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The Wales Coast Path

Pembrokeshire, Caerfai St. Brides Bay

Aberystwyth and Cardican Bay
Aberystwyth and Cardican Bay

The Wales Coast Path is a long-distance footpath that follows the entire coastline of Wales. It is one of the world’s longest continuous coastal trails, covering approximately 870 miles (1,400 kilometers) from the border with England in the north to the border with England again in the south.

View From The Great Orme at Llandudno
View From The Great Orme at Llandudno

The path was officially opened in 2012, making it the first trail in the world to span an entire country’s coastline. It offers walkers the opportunity to explore Wales’ diverse coastline, encompassing a range of landscapes, including cliffs, beaches, estuaries, dunes, and coves. Along the way, hikers can enjoy stunning views of the sea, encounter wildlife, and discover historic sites and charming coastal villages.

Sunrise Over Pwllheli Beach
Sunrise Over Pwllheli Beach

The Wales Coast Path passes through or near several notable locations, including the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Cardigan Bay, the Gower Peninsula, the Isle of Anglesey, and the Llŷn Peninsula. These areas are known for their natural beauty and provide ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, birdwatching, and water sports.

Pembrokeshire, Caerfai St. Brides Bay
Pembrokeshire, Caerfai St. Brides Bay

The path is well-maintained and offers a variety of terrains, ranging from easy, flat sections to more challenging stretches with steep ascents and descents. It is suitable for walkers of all levels of experience and can be enjoyed in its entirety or tackled in smaller sections.

Along the route, there are numerous accommodation options, including hotels, guesthouses, campsites, and self-catering cottages, allowing walkers to plan their journey according to their preferences and desired level of comfort.

Strumble Head Lighthouse, Pembrokeshire at Sunset
Strumble Head Lighthouse, Pembrokeshire at Sunset

The Wales Coast Path also provides access to several interesting landmarks and attractions, including medieval castles, lighthouses, nature reserves, and cultural sites. These offer opportunities to delve into Wales’ rich history, culture, and natural heritage.

Whether you choose to walk a small section or embark on the entire journey, the Wales Coast Path offers a unique way to experience the stunning Welsh coastline, immerse yourself in nature, and discover the country’s diverse landscapes and vibrant coastal communities.

The beach & St Catherine's Island, Tenby, on the Pembrokeshire coast
The beach & St Catherine’s Island, Tenby, on the Pembrokeshire coast

 

The Wales Coast Path and Cardigan Bay
The Wales Coast Path and Cardigan Bay