Five places to slip in Cambria with walks from the threshold, near welcome and the charitable of extras walkers increase – from way tips to hearty meals
1. Y Talbot, Tregaron
Walkers have been resting weary soles at this Ceredigion inn for centuries or, rather, drovers have. Since at least the 17th century cattle would be herded from this small town over the Cambrian mountains to markets in London and the Midlands. These days any stomping around the hills is done for pleasure; Tregaron is a Walkers Are Welcome town and the inn’s owners are seasoned hikers, happy to suggest routes, pack picnics, recommend organised local walks, point guests in the direction of local guide, Dafydd or show you to the dedicated drying room.
2. Trericket Mill, nr Builth Wells
Ideal for day hikes into the Brecon Beacons, and a stopping off point on the Wye Valley Walk, this veggie B&B in Powys caters for all but carnivorous walkers. If you’re passing through you can choose between B&B or bunk accommodation. Or opt for a riverside self-catering cabin and stay for a few days of day hikes. Stoke yourself up on freshly-laid duck or hen eggs at breakfast and book in for hearty, home cooked evening meals; there’s a choice between more elaborate three-course dinners (£20) or simple casserole-style suppers (£9)
3. Oriel Milgi, St Dogmaels
An indulgent place to start or finish the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, this stylish, dog-friendly B&B comes with vintage furniture, contemporary art, kingsize beds, show-off showers and cooked-to-order breakfasts with local jams and artisan loaves. The owners are passionate walkers and can recommend routes, supply maps and guides, point you in the direction of hop-on, hop-off coastal buses for day walks along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path or help with luggage transfers if you’re tackling a longer route. The village is home to a brilliantly retro fish and chip shop and an atmospheric waterside pub.
4. The Harbourmaster, Aberaeron
Part of Ceredigion’s Cab a Bag scheme, where accommodation providers and taxi companies along and around the Wales Coast Path take walkers’ bags from place to place, this chic waterside hotel has long been a favourite with hikers. After a few days of trail-stomping, the Frette sheets, Melin Tregwynt blankets and cafetiere coffee in its 13 decadent bedrooms (all named after ships built in the adjacent harbour in the 19th century) feel like just rewards. If you’re sick of marmite sandwiches, the hotel’s restaurant offers respite in the shape of Welsh beef, locally caught crab and loin of Brecon venison.
5. Hiraeth Bunkhouse, nr Llanwrda
A recently converted mill designed with walkers in mind, this contemporary, 20-bed bunkhouse in Carmarthenshire is a good choice for families, who pay the same rate whether it’s the school holidays or not. A member of the Association of Bunkhouse Operators in Wales, it comes with a designated drying room, large farmhouse kitchen and wet rooms with underfloor heating. As well as walks from the door (the owners will happily recommend suitable routes and lend guides and maps) try the six-hour hike around the ‘Lady of the Lake’; the start is 15 minutes’ drive away. Packed lunches can be ordered and there are some excellent local pubs nearby.