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Beautiful Trail Running Routes in Wales

Whilst the summer time is reserved for beach picnics and watersports, Autumn in Wales is the perfect time to lace up your trainers and discover its beautiful countryside through trail running. No matter where you decide to travel with your campervan in Wales, you’ll be able to find scenic routes to suit you, from the coastal lanes in the North to Cardiff’s colourful canal paths.

For some inspiration, here are a handful of the best trail running routes in Wales for you to plan your Autumn visit around.

Snowdonia, North Wales

You may have your sights already set on visiting Snowdonia as it offers endless opportunities for you and your campervan. Trial runs in this area may bring you along the coastal stretch between Rhos-on-Sea and Deganwy, which will take you either around, or up and over, the Great Orme in Llandudno, depending on how brave you’re feeling! With coastal flats and mountainous inland, you can find your stride with a run that suits you, with beautiful scenic spots to admire along the way.

Snowdonia, assets.wales.com

Newborough Forest, Anglesey

The Isle of Anglesey is at the most northern point of Wales, and is worth visiting for anyone wanting to explore the North Coast and beyond. The wildlife around the sea and cliff paths is thriving, and the Newborough Forest trail run is a brilliant place to see this for yourselves! The trail spans across 4 1/2 miles of countryside and keeps you guessing as it takes you across the sand dunes and through the forest, where you might spot adorable red squirrels.

Newborough Forest, assets.wales.com

River Taff and Cardiff Castle Loop, Cardiff

It’s needless to say that Wales’ capital city has appeal to every kind of visitor, and the refreshing breeze and cooler weather makes Autumn a brilliant time to explore its bustling streets and landmarks. For a run or walk that will take you past the City’s most iconic sites, you can follow the walkway along the River Taff and loop around to the must-see Cardiff Castle.

Cardiff Castle South Wales, assets.wales.com

Penllergare Valley Woods, West Wales

A beautiful rural area in the heart of Wales, here you will find 7 miles of paths that will navigate you through the surrounding woodland. It’s the perfect place for you to run to your heart’s content, with the sound of the rushing water from the nearby waterfall and the sound of birdsong encouraging you to keep exploring.

Newcastle Emlyn, West Wales

Bordering Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, Newcastle Emlyn is a quintessential Welsh hillside town, with cosy pubs and riverside walks at arms reach and a rich culture seeped in legend and mystery. Lace up your trainers and prepare for a challenging yet rewarding run, taking you across a mix of roads and rural lanes where you’ll follow the River Teifi along a scattered landscape of bluebells, castle ruins and shaded hamlets and glens.

Castle Medieval Defence, assets.wales.com