WELSH WALKING CO.

small group walking holiday

hidden Wales

7 days | from £2925 per person

discover the hidden corners of Wales

Prepare for an unforgettable 7-day, 6 night journey through enchanting Wales on our exclusive small group walking tour.

Join your local guides for a hiking adventure that takes you from countryside to coast. Enjoy invigorating guided walks through picture postcard landscapes with plenty of time for exploration along the way.

Kicking off in the Welsh Marches, a fascinating region on the England / Wales border, your journey then takes you through the remote heart of Mid Wales before finishing up on the captivating Pembrokeshire Coast – Britains’ only coastal National Park. 

Step back in time as we explore the medieval treasures of Ludlow. Discover the remote beauty of the Elan Valley where the ingenuity of Victorian engineering will astound you. And follow in the footsteps of poets and pilgrims as you hike along scenic coastal paths.

For a change of pace we’ll take to the water as we cruise the Pembrokeshire coast in search of playful Puffins and seals. 

Each evening is spent in beautifully appointed accommodations where you can relax and refuel on outstanding cuisine from local producers. 

tour highlights

why choose hidden wales?

Trip Length

7 Days | 6 Nights.
The meeting point is Ludlow Train Station and the departure point is Carmarthen Train Station

Available dates 2024

Sat 27 April - Fri 3 May
Sat 1 June - Fri 7 June
Sat 29 June - Fri 5 July
Sat 20 July - Fri 26 July

group size

Maximum 8

Fitness

Moderate
2 - 5 hours of hiking per day. Undulating terrain - typically country lanes, footpaths, fields, open heathland and coastal paths. Some sections will be rugged underfoot where you will be walking over tree roots, mud and rocks. Expect some stiles to climb over and some short, steep sections (up and down) - but the views will be worth it! We'll walk at an easy going pace with plenty of short breaks to get your breath, take photos and enjoy refreshments. You will get the most out of this tour if you have a good level of fitness and some previous hiking experience.

Included

* 6 nights’ accommodation in a stylish, boutique accommodation
* Two local guides with you throughout the tour
* Meals mentioned in the itinerary 
* Private vehicle transport
* Loan of walking poles and sit mat for the duration of the tour
* All activities and guided walks mentioned in the itinerary
* Gratuities for activity guides, restaurants and accommodation
* Comprehensive pre-trip information

Not Included

* Travel to the tour meeting point, and onward travel from the end of the tour 
* Travel Insurance
* Extra nights before and / or after your tour
* Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
* Drinks with included meals
* Personal expenditure

Price

£2925 GBP | $3775 USD per person based on 2 people sharing a room
* Travelling solo? We'll match you with a roommate of the same gender, or you can request your own room for an additional supplement.

Day One: Welcome to the Welsh Marches

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Your Hidden Wales walking adventure kicks off at Ludlow train station, where your friendly tour host will be waiting with a warm welcome.

Together we’ll spend the afternoon in Ludlow, where you’ll have ample time to explore its historic treasures. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Norman castle, a captivating medieval ruin steeped in history. We’ll also head to a local craft brewery, a favourite haunt of the locals, where you can get to know your fellow travellers over a well-deserved pint.

Later, it’s just a short drive into the scenic Shropshire countryside where a beautifully converted Elizabethan cider farm is our base for the next two days. Tonight, we’ll treat you to a delectable 3-course a-la-carte dinner at their award-winning restaurant. It’s an evening filled with indulgence and relaxation, the perfect start to your trip.

DAY Two: the Welsh Marches

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Today we’ll explore the delightful Welsh Marches. The Marches encompass the English counties nestled along the Welsh border, including Shropshire and Herefordshire.

This picturesque area features small villages, half-timbered buildings and many a castle. It’s packed with history yet gloriously undiscovered. We’ll enjoy an exhilarating walk along a section of the famous ‘Offa’s Dyke’ where we’ll be rewarded with fabulous panoramic views of the Welsh Hills and English countryside.

We’ll return to our accommodation in the late afternoon to freshen up before we head to a nearby village pub for a well deserved dinner.

Day Three: Elan Valley

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After a scrumptious breakfast, we’ll journey into the heart of Wales, making our way to the Elan Valley.

Tucked away amidst the scenic Cambrian Mountains, this hidden gem boasts a series of spectacular Victorian dams and reservoirs, and is home to some fantastic birdlife.

Here, we’ll have the privilege of joining an estate ranger for a unique tour inside the Pen y Garreg Dam and a scenic walk where you’ll learn about the history and wildlife of the area.

Our next stop is the Georgian seaside treasure, Aberaeron, known for its colourful houses, delectable seafood, and laid-back atmosphere. You’ll enjoy a fantastic harbour-side meal as you watch the sun set and boats bobbing from your table.

DAY four: Ceredigion Coast

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This morning we’ll depart Aberaeron on foot and trace a scenic path along the Ceredigion Coast.

Along the way we’ll encounter beautiful beaches and keep an eye out to sea for dolphins, as our hike takes us to the picturesque harbour town of New Quay. If the tide is out we’ll trace the footsteps of Dylan Thomas – along the beach from his wartime home at Llanina and into the town – rumoured to be his favourite walk.

Lunch will be a treat in New Quay before we continue south to St David’s. En route we’ll pause in the mystical Preseli Hills, reputed to be the source of the bluestones that make up the inner circle of Stonehenge. This captivating prehistoric landscape is scattered with standing stones, megaliths, and burial cairns.

After settling into our hotel in St Davids’ we’ll venture to a local restaurant for dinner.

DAY five: Pembrokeshire

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Today we’ll take to the water as we embark on an exciting boat trip to Skomer Island, where thousands of pairs of puffins and Manx shearwaters live during the breeding season.

See the colourful puffins at play while your passionate crew share their in-depth knowledge of the island, its history and wildlife. We’ll also spot seals off Ramsey Island and with a bit of luck, enjoy a visit from the resident harbour porpoises if the tide is right.

Following an exhilarating morning at sea, we’ll enjoy a relaxed lunch. After which the afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy at your leisure. Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxing spa treatment, a visit to St Davids’ magnificent cathedral or an early night, our team will be ready to offer suggestions and ideas to help you make the most of your free time.

Day six: Pembrokeshire

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Fuel up with a hearty Welsh breakfast, as today, we lace up our walking boots for our final day of walking. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll hike a stunning section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path tracing panoramic cliff tops and golden beaches. This is undoubtedly some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in Great Britain.

As evening approaches, we’ll treat ourselves to a mouthwatering dinner at our hotel’s restaurant, Blas, which aptly means “taste” in Welsh. The menu is inspired by seasonal ingredients sourced fresh from the surrounding coast and countryside. Prepare your taste buds for a delicious feast, the perfect way end to your unforgettable Welsh walking adventure.

Day Seven: farewell to wales

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It’s time to bid farewell to Pembrokeshire. After a tasty breakfast, we’ll make our way to Swansea.

En-route we’ll stop off in Tenby, a seaside gem and the ideal place to pick up some locally crafted gifts for loved ones back home.

Our adventure comes to an end in the early afternoon at Carmarthen train station, where you can catch a direct train to London or continue your journey to your next destination.

Note: This itinerary should be seen as a guide only and is subject to change at any time due to elements outside our control. We will always endeavour to stick as closely to this itinerary as possible to deliver the best experience for you.

Nights 1 - 2

Old Downton Lodge

Shropshire, England

Set in an 18th-century farmhouse with views across the Herefordshire countryside, Old Downton Lodge is just 15 minutes’ drive from Ludlow’s historic town centre and castle.

Individually designed rooms are situated around a beautiful flower-filled courtyard, and feature wooden beams, flagstone floors and modern ensuite bathrooms.

Full English breakfasts and evening meals are served in the grand and elegantly furnished dining room which was originally The Granary to Old Downton Farm.

Night 3

Harbourmaster

Aberaeron, Wales

The Harbourmaster’s cornflower-blue exterior immediately grabs your  attention as you approach the Georgian quayside at Aberaeron. Blending nautical history, contemporary comforts and West Wales charm, this boutique hotel is popular with locals and visitors alike.  

Rooms, named after ships built in the harbour, are spacious and furnished with locally inspired artworks and Melin Tregwynt textiles. The majority are either sea or harbour facing, thoughtful touches including luxury Frette bed linen, cosy bathrobes and Molton Brown bath products.  

The excellent restaurant serves a seasonal menu built around local produce, including Welsh cheeses and meats, organic veg and the best of the day’s catch.

Nights 4-6

Twr Y Felin

St Davids, Wales

Originally a windmill built in 1806, Twr y Felin is now Wales’ first contemporary art hotel, filled with over 150 specially commissioned artworks and sculptures by 20 Welsh, British and international artists.

Set in its own private grounds, the hotel is close to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path – just a ten minute walk to Caerfai Bay – and to the historic St Davids Cathedral. 

The atmosphere is peaceful and welcoming. Room décor is minimalist and meticulously styled, with muted greys and charcoals allowing the artwork to shine. Philippe Starck designed bathrooms all feature a walk in shower and separate bath tub.

Absolutely! Wales is renowned for its spectacular landscapes, including majestic mountains, rugged coastlines, and picturesque countryside. It offers a diverse range of walking routes to suit all levels of experience, making it an ideal destination for a walking holiday.

No worries! The beauty of a guided walking holiday is that you don’t need to worry about maps or navigation. With our experienced guides leading the way all you have to do is enjoy the wonderful scenery and company of your fellow walkers.

Wales is a hilly country and most of our walking routes will require a moderate level of fitness. It’s always a good idea to consult your doctor before embarking on any physical activity, especially if you have any pre-existing health conditions. Our experienced guides will ensure a comfortable pace that allows everyone to enjoy the walks.

Wales does experience changeable weather, but that’s part of its charm and why its so green! We plan our walking holidays during spring, summer and autumn when the weather is generally more favourable for walking. However, it’s always a good idea to come prepared with appropriate clothing, including waterproof layers and sturdy footwear, to adapt to any weather conditions.

No. Our walking holidays in Wales are designed to be comfortable and enjoyable. We arrange for your luggage to be transported to each accommodation, so you only need to carry a daypack with essentials like water, snacks, and a camera. This allows you to fully enjoy the walks without the burden of a heavy backpack.

We understand the importance of catering to dietary restrictions and food allergies. When booking your walking holiday, please let us know about any specific dietary requirements or allergies you have. We will do our best to accommodate your needs and ensure you have suitable meals during the trip.

Absolutely! Our walking holidays are designed for individuals as well as for couples and friends travelling together. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people who share a love for walking and we hope you’ll make new friends along the way.

We understand that plans can change unexpectedly. Please refer to our booking terms and conditions for information regarding cancellations and refunds. We strive to be as flexible as possible and will work with you to find a suitable solution.

The unique landscapes of Wales are perfect for walking enthusiasts. From dramatic mountains to breathtaking coastlines, Wales’s outstanding natural beauty is often an unexpected surprise to first time visitors. Additionally, Wales boasts a rich cultural heritage, fascinating history, warm hospitality, and fewer visitors than you’ll find in Scotland or Ireland – making it a memorable destination for your walking holiday.

Yes, you can book any of our walks as a private group, with up to 10 walkers. We can also create a custom walks for larger groups so please get in touch with our expert team so we can explain the best options for your group size and abilities.