The Wales Coast Path was launched on 5 May 2012, and was heralded as the world's first coastal path to cover an entire country It follows the entire Welsh coastline from Chepstow in the south east to near Queensferry in the north. Many parts already had established paths, such as the North Wales Path, the Anglesey Coastal Path and the Llŷn Coastal Path. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path had been a designated National Trail, and in 2011 was voted by National Geographic magazine as the second-best coastal destination in the world.
The path travels through 870 miles (1,400 km) of coastal landscape, from the mouth of the River Dee, along the north Wales coast with its seaside towns such as Conwy, over the Menai Strait onto the Isle of Anglesey, past Caernarfon, and then around the Llŷn Peninsula and down the sweep of Cardigan Bay past Harlech, Aberystwyth, and Cardigan, through the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to Tenby, around the Gower Peninsula to Swansea, along the waterfront of Cardiff Bay and Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, to the market town of Chepstow.
The whole path is accessible to walkers and, where practical, some sections are suitable for cyclists, families with pushchairs, people with restricted mobility, and horse riders.
This coastline is made for walking! With 870 miles of path at your disposal, this really is the simplest way to explore and enjoy the Wales Coast Path.
From cliff top walks and secluded beaches, whatever your preference, you’ll be surprised at the variety of walking locations. You don’t even need to be an ardent ‘walker’ as you’ll find short easy stretches for a quick and easy walk as well as the longer challenging hikes.
To find a walk visit Explore by Area or here are some recommended regional walks:
South Wales Coast & Severn Estuary
- Click for easy access walks which can be enjoyed by everyone.
- Click for nearby piers and promenades.
- Click for great wildlife spotting opportunities.