5 Best Cardiff Walks And Where To Have Lunch After

Whether you're looking to be at one with nature or just need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, the capital is chock-full of rollicking rambles and pretty paths that'll give you a much-needed breath of fresh air. But, considering there are so many to choose from, we've decided to round up our absolute favourites in this guide to the best walks Cardiff has waiting for you, including plenty of pubs and restaurants to enjoy a post-plod bite to eat.

Fforest Fawr Circular Walk - 2.5 miles

For those of you seeking the best forest walks near Cardiff, this lovely jaunt will take you past luscious greenery, majestic canopies and a load of unique sights - think carved sculptures and the medieval Castle Coch. The Fforest Fawr Circular Walk is also rich in biodiversity, especially in spring, when the bluebells and ancient woods come to life. Keeping with the foliage theme, The Botanist in the city centre is a fantastic restaurant to visit after for an internationally inspired feast in gorgeous surrounds.

Fforest Fawr Cardiff Walk | DesignMyNight

Make sure to pack your camera and snap up all the Insta-worthy views.

Wales Coast Path - 9.6 miles

While the full length of the Wales Coast Path, which directs you along the entirety of the Welsh shore, will take you days, you can simply just enjoy the Cardiff section. Take the train to Newport then follow the coastline until you reach Penarth; you'll be privy to impressive views across the Severn Estuary, as well as glimpses of the area's rich wildlife and Cardiff Bay's many attractions. Need somewhere to refuel on the way? Give cosy pub The Eli Jenkins a visit.

Wales Coast Path Cardiff | DesignMyNight

Is this one of the best coastal walks near Cardiff? Without a doubt.

Cardiff Bay Trail - 6.2 miles

Get to know the ins and outs of the city's marina on the Cardiff Bay Trail. The stunning circular stroll takes you by some of the area's most iconic sights; you'll pass the famous Norwegian Church, Millennium Centre and the Wetland Reserve, not to mention the pretty seaside town of Penarth. The 6.2 mile meander is sure to work an appetite, so after you've felt the wind in your hair by the sea, head to Culley's Kitchen & Bar to chomp on scrumptious British fare or a lip-smacking Sunday roast.

Cardiff Bay Circular Walk Cardiff | DesignMyNight

This pick of circular walks near Cardiff for family and mates alike provides a splendid tour around the city's famous buildings.

Bute Park River Trail - 2.4 miles

If you don't fancy straying too far, there are also plenty of gorgeous walks in Cardiff city centre. Bringing a much-welcomed slab of greenery to the otherwise concrete jungle, the Bute Park River Trail showcases an abundance of tree varieties, wildlife (the bee hives are especially adorable) and, of course, the magnificent Cardiff Castle. It's the perfect place to rejuvenate, all before finishing at The Pontcanna for elevated pub classics.

Bute Park | DesignMyNight

Bute Park is perfect for romantic walks with your other half.

Ely Trail - 7 miles

You'll hardly believe that you're in the Welsh capital when you embark on the Ely Trail. Kicking off by the coastline in Cardiff Bay and ending in St Fagans, it draws you along the River Ely to lap up countryside and wildlife scenery. Not only will you wind through the idyllic Glan Ely Woods, but if you summit Grangemoor Hill, you'll also be treated to unbeatable views of the city. At the end of the trail, head to traditional boozer The Plymouth Arms for a refreshing pint and a nibble.

River Ely Trail | DesignMyNight

On beautiful summer days, there are also lots of spots for cute picnics along the River Ely.

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