In times like these, Wales’ natural outdoor beauty is a huge advantage that we need to be thankful for. Whilst gathering indoors with all your friends and family is not currently possible, there are a number of scenic areas in Cardiff that allow you a calming few hours away from your laptop or Netflix binging routine.
Cambrian Way. Starting at the infamous Cardiff Castle, this lovely walk follows the River Taff until you eventually finish at Castell Coch – a great way to see two of Wales’ 600+ castles. This walk will stretch your legs through enchanted natural forestry for 9.5 miles, so be sure to wear some comfy footwear!
Wales Coast Path. The Cardiff section of the Wales Coast Path covers just under 16km and forms continuous links with Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan. The route continues along the seawall, with great views across the Severn Estuary and good opportunities for bird watching. This is the perfect route for those looking to breathe in some fresh salt air.
Blackweir Woods. Accessible via a stroll behind the castle through Bute Park, this beautiful woodland is designated as a Site of Interest for Nature Conservation (SINC) because of its importance to wildlife in Cardiff. If you look up in the trees you can spot bat boxes, as well as a variety of birds, butterflies and moths. Otters have also been spotted along this stretch of the River Taff.
Ely Trail. This trail follows the River Ely all the way from Cardiff Bay to the countryside of St Fagans for approximately 7 miles. The Ely Valley is one of Cardiff’s green corridors with a vast array of landscapes and habitats – much of the river and its banks are also designated as SINC. If you’re lucky, you can spot herons, kingfishers and otters!