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The best way to enjoy Cardiff's walking trails

There’s two great ways to make the most of Cardiff’s green spaces, printable trails and digital app, both will turn your walk into a fun, family adventure the kids will love.

(Outdoor Cardiff)

Wildlife Explorer Trails

Summer is the best time of year to discover the beauty and diversity of Cardiff’s amazing green spaces. From city centre parks buzzing with life to beautiful woodlands filled with hidden wildlife, there’s lots of options for a fun, family day out that gets the little ones outside and best of all they are all completely free.

Cardiff has a huge variety of plants and animals that can be found along the explorer trails, making it really easy to learn about what animals, insects and habitats exist along your nature walk.

If you print out a trail map, you can follow the posts and make a rubbing of each plaque, remember to take a crayon or pencil with you. Find as many posts as you can and learn a fun fact about each item you have found and see if you can spot them along the way. There are 12 trails across Cardiff to explore, all of which you can download from the Outdoor Cardiff website.


Love Exploring App

Hidden in glorious parks across the capital is nature like you’ve never seen it before, super-sized in augmented reality.

All you need is a smartphone and the free Love Exploring app to find the enormous black ant in Cardiff Bay or the friendly 6-foot wasp at Roath Park, look out for the beautiful ladybird that’s made Cardiff Castle and Bute Park its home. The Love Exploring app puts the power of discovery in your hands by providing a range of quiz trails and guided tours that are fun to do and free to use.

Explore Cardiff’s history and nature trails or augmented reality Dinosaur Safari, Tree Fairies, Mini Beasts and lots more. There are trails in Cardiff Bay, Bute Park, Roath Park, Parc Cefn Onn and Fforest Fawr. There’s games and quizzes for all the family in the app and even walking trails for all ages to learn more about Cardiff’s great outdoors. Just download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play and let the adventure begin.



Upcoming Event

TAFWYL in Bute Park 13th & 14th of July 2024

Tafwyl is a free, two day festival which brings together the best of Welsh language music, arts and culture in the heart of Cardiff. With three music stages featuring a wide variety of artists, a sports area, kids’ village, an array of street food and market stalls and more, Tafwyl has something for the whole family. There is a warm welcome for all, Welsh-speaker or not, and you don’t need a ticket to enter, so come along, join in the festival fun and experience all that Tafwyl has to offer!

To discover the 12 Cardiff walking trails and download the free Love Exploring app visit


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