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Wales Mountain Walks and Walking for Wildlife

A selection of guided mountain walks and hikes throughout Wales with a fully qualified mountain leader, fully insured, holding the Royal Geographical Society’s Off-Site Safety Management certification and ITC SQA accreditation certificate in outdoor first aid. British Standard BS 8848 compliance. Each itinerary is bespoke and tailored to your needs and preferences. We prefer to lead along less frequently walked trails where we stand better opportunities to see wildlife, but we also specialize in lower elevation walks for wildlife like Wild boar evening walks. Wales is blessed with some fantastic animals and plants that are seldom found elsewhere in the British Isles. Welsh mountains and hills are spectacular and there are walks for all abilities, even some very difficult ones if you care to try.

Price: £75.00 (GBP) per person per day
Minimum daily rate: £150
Current Exchange rate guide:
£75 GBP = $90 USD or €83 EUR

Get 20% discount when booking four or more.

  • Several dates available year round.
  • Please select your preferred day or days from the below periods when I am available

 

A guided walk is a fantastic way of getting into the mountains as safely as possible while enjoying good company. We work to a ratio of 1:4, 1 qualified mountain leader to 1, 2, 3 or 4 people for the more challenging climbs, a ratio of up to 1:8 for easier routes. We provide multiple qualified guides if you have a larger group. Your guide will present a brief outline of the walk and the conditions including the latest weather report for the area, and during the walk your leader will pass on his/her local knowledge of the area, its history, geology and especially its wildlife.

How to best use this page: Each of the suggested options listed below are not intended as an itinerary, each is presented to give you some ideas as to what you might like to try for individual days out. Simply contact me with your ideas and requirements and I will tailor your day or days to your needs. Alternatively you may be looking for a longer holiday in Wales in which case you can string several options together and I will suggest suitable additional accommodation along the way. The other way you might want to use these is as a taster day for those who are planning on joining one of my overseas expeditions and would like to test out the hammocks or expedition tents and equipment beforehand, or to get an idea just how difficult it is and whether you're fit enough to climb or trek in a group. This also gives me the opportunity to judge your ability should you need me to.

I will be travelling up to Wales from the southwest and at no additional cost I can collect people from their homes, hotels, bus and train stations en-route in a luxury car or minibus and take you into Wales for the day then deliver you back on the return, or you may use your own transport where I will provide you with the directions and joining instructions. I can collect you from further afield as well, anywhere on the British mainland although of-course this will require more time and charged at the same daily rate.

Daily Options

PLEASE NOTE: These are for guidance only. Programmes may vary depending on weather and wildlife conditions. Flexibility is paramount for high elevation walks.

Wild Boar Walks during evening or night-time


You may or may not be aware that we now have Wild boar (wild pigs) back in the British countryside after an absence of over 400 years. This raises questions for some people who may be worried about having these large and potentially dangerous animals back in the wild, others may be just looking for an easy opportunity to get to see them in the wild. Either way this is a wonderful opportunity to learn all you need to know about the ecology benefits and disadvantages of having them back. You may also like to know that I have many years experience studying and watching Wild boar in France, Belgium, Slovakia, Turkey and Kazakhstan, also various other wild, or feral pigs around the tropics. In Wales Boar are to be found in the Lady Park Wood area of the Wye Valley, and I can lead you along some lovely Wye Valley walks to look for them. However I usually lead my Wild boar walks in the Forest of Dean just up the road and over the border in England. I've spent two years studying the Boars in the Forest of Dean, and I now know their history, movement patterns, characteristics, and just where best to find them. On this walk I'll inform you of all the interesting facts and information about this wonderful mammal's return to the Forest of Dean and other locations in the British Isles.

Wild boar are normally secretive, and largely nocturnal so these walks are conducted during evening and night-time. We normally arrive in the afternoon when I provide an introductory briefing as we start our walk. We will see some of the many Fallow deer and if we're lucky, Roe deer and Muntjac as we start our walk. It's during the late afternoon and evening that we stand our first chances of seeing Wild boar in the forest. We can also walk during the complete darkness of the night using expensive thermal-imaging night-vision equipment if you should wish to.

Accommodation: On your own. Because this is an evening walk I usually combine this walk with other walks in South Wales like the Brecon Beacons. For this we travel on in the late evening and usually stay at the Travelodge at Merthyr Tydfil, Sat nav postcode: CF48 1UT.

Brecon Beacons, Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Fan y Big


The classic tourist route to Pen y Fan but made into a loop - The Brecon Beacons are Wales' second highest mountain range and Pen y Fan, the highest peak in southern Britain is the most popular climb, but this horseshoe walk from Taf Fechan to the four neighbouring peaks of Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Fan y Big is by far the most spectacular route to take and for me much more rewarding than a simple up and down along a crowded path to Pen y Fan from the Storey Arms. This is a hard climb though but definitely one of the top 10 walks in Wales. It's 10.7 miles in a circular loop and will take us about 6 hours.

Because that walk can be done in 6 hours we have time to visit Henrhyd Falls in Graig Llech Woods on the same day - The highest waterfall in South Wales is tucked away on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons. Plunging 90ft (27m) into a wooded gorge, Henrhyd waterfall is a spectacular sight and the surrounding Graig Llech Woods, which due to rare mosses, liverworts and lichen the area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Accommodation: On your own maybe in the Travelodge at Merthyr Tydfil, Sat nav postcode: CF48 1UT.

Brecon Beacons, Wilderness Walk


The Brecon Beacons are the mountains used for extreme training by the SAS. They are also the place I did my expedition training many years ago. So this is a walk of about 12 miles in the western Brecon Beacons where you're not likely to see any other people. We can also do this over 2 days if you wish and wild-camp in tents if that's what you'd like to try.

Accommodation: Wild camp in tents, or on your own maybe in the Travelodge at Merthyr Tydfil, Sat nav postcode: CF48 1UT.

Brecon Beacons, Pontneddfechan Waterfalls Walk


The best waterfall walk anywhere in the UK - So this is a reasonably technical circular loop in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons. A distance of about 15 miles and requires about 8 hours, with numerous spectacular waterfalls to be seen in valleys of ancient deciduous woodland. The main waterfalls path beside the River Neath (Nedd Fechan) is quite popular, rightly so! But the return path down beside Afon Mellte is is seldom walked, but in my view this is the better walk of the two, and this is the path I would choose for expedition wilderness camping in hammocks if that's what you'd like to try. In which case the time of arrival determines when we make camp and therefore the direction we walk.

Accommodation: Wild camp in hammocks, or on your own maybe in the Travelodge at Merthyr Tydfil, Sat nav postcode: CF48 1UT.

Brecon Beacons, Sugar Loaf Mountain


This is one of those mountains that you've seen many times and each time is just asking to be climbed. It's not a big rugged mountain, it's more like a large rounded grassy hill. It stands alone isolated from the giants of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains which neighbour it. But it makes a nice 11 mile, 6 hour circular walk and is well worth it just for the views. To make the walk circular we start from Abergavenny and from there the walk skirts the south west slopes of Sugar Loaf on roads, along tracks, through woods and beside rivers to Llangenny before the ascent of Sugar Loaf begins. A steep ascent from the west with an easy walk down the east slope back to Abergavenny.

Accommodation: Wild camp in tents is possible. But best done as a single day walk and maybe staying in the Travelodge at Merthyr Tydfil, Sat nav postcode: CF48 1UT.

Black Mountains including Pen Cerrig-calch and Table Mountain


A lovely walk including Pen Twyn Glas, Pen Allt-mawr, Pen Gloch-y-pibwr, Pen Cerrig-calch and Table Mountain. - The walk is a hard climb up and down but then it is essentially a ridge walk with exciting views and visiting all five peaks in a circular loop of about 5 hours, 8.7 miles. The Black Mountains are often neglected due to the popularity of their near neighbours, the Brecon Beacons. But these are essentially just as thrilling as walking in the Brecon Beacons, but with fewer people around.

Accommodation: On your own maybe in the Travelodge at Merthyr Tydfil, Sat nav postcode: CF48 1UT.

Radnor Forest Black Mixen, Whimble and Vron Hill Walk


Central Wales - Central Wales is not renowned for mountain walking, but there are some fantastic walks there and I'm finding more and more the more I look! This is a great location in the Radnor Hills of Powys, the heart of Red Kite country. I devised this 9 mile circular loop as a mid Wales hammock expedition. The route up is great and I use this section for wild-camping in hammocks, so depending on what time we start determines which way round we do the walk. The views from the top of the Radnor Hills are great in all directions. The walk through the heather moor to Vron Hill is not the best, as there are no defined paths and the going can be a little tricky, but the long descent down from from there is a lovely gradual one.

This can be a one-day or two-day walk with the hammock wild-camp, so can also be combined with an afternoon of Red Kite watching (See Gilfach and Red Kites below).

Accommodation: Wild camp in hammocks, or your own maybe in the Travelodge in the south or north to Snowdonia.

Gilfach and Red Kites


Central Wales - Gilfach is a nature reserve run by the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust. There are several nice little walks here, but what I prefer to do is a 2 hour circular loop up Wyloer Hill, back down toward the farm in the valley, then follow the Afon Marteg river back to the start through traditional fields and woods.

Because this walk is only a couple of hours it works well with a visit to the Red Kite feeding station just up the road, where every day in the middle of the afternoon a farmer throws out food in the fields where over 300 wild Red Kites come down to feed. A truly spectacular sight, but not easy to photograph, as the camera struggles to know which speeding Kite to focus on. I generally rent a photographic hide for our group where we stay until dusk.

Accommodation: On your own maybe in the Travelodge in the south or north to Snowdonia.

Devil's Bridge, Ystumtuen and Coed Rheidol


Central Wales - This walk includes an 8.3 mile circular loop walk through lovely Ceredigion countryside climbing only to 726 metres and including a visit to a little known stone circle. Then through the small village of Ystumtuen before the route leads across more open countryside to the dramatic ancient woodland of the Coed Rheidol National Nature Reserve. The woodland is set on the steep banks of the Afon Rheidol gorge which is descended into, and after crossing the river is climbed out of to reach Devil's Bridge and the exciting finale with the Mynach Falls.

Accommodation: On your own maybe in the Travelodge at Porthmadog, Sat nav postcode: LL49 9GB, or further north at Bangor, Sat nav postcode: LL57 4BG.

Mt. Snowdon via the South Ridge from Rhyd Ddu


Snowdonia - Mt. Snowdon, at 1085 metres is the highest mountain in Wales, and Mt. Snowdon is the most climbed mountain in the world. So you see I really don't like climbing it via the touristy route from Llanberis (I can do the Llanberis route if you'd like me to, but I'd rather not). This technical route via the South Ridge from Rhyd Ddu, and also my next route below are the quietest of the six main routes to the summit. You'll still see the crowds of people when we reach the summit but we won't see many on the way up. This is done as a partial circular loop - up the Bwlch Cwm Llan South Ridge, this crosses Clogwyn Ddu before joining Bwlch Main, but we come back down via the usual Rhyd Ddu Path down Llechog Ridge. Another way to do this would be to ascend the usual Rhyd Ddu Path up Llechog Ridge but descend the Rangers Path which is easier on the knees.

Accommodation: On your own maybe in the Travelodge at Bangor, Sat nav postcode: LL57 4BG.

Mt. Snowdon via the South Ridge and Watkin Path


Snowdonia - So like the last route (above) we ascend Snowdon via the quite South Ridge, so again this is a difficult technical route. We get there by branching off left from the Watkin Path, which rises up from Plas Gwynant near sea-level, 8 miles and total ascent of 1045m which makes this the highest climb up Snowdon. Never heard any other mountain leader who does this route, I seem to be the only one! This makes a partial circular loop because we descend back down via the Watkin Path. The Watkin Path was named after Sir Edward Watkin, Liberal Member of Parliament in the 1890s. Edward Watkin created a path from the slate quarry to the summit, which was the first designated footpath in Britain and officially opened in 1892 by the Prime Minister William Gladstone. He addressed a crowd of over 2000 people from a rock on the side of the path, which is known today as the Gladstone Rock.

Accommodation: On your own maybe in the Travelodge at Bangor, Sat nav postcode: LL57 4BG.

Snowdon Horseshoe, Crib Goch and Miners Path


Snowdonia - technical and scramble route - This is to climb Mt. Snowdon by the hardest recognised route, via the serrated ridge of Crib Goch and the pinnacles of Garnedd Ugain. The route starts at Pen y Pass, follows the Pyg Track until we branch off at the red warning sign saying 'CAUTION ROUTE TO CRIB GOCH'. We first have to scramble up Bad Step. If that was not bad enough we now must begin crossing the knife edge arete top ridge of Crib Goch where many experienced mountaineers have died in the past. After the third pinnacle on Crib Goch we drop down to a grassy col at Bwlch Coch. From the col it is straight back up though to the ridge once more towards Garnedd Ugain. From the summit of Snowdon we head back via the Miners Path, because Crib Goch is too dangerous to go the other way. We start down the Watkin path then at Bwlch Ciliau take in the ridges of Lliwedd before descending onto the Miners Path back to Pen y Pass. Obviously we can only attempt this route with good weather.

Accommodation: On your own maybe in the Travelodge at Bangor, Sat nav postcode: LL57 4BG.

Cadair Idris and Mynydd Moel by the Minffordd Path


Snowdonia - An exciting circular walk of Cadair Idris. Beginning from the south of the mountain at Minffordd the ascent is steep from the start as the path climbs through the woodland clinging to the sides of precipitous Nant Cadair Gorge where there are some impressive waterfalls. From the gorge the Minffordd Path circuits the glacial lake of Llyn Cau to the south and west, steadily gaining height as it progresses to Craig Cau and ultimately to the top of the mountain at Penygadair. From the summit of Cadair Idris the walk continues east while gently sweeping down to the satellite mountain of Mynydd Moel. Fantastic views are enjoyed throughout the time at height and continue to thrill on the descent to Moelfryn and back to the path walked earlier through Nant Cadair Gorge.

Accommodation: On your own maybe in the Travelodge at Porthmadog, Sat nav postcode: LL49 9GB, or further north at Bangor, Sat nav postcode: LL57 4BG.

Tryfan, Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr


Snowdonia - technical and scramble route - This is a route that I've done more than any other in Snowdonia. I used to have to frequently do it for army training years ago. It's a technical scramble up Tryfan from the car park by Llyn Ogwen lake. From Tryfan it's another scramble up Glyder Fach. Once on the ridge it is quite easy going along to Glyder Fawr. The descent from Glyder Fawr is by the path leading north off the mountain to Llyn y Cwn and Devil's Kitchen.

Accommodation: On your own maybe in the Travelodge at Bangor, Sat nav postcode: LL57 4BG.

Cnicht the Welsh Matterhorn


Snowdonia - A chance to hike in a part of the National Park that nobody else ever seems to go to. A 7 mile circular loop from Croesor up Cnicht, which isn't at all easy. This is followed by a stroll across the ridge of Cnicht towards Llyn yr Adar. The path skirts the east side of Craig Llyn-llagi. The hill acts as the barrier between Llyn yr Adar and Llyn Llagi. The north side climb down from Craig Llyn-llagi is the steepest part of the walk. The course is on a bearing near to true south-west for the next two miles over rough upland. There is a high six step stile to get over a wall. On to a pool then follow the stream back to my start.

Accommodation: On your own maybe in the Travelodge at Porthmadog, Sat nav postcode: LL49 9GB, or further north at Bangor, Sat nav postcode: LL57 4BG.

Additional Information

  • What time of year can we go?

    We can do any of these routes all year round. Obviously I have several overseas expedition commitments so the different slots in the drop-down menu are periods when I am here and available for days out, so you can choose any day or days between the displayed dates.

  • What kit do I need?

    I obviously provide the hammocks if you want to try those. I can also provide tents and backpacks if you don't have your own. But there is certainly several items of kit that you will need of your own. Ensure you bring good quality footwear. Your boots are the most important piece of kit. Please make sure that they are of a good quality and well worn in so that they will not cause you any discomfort or give you blisters. A warm jacket, a water proof jacket or rain coat, waterproof over-trousers, light-weight and quick-drying walking trousers (do not wear jeans), hat & cloves, backpack (25-35 litres in size), spare mid layers, water (1 litre), food for the day, foods like bananas, dried fruit, flapjacks & sandwiches work well. You'll find a full kit-list of what to bring in your joining dossier. All Nature Expeditions' clients are entitled to 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor & Snow+Rock. They both ship internationally.

  • I want a week-long holiday in Wales, all those climbs seem quite intense, do you do easier walks every other day so I can rest?

    Yes I can do that! I've only listed mountain days that people really ought to have a mountain leader for, there are easier days at lower elevation that might not necessitate a mountain leader, though it is always beneficial to have a guide who has all the qualifications. I am very flexible, I understand that a whole week of strenuous climbing might be too much, for that reason I tailor make your itineraries to suit your abilities. I am also prepared to skip the odd day so you can go sight-seeing and rest - in this scenario I would drop you off for a day somewhere and I would go off by myself to search out new routes then pick you up later to do the next day's climb. I would not charge you for that day off in that scenario. So you can construct your own Wales holiday itinerary based around mountain walking and sight-seeing.

  • Can I have a taster day where I can sample the expedition food?

    Yes! So the food we use on expedition in remote places around the world is carried out with us as vacuum-packed or freeze-dried boil-in-the-bag type food. These are designed and supplied by manufacturers in the UK as balanced meals. There is an added cost to these and I do not provide food on Wales walking days out, but if you want to try these I can send you a menu and you can purchase the various meals you'd like to sample. Obviously you're going to need to bring food to eat at evening and breakfast during any of the hammock testing taster day over-nights so why not try these meals.

  • Can you pick me up in London and take me to Wales?

    Yes of-course I can! London or anywhere on the British mainland. It'll take time charged at the same daily rate. If I do come there to get you you'll get the added advantage to visit important sites like Stonehenge or Cheddar Gorge on the way.

  • I'm an individual do you have someone else or a group I can join?

    Maybe! I can certainly ask other clients for you. This sometimes works out well, but often not. You'd be better off trying to find a friend to join you if you can. Obviously I have a minimum daily rate to cover my costs.

  • Can you provide a complete Wales holiday including all accommodation and food?

    Don't want to do that. If you're an agent trying to put a package together for a client then I am willing to work with you to suggest suitable hotels, so you can then design the package for your client based around my days out and supplied transport.

Price: £75.00 (GBP) per person per day
Minimum daily rate: £150
Current Exchange rate guide:
£75 GBP = $90 USD or €83 EUR

Get 20% discount when booking four or more.

Several dates available year round.

  • Please select your preferred day or days from the below periods when I am available

 

  • Duration
    • One single day or multiple days.
  • Location
    • Wales - Snowdonia, Central Wales, Powys, South Wales, Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains, Forest of Dean, and anywhere in-between.
  • Accommodation
    • Not included unless using tents or hammocks
  • Included
    • Qualified Mountain Leader Guide.
    • All transport costs if travelling with me.
    • Full communications and medical kit.
    • Use of a tent or hammock.
    • Collection from home or hotel en-route.
    • All admissions, permits & tolls.
  • Excluded
    • Accommodation.
    • International flights.
    • Meals.
    • Use of sleeping bag & roll-mat.
  • Max Group Number
    • Unlimited. We can add additional leaders.
  • Fitness Level
    • Tailored to your abilities. Can be easy, moderate, hard, strenuous or technical.
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  • Travel Insurance (Not mandatory)
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    Lonely Planet Wales Travel Guide
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