Cambrian Way


  1. Name Cambrian Way
  2. Length of trail 443 km, 275 miles
  3. Length in days 25 days
  4. Traildino grading SW, Strenuous walk, mountain trail
  5. Hut tour grading T2, Mountain walk

Descent from Cadair Idris

275 miles, 440 km, 25 days

Could the Cambrian Way become the way of ways in Britain? Not the popular West Highland Way? Not even the legendary Coast to Coast Walk?

Let us begin by stating that the Cambrian Way is not for everyone. The route is very long (three weeks at least), chooses the highest parts of Wales, climbs and drops significantly (18.742 m climb in total) and is not waymarked. No marks at all! That is to say: George Tod found one on his entire trip in 2000. No trail for wimps.

For many people this is too much. Some simply don't have the strength or experience to accomplish this walk; the mountains of Wales are no children's playground. Others prefer a simpler challenge, with more facilities, more culture rather than nature. For them the Cambrian Way is a bridge too far.

But those breed of road warriors who feel happier as the altitude increases and mankind becomes remote, is exactly the audience for the Cambrian Way. They know how to deal with the compass in the fog - it will happen! They can assess whether they meet their target before dark. They draw pleasure from walking, even when wet as a drowned cat, as tired as a dog.

Tony Drake – pineer of the route and author of the guide book – tags the trail as “A Tough High Level Coast to Coast Walk through Wildest Wales”. The start is in Cardiff, the finish in Conwy (the castle!). The mountain ranges one traverses are, among others, the Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountains and Snowdonia. The mountains one climbs are Plynlimon, Cadair Idris and Mount Snowdon.


Rate 8.5 | 2 votes | No 9. in United Kingdom
  • John P September 2020
  • Rate 8
  • Positive After this walk I felt I climbed all the major mountains of Wales, trekked across the wildest, pathless areas of hummocky, boggy ground and steep rock and heather covered slopes. I slept with ghosts in old quarries and watched the sunrise on lonely mountains. It's a challenge, rising to that challenge has its own reward, deserving a pint and plate of food in isolated places like the Star Inn.
  • Negative I walked it in a time of Coronavirus restrictions so accommodation was very limited. I wild camped, but that is not really legal in Wales. Sometimes it seemed especially hard routes were chosen, and sadly I had to make one diversion off the route due to high winds. Weather in Wales can be poor!
  • The Turtle May 2013
  • Rate 9
  • Positive A real wilderness challenge filled with stunning scenery
  • Negative Few decent pubs, cafe etc to spoil oneself
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