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Winter Hiking

Explore the winter magic of the snow-capped peaks of Snowdonia or Brecon Beacons and walk historical trails along the Wales Coast Path

Winter Hiking in Wales - Best Time
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Dress warm and conquer the Welsh mountains and coastal trails in winter, basking in the glow of a winter sun. Discover Talgarth Waterfalls and Pwll-y-Wrach Falls where witches once lived, according to a local legend.

The Cwm Idwal walk in Snowdonia features the beautiful Llyn Idwal Lake, which freezes in winter. You'll have to climb atop through rock formations, but at the end, you'll be rewarded by a spectacular view of Nant Francon, the mounds, and the slate village of Bethesda.

Walker looking towards snow-covered summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Llyn Llydaw lake
Walker looking towards snow-covered summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Llyn Llydaw lake

Pen y Fan is considered one of the most iconic Welsh mountains. It is famous as Cadair Arthur, meaning King Arthur’s Chair, though there is no historical connection. The mountain is a part of the Brecon Beacons and may be the most dangerous one in South Wales because of the very changeable weather in this region. The routes are often covered with fog, strong winds and storms occur in late autumn, and the paths are covered in snow and ice with heavy blizzards in winter. Pen y Fan climbing is a great activity both for beginners and advanced hikers. You don't need a map as everywhere there are good footpaths, and in just 3-4 hours you can reach the top of the mountain.

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