Our walking trails and information to plan your walk

Coronavirus update


We have re-opened the car parks and trails in most of our woodlands and nature reserves to provide more people with access to the places they love.


Visitor facilities at some woodlands and nature reserves may be limited for now and some places remain closed – see each place’s web page for more information.


Visiting our sites safely


We are working hard to provide a safe and welcoming experience as our sites re-open.


Please take personal responsibility for your safety, making additional preparations ahead of your visit and abiding by the safety measures in place.


See our tips about how to plan for and enjoy a safe visit.

Our walking trails

There are walking trails in many of the woodlands and National Nature Reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales.

These walking trails are waymarked from start to finish and are graded to give an indication of difficulty.

They normally start from a car park where there is an information panel about the trail.

The panel tells you which waymarkers (a coloured arrow or other symbol) to follow and has information about the trail’s grade, the length of time it may take to complete and what to look out for along the route.

Sometimes we need to close or divert a trail whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations - please follow any instructions on site and any temporary diversion signs.

Our accessible trails

There are accessible trails in some of the woodlands and National Nature Reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales.

These trails are suitable for everyone including people with wheelchairs and pushchairs.

They are waymarked from their starting point in the car park to the finish.

Many of them have benches or other resting places along the route.

Public rights of way

You can walk on all four categories of public right of way:

  • Public footpaths
  • Public bridleways
  • Restricted byways
  • Byways open to all traffic

Find out more about public rights of way.

Open access land

You can walk on any land that has been designated as open access.

Most of the woodlands and some of the National Nature Reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales have been designated as open access.

Open access land is shown on Ordnance Survey Explorer maps.

Find out more about open access land.

National Trails

National Trails are long distance routes through some of the best landscapes in England and Wales.

There are three National Trails in Wales:

  • Glyndŵr’s Way
  • Offa’s Dyke Path
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Find out more on the National Trails website.

Wales Coast Path

The Wales Coast Path provides a continuous walking route around the coastline of Wales.

The path is 870 miles long from the outskirts of Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south.

Find out more on the Wales Coast Path website.

The Countryside Codes

The Countryside Codes provide advice to plan a visit to the outdoors and to help keep you and other people safe.

Find out more about the Countryside Codes.