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Wales Coast Path

Launched on 5th May 2012, the Wales Coast Path became the first of its kind in the world. Stretching 870 miles from Chepstow in the southeast to near Queensferry in the north, it has already brought benefits at the level of the Pembrokeshire and Anglesey Coastal Paths - not just on an economic level but also in encouraging locals and visitors to discover and enjoy the health-enhancing open spaces of Wales.

Considerable work has also gone into developing circular routes linking with parts of the coast path so that day-walkers can enjoy particular sections of the coast without having to walk the same stretch twice. Not only is the path accessible to walkers; there are some sections which are designed to allow bikes, pushchairs, wheelchairs and horses. In addition, some counties offer coastal shuttle buses to make it easier to walk sections of the path in sequence without haveing to retrace your steps each day. If the buses are not available, you can often leave your car at your destination and arrange for a local cab driver to take you to your starting point for the day.

Look out for wildlife as you walk the path

There is a superb variety of wildflowers along the coast which contributes to the interest of the walks. May is a glorious time when pink sea thrift, white sea campion and yellow gorse make a blaze of colour along the higher sections. Butterflies, dragonflies and other insect life abound, and seabirds which nest along the cliffs include Razorbill, Guillemot, Kittiwake and Chough. Gaze out to sea for a chance to spot porpoises and dolphins; seals can also be seen bobbing about near the shore or lounging on isolated beaches around the cliffs. They also breed on the beaches in late summer/early autumn. Beware of disturbing mother seals and do not imagine pups have been abandoned as they are just resting whilst mum goes out fishing.

How the path was created

It all started in the 1950s with the Pembrokeshire Coast Path which was opened in 1970 and has attracted many walkers to enjoy its delights.

After the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park was created, the Welsh author and naturalist, Ronald Lockley made a detailed survey of the coast and observed that communication between small settlements was mainly by boat. His report for The Countryside Commission was the trigger for initiating negotiations to ensure that landowners would permit the introduction of new public rights of way. Most were persuaded to cooperate with the scheme, especially as many of them benefitted from new fencing. A few, however, remain unwilling to open up their land, so there are still points where the path deviates from its expected course for short distances.

Since then, the success of the path in terms of attracting visitors to the area has prompted the development of a coastal path along the entire border of Wales. Within the West Wales area, Ceredigion was selected to receive European Objective 1 funding to link up the extant stretches of public rights of way along the coastline so that a continuous Ceredigion Coast Path, all the way from Cardigan to Ynyslas on the Dyfi, could be completed in 2008. The Carmarthenshire Coast Path was opened in 2012 and includes areas of great beauty and contrasts. On this part of the path you actually pass through the town of Carmarthen and have the advantage of long, straight sections which are paved and provide good access.

See the Wales Coast Path website for details of available guidebooks to various sections of the path.

See details of walks on sections of the:

Walks

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Aberaeron to Aberarth

Area: Cardigan Bay County: Ceredigion
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Section 5; Part 1 Section 5 is the easiest of all as it runs along soft cliffs near to flat coastal areas. The cliffs are low but liable to be undercut so take care as they can erode rapidly.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 1.9 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour
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Aberarth to Llanon

Area: Cardigan Bay County: Ceredigion
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Section 5; Part 2 There is a gentle climb on the southern half of this section. No stiles and mostly coastal flats make it quite easy. Pushchairs can be taken on the northern bit.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 3 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes
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Aberporth to Tresaith

Area: Cardigan Bay County: Ceredigion
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Section 3; Part 1 High cliffs and secret beaches define this part of the walk. This first section is a surfaced path along the cliff-top; it is moderate. The southern mile is wheelchair friendly.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 2 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour
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Aberystwyth to Clarach

Area: Cardigan Bay County: Ceredigion
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Section 7; Part 1 A moderate part of the path takes you over Constitution Hill with its famous camera obscura. You can cheat and scale the cliff on the funicular railway if you want.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 1.7 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour
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Amroth to Lystep

Area: South Pembrokeshire County: Pembrokeshire
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This is quite a strenuous walk but gives a great mix of terrain. Walk along beach to Saundersfoot if tide is very low; take time to enjoy the woodland section and to see views out to Caldey Island and Gower on a clear day.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 11.5 miles
  • Time: approximately 6 hours
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Angle to Pembroke

Area: Milford Haven Estuary County: Pembrokeshire
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Highlight: Pembroke Castle. This section is easy as it's mostly flat. Lots of bays and estuary inlets or pills, where you might spot interesting birds. It also takes you past the industrial area of Pembrokeshire with its impressive refineries. Some road walking.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 11 miles
  • Time: approximately 5 hours, 30 minutes
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Borth to Ynyslas

Area: Cardigan Bay County: Ceredigion
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Section 7; Part 3 Now you're on the easy flat again. There is an inland route option due to groynes on the beach. Great views over Borth Bog (Cors Fochno)

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 4.9 miles
  • Time: approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes
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Bynea to Discovery Centre

Area: Llanelli County: Carmarthenshire
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A walk which offers a break for great food. The route follows the Millennium Coastal Park's cycle and walking path.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 6 miles
  • Time: approximately 3 hours
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Caerfai to Whitesands

Area: St Davids Peninsula County: Pembrokeshire
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Best done as a circular walk if you don't mind returning via a lovely back lane to St Davids. It is quite a flat walk. Visit the cute little chapel of St Non's, little inlet of Porth Clais and the larger beach at Porthlysgi. From the headland you can see Ramsey Island.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 9.5 miles
  • Time: approximately 5 hours, 30 minutes
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Cardigan to Gwbert

Area: Teifi Estuary County: Ceredigion
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Section 1; Part 1 This is an easy section with a walk through farmland and on lane by the Teifi Estuary

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 3.5 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes
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