The first coast path to officially outline an entire country opened May, 2012 and ever since its completion it’s been keeping us busy. However, it appears we’re not the only ones, as The Wales Coast Path has been a lightning rod for those looking for a challenge – whether it be walkers, runners or even one woman and her donkey. It’s an adventure, but it needn’t be an undertaking with our dedicated Wales Coast Path itinerary – although the distance itself is daunting, the trick is to break into manageable sections, day by day, ensuring you have enough stamina left over for the next.
It all sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? Follow the path and keep the sea on your right. However, on the odd occasion a trail diverts inland, skirting marshland or industry – your navigation skills are put to the test. I must admit that the signposts stationed at regular intervals (with their distinctive ‘dragonshell’ insignia’) are a source of encouragement, especially when you feel you need a little reassurance.
It’s all too easy to forget that a significant part of Wales is wild, sparse area – stretches where there is not a single soul around for miles. One of the benefits of getting to know an area on foot, is that this is often the best way to stumble upon the unexpected encounter (be it castles overlooking the shore or a chance wildlife sighting), that really sticks with you after your trip. Walking the Wales Coast Path, you’ll find there’s a lot of nature to be found along the way. Considerable amounts of the coast path fall within the remit of National Parks and other conservation areas, with The Pembrokeshire Coastline falling almost entirely under protected territory.
The Wales Coast Path was always an opportunity to celebrate the best of Wales, but also a chance for our nations well-kept secrets to get their moment in the sun. Over the years, we’ve built strong relationships with accommodation, luggage and transport services across Wales. So while we put together our Wales Coast Path itinerary, the most important aspect of your journey is left untroubled by the logistics and details.
The holiday is based on 2 people sharing a room and includes 80 nights B&B accommodation, 69 days of walking, 11 days at leisure in great places to have a rest day (Chester, Conwy, Beaumaris, Caernarvon, Porthmadog, Barmouth, Aberystwyth, St. David’s, Swansea, Cardiff and Chepstow), detailed route maps and luggage transfers. Overnight accommodation is in high standard B&Bs, farmhouses and small local inns, all with en-suite or private facilities. Our Wales Coast Path itinerary can be varied for faster walkers, or those looking for more or less rest days.
Wales Coast Path Itinerary Destination Breakdown:
North Wales Coast Path (6 walking days, 1 recommended rest day at Chester, Conwy or Llandudno).
Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path (10 walking days, 1 recommended rest day at Beaumaris) .
- Porth Swtan
- Clynnog Fawr
- Pentowyn Dunes
Meirionnydd Coast Path (6 walking days, 1 recommended Rest Day at Porthmadog, Harlech, Barmouth or Machynlleth).
Ceredigion Coast Path (6 walking days, 1 recommended Rest Day at Aberystwyth or New Quay).
- New Quay
Pembrokeshire Coast Path (13 walking days, 2 recommended Rest Days at Marloes & St.Davids).
- St Justinians
- Broad Haven
- Marloes Sands
- Sandy Haven
Carmarthen Bay (6 walking days, 1 recommended Rest Day at Carmarthen).
Gower Coast Path (4 walking days, 1 recommended Rest Day at Swansea).
South Wales Coast & Severn Estuary (10 walking days, 2 recommended Rest Days at Cardiff & Chepstow).
- Port Talbot
- Cardiff Bay
- Lighthouse Park
- Newport Wetlands