Een langeafstandspad (of groot gedeelte daarvan) is een top trail als het
door een mooi landschap voert. Dat spreekt voor zich.
Drie verdere belangrijke punten zijn:
1. een goede markering in het terrein,
2. een goed wandelkaartje met daarin de route ingetekend, en
3. een goede routebeschrijving .
Vooral het eerste punt, de goede
markering in het terrein, is belangrijk.
Je hoeft dan geen energie te verspillen aan het vinden van de route.

Uit een groot aantal routes heb ik de volgende geselecteerd:

Offa's Dyke Path.. (Chepstow – Prestatyn = 285 km) . (Welsh Borders)
... During the 8th century, King Offa of Mercia ordered a great dyke to be
... built, stretching from sea to sea, to mark the western boundary of his
... kingdom with Wales.
... In places it is still visible as a bank up to 25 feet high with a deep ditch
... alongside.
... Beginning at Chepstow on the Severn Estuary, Offa's Dyke Path follows the
... course of this ancient earthwork to Prestatyn on the coast of North Wales.
... This path is tougher and more geographically diverse, than Glyndwr's Way.
... The trail hops repeatedly back and forth across the border, exhibiting stark
... differences in the atmosphere of villages just a few miles apart.
... Covering just about every landscape on offer in this part of the country, it's
... a rewarding undertaking.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path . (deeltraject: Newport – Dale = 154 km)
... This magnificent trail between the villages of Newport in the north and
... Dale in the south follows the coastline of the Pembrokeshire National
... Park through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Britain.
... For much of the time the path keeps to the clifftops, providing superb views
... of the cliffs, beaches and offshore stacks (= klippen) and islands with their
... abundant birdlife.


.Glyndŵr's Way.. (deel Knighton–Machynlleth = 119 km). (Mid Wales)
... From the Wales-England border, Glyndŵr's Way takes walkers through
... historically significant sites from Glyndŵr's life amid the beautiful rolling
... hills, open moors and small farms characteristic of Mid Wales.
... It's easier, and more conventionally pretty, than Offa's Dyke Path.
... The areas it passes through are pretty far off the tourist circuit, which
... means walkers could well be the only visitors in most of the hamlets
... along the way.
... A lot of locals in this largely rural part of Wales will give you extra credit
... for arriving on foot.

Offa's Dyke Path and Glyndŵr's Way trace their roots to the actions of
historic figures (Welsh hero Owain Glyndŵr and King Offa of Mercia).
Both are important illustrations of the extended, often violent tug-of-war
between England and Wales, and
both wind through wildly varied but consistently gorgeous landscapes.

Mogelijk nog twee 'top trail'- kandidaten:

Wye Valley Walk.. (deeltraject ................................ = ... km)
... Ever since the 18th century, when it was 'discovered' by artists, writers and
... poets like Turner, Coleridge and Wordsworth, the Wye has been described
... as the most beautiful river in Wales.
... This delightful trail follows the Wye from its source on the slopes of
... Plynlimon in mid-Wales to Chepstow, where the waters of the river empty
... into the Severn Estuary.

.Anglesey Coast Path ...(deeltraject: ............................. = ... km)
... Anglesey (Ynys Môn) lies off the coast of North Wales, separated from the
... mainland by the treacherous waters of the Menai Strait.
... The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path encircles this enchanting island, taking in
... sweeping sandy beaches, expansive dunes, tidal estuaries, rocky headlands
... and towering sea cliffs.

De paden met het eikel-symbooltje . . . zijn de National Trails.
Dit is een selecte groep paden die door de nationale overheid financieel
gesteund worden.
Daardoor zijn hun markering in het terrein (en voorzieningen als overstapjes)
zéér goed.
Ook hebben ze allemaal een uitstekende wandelgids.
Route-finding is bij hen dan ook geen enkel probleem.
(Zie voor een introductie van deze paden het gelijknamige boek hieronder.)

De overige paden hebben soms een iets minder goede markering.
Wat schoonheid betreft, doen ze echter niet onder.


Wales is hilly, and for the most part, a mountainous country, dominated
by the Cambrian Mts , central and north, and
by the Brecon Beacons of the south.

In the Cambrians more than a dozen peaks exceed 3,000 ft (914 meters)
( In Schotland noemt men dergelijke bergen Munro ! )
The highest mountain in Wales, Mt. Snowdon , rises to 1,085 meters.

Along its eastern border with England, wide river valleys cover the land.

In the northeast, just above the Dee River, the Clwydian Range
(or Clwydian Hills ) are a short 20-mile range of undulating hill and moorland. 

The Brecon Beacons in the south and southeast are a series of rolling hills, and low mountains, that include the Black Mountains.

Sandy beaches extend along much of the northern and western coastlines
of Wales.
Sea cliffs front the Llŷn Peninsula , as well as the southwestern coastline.
In the far south, scattered coastal cliffs, rolling hills and wide stretches of sandy beach extend from Pembroke to the western edges of Cardiff. 

Rugged cliffs, and very wide sandy beaches and dunes front the
Gower Peninsula


.... The 19 National Trails of England, Scotland
.... and Wales, Paddy Dillon
.... (Cicerone Guide)

.The National Trails - boek




Nieuw venster Walking in Britain
.... Sandra Bardwell c.s.
.... (Lonely Planet Walking Guides)

Walking in Britain - boek

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