If you’re planning on exploring walking routes North Wales with your family, it’s a good idea to choose your paths carefully: As beautiful as North Wales is, it’s a rugged area with many challenging trails unsuitable for children or the elderly.
Fortunately, the following four walking routes North Wales provide walkers with all the scenic pleasures they could desire while also being rated as “easy” by trail rating authorities like Walker’s World, making them accessible to walkers with a range of different ability levels:
1. Erddig Hall, Wrexham Steeple
This walk, which can be completed in about an hour, takes walkers around the grounds of Erddig Hall (National Trust). Though the walk is fairly brief, it includes a range of attractions, such as riverside, park, and woodland sections. The hall is very vehicle-accessible as well, being just a short drive from the centre of Wrexham, and includes amenities such as food shops and toilets (within the hall itself).
Those in wheelchairs will also be able to enjoy much of the Erdigg Hall walk; the path is suitable for wheelchair users up until about Waymark 3.
2. Gresford Bells and Alyn Waters
Just one mile outside of picturesque Gresford you will find the gentle trail of Gresford Bells and Alyn Waters. Created from reclaimed land which was once the site of a large mine, this stretch of pathway and parkland is now green and lush; it even contains a unique sculpture trail which will help to keep younger children interested during the walk.
In its final section, the trail descends into lush fields alongside the River Alyn; here, walkers will find the remains of the historic Bryn Alyn Hill Fort, a striking contrast to the contemporary sculptures.
3. Overton / Owrtyn, Erbistock
This walk, site of the “Overton Yew Trees,” starts by descending toward the river River Dee; it then takes walkers on a meandering journey through a woodland area before climbing again. Though this trail is not steep, it does offer some attractive views from its top points. (Note that while this trail is not challenging, it can get muddy; trainers are not advised and those with limited walking ability should practice caution in the event of slippery terrain.)
After another riverside stretch and a second climb, walkers will enter the charming village of Overton where they can purchase refreshments and rest.
4. The Precipice Walk, North of Dolgellau
Though this trail is a bit more challenging than the walking routes in North Wales listed above, it’s ideal for those who wish to treat their family to the views offered by North Wales’ famous mountainous countryside. Children will need to be closely supervised, of course, but there are no truly steep drops along this trail and the majority of the path, while somewhat rocky, is perfectly walkable.
The path begins with a walk through a stretch of woodland, then opens up as walkers head north, offering spectacular views of the Coed y Brenin Forest. From there, the trail carries on above the River Mawddach, eventually leading to beautiful vistas over the sea at Barmouth and then over Dolgellau—widely regarded as some of the best scenery in North Wales. Finally, walkers will return along the banks of Llyn Cynwch.