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South Wales is the areas West of the Bristol Channel. It contains the Welsh capital of Cardiff and the Taff Trail walk/cycle path which links Cardiff to the Brecon Beacons National Park. Here are some of our favourite dog walks in South Wales.

Talybont Reservoir

Talybont reservoir and forest circular are perfect for a gentle stroll with your dog. Talybont is the largest still water reservoir in the Brecon Beacons and is 3km long. Therefore, it is quite a long walk. There is also a woodland, The Taff Trail, and National Cycle route 8. The track follows the old 19C tramway which is pretty cool. Many dogs go on this walk, so your dog is sure to find some friends along the way. During the walk, you can admire the mountains and it is a great place to take a photo with you and your dog. Overall, it is very scenic!

The Four Falls Trail

This walk is quite challenging. However, seeing and experiencing the four waterfalls is definitely worth it. There is even a waterfall you can go behind- just like in the movies! To get to these waterfalls you have to go through the woodland, across bridges, and besides the streams. It is a very interesting walk. It is about 5.5miles overall so an older dog most likely will not be able to walk the full duration. This walk offers a range of terrain and a magical waterfall experience. It is for sure a walk you will remember. 


There are a few options for walks here. The longer walk is around 8 miles while the others are quite leisurely. The key things to see on these walks are Ogmore Castle, the layered cliffs of the Heritage Coast, the walled gardens, the ruins of Dunraven Castle, the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, and the area’s best beach (Dunraven Bay at Southerndown). There are seasonal restrictions for pets so check the website for more details. This walk offers a lot to see so it would be a place to return. This way you will be able to see the walk from many different perspectives. Overall, the main walk is 8 miles, the optional shorter walk is 4 miles, and Dunraven coastal loop is 2 miles long. Therefore, there are loads of walks to choose from. 

The Mast

This walk is not too steep and has a gravel path. Most dogs will be able to conquer it. At the top, there is a mast and a nice view of the surrounding area. You can make the walk simple or you can continue to walk along the mountains. There is also free parking and a picnic area to have some lunch.

Penllergare Woods

This is a beautiful walk to take your dog on. It is a forest that has a range of paths to take. There are main trails that go along the riverside and wood and there are also smaller trails if you want a shorter walk. The longer walks will definitely tire your dog out. The smaller walks are better for an older dog. There are lakes for your dog to take a dip and enjoy splashing around- if your dog loves the water. Also, there is a dog friendly café and they offer dog treats for your dog. 

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