The coast with the most

This year, the Wales Coast Path will mark its 10-year anniversary with a calendar of coastal surprises. It’s the perfect time to discover this wonderful trail afresh.

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Four people standing upon a rock by the coast

The Llŷn Peninsula

When it was officially launched back in 2012, the Wales Coast Path was the first in the world to follow the entire coastline of a country. A decade on, the 870-mile trail has already delivered countless adventures. But 2022 is set to be its most memorable year yet. To mark its 10-year anniversary, the Wales Coast Path will be the venue for a calendar of celebratory events, including a series of guided tours along the Welsh coastline, plus the launch of a carefully curated collection of new walking itineraries. Created in partnership with the Welsh Government historic environment service, Cadw, these walks will showcase standout stretches of coastline and explore places steeped in history, myth and legend, including some of Wales’ most iconic castles. For the first time, walkers will also be able to track their walking adventures through the official Wales Coast Path app, which is being updated to help make the route clear and accessible for as many people as possible.

If you’re keen to get back to nature, the Wales Coast Path is the perfect place to spot many of the creatures that call our coastline home, from rare seabirds to playful seals and dolphins. And if you’re searching for mindful walking to clear your head, restore your inner balance or revive your spirits, there are many unspoilt stretches of coast that offer perfect peace and tranquillity. You’re not alone – a study by the Ramblers shows that 89% of us find that walking in nature helps us to relax and unwind. The Wales Coast Path has arguably never been more important to our health and wellbeing. 
So, this year, why not take the opportunity to discover some of the world’s most spectacular coastal walks? With 870 miles of gorgeous coastline to explore, you’re spoilt for choice. And if you need a little inspiration, here are some superb walks to help you step out this springtime.

A person standing by a waymarker, by the coast, with a person walking ahead on a path

Walking the path between St Non’s Bay and Caerfai Bay

Mwnt, Ceredigion

This beautiful cove is one of the best places to spot seals and dolphins, which can often be seen playing in the bay. It is also a sacred site, where the picturesque Church of the Holy Cross (Eglwys y Grog) houses a medieval font made of Preseli stone. This is a remnant of an earlier refuge built for weary pilgrims on their way to other holy places in Wales, such as St Davids, Strata Florida Abbey and Bardsey Island. 

New Quay to Aberporth, Ceredigion

Linking pretty beaches, hidden coves and sleepy coastal settlements, this walk is 
a favourite of Wales Coast Path Officer Nigel Nicholas. ‘The section between Cwmtydu and Llangrannog is spectacular where the path clings to the steep coastal slope,’ he says. ‘Discover an abundance of wildlife, extreme examples of folded rock formations, delightful secluded beaches and charming coastal villages.’

Conwy Quay to Llanfairfechan, Conwy

This inland route heads over Conwy Mountain, through a landscape rich in history and heritage. As Wales Coast Path Officer Gruff Owen puts it: ‘This walk is totally different from any other along the North Wales section of the Wales Coast Path. Make time to marvel at the druids’ circle and ancient standing stones that have stood on the mountain for more 
than 5,000 years.’

St Davids, Pembrokeshire

This circular walk is a mini pilgrimage in honour of the patron saint of Wales. The loop starts at St Non’s medieval chapel, said to be St David’s birthplace, and arcs round to Porth Clais. Used as a harbour since Roman times, this was the spot where the saint was said to be baptised. The best is saved till last – a return via the cathedral (founded in the 12th century) of Britain’s smallest city.

A lighthouse at the end of a peninsulaYnys Gybi, Anglesey

Just two miles from Holyhead, thousands of seabirds wheel above the cliffs and churning sea at South Stack. This popular route visits South Stack RSPB Reserve to get you close to the locals – including razorbills, guillemots and even peregrine falcons, with the chance to enjoy a welcome panad (cuppa) before the return.

Image right: South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey, has a spectacular location

Morfa Nefyn to Porthdinllaen, Llŷn Peninsula

Setting out from Morfa Nefyn, the coastal walk to the headland at postcard-pretty Porthdinllaen, owned by the National Trust, is surely one of the loveliest ambles on the Llŷn Peninsula. Enjoy panoramic views of sea and mountains, with spectacular wildlife, sheltered sands, rockpools for the kids and a drink in the beachfront Ty Coch Inn.

Deer Park to Marloes, Pembrokeshire

A peninsula walk with a real sense of island escapism, this stretch of coastline offers seascapes that spread out in almost every direction, as seabirds soar off the sanctuary islands of Skomer and Skokholm. The long, curved beach of Marloes Sands is well worth the extra half-mile walk, too. If you can stay till dusk, you won’t find a better sunset in Wales.

The Wales Coast Path in numbers...

  • 16 castles in total built along or close to the Welsh coastline
  • 100 beaches along the Wales Coast Path, with more than 40 Blue Flag beaches in 2021. More per mile than anywhere else in the UK
  • 1,047 miles/1,685km) – total distance of the perimeter of Wales if you walked the Wales Coast Path and Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail
  • 3,000 shipwrecks within 2km of the Welsh coastline

Find out more

For more information, go to: visitwales.com

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