Thursday, October 27, 2016

Just keep walking. In Wales.

The air is crisp and the colours are sharp, making autumn the perfect time to enjoy a walk. A Welsh government-sponsored body called Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has chosen its top 10 autumn walks that offer every kind of spectacular display that this time of the year has to offer. From the golds, reds and browns of the turning leaves still on the trees to the rusts and yellows of grasslands and the purples and reds of bogs and moorlands. 

Autumn is a great time to walk and enjoy the crunch of leaves underfoot in peaceful woodlands. Look out for unusual fungi and late flowering plants in sand dunes and mosses and lichens along riverside paths.
Cors Caron Walk, Cors Caron National Nature Reserve, Mid Wales

Among the top 10 is the Elidir Trail in Pont Melin-fach near Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons National Park. In the heart of Waterfall Country, the falls can be spectacular after heavy rain. Along the trail, according to folkore, is the entrance to the fairy kingdom.  But even it you don’t spot a fairy, you’ll see plenty of mosses, ferns and lichens along the way!

Trees from around the world line the Forest Garden Discovery Trail in Coed y Brenin Forest Park near Dolgellau. Finding the name labels and fascinating fact signs can be a great game for younger walkers and a great place to visit during half term.
Pont Annell Walk, Caio Forest, South West Wales

The vast wetland at Cors Caron National Nature Reserve near Tregaron is a dramatic sight at any time of year but its colours really come into their own in the autumn. It is a fantastic place for wildlife, too and on warmer days you may see dragonflies and damselflies darting over the water or even a lizard or an adder basking on the boardwalk in the last of the year’s sunshine.

The top 10 autumn walks include several shorter walks suitable for families with young children. Every route is waymarked and takes you through either a woodland or a National Nature Reserve that is managed by Natural Resources Wales. Some of these sites also have visitor centres and cafes.

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