WALES is busier than ever this summer holiday, with people heading west to enjoy its dramatic coastline, national parks and Celtic culture.

So if you’re looking to unearth its rugged beauty on a path less-trodden, why not try a Treasure Trail?

The themed, self-guided adventures are a fantastic way for all the family to discover a part of the country which may be hidden from many other tourists.

Typically taking around two hours to complete, the aim of each themed Treasure Trail – be it a treasure hunt, spy mission or detective mystery – is to solve clues on a circular route of approximately two miles.

Cycling treasure trails

Costing just £9.99, each guided booklet is a fantastic way to get active with friends or family whilst enjoying the great outdoors and exploring the buildings, landmarks and monuments of the local area. Trails are often close to cafés, shops and restaurants, so adventurers can take their time solving the clues and enjoy food and drink breaks or stock up on snacks for a picnic.

Visit treasuretrails.co.uk for a full list of locations and Trails by region. Some are suitable for driving and cycling as well as walking, whilst suitability and the estimated time of each trail are explained on the website.

Pick a pocket money-sized Treasure Trail from the 1,200 available across the UK and unearth the glorious landmarks and quirky corners of our villages, towns and cities.

The booklets are available to buy online and download to print at home, or they can be sent via post within 3-5 working days.

Treasure trails can be enjoyed by the whole family

Here Are Our Top 5 Favourite Trails for Hidden Wales:

Aberaeron, Dyfed (2 miles, 2 hours) – The Trail starts at the seafront car park and takes you around the harbour, along the seafront, into the main street and then to the outskirts of town, returning alongside the River Aeron. Part of the Trail also follows the shingle coastal path offering some great scenic views.

New Quay, Dyfed (2.5 miles, 2 hours) – The Trail starts at the car park on Church Road as you approach the town downhill and takes you on a challenging walk around the town and picturesque harbour area. The route reveals stunning views over New Quay bay before returning to the start point.

Rhayader, Powys (1.5 miles, 2 hours) – The Trail starts and finishes close to the leisure centre and heads through town, down to the river and past the castle. Nestled amid beautiful rugged scenery, this is a great place to dawdle whilst listening to the birds and looking out for leaping salmon!

Newport, Pembrokeshire (2.5 miles, 3 hours) – The Trail starts at the harbour car park and explores this fascinating coastal town. Your mission to solve the clues will lead you to the estuary, through the town and past the church before returning to the harbour along the coastal path.

Llandeilo, Dyfed (1.5 miles, 2 hours) – The Trail starts in the town centre car park and leads you around the town of Llandeilo, situated at the heart of the Tywi Valley and on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. The route takes in the most interesting parts of the town, including a visit to the bridge over the River Tywi.