Leading politicians get behind Wales largest ever coastal walking festival

Wales Coast Path VoG

The First Minister will attend the Wales Coast Path’s new walking festival in the Vale of Glamorgan this weekend. The festival celebrates seven years of the iconic 870-mile path, with the aim of encouraging locals across Wales to get outdoors, meet new people and appreciate the beautiful Welsh landscapes.

On the 19 of May, the First Minister, Mark Drakeford, will be joining one of the new guided walks in Llantwit Major. The Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn will also be in attendance, to celebrate seven years of the path and show support for Wales’ fantastic asset.

The First Minister said “The 870-mile Wales Coast Path is a beacon of our nation’s national beauty and something we can all be proud of.

“It’s a pleasure to join the birthday celebrations. Since opening, the path has made a huge contribution to the Welsh economy and has brought many broader health and well being benefits.

“We’re always looking to improve walkers’ experiences and attract new visitors to the coast path – this year we’ve provided more than £500,000 to fund important work along the path; a new website and augmented reality app is being developed and an incentive as well as a reward scheme for people completing parts of the trail.

“With so much to look forward to, the path will go from strength to strength over the next seven years.”

The festival comes to a close in the Vale of Glamorgan with a selection of walks organised by the Wales Coast Path and Ramblers Cymru, showcasing the unique natural beauty and wildlife found along the southern stretches of the Wales Coast Path. Walk highlights for the final day of this year’s festival, include an insight into Glamorgan’s ancient history with the ‘Saints and Castles’ walk, a beach clean at Llantwit Major Beach with Keep Wales Tidy and the ten-mile ‘Rail Ramble’ between Llantwit Major to Rhoose.  

The festival has drawn support from a number of ministers, including former MP and AM for Ogmore, Huw Irranca-Davies, who joined walkers in Saundersfoot last weekend to explore Pembrokeshire’s iconic coastline.

The festival launched on the 4 May in Llandudno and has made its way down the coast, ending in the Vale of Glamorgan on 19 May. The festival programme has featured over 40 new guided walks specifically designed to suit all ages and abilities, with the majority of the walks free to join. All walks will be led by experienced guides offering insights into the unique wildlife, fascinating history and culture that can be found along the way.

The festival, which coincides with Visit Wales’ Year of Discovery 2019, will follow a theme of discovery which will be prominent throughout. The Wales Coast Path is the world’s first uninterrupted route along a national coast and gives hikers access to undiscovered sections of the coast with stunning views, rugged landscapes and rare wildlife.

19 May festival programme:

09:30 - Saints and Castles, Wick to Llantwit Major

09:45 - Rhoose to Llantwit Major, Rail Ramble

09:45 - Barry to Llantwit Major - Severn Views and Heritage Coast

10:00 - Celtic Crosses and Ancient Stories - Llantwit Major

10:00 - Llantwit Major Beach Clean - Tresilian Bay

10:15 - Marcross to Llantwit Major

14:00 - The Seven Deadly Sins, Llancarfan

To learn more about the Wales Coast Path walking festival or book walks visit: www.walescoastpath.gov.uk

Admission free (additional charges for linear walks where transport is required).

Register to attend the festival: www.eventbrite.co.uk/wales-coast-path-walking-festival