The Wales Coast Path opened in May 2012 and is the world’s first uninterrupted route along a national coast.
It meanders along beaches, estuaries, cliffs, woodlands and hills as well as village waterfronts, historic castles, and more. In all there are 870 miles of coast path to hike and explore. It offers dramatic landscapes, local wildlife, and interesting habitats.
The trail has already drawn thousands of walkers and hikers, but much like hiking the Appalachian Trail, those who hike the Wales Coast Path discover it a little bit at a time by hiking a portion. It’s an ideal way to experience historic B&Bs, some rustic pubs, local beers and regional foods.
What You’ll See along the Wales Coast Path
Hikers along the Wales Coast Path enjoy stunning scenery that varies from sandy beaches to little coves along the Gower on the South Coast, to rocky and dramatic landscapes around Anglesey and Pemborkeshire. In all the path carries hikers by 41 beaches, 12 nature reserves and 18 castles.
It’s also a great opportunity to witness birdlife in the Gwent Levels or to swim with porpoises and seals off Cardigan Bay, or at the right time of year to enjoy the wide range of flowers on the Great Orme and the clouds of butterflies they draw.
Things to Do
Along with drinking in the beauty of nature, visiting pubs, shops, and quaint hotels, hikers can enjoy events including bonfires and fireworks along the coastline. Events will depend on the time of year you visit.
For instance, in November, the North Wales Choral Festival will be held in the seaside village of Llandudno on November 8-10 to celebrate the village’s 25th anniversary, while those looking for a good scare can attend The National Horror Festival of Wales from November 5-10 in the town of Aberystwyth. This event is scary enough that it is not suitable for everyone.
Wales invites people to visit their coastline and to experience new parts of the country, too. Hiking the Wales Coastal Path offers a unique opportunity to see the country and meet the people.