here

Coast, Countryside, Culture

There is so much to explore right here in the Vale, from walking routes to heritage sites and events. If you’re looking for inspiration on where to start, take a look at the Vale of Glamorgan website and there are endless activities and attractions to get you started! 

Cycling in the Vale 

If you prefer to get out and about by bike instead, take a look at our blog on Cycling Routes in the Vale! There’s tons of cycling routes with plenty to see and do along the way. 

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