A big weekend for walking in Wales

Big Welsh Walk walkers

Big Welsh Coastal Walk in Llanelli

Walkers in Wales can now enjoy 870 miles of continuous footpath along the country’s coastline thanks to the launch of the Wales Coast Path.

The path, which was officially launched in Aberystwyth, Cardiff Bay and Flint on 5 May, stretches from Deeside to Chepstow, taking in countless areas of historical and natural interest – including the Isle of Anglesey, Pembrokeshire Coast and Gower Peninsula – along the way.

Thousands of walkers joined the Big Welsh Coastal Walk organised by Ramblers Cymru from 5-6 May, all keen to be the first to enjoy the landmark coast path. Ramblers members were out in force, hosting many of the more than 130 guided walks on offer over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Walkers strode out from both ends of the path, and from many points in-between, with scores of Scouts and Guides joining in the celebrations. Ordnance Survey also created the largest map of Wales in existence in honour of the event.

Work on the Wales Coast Path, described by Director of Ramblers Cymru Angelah Charlton as “a milestone for access” to the Welsh countryside, is far from over and there will be on-going efforts to improve the route for walkers along its length.

The weekend’s successful launch does however step up the pressure for the English Coastal Path, which lies at the heart of our One Coast For All campaign.

For more information about the Wales Coast Path visit www.walescoastpath.gov.uk.