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Welsh hat on white with name in green; lowlands only, not mountainsCambrian Way

Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Gwynedd, Monmouthshire, Powys, Torfaen

481 km / 299 miles
Described as the Mountain Connoisseur's Walk, this route through upland Wales involves nearly 70,000ft of ascent and requires much stamina to complete. It is a tough, high-level route which should not be underestimated. Navigational skills are of paramount importance.

From the south coast, it follows a meandering northerly route over the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, Carmarthen Fan, Plynlimon, Cadair Idris, the Rhinogs, the Snowdon massif and the Carneddau to reach the north coast. In places there are route options.

Tony Drake, now sadly deceased, pioneered the route, and his guide was reprinted in 2016. Cambrian Way Trust now has a comprehensive website with maps and details to compliment the route guide. A new guide was published in July 2019 by Cicerone.

UPDATE October 2020 - Work to start upgrading the 150 year old Barmouth Viaduct starts in September 2020. It will affect the route of the path as it goes over the viaduct across the Mawddawch Estuary. During this upgrade the bridge will be closed temporarily on certain dates.
An alternative route is being looked into for walkers on the path and will be posted on this page. If you are planning to walk in this area, we suggest you also follow Network Rail social media for updates.
https://www.walescoastpath.gov.uk/latest-news/temporary-path-diversions/?lang=en


Details:

Waymark: Welsh hat on white with name in green; lowlands only, not mountains
Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: Welsh hat on white with name in green; lowlands only, not mountains
Attributes: Very Challenging
Moorland
Mountain
Start: ST181764 - Cardiff Castle, Cardiff View on StreetMap
Finish: SH782775 - Conwy Castle, Conwy View on StreetMap
User Group: Cambrian Way Trust Cambrian Way Trust
Web Sites: Cambrian Way Independent Hostels UK - Cambrian Way Accommodation The battle for the Cambrian Way Long Distance Walks in South Wales Conwy County Borough Council - Cambrian Way Backpack Artist - Cambrian Way [blog]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Walking the Cambrian Way : classic Wales mountain trek - south to north from Cardiff to Conwy  (Cicerone Press  - 2019 )
Guidebook Cambrian Way - The Mountain Connoisseur's Walk  (Cordee Ltd  - 2016 )
Guidebook Cambrian Way  (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch  - 2000 )
Other BBC Radio Wales : Country Focus : Millions of trees and the Cambrian Way  (BBC )

Maps:

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 115, 124, 125, 135, 136, 146, 147, 160, 161, 171
OS Landranger Active 115, 124, 125, 135, 136, 146, 147, 160, 161, 171
OS Explorer 12, 13, 17, 18, 23, 151, 152, 166, 187, 200, 213, 214, 215, 263
OS Explorer Active 12, 13, 17, 18, 23, 151, 152, 166, 187, 200, 213, 214, 215, 263

Walking Support Providers:

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Baggage Handling and Self Guided Walks (Celtic Trails Walking Holidays)
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Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

 
 
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Bunk House
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Bunk House
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Bunk House
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144 km
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145 km
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Bunk House
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291 km
Bunk House
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346 km
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455 km
Bunk House
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456 km
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456 km
Bunk House
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468 km
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468 km
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470 km
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472 km
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480 km
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480 km

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Connected Paths:

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Downloads:

GPX Route File
Cambrian Way GPX Exchange Format Route File
Last Updated 23/07/2020 22:10:16
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MemoryMap Route File
Cambrian Way Memory Map Route File
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Tracklogs Route File
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Route Profile:

477.1 km (296.5 miles)
21,402 m (70,217 ft) ascent
1,044 m (3,425 ft)  maximum height

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