Wales Coast Path

870 miles of path to explore right around Wales

The Wales Coast Path was officially opened on the 5 May 2012, making Wales the first nation in the world to have a continuous path around its coastline.  The stunning long-distance route of the Wales Coast Path runs for 870 miles.  Its official start and finish points are on the border with England in Chester in the north and in Chepstow in the south. 

The coast path is a highly varied route with a wide range of options to choose from.  It can offer challenge seekers an epic long-distance route, or leisurely strolls for families and day walkers. The routes offer the perfect way to see coastal habitats and nature and to connect with history by visiting castles and remnants of shipwrecks and the industrial past. 


Planning a visit 

The Wales Coast Path website offers maps, itineraries, and guidebooks to help you plan your trip.  It includes information on 7 regional sections of the path and easy access routes.  

Or follow our guides to coastal walks in Pembrokeshire and great walks on the Gower, south Wales 


The Ramblers and the coast path 

The Wales Coast Path is steeped in Ramblers history.  Former Ramblers Cymru President, Jane Davidson was one of the instigators of the path, alongside then first minister for Wales, Rhodri Morgan. Their aim was to link up and build upon the success of the existing coastal paths in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Anglesey and the Llŷn.  

For the launch of the path Ramblers Cymru volunteers led walks along the coast at Cardiff, Aberystwyth, and Flint. Ramblers Cymru has maintained a close connection with the Wales Coast Path, marking the path’s anniversary by organising a walking festival on the path in 2019 and a special 10 year anniversary walk in Barmouth in 2022.    

Many Ramblers path maintenance groups work hard to support local authorities in coastal areas, helping to keep the path open and accessible. 

Dramatic cliffs give way to a wide sandy beach and people playing in the breaking waves

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Llan Ffestiniog waterfall

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A group of people walking across and open field of wildflowers

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