Sunrise walks

by Alf Alderson, 18th September 2018

Watching the sun come up from a windswept peak is a fantastic way to start the day and these beautiful east-facing walks will give you a ringside seat

It’s not unusual to head off for a walk late in the day to watch the sun set in the west – ideally from a good vantage point.

However, not that many of us head out on a walk specifically to watch the sun rise, even though it can be just as dramatic and life-affirming as the setting of the sun. This is mainly due to the fact that – obviously – sunrise occurs early in the day and few people want to get up before the crack of dawn to go for a walk, especially in the summer months when the alarm might have to be set for 4am!

But in the middle of autumn you can enjoy a sunrise perambulation without having to get up too early – in mid-October sunrise is at around 7.30am in Wales. In fact, you could even enjoy a walk and a viewing of sun-up before going to work. Watching the first rays of the sun radiate across the land is as good a way as any of starting the working day.

This month’s walks all take you to vantage points where you should – on a clear day – enjoy a good view to the east to watch the sunrise. You don’t necessarily need to get to the high points to enjoy sun-up but the higher you are, the more dramatic it will be. So, set your alarm and get up with the birds for your next walk.

• Check the time of sunrise and sunset for any date and location at www.timeanddate.com


ROUTE 1 Climb up to these atmospheric castle ruins overlooking Llangollen to watch the sunrise, just as knights of old perhaps once did!

ROUTE 2 View the sunrise from the summit of one of Shropshire’s most iconic hills

ROUTE 3 Old industrial sites provide access to the high ground above Llangattock, Brecon Beacons for sunrise views


Route inaccessible? If you find that any of the routes featured on walesandborders.com has become inaccessible in any way, do let us know so we can alert the necessary authorities on your behalf. You can email the Web Editor at webeditor@borderpublishing.com

For the full feature on sunrise walks, see the October 2018 issue of Welsh Border Life. For back issues, click here.


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