Walking in the Vale

The Vale of Glamorgan is a fantastic place to go walking

Our series of ten Vale Trails will help you discover the world of coastal and countryside walks on your doorstep.

Along the Vale’s rugged Glamorgan Heritage Coast you can discover the last manned lighthouse in Wales (automated as recently as 1998). Inland, walk in the footsteps of one of the Vale’s most colourful characters on the Iolo Morganwg Heritage Walk. If you dare – try the Haunted Field walk where you’ll come across Neolothic Tinkinswood Burial Chamber  - it’s capstone is one of the largest in Europe.

While you’re out don’t forget to pay a visit to some of the characterful pubs and cosy cafes along the way, where a warm welcome awaits you.

Don't miss our brand new Vale Tales app. The storytelling app brings to life all the stories behind the trails. You will hear tales of treachery, romance, Hollywood legends and dastardly deeds by famous pirates. Your walks will come alive with the true history of the Vale. Make sure you download the App and pick up your map before you go. 

To find out more about which of our Vale Trails are dog friendly, visit Paws in the Vale walks.

 

Vale Tales

Vale Tales

Hear the stories of the Vale come alive along each of the 10 Vale Trails. Vale Tales; the myths and legends of the Vale of Glamorgan.

Vale Tales

Valeways

Valeways

A volunteer based project for maintenance, protection, preservation and promotion of public rights of way

Valeways

Wales Coast Path

Wales Coast Path

Improve your wellbeing and breathe in some striking surroundings on the Wales Coastal Path.

Wales Coast Path

Vale of Glamorgan Ramblers

Vale of Glamorgan Ramblers

A small and active friendly group who co-ordinate a varied walking programme based in the Vale

Vale of Glamorgan Ramblers

 

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Ogmore by Sea Walk - Vale Trail1

Ogmore by Sea Walk - Vale Trail1

Wonderful natural views such as the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, Dunraven Bay, Ogmore Castle, St. Bridget's Church and the walled gardens and ruins of Dunraven Castle

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Coast and Lighthouse Walk - Vale Trail 2

Coast and Lighthouse Walk - Vale Trail 2

Spectacular, breathtaking views along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with rural farmlands and the ancient woodlands of St Donat's Castle

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Celtic Crosses and Coast Walk - Vale Trail 3

Celtic Crosses and Coast Walk - Vale Trail 3

The perfect route for those who enjoy a bit of history with their walk. The town of Llantwit Major has been a settlement for over 3000 years.

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Park and Seaside Walk - Vale Trail 4

Park and Seaside Walk - Vale Trail 4

From quiet coves to the bustling beaches of Barry, this trail offers walkers the opportunity to experience the Vale of Glamorgan's diverse coastline.

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Coast and Pier Walk - Vale Trail 5

Coast and Pier Walk - Vale Trail 5

This linear route offers wonderful insight into the tourism and maritime industries so important to the Vale of Glamorgan.

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Salmon Leaps Walk - Vale Trail 6

Salmon Leaps Walk - Vale Trail 6

Delightful, refreshing walk that includes a glacial valley, wooded ravine and, if you're lucky, the occasional leaping salmon.

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Haunted Field Walk - Vale Trail 7

Haunted Field Walk - Vale Trail 7

Surely no other walk in the UK offers neolithic burial chambers, Edwardian gardens and supernatural legends all within an easy 7.5 mile country trail?

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Magical Forest Walk - Vale Trail 8

Magical Forest Walk - Vale Trail 8

This circular walk typifies the best of inland Vale of Glamorgan: rich and colourful landscape, large areas of native forest, pretty villages, and a series of impressive views of the coast, nearby towns and city.

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Iolo Morganwg Heritage Walk - Vale Trail 9

Iolo Morganwg Heritage Walk - Vale Trail 9

Explore the historic market town of Cowbridge, its surrounding fields and wooded paths.

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Ewenny and Spring Flowers Walk - Vale Trail 10

Ewenny and Spring Flowers Walk - Vale Trail 10

This is an idyllic, rural trail where walkers can enjoy delightful natural views and some created by talented historical figures.

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Blue Plaque Trail - Llantwit Major

Blue Plaque Trail - Llantwit Major

A walking trail to view sites of particular interest that have been marked with Blue Plaques.

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Coast and Pier dog friendly walk

Coast and Pier dog friendly walk

Dog friendly sections of the Coast and Pier Vale Trail

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Cowbridge Blue Plaque Trail

Cowbridge Blue Plaque Trail

Cowbridge Blue Plaque Trail

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Digital Vale

Digital Vale

Digital Vale - Bringing the Vale to life through digital technology

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Magical Forest dog friendly walk

Magical Forest dog friendly walk

Dog friendly sections of Magical Forest Vale Trail

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Ogmore by Sea dog friendly walk

Ogmore by Sea dog friendly walk

Dog friendly sections of the Ogmore by Sea Vale trail.

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Park and Seaside dog friendly walk

Park and Seaside dog friendly walk

Dog friendly sections of Park and Seaside Vale Trail

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Salmon Leaps dog friendly walk

Salmon Leaps dog friendly walk

Dog friendly sections of Salmon Leaps Vale Trail

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The Three Walks Dunraven

The Three Walks Dunraven

The Three Walks Dunraven

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